Review: Slow Life's latest audio missive draws together tracks from two different generations of techno producers. On the A-side, you'll find two cuts from veteran British pairing 100HZ, who put out their first material way back in 1989 (the rather good "Low Frequency Overload"). "New Spoon" is a fizzing techno jam blessed with clattering drum machine hits, jaunty bass, crisp funk samples and a meandering spoken word vocal, while "Innocence" is a denser, sub-bass fuelled trip into late night territory. On the flip, contemporary Italian-in-Berlin Saverio Celestri takes over, first serving up the strobe-friendly New Jersey garage-meets-Detroit techno charms of "Vortex", before charging off into space via the restless rhythms, intergalactic bleeps, heavy sub-bass and wavy chords of "Toxic".
Review: While many of Slow Life's releases have been firmly focused on the dancefloor, there's enough variety in the label's wholeheartedly electronic output to suggest that this undoubtedly laidback and spacey album is not too much of a curveball. Crucially, it's really rather good, suggesting that debutant duo Asyncronous has a big future ahead. Musically, it's like an echo of the early 1990s, with the Ukrainian production pair offering up tracks that variously touch on heavyweight ambient dub, Pete Namlook style becalmed soundscapes, the melodious IDM bliss of Boards of Canada, the "Artificial Intelligence"-era twinkle of Black Dog and the shimmering futurist synth-scapes of Tangerine Dream.
Review: Since the early 1990s, Marco Repetto has been releasing material under a wide variety of aliases, most notably Bigeneric and Planet Love. Now, almost 30 years after his debut release, the Swiss producer has brought the two projects together on one hugely impressive set. Fables of Robotics contains a mix of previously unheard material from both projects, plus material that has never before been committed to vinyl. It's a hugely satisfying and entertaining affair that sprints between spacey, tuneful takes on classic Detroit techno, trippy, off-kilter late night deepness, proto-progressive house, deep space ambient and mid-'90s style British "intelligent techno". There's much to admire throughout and little in the way of filler. In other words, it's a fine release from a hugely talented and storied producer.
Review: Representing the new wave of Berlin minimal house alongside Sbri and Yoshi, Italian expat Saverio Celestri is part of the Libertine Records crew and releases his debut album for the closely affiliated Slow Life; another crew of Italian and Spanish expats making big waves in the German capital right now. Reality Is Not Reality proves further that despite how we pigeonhole both respective collectives (and their producer/DJs) they entail a lot more in terms of style. The album veers from Detroit inspired hi tech soul (as heard on the title track), the current trend of minimal crossover into electro ("Cyber Monday"/"Below Zero") plus broken beat house (much like colleague S. Moreira) and typically wacky after-hours shenanigans like on "Flash Factory" and "Sygyzy".
Review: Like many of Saverio Celestri's releases, this return to regular home Slow Life is a collaborative affair, with production duties shared by debutant Late Consequence (in reality an experienced Italian producer operating under a new alias). The duo kicks things off with the spacey bounce of "Consequence", where computer beeps and bleeps rise above heavy analogue bass, locked-in techno drums and flotation tank chords, before offering a subtle nod towards early UK bleep techno on sub-bass heavy workout "The Wheel". Turn to the flip for some deeper, purist tech-house vibes (the deep house influenced warmth of "This Is The Universe") and the sparkling, head-in-the-clouds tech-funk of "Celestial".
Review: Berlin via Los Angeles' Steve Huerta first made a name for himself on labels such as Amadeus (run by fellow Californian Urulu) and Retrofit - usually in collaboration with homeboy Yooj - who is known these days as Gene On Earth. Like the latter, Huerta has reinvented his sound with appearances on In Dust We Trust, Oscillat, and now with this terrific new four tracker for Berlin based retroverts Slow Life. From the hypnotic old-school swing of "Metafiction" with S Moreira, the sun-kissed broken beat of "Loose Thread" (calling to mind classic Atjazz) to the woozy and minimal "Pale Fire", this single perfectly fits the label's open end parties aboard the Hoppetosse.
