Review: Strap in for a wild techno ride on the first ever offering from Psionic. The new label kicks off with an EP from Astral Travel. The aptly named artist reaches for beyond the event horizon on "Sky's The Limit", with its punchy kicks and relentlessly wobbly bass. "As One" gets into a nicely mechanical groove built on stomping kicks and rigid synth movements that make for perfectly robotic funk and the trip closes out with "Orbiting." With its urgent drums that are smooth and silky and serene synth work, it's one for peak time techno cruising.
Review: After some promising releases by Doubtingthomas, Durrred, Yoshitaca and Ittetsu, Ukranian tech house hero Silat Beksi returns with the new one for Lille, France based Gaazol - created by Beunes William, Corton Axel and Molle Corentin. 'GAAZOL 004' is well worth your time: from the trippy and rolling A side cuts like "Anna" with its ethereal vibe, or the bass-driven and hypnotic bliss of "Awaia" with its subtle acid overtones. On the flip, he teams up with German producer Daniel Broesecke once again to follow up last year's massive "Get Some More". The track here is "Wings" which receives a wicked rework by Rominimal maestro Sepp (Uvar) who takes the track into truly arcane territory as always - you could imagine this one being played to the morning crowd at Sunwaves (but maybe next year!).
Review: Those within the tech-house scene know Birmingham-based TRMNL as one of Britain's most reliable regular events. While the events are of course currently on hold, the party crew has pressed ahead with the launch of their offshoot label. Release number one comes from regular guest and extended crew-member East End Dubs. He hits the ground running with "What's Goin On", a chunky, all-action affair that sees him pepper a rubbery, bass-heavy groove with fluttering synthesizer motifs and raw, razor-sharp acid lines. The fun continues on side B, where deep tech-house groover "Talk To Becky" - all elongated bittersweet chords, glitchy electronics and snappy drums - is joined by the bold, funk-fuelled late night cheekiness of "Do It R!ght".
Review: Here is the re-release of Matthew Herbert's first album "100 lbs", which was released originally in 1996 on the label Phono. Almost a classic by now, it is purely instrumental (so before the time he started to work with Dani Siciliano) and still sounds as fresh as a brand new release. As the album was originally released exactly 10 years ago, we're making this a kind of anniversary edition by releasing it as a 2xCD. The second CD will feature rare tracks & B-sides, most of those from the years 1995/1996.
Review: MOi? Who? Give it a listen and we'll give you one guess. His sound is unmistakeable isn't it. The new Ukrainian hero of rolling and funky minimal is back under yet another alias (and imprint) and he's already up to number four. "Track 1" on the A side is built for peak time headrushes on the dancefloors of Concrete and Hoppetosse. Expect this one to de destroying crowds of the underground this Summer! The B side offering is a bit more stripped; the fierce bass supported by some swirling and hypnotic pads on this surefire DJ tool that'll make even Ion Ludwig step up his game!
Review: Sometimes things go to the next level. We feel that something extra special is happening. This collection of songs was inspired by an experience of things going to the next level on a dancefloor deep in the heart of Tokyo. Sometimes we achieve escape velocity.
Review: After some recent flirtations with some UK-centric bass sounds, Styrax return to what they do best with some deep, Detroit-informed house sounds from Peak Shift. Absent from the scene since his last release in 2002, Islands sees two of his finest tracks reissued on clear vinyl for a new generation of house fans. Despite a sound obviously rooted in the late '90s, the drifting pads and forcefull bassline of "South Exit" sounds remarkably fresh today, falling somewhere between classic Spectral Sound and Kompakt material and the more esoteric analogue house of today, while 2001 track "Imaginary Numbers" takes things into deeply trippy territory where minimal house meets ambient.
Review: The masked wonder returns after some time spent away with a new two track throwdown for Nonplus. After last year saw a pair of 12"s drop on Running Back, it's been a fairly quiet time in the world of Redshape, but he comes to Boddika's label with his surefire analogue intent intact, dropping a pair of assured club jams oozing with warmth and funk. "I Feel Like Riot" rumbles along on a crunchy set of percussion, around which wobbling LFOs of bass and plush synth hits spiral outwards in a fine Motor City tradition. "The Rift" meanwhile drops a slick set of conga-enhanced drum science with a different salvo of thick, throbbing melodic twists for the sleazy end of the dance.
Review: Following up his terrific long player for hometown heroes Pressure Traxx earlier this year, Dario Reimann returns with this fresh offering for fellow Frankfurters Osman. In the same vein as previous releases by the likes of locals Philip Boss and Harry Wills, you can be sure that Reimann will keep on with the new sound of the Rhein Main region on his No Future Slap EP which was very much inspired by the early '90s style of UK techno. From the woozy afterhours bleep-funk of "Destroyer", the boompty minimal house of the title track or the fiercely hypnotic tunnel vision of "Trippy Bucket Hits" - this is the best of retro perceived through a modern lens.