Review: Since 2012, Frankey & Sandrino have exceeded all expectations and are now easily one of the most alluring house duos on the scene. With releases for imprints such as Drumpoet Community, Mule Musiq, Kompakt and Innervisions, among others, their name is instantly recognisable for their sound and artistic diversity. This new EP for Innervisions leads with "Wega", a tune that manages to blend a variety of musical elements under one roof; a minimal percussion groove is wrapped tightly around a myriad of Hispanic chanting, rhythmic distortions and a tubby undertone, equating to one gorgeous dance escapade. "Pollux" is similarly sparse and multi-faceted, except that the vocal swarms are now replaced by a sublime cascade of crystalline synths, aqueous electronics, and their inimitable use of outernational flavours.
Review: Keinemusik co-founder Gregor Sutterlin AKA Rampa is the latest addition to the Innervisions roster. His debut EP for the imprint is dancefloor-friendly and for the most part club ready, but also slightly more experimental and off-kilter in ethos than you'd perhaps expect from Ame and Dixon's long-running label. Check first the non-stop A-side suite of tracks, where the oddball electronics and effects-laden looped vocals of "79249 (Intro)" seamlessly segues into the ghostly lead lines, thrusting arpeggio bass, creepy effects and locked-in techno drums of "They Will". Radiohead-influenced vocal number "Tell Me Are We" is a glassy-eyed outsider tech-house collaboration with WhoMadeWho, while "Lavender Boogie" is a richly percussive affair rich in ice cream van chimes, dense African percussion and hushed tech-house tones.
Review: Hi tech soul powerhouse Innervisions continues to surprise us. From Marc Houle and Culoe De Song, to Eagles & Butterflies and now fellow Berliner and Keinemusik boss Rampa with the impressive "Hall Of Violence EP. This legend of the scene (real name Gregor Sutterlin) has gone on to release great tracks with studio partner Re.You of late: which many would be familiar with. The mesmerising and evocative title track truly nails the label's vibe; from the rich analogue arpeggios, elevating strings and general retro-futurist tendencies. On the flip, "Bimma" has more adrenaline and even more dancefloor drama to boot on this Afro infused epic, until "Fluke" hammers the message home gloriously with this dark journey track that'll make even the Life & Death camp up their game!