Review: Golf Channel and Emotional Response embark on a mission to bring together two generations of Kraut excellence as Dunkelziffer's Dominik Von Senger collaborates with the Montezumas Rache pairing of Jan Schulte and Christian Pannenborg. As you'd expect, the resultant EP is rather fine. They set the tone with "Rheinfaren", where a low-slung, dubbed-out groove is complimenting by twinkling guitars, delay-laden Jew's harp parts, and other sun-kissed elements. "Tangerine (Krauter Mix)" doffs a cap to Tangerine Dream and Dunkelziffer, with tumbling guitars - some effected by a wah-wah pedal - and vintage synths combining to create an effortlessly Balearic mood. Closer "Guten Morgen Bromio" is a fuzzier affair, combining grooves and sounds reminiscent of Pink Floyd's Animals full-length with the out-there attitude of classic krautrock.
Review: Over the course of the last two decades, Nicholas "I:Cube" Chaix has proved to be one of electronic music's most unique talents. He's pretty much done it all over the years, from epic ambient live performances and rip-snorting techno bangers, to jazzy broken beats and impeccable deep house. His latest EP for Versatile is another hard-to-pigeonhole classic, variously delivering creepy, metallic deep house ("Prepgav (Version 1)"), grandiose, otherworldly ambience ("Prepgav (Version 2)", and the beguiling "Sequence 3"), twinkling, 21st century piano jazz ("Walk With You") and Antinote style experimental synth-scapes (the rather quite brilliant "Ou Aileurs"). Throughout, Chaix's innate grasp of atmosphere, mood and melody shine through.
Review: Enjoying a brief sojourn away from then 2000 Black label he's long called home, sometime 4hero member Dego pops up on Neroli with a two-tracker that blends his usual jazz-funk inspired instrumentation with warm and fragrant, dancefloor-focused grooves. The jazz-funk influence is strongest on flipside "Just Give It A Long Shot", a more languid affair rich in squiggly synth lines, toasty bass guitar, slack-tuned drum breaks and the kind of group vocals that would have once sent rare groove heads into a spin. A-side "Twelve Steps" is arguably even better, with whispered vocals, jazzy synth lines and sunny guitars wrapping around a pleasingly rubbery Brit-funk groove.
Review: London's Jeremy Duffy has been dishing out stone-cold disco-house killers for the last five years, and he's definitely earned his place as one of the British capital's and most fun and dance-centric producers. He's always released on his own Duff Disco imprint, but here we see him pop up on the ever-impressive Home Tape Is Killing Music with three hot tunes - "Feed The Horse" is a playful, squelchy house burner for everyone to enjoy, "The Heat" is deeper and a little more Chicago-leaning thanks to its sublime bass, and "You & Nothing Else" takes care of the funky element. A crafty and recommended house EP.
Review: Under the Javonntte pseudonym, Brian Garrett has delivered some of the most impressive deep house records of recent years. Predictably, the quality threshold remains high throughout this latest Javonntte EP, Garett's first for Alex Attias's Visions Inc. label. On the A-side you'll find "Vocal" and "Radio" versions of "Searchin", a soul-powered chunk of analogue-rich deepness that sits somewhere between the musically complex brilliance of Ron Trent and the slick, rolling warmth of early '90s Goldtone Records releases. Turn to the B-side and you'll find "Private Party", a chunkier and rougher, riff-propelled peak-time bumper, and the redlined, Chez Damier-meets-Derrick Carter bounce of "Life Rhythm". As the old cliche goes, this is all killer and no filler.
Review: Known best for their work on Blackest Ever Black as Raime, Tom Halstead and Joe Andrews resurface on the label under their lesser spotted alias Moin with this self titled EP. The music of Moin was first presented on Blackest Ever Black's Confessions 7-inch series last year on a split release with Pete Swanson, though the identities of those involved was not disclosed at the time. Described by the label as three tracks recorded with drums, guitar and bass, arranged with effects and sequencer" Halstead and Andrews plunder a more overtly sparse post punk sound as Moin. The darkness intrinsic to their celebrated work as Raime is still very much apparent here in the squalling, doom laden guitar drones, bursts of feedback and strange, unnerving chanting.
Review: Some of you may remember Ricardo Vincenzo from his 2015 debut Pororoca Transatlantica, a two-track missive that blended South American production with all the warmth of sun-kissed downtempo electronica. If anything, this belated follow-up for esteemed Finnish label Sahko is even better. Vincenzo begins with the farmyard animal samples, rolling tribal percussion, African chants and rich electronic bass of "Cabras No Elevado Quilombia", before chopping and looping a dusty old tango track on the mid-tempo house pulse of "Onna No Yujo". On the flip you'll find the low-slung, post-dubstep creepiness of "Haru", where exotic vocal samples drift across a sparse but heavy beat pattern, and the aural trip to Morocco that is "Excellent Drom".
Review: The last we heard from Kinfolk was on the excellent "Mirage" by Kalidasa, but now the adventurous and chug-friendly label is back with this killer EP from Alterleo. "Cabriodelic" will have hips swinging at an easy tempo, not least thanks to the nagging throb of the bassline and the swaying drums shaking over the top of the track. "On The Way" takes things in a freakier direction, using ample samples and channeling a little industrial noir, while "Tour De L'afrique" focuses on craftily programmed drums and captivating melodic subtleties. "In Sands" finishes the set with a wigged out acid-trance rumination that should appeal to those who love the sound of European freak-beats before dance music got compartmentalized.
Review: Nicolas Jaar's Other People label is in fine fettle right now, encouraging a raft of experimental minds to improvise for the Terepa project or drawing the wider world to the attention of the excellent Italian artist Vaghe Stelle. The latest Other People release slips deep into the unknown with the unheralded Mrs Jones making her label debut with some lush and mysterious tech house. "Let/Forget" sets the tone with its looped vocal and driving bassline working in conjunction with sombre pads and claps drenched in reverb, all the elements work together well here. On the flip we have "96" which gets more and atmospheric with its dreamy and loopy melody persisting nicely over a cruisy broken beat.
Review: The edit and rework-focused Hot Peas 'N Butter series has never come clean about who is behind it, though so far each of its named editors has been based in the Steel City of Sheffield. Here two of the series' most prolific editors, thatmanmonkz and pal Simba, join forces to deliver four-more sneaky re-rubs. Check first the driving disco-soul funk of "Track 1", before diving headfirst into the two-step jazz-funk brilliance of "Track 2", a cut that contains some fantastic dueling horn solos. Over on side B, "Track 3" is a smoothed out, proto-house style take on a synth-laden early electro number complete with silly pitched-up vocal snippets, while "Track 4" sees the Sheffield duo put their own spin on a particularly spacey cut from the Prelude back catalogue.
Review: Excellent debut EP from Paradisica with warm night Balearic dance vibes across all 4 tracks. A side, beautiful romantic dance grooves for the sunset hour. The flip 'Amore' brings a sexy and upbeat late 80s house vibe with a driving Pete Herbert mix to keep the party going strong.