Review: Klasse Wrecks welcomes Bristol-based Marco Bernardi to its ranks following strong releases for Clone, Delsin, Rawax, Planet E, and most recently the Kelly Twins' Happy Skull label. Spacejam provides an EP of demented drums, fiddling electronics and refreshing originality, showcasing the signature sound of the studio-obsessed Scottish born DJ and producer. His idiosyncratic style runs through the three tracks here, from the space jack and Green Velvet-inspired vocals of the title track, through the rubbery funk of "No I Didn't" and frenetic acid of "Oist Mal".
Review: Former Mock & Toof man Duncan Stump's Coral D project is a study in sunrise-ready retro-futurism, with his two previous singles under the alias combining warm analogue electronics with new age synthesizer riffs, sci-fi drum machine grooves and unwavering glassy-eyed positivity. While some of the turn-of-the-90s charm can be found on this EP for Klasse Wrecks, it's a slightly more psychedelic and otherworldly affair. Our pick is "Sways", where a nagging acid motif bubbles away alongside marimba style synthesizer melodies and a vintage post-jack U.S deep house groove. "Fall Away" is even more druggy and intoxicating, with gravelly spoken word samples and exotic melodies riding a chunky groove, while closing cut "Nibiri" is sweet, dubbed out and pleasingly hazy.
Review: Don't get messed by the moniker, Tim Schumacher's electro project is anything but normal. Sculpting his 808s with a sense of soul and strong vapour trails of foundation break-based tracks that formed so many genres we know and love today, there's a strong sense of timelessness laced throughout - the air of electro boogie on "N4 Theme", the Jam & Spoon feels of "Purity 0%", the 2 Bad Mice ruffage of "Cult Of Alecto" and the classic acid sinewy sonics of "Hu Strike" could all have smashed crowds throughout the last 20 years. Authentic.
Review: PO FOLK sees Berlin newcomers make a welcome return to Klasse Recordings, their second EP for the label is a stripped to the bone work-out of all killer no filler. PO FOLK comes in two versions, the 'HATE' version kicks off with distorted kicks and stabs before dropping to a devastating buzzy bassline. Techno and House in equal form, the track is perfect mix of light and dark. Vocals come courtesy of the group themselves, re-voicing a classic track that might be familiar to some. The 'LOVE' version brings some melody and warmth into play, but still retains all the analogue fuzz and nastiness. MPC style sample cut ups ride the beat and transport the track to another heavy bassline and vocal chat. Berlin based Panorama Bar favourites, Analogue Cops join the ranks of Klasse Recordings with a unique take on the title track. Playing out as a live jam session, the Restoration Records duo dub out the original parts and turn in a version that is as relentless as it is intriguing. Heavy on the bass and with double the weirdness, their interpretation is sure to cause havoc on any willing dancefloor. Wrapping up the EP is 'Black Widow', an atmospheric and dynamic track that builds slowly before introducing a huge sub bass. Reduced to only the most essential of parts, 'Black Widow' is sure to play out well in any forward thinking DJ set.
Review: The Berlin based Klasse Wrecks boss is back, teaming up with Mr Ho with some rough house jams, just the way we like them. "Kush Groove" is a fitting title for this dusty and rusty funk fuelled house jam, powered by a dirty, sampled break; but it sounds more like they got their hands on some killer B.C. bud! The broken beats continue on "Visions Of Rhythm" this is the kind of tough and dusty machine funk you'd expect to hear from John Swing and the Relative crew and we like this too. Finally "2 Wangs In A Room" carries on with swing fuelled breakbeat house of the deeper variety but these breaks certainly ain't from a drum machine. That harp sound that comes in during the last quarter of the track is just awesome too.
Review: If you were to closely scrutinize the Klasse Wrecks discography, you'd find numerous collaborations between label co-founder Mr Ho, and all manner of like-minded individuals. He's at it again here, joining forces with Florian Blauensteiner for another trip through off-kilter dancefloor pastures. Lead cut "The Hunt" is especially impressive, with the duo lacing ZX Spectrum electronics and creepy pads over a dusty, broken beat-inspired groove. This formula is retained for the more acid-influenced flipside "Ammunition", which sounds like a hook-up between Mr Oizo and IG Culture. Best of all, though, is SW's flipside Amnesia Mix of "The Hunt", in which the SUED artist turns the original into a trippy chunk of ambient house/broken beat/intelligent techno fusion.
Review: Phran is a brand new recording artist based out of Barcelona and Venezuela, his debut EP for Klasse Wrecks is a fantastic and blistering trip into live hardware session jams. Buzzing with electricity and fuzz the 'Bad Format' EP is an impressive debut from the young artist and sure to please fans of both traditional Electro and forward thinking House. Alongside the four originals we have a remix from up and coming Belgian producer, Innershades. Innershades recently impressed music lovers with his very well-received 'Nina In The Boiler Room' track which was released via Creme and has turned in an effective interpretation in what is soon becoming a recognizable style from the young producer.
Review: Berlin's Klasse Recordings launched their new sublabel Klasse Wrecks last year to showcase some more adventurous styles beyond their usual endeavours and this new one by Phran certainly delivers. "Basical" starts things off in an exotic fashion with sampled monologue backed with bongo drums beneath smooth, dreamy keys. The broken overdriven kick on "Alberca" soon gives way to killer steel drums drenched in delay and a mesmerising melody. Samo DJ and Baba Stilts hand in a nice remix of "Basical" that's full of deepness too. On the flip we have "Ayoo" with its snarling, overdriven bassline and hissing metallic hi-hats getting all in your face, while "Handprints" gets deep again with its persisting harpsichord assisting a throbbing groove that brings in laser zaps, looped strings and a killer bassline.
Review: Katie Campbell AKA Roza Terenzi has been in fine form over the last couple of years, offering up must-check EPs on Dekmantel, Kalahari Oyster Cult, Butter Sessions and Bizarro. Here the Australian producer makes her first appearance on Klasse Wrecks, offering up the delightfully clanking, funk-fuelled analogue bounce of "Metal Glo"- a wonderful combination of Syclops style electronic refrains, loose-limbed machine drums and attractive melodies - and the even wilder and sleazier, acid-fuelled peak-time wonkiness of "Allstarz", whose dreamy chords offer a neat counterpoint to the ragged antics underpinning them. There are two tidy "Metal Glo" remixes, too: a deliciously glassy eyed, bleeping revision from label bosses Luca Lozano and Mr Ho, and a Morgan Wright and RP Remix that turns the track into a sweaty, off-beat treat.