Review: Salty Nuts supremo Fabian "Fabe" Winkels has been rather prolific of late. Remarkably, this is the Mannheim man's second 12" in less than a month with a third due in early October 2017. All four tracks are propelled forwards by the producer's distinctively swinging drums, which combine the attractive looseness of vintage U.S deep house percussion with the electronic fluidity of tech-house. While there are deeper, smoother and more melodious cuts on the flipside, it's the peak-time bump of A-side tracks "Pro Bar" and, in particular, "Everyday U" - a proper late night sweat-fest that boasts ragged analogue bass and intoxicating vocal samples - that are really floating our boat.
Review: Given that Fabian Winkels has enjoyed a particularly productive year, it seems fitting that he should round off the year with his most expansive and significant release to date. "Water Tower" marks his full-length debut and it's a wide-ranging and musically adventurous one. After beginning with the bass-heavy, piano-laden peak-time snap of title track "Water Tower", Winkels variously turns his house to hip-house influenced hypno-house ("Hoch Wie Nie"), sub-bass-propelled tech-house warmth ("Martha & Henry"), deeper and more spacey club grooves ("Words From Millie", the bleeping heaviness of "Reason") and jazzier peak-time workouts ("Multi Lost", tasty closing cut "Green Top"). The result is a fine collection of club cuts to bring 2018 to a close.
Review: Fabe is based in tech house hotspot Mannheim, Germany and wears the influence of his hometown on his sleeve proudly but don't get him wrong; he's definitely honing his own sound! "The Last Record" is the kind of rolling and hypnotic minimal house that's more informed by the Romanian sound, as is "Chroma Sa" except there's more power under the bonnet, with its tough and shuffling 909 groove sounding as good as anything iO (Mulen) has done of late. On the flip there's even more quality but the standout was definitely the sombre and emotional groove of "Last Seq" which has the dreamy bittersweet vibe that reminds us of Baby Fords finest moments.
Review: Salty Nuts set its stall out last year via a quartet of quietly impressive releases, three of which were by main man Fabe. This time out, they've decided to do things differently, delivering a multi-artist EP bristling with club-ready goodness. Diego Krause kicks things off with "Sinai", a rolling combination of bustling, snare-heavy beats, undulating, funk-fuelled bass and fluttering tech-house textures. Smabes serves up some punchy broken house groove peppered with chopped up vocal samples and elastic synth-bass, before Lost Act and Mishel A join forces for flipside workout "Alpha", a bustling, New Jersey garage influenced chunk of januty deep house.