Review: Somewhat confusingly, Dabobert and Masterarp are both alternative aliases of long-serving German producer Dagobert Howe, whose discography stretches right back to the late 1990s. Startopology was first released two years ago, and here gets a fresh pressing on blue marbled vinyl. Across 13 deliciously spacey tracks, Howe does a fine job in combining punchy electro rhythms, mind-bending synthesizer melodies and robotic vocals with elements of synth-wave, intergalactic ambient, warped electrofunk and, on the ear-catching "Kosmic Transmission", vintage hip-hop. It's a hugely listenable set, all told, with enough tried-and-tested dancefloor workouts to suggest that it will work both at home and in the clubs.
Review: Second time around for Thomas Werner's most recent outing under the Dynamik Bass System alias, which first hit stores two years ago. We're particularly enjoying A-side "Teleprompter", which brilliantly joins the dots between snappy '80s club electro (think Dynamix II or Afrika Bambaata), vocoder-fired electrofunk, stuttering New York electro and the revivalist electro-boogie brilliance of Artificial Arm. On B-side "UR My Destiny", Werner moves further towards freestyle and electrofunk territory, wrapping brassy synth-horns and ear-catching TR-808 cowbells around a killer synth bassline and more robotic vocoder vocals. Throw down that square of lino, flex your muscles and get breakdancing.
Review: Polish producer, graphic designer and writer/poet Karol Gwozdz aka Nail joins German label Dominance Electricity, who's hosted Blastromen, Dynamik Bass System and legends Jackal & Hyde in the past. The Silesia-based artist's vinyl debut comes in the form of "Revelation" - a brooding and majestic electro epic with vocoder lyrics in the same vein as legend Anthony Rother. This is followed up by the fierce and functional electro-bass workout "1987" on the flip. Proper heads down tackle which also comes with a handy "Arpeggio Bonus" where he shines the spotlight on the track's glistening, sublime arpeggio melody.