Domenic Cappello - "Not A Festival Track" (Basement mix) (6:57)
Stojche - "Decipher Language" (5:41)
Gauss - "Aperture"
XDB - "Satimak"
Leonid - "Woodwalk"
Life Recorder - "True Moments"
Review: The Verdant stamp of quality is well established by now, but it presses even deeper with the release of this high-grade compilation from a rich cast of subterranean seafarers. Steve O'Sullivan dons his Bluetrain cape for the slow-chugging, appropriately dubbed out meditation of "Sleeping With The Enemy", while Domenic Cappello creates a swooning string-drenched masterpiece out of "Not A Festival Track". Stojche's "Decipher Language" is a snappier affair, while XDB crafts one of his sublime, leftfield techno variations brimming with imagination to match its functionality. At every turn this is a compilation of top-drawer techno crafter with passion and originality - grip it while you can!
Review: Kimochi Sound introduces a new artist for their 30th release. This debut record is all deep beats and breaks and it's full of the fuzzy feels and swollen atmospheres we've come to expect from the imprint. It's a bit of a mini album, moving from Ilian Tape techno influences to a closing number reminiscent of Ulrich Schnauss.
Review: On previous albums, Francis Harris has tackled some weighty subjects, including memory, loss and grief, intertwining these artistic inspirations with a woozy, organic and multi-layered deep house framework. "Trivial Occupations", his third full-length excursion, is not only less conceptual in tone, but also marks a conscious attempt to move away from the constraints of the dancefloor. Of course, there are still hypnotic, ultra-deep house beats scattered around the album, it's just that they largely operate at a more leisurely pace and usually come smothered in crackling field recordings, ambient chord sequences and slowly shifting melodies designed to worm their way into your consciousness. Combine these cuts with some superb, beat-free ambient explorations, and you have a hugely atmospheric and entertaining set.
Royksopp - "What Else Is There?" (Trentemoller remix)
Trentemoller - "Gush"
The Knife - "We Share Our Mother's Health" (Trentemoller remix)
Trentemoller - "Kink"
Review: Audiomatique are happy and proud to present "The Trentemoller Chronicles". This new double album is not a new studio album, but an overview of Trentemoller's impressive body of work. "The Trentemoller Chronicles" include Anders' personal selection of his best songs and remixes, which have only been available on vinyl or on compilations, as well as some new and exclusive songs. This is an essential piece of minimal/tech house.
Review: Since releasing his fine debut album Offseason Traveller in 2013, Aera releases have been sporadic at best. Although there have been odd singles here and there (including a brilliant 2017 out on Hivern Discs), fans have been made to wait for this long-promised sophomore set. Aera (AKA Aleph Music founder Ralf Schmidt) claims it's his most personal and coherent work yet, and we tend to agree. Largely unconcerned with making people dance, the album offers up a melodious, far-sighted and largely ear-pleasing blend of ambient, electronica and IDM cuts variously inspired by new age, kosmiche and krautrock. Of course, there are hints of the producer's usual left-of-centre take on house and techno throughout, but it's the uncluttered beauty of the album's more downtempo tracks that makes the biggest impression.
Review: 'The Man-Machine' is closer to the sound and style that would define early new wave electro-pop. Less minimalistic in its arrangements and more complex and danceable in its underlying rhythms. Like its predecessor, 'Trans-Europe Express', there is the feel of a divided concept album, with some songs devoted to science fiction-esque links between humans and technology, often with electronically processed vocals ("The Robots," "Spacelab," and the title track); others take the glamour of urbanization as their subject ("Neon Lights" and "Metropolis"). Plus, there's "The Model," a character sketch that falls under the latter category but takes a more cynical view of the title character's glamorous lifestyle. More pop-oriented than any of their previous work, the sound of 'The Man-Machine' in particular among Kraftwerk's oeuvre had a tremendous impact on the cold, robotic synth pop of artists like Gary Numan, as well as Britain's later new-romantic movement.
Review: "In music, phrygian mode is dissonant, dark, depressive and gloomy. Its use was even forbidden in classical Greece for centuries because it was considered pagan. The sound of phrygian mode is rather exotic..."
Following the excellent Lost Series (Part 1) and (Part 2), Frigio label founder Juanpablo is back, this time with a full five track mini-LP: Darkness gathers above the needle's edge as the Colombian artist delivers the shadow strewn The Hideout. Abstraction is balanced against dancefloor clout across this quintet of underworld electronics. Rhythms curve and bend, scattering into the blackened chasms of "Chrome Light" and "Shadow's Color," before resurfacing into the light of "Indumorg." The title piece burns with a slow intensity. Sinister coils of Acid drip, skies bruise and ash rains before "They Watching You" closes. Juanpablo's builds on his past releasing, melting the lines of Techno, House and Electro and remoulding genres and blurring styles. Eclipsed sounds from the centre of Spain.
Review: Riccardo Buccirossi is one of those artists who has no problem in pressing up his own debut release onto vinyl; he clearly has absolutely no need to go through other labels to get his point across, and we respect him for that. Of course, we should mention that this is some pretty stellar music, right here: the opener "Giraffe" shapes the minimal techno formula into something completely new and boundaries thanks to his use of electro as a guide to the arrangement, and the more beat-centric dub mix isn't anything short of brilliant. There's also a dub version of "Intothestruggles", a muddled, intricate web of washed-out sonics, followed by the glitchy folds of "Amazzonia" and the original mix of "Intothestruggles". All in all, this is a fine debut that will surely place this artist on the map.
Review: Bwana aka Nathan Micay has already seen a release on Will Saul's Aus Music and his fluid, freeform house music returns with "Tengo", a melodic progressive house nugget that's both spacey and fit for any dancefloor. The same goes for "Drop Mechanism", an ethereal house stepper, while "Due West" goes in a lot harder with a vicious bundle of Power House drums punching and kicking their way across its chords. Effective floor bombs.
Review: Since debuting on Visionquest back in 2013, Clarian North has served up music on a wide variety of labels - Multi-Culti, Turbo and Kompakt included - all the while mixing vintage new wave influences with more contemporary dancefloor styles. For this long-awaited debut album, he's decided to flip the script a little, serving up a set of drowsy, stylish and left-of-centre cuts that mostly his explore his love of skewed synth-pop and Mascara-clad 1980s new wave. Of course, there are plenty of subtle nods towards other sounds and styles - a dash of spacey ambient here, a tear-jerking shoegaze pop gem there - amongst the DIY post-punk pop workouts, as well as a handful of tracks that move closer to his more familiar dancefloor sound.
Ibrahim Alfa - "Follow Your Light" (Voigtmann remix) (6:40)
Confessions Of A Time Traveller (7:12)
Anti Gravity Space Taco (6:55)
Review: Five years on from the release of his first solo single, Claus Voightmann is finally ready to deliver his debut album, an expansive double album that pushes his tactile and atmospheric sound into previously unexplored avenues. Of course, there's plenty of floor friendly material in his now trademark style - see the deep and rolling, tech-tinged shuffle of "Mr Mojo Rising", the rising and falling synthesizer lines of spacey tech-house cuts "Straight No Chaser" and "Particularly Wayward", as well as a raw remix of Ibrahim Afa and the boisterous "Perpetuity" - but also a slew of impeccable ambient soundscapes that register among the album's most memorable tracks.
Review: Utilising the skills he learned mixing tracks for the likes of Pole and Pantha Du Prince, Kassian Troyer delivers his new EP, Stills, on Dial. The record opens with the sumptuous title track, featuring beautifully shuffling hi-hats and a subtle yet mesmerising synth progression. "The Afternoon Grid" offers more of the same, gently building a dazzling listening experience that delivers sheer aural serenity. "Breezy" takes things a bit deeper, and slightly darker, moving the rhythm with a swelling bass line accompanied by the distinct shuffle of stripped down garage aesthetics. "Hunter" slows everything down, closing out the record as blissfully as it began; Troyer using the tempo to open up masses of space and filling it with delicate, sparkling house.
Review: Earthen Sea adds to the Kimochi Sound with a soulful examination of indistinct margins, suffused with dusky haze. It's a heady atmosphere and has a palpable heaviness throughout. Starting the record are the concrete reverberations of You Don't Never Know, followed by the murky ebb and flow of Fly. 13 Beat(less) is diffused ambience.
Shielding fittingly closes the record, and weaves Earthen Sea's many textures with intricate syncopation.
Review: Renowned producer, remixer, DJ and record label owner Carl Craig is one of the few artists who can truly claim to have shaped the sound of
modern electronic music. Making music since the tender age of 17, Craig has created everything from ambient soundscapes to jazz
during the past 20 years, but it's his work in dance music that is at his core. 'Sessions' is a long overdue album that brings together a personal
selection of Carl's incredible back catalogue, from his early work under the aliases Paperclip People and 69 to worldwide hits like 'Throw'
(recently covered live by LCD Soundsystem) and groundbreaking tracks like 'Bug in the Bassbin'. Alongside the classