Review: Aligned with the instrumental, minimal and kitsch sounds coming out of Germany - the Germany that's not Berlin - the blooming Kann Records (and record store) deliver their tenth release. Edward - a close associate of Oskar Offerman - remixes Johannes Beck (not the Nick Cave-associated Johannes Beck), working the strings and chords with harsher percussive elements, while RVDS effects the congo drums of Even Anell's "Dramaqueen" with playful delay. The final remix comes from Axel Bowman and Petter Nordkvists remix project Salax Peep Show, who take on homegrown Kann Records act Map.ache, and his musical "Enola".
Review: For their seventh release, Leipzig imprint Kann Records present Family Horror, a sumptuous double twelve selection of tracks from label holders, close friends and beloved artists. Proceedings commence in suitably deep surrounds via Dorisburg, a key part of the Aniara Recordings family who've arisen with such aplomb from Gothenburg of late. "Emotion" proves to be as captivating as anything they've done to date, with snatches of delicate vocals emerging from a glacial house throb and unfolding into something deep and warm. Elsewhere Chicago leaning ruffness from Sevensol & Bender on "Molly" is matched by Even Tuell's excellent "Dramaqueen" - an experimental track dominated by gaseous clouds of analogue bass. With further contributions from Efdemin, map.ache and Johannes Beck, this is a release that impresses upon first listen but truly captivates after repeated play.
Review: Having debuted on Kann with one of the finest contributions to their double LP compilation Family Horror, Leipzig based producer Falke is granted further opportunity to display his obvious talents with this finely judged EP. The title track "Undermyarms" is a resplendent example of European deep house finery, gliding across the A Side sumptuously with the unassuming grace of a moose sliding down a mall. Flip over for the expertly titled "Late Night" which mutates excellently from the gently rattling opening moments into a jerking mass of lysergic energy and thick kicks which is quite hypnotic by the time it reaches the end. The tinny sounding acid odyssey "Flying" ends this twelve in promising fashion.
Review: Map.ache and Svensol & Bender's Kann imprint has been going string since 2008, putting out a diverse mixture of dancefloor music from some of house and techno's most interesting artists. Once in a while, they like to put out some collaborative works and it's time for the second instalment of their Family Horror compilations. Plenty of fire and new faces on this one, and we're particularly digging Hiver's "Egeo", a cinematic opener with an aqueous sort of feel to it, "Kokobay" by QY and the acidic "Track 6" by Perm. Wild and multi-faced.
Review: Throughout Kann Records' eight-year history, many of the label's most impressive 12" singles have been "split EPs", featuring tracks from a number of artists. Avocado Dreams, their latest missive in this format, is another corker. Giegling associate Leafar Legov gets things going with yawning, gently stretching deep house shuffle of "Cenote", before Bender fuses sinewy strings, clipped guitar loops and Steve Hillage style solos on the hypnotic "Think Green". Mary Yalex raises the tempo - and temperature - a little on the flip with the deep and shuffling house of "Bellflowers + Unicorn" (check the subtle steel drum melodies), while Matt Karmil further enhances his rising reputation with the crackly, ultra-deep house melancholy of "Love Letter".
Alright (MM/KM aka Mix Mup & Kassem Mosse Is Not A mix)
Review: After debuting on Prins Thomas' Internasjonal Spesial label last year, Philipp Matalla supplies the multifaceted Kann platform with the Lack Of Loss EP. Acoustic flair awards both of Matalla's tracks, with a fat slapped bassline in the EPs title track a focal point, while rusty cowbells and other percussion ding like an outback railroad crossing. With beats deeply couched in a warm bed of deep pads and evolving textures, "Alright" shares the live instrumentation heard in a lot of the music to come out the Giegling camp, specifically its percussion and ambient effects. Mix Mup & Kassem Mosse resurface together after some stunning collaborative work last year, taking Matalla's synthesised guitar licks from "Alright", sands them down, and turns it into something smudgy and unpolished, with the duo plummeting the track deep into a realm of murky sub-sonics and abstract rhythms.