Review: Half-Ukranian, Australian-born producer Tim Jackiw recorded one of the best deep techno 12" singles of the 1990s ('97's Science of Sound, which was given the reissue treatment by Recondite a couple of years ago), but has released very little on vinyl since. Here he makes his debut of admirable Berlin imprint Slow Life with a fine four-track missive of luscious and dreamy dancefloor jams. Check, in particular, the sumptuous, saucer-eyed, techno-tempo positivity of "Timeline", the dub-flecked soundscape deep house bliss of "Shade" and the hard-to-pigeonhole goodness of closer "Turbulence", where simmering synthesized strings, twinkling pianos and intergalactic chords cluster around a skittish breakbeat.
Review: Berlin's Slow Life continues its impressive run of form, and drops yet another EP by the prodigious Sergio Moreira, except that this time the Spanish producer is joined by Italy's Saverio Celestri across four tough and twisted house cuts. "Aftertouch" is a broken, rolling bundle of drums and starry pads, whereas "Karmikstrikes" is straighter in its beat structure but nonetheless spaced-out in terms of its sonics. On the B-side, "Hypnosphere" shoots bursts of subtle 303 through its wormhole of a groove, and "Interphase Issues" unleashes a heavier, more aggressive techno tone through its stuttering percussion rattle. Choice cuts.
Review: Cult Berlin operation Slow Life resurface with their second 12" of 2015 with the typically titled From a Cosmic Perspective finding founding member Sergio Moreira sharing space and remixes with Refracted. Not deviating one jot from the style developed over previous SL releases, Moreira opens this 12" with the dubby, blissful "Shuttle Transmissions", a track that gets mutated into something entirely different and, yes, acidic on Refracted's accompanying Acid Shuttle remix. Roles are reversed on the B side with Refracted in quite incandescent form on the wholly appropriately named "Swolling Senses". A beautiful track this. Moreira goes super deep on his closing remix of the track!
Review: Last year Paulo Mosca made his vinyl debut on Where We Met as one half of Venetian duo Micro.Solchi. Here he makes his solo bow via a four-tracker on Slow Life rich in vintage influences. "Interstellar Interruption", for example, sounds like the kind of far-sighted UK-US techno fusion that could have been featured on a Nexus 21 EP from 1990, while the organ-sporting techno-funk of "Cosmic Love" boasts bleeps that could have been taken wholesale from an early Warp 12". The producer's inherent funkiness is showcased further on brilliant opener "What's Their Name?" - all squelchy bass, Derrick May style drums and jaunty sci-fi lead lines - while "Star Wars" wraps decidedly spacey pads, warped lead lines and dubby bass around a shuffling breakbeat rhythm.
Review: The always heady Slow Life is back with more of that otherworldly minimal house music, this time from groove futurist Alex Neri. He toys with silky, serene loops and slithers of synth on opener "Redeem" that don't so much race forwards as tread water in beautifully delicate fashion. "Riding Light" is more of a classic house bumper, with knocking drums and bright finger clicks run through with some mind melting bleeps. "Peaceful Warriors" is somewhere in between, with puddles of synth disappearing down below into an oceanic abyss, but also direct, driving house drums that keep you nice and upright. "Cosmic Rain" closes in playful fashion, with dancing drums and perc so nimble and light-footed you'll be hopping like a cat on a hot tin roof. Pure vibes.
Review: Berlin-based brothers Mahy and Nichel Cruz made something of a splash with their 2016 debut 12" on Second Step Records Limited, the fluid, tech-tinged Research Centre. Evidence of a Primary Perception is their debut album, and offers an expanded insight into their unique musical worldview. While there are occasional trips into woozy ambient territory and the domain of vintage intelligent techno, the vast majority of tracks fix loose, live-sounding, jazz-tinged breakbeats to the kind of starry, intergalactic synths that have always been a huge feature of Motor City techno. The package also contains two tasty remixes: a bumpin' rework of "12Bit Spacecraft" by S. Moreira, and a wonderfully cosmic, Global Communications style interpretation of "Cosmic Waves" by Etheral Logic.
Review: Berlin-based brothers Mahy and Nichel Cruz made something of a splash with thei 2016 debut 12" on Second Step Records Limited, the fluid, tech-tinged Research Centre. Evidence of a Primary Perception is their debut album, and offers an expanded insight into their unique musical worldview. While there are occasional trips into woozy ambient territory and the domain of vintage intelligent techno, the vast majority of tracks fix loose, live-sounding, jazz-tinged breakbeats to the kind of starry, intergalactic synths that have always been a huge feature of Motor City techno. The package also contains two tasty remixes: a bumpin' rework of "12Bit Spacecraft" by S. Moreira, and a wonderfully cosmic, Global Communications style interpretation of "Cosmic Waves" by Etheral Logic.
Review: Mahy Cruz and Nichel Cruz return to the formidable SLOW LIFE imprint, under their Primary Perception moniker, and you know that means no snoozing and some quick-firing BUY buttons! These two are the heart and soul of the label, as of 2017, with their debut LP having taken the imprint from effective minimal tech to pumping, audiophile techno. This new EP, Retrofitted Future Vol.1, is exactly what the minimal scene has been lacking until now - well-constructed grooves, punchy harmonies and an analogue production which makes the rest of the game sound amateur. We can't pick a favourite, these are all solid tunes for the dancefloor, from the deeper sounds of "Mind Reverse" to the funkier edges of "Hall9000" and beyond! Be quick though, these won't hang about!
Review: Two years after they offered up the first part in the "Retrofitted Future" series, Primary Perception partners Mahy and Nichel Cruz return to Slow Life with volume three. They hit the ground running with "Valis", a crunchy romp through bold analogue bass, twisted acid lines and spacey electronics, before bouncing their way through more melodious, warm and ear-catching territory on the aptly named "Sci-Fi Jazz". Side B boasts two versions of "Funky Emotions" - the low-slung, bass-heavy and decidedly futuristic original mix and the altogether deeper and dreamier "Break mix" - as well as utterly gorgeous ambient track "Space Is An Ocean".
Review: Sergio Moreira probably doesn't get enough sleep. Certainly, the sheer volume of tracks he releases suggests that he barely rests. Happily, the Spanish producer has the knack of consistently delivering strong EPs, as his latest outing for Slow Life deftly proves. He begins with the rising, stretched-out strings and bustling house rhythms of "The Truth", before fusing warm Rhodes chords, tech-jazz electronics and swinging broken beats on the impeccable "My Reality". Flip for "That Was Just A Dream", where toasty organ chords are underpinned by a bubbly tech-jazz groove, and the accompanying Indi Zone remix, which blasts the track into deep ambient space via glistening IDM.
Review: Since making his debut six years ago, Sergio Moreira has released countless singles exploring his personal take on drowsy deep house and left-of-centre electronic futurism. Because of that, this debut album feels long overdue. From start to finish, it feels like the set of a producer comfortable in his own skin. While many will be dazzled by the three-part suite at the centre of the album - "Bring Back The Night", which subtly twists and turns over 15 warm, glassy-eyed minutes like a breakbeat-sporting deep house version of a classical epic - there's plenty to set the pulse racing elsewhere. Highlights include the bass-heavy, breakbeat-driven peak-time dubbiness of "One Last Thought", the Motor City techno electronics and shuffling bottom end of "Controlling Transmission" and the hazy opener "From Here To There".
Review: Slow Life staple S.Moreira continues his explorations into evocative and futuristic Motor City themes on a new EP accompanied by the SL collective's visual designer Indi Zone aka Santi Uribe - making his second foray into production since SL008. "Santergio & Sergiago" sees the pair create some truly sublime tracks: from the mesmerising, psychedelic electronica of "Space-A-Nova" reminiscent of John Beltran or Neil Ollivierra's seminal works. They're then joined by Israeli bassist Yonatan Levi, who some of you may know from his collaborations with minimal veteran Bruno Pronsato, who contributes to the lo-slung hi-tech jazz of "Hazed" and the particularly chilled-out "Kalimojo On The Rocks".
Review: Changing Habits, Breaking Rhythms marks a welcome return to action from Sergio typically deep, woozy, hazy and jazz-flecked, with an emphasis on breaking up the beats and delivering cuts built around early-2000s style bruk and nu-jazz grooves. It's actually rather refreshing, and there's little to criticize. Certainly, the loose and rolling "Just a Little Beat" - think jazz breaks, twinkling pianos and smoky atmospherics - and deep bruk opener "Empty Your Mind" are superb. The more electronic, tech-jazz-meets-deep-house-meets-bruk flex of "Mostros at Work" is refreshingly languid and fluid, too.