Review: Back in 2008, noted experimentalist Alva Noto began a sporadic series of albums that were far more focused on dancefloor-inspired rhythms than his usual eccentric and inspiring fare. Unieqav is the third and, we're told, final part of the series. The album is apparently meant to be a sonic representation of an underwater dive, a conceptual theme which manifests itself through the storied producer's use of deep and atmospheric chords, fluid and occasionally glistening electronics, and rhythms that evoke images of ever-deeper dives into the dark, cold depths. Rhytmically, there are nods to electro, IDM, dub techno and Autechre, though the mood remains laidback and intoxicated throughout.
Review: German minimal/tech house veteran Christian Burkhardt makes a worthy addition to East End Dubs' ever reliable Eastenderz stable with this absolute thrasher of an EP. Although a native of Heidelberg, Burkhardt was associated with the "Mannheim Sound" over a decade ago, but has since carved out his own distinct style on tastemaker imprints like Oslo, raum...musik and Cocoon, in addition to his own Christian Burkhardt Sessions. He is in impressive form on ENDZ 030, which features the moody tough rolling main room banger "Vibration" on the A side, followed by the meditative tribal trance of afterhours cut "Foundation" as well as the bleepy minimal funk of closer "Nation" which harks back to his output in the late 00s.
Review: Stil Vor Talent introduces this month another newcomer called Freska from the beautiful Murmansk in Russia. The nice James Holden fan has taken guitar lessons and discovered the world of synthesiser and drumcomputer since 1996. Freskas tracks are reflecting the Nordic impressions of his snowy home. He reaches this unique atmosphere by using his acoustic guitar and his love for deep electro, which he proves with this release called "Some Turns Inside" which has already been charted by well known artists like Carl Cox and Kiki. Stil Vor Talent is proud to present another exceptional talent with style on our sweet underground label.
Review: While the name may be new, A New Line (Related) is supposedly the work of an already established musician, although Kimochi was never a label that cared about hype. The music stands just fine on its own, digging into the kind of dusty and dusky house and techno formations that the label has forged its hand-sprayed identity on. There's plenty of ambient techno twirls to be enjoyed on the likes of "Dancing On Soft Borders", while the beats melt away entirely on "After A Short Illness" and grandiose EP closer "RIYL Failures". Once again Kimochi comes up with the kind of meaningful variations on the 4/4 framework that keep our record bags full and our souls enriched.
Review: There's something pleasingly dewy-eyed about the latest release from the Saga label, which sees Romar and Takesh Himeoka each serve up hazy and melodious workouts seemingly inspired by nature. Romar's "Clouds" is a pleasingly deep, drifting and melodious affair, with gently positive chord progressions, bubbly acid lines and hybrid electro/techno beats creating a sumptuously loved-up mood. In contrast, Takesh Himeoka's "Oceans" is as deep and picturesque as the Pacific, with a rolling, two-step style groove underpinning Mr YT style pads and becalmed electric piano motifs. Musically, it offers a near perfect sonic summary of a great ocean on a gentle day; it may get stormy at some point, but not while Himeoka is at the controls.
Ways Of The Sun (Peter Kruder Into The Black Hole remix) (7:22)
Ways Of The Sun (Manuel Fischer remix) (8:38)
Ways Of The Sun (Armitage remix) (6:43)
Review: Second time round for the much-loved "Ways Of The Sun", Frankey and Sandrino's 2015 collaboration with vocalist La Oberg. This time, there's no original mix to admire, but rather a quartet of fresh remixes. Jimi Jules steps up first, wrapping dubbed-out synth splashes and La Oberg's evocative vocal around a loose and languid dub disco-meets-deep house groove, before Peter Kruder re-imagines the track as an acid bass-propelled chunk of analogue deep house goodness. Over on side B, Manuel Fischer dishes up a sunrise-ready organic tech-house take while Armitage slams down a loopy and hypnotic peak-time revision that subtly builds throughout.
Review: On his fifth full length - and first solo effort for six years - German veteran Oliver Huntemann shows few signs of mellowing with age. From start to finish, Propaganda is an exercise in late night dancefloor dynamics. While there are occasional moments of heady beat-less contemplation, for the most part the album is an invitation to get lost in the producer's dark and woozy world. That means that hypnotic techno rhythms, booming basslines, weird noises and clandestine chords dominate, with Huntemann choosing to showcase his numerous influences (electro, dark ambient, Kraftwerk, film soundtracks, industrial music and Red Rackem's "Wonky Disco Bassline Banger", for example) within this rigid formula. The results are quietly impressive, with Huntemann serving up a string of solid club tracks for DJ use.
Review: Using the Turkish psychedelic project Insanlar as a jump off point, Honest Jon's have enlisted Ricardo Villalobos to turn out one of his grandiose remix projects that gels so naturally with more exotic sound sources. The original of "Kime Ne" is already an enchanting, Moog-infused groover rich with traditional vocals, and then Mr Villalobos locks the ingredients in for a typically cosmic ride into stripped and hypnotic house territory, letting the lutes intertwine with dusty reams of percussion using that alchemists touch that could only come the man himself. The remix spreads itself over two sides of wax, leaving one side of the double pack free for a fetching etching as well.
Review: Off the back of their blossoming indie-electronica sophomore LP Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, the Mount Kimbie duo undergoes the remix treatment from three well-equipped and idiosyncratic artists. First up Kyle Hall brings the Detroit grit but balances it with his sensitivity towards UK concerns for an uptempo and undeniably version of "You Took Your Time". DJ Koze brings a more tender kind of 4/4 full of esoteric melodic flourishes and the stark original vocal on "Made To Stray", and Lee Gamble rips it all up with his own aquatic blur of "You Took Your Time" that lets the drums fall muddily and the synths strain against a wall of sonic fluff, with fantastic end results.
Soul Of Man - "Dirty Waltzer" (Denney Nubreed edit) (6:39)
Richie Blacker & Loeca - "Angel" (6:48)
Tim Weeks - "Illuminate" (6:50)
Review: The Nubreed series has built amazing momentum over the past year and Global Underground are very proud to announce Denney as the newest DJ to turn in a future classic for the iconic series. The British producer has stated that this three month labour of love resulted in the most personal and emotive selection of music he has made in his career thus far. He thought his Essential Mix was tough going - but mixing Nubreed 12 he felt he reached another level. Features 29 tracks, including four exclusives from Denney and friends, with highlights such as the artist's own "Genena", the Andy Cato classic "7AM Drop", legend Danny Howell's massive "Isolar" and the progressive house classic "I Wish You Were Here" by John Creamer & Stephane K (feat Nkemdi - Omid 16B Revisit remix).
Review: Previously, Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer have delivered some deliciously epic remixes that sound more like freestyle electronic jazz epics than stripped-back minimal techno chuggers. It's perhaps fitting, then, that they've been given a chance to rework two tracks from Swedish jazz drummer-turned-electronic experimentalist Samuel Ruhrer's recent album, Range of Regularity. Together the Berlin-based duo tackles "Uncertain Grace", creating a mind-altering concoction rich in frazzled electronic pulses, chiming melodies, delay-laden drum hits and deep-sea textures. Villalobos goes solo on the flip to lay down a typically intoxicating, off kilter, acid-flecked minimal techno interpretation of "Lenina". The Chilean keeps things fresh by incorporating fluttering flute passages and broken electronics.
Review: Laudably, the Get Physical crew seems keen on showcasing emerging talents from scenes around the world that have yet to make a global impact. They're at it again here, offering up what we believe to be the first mainstream compilation to focus on underground dance music made in India, a country not previously known for its electronic music heritage. There's much to admire throughout, from the drifting vocals and acid-flecked electro rhythms of Pawas and Arooj Aftab's "Naja" and the exotic, swelling tech-house beauty of Small Town Guy ft. Adil Smaali's "Oasis", to the sitar and tabla driven drug chug of Hamza's "Morchang" and the Giorgio Moroder-inspired brilliance of Todh Teri's "Sampadan 1 (Dub Version)", which is worth the admission price on its own.