Review: Here is something we've been all waiting for! With some timeless releases on his back catalogue, Perlon and Hartchef Discos to name a few, Audio Werner is joining the mighty Sushitech family and finally releases his debut album!
There's always something brilliant and hypnotic about the groove of Audio Werner and this album takes the brilliant sound of the master even further, crossing between proper deep techno and the more shuffled rhythms that we love.
On A Different Note is a triple gatefold 12" with eight fresh and well produced tracks. Extreme quality from both Sushitech and Audio Werner, per usual... Essential release!
Review: Progressive house hero Nick Warren has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Australian imprint Balance, delivering his first contribution to their ongoing mix series way back in 2011. His latest two-disc selection is subtitled "The Soundgarden" and is every bit as colourful, healthy, green and calming you'd expect. It's rooted in the dancefloor of course, but his choices of tunes tend towards the atmospheric, highly melodious and ear pleasing end of the tech-house, progressive house and deep house genres. It makes for a hugely entertaining and easygoing listen, with even the album's occasional darker diversions failing to interrupt the blissful and tuneful flow.
Review: Ukrainian producer Aleksandr Voznichenko is undoubtedly best known as iO, though in recent years he's released some of his most potent club cuts under the MOi alias. His latest outing under the pseudonym - his tenth in total - is = fluid and otherworldly, offering two cuts that should be of interest to all discerning tech-house DJs. Side one's "A" bobs and weaves impressively, with metallic noises, odd aural textures and intergalactic pulses wriggling around a rubbery but chunky groove. The Mulen co-founder opts for a deeper, warmer and more melodious sound on "B", where dreamier chords and more positive-sounding deep space electronics flutter away above another snappy, bass-heavy tech-house groove.
Review: The first pressing of Andrea La Pietra's fourth annual EP sold out in record time, so Melliflow has moved quickly to provide us with a repress. Listening back six weeks after it first appeared in stores, it's easy to see why it has become a must-have EP. Throughout, La Pietra cannily sidesteps conventions, mixing and matching elements of deep house, tech-house, two-step, broken beat, jazz-funk and electro, opting for colourful synthesizer motifs, off-kilter funk-fuelled beats, weighty analogue bass and electronic sounds capable of both soothing the senses and putting smiles on weary faces. Such is the high quality threshold that picking out highlights is hard, though we're particularly enjoying the bouncy, early Orbital influenced "In Full Effect", the warm and sunny "She Glanced Up" and the bustling "Deflection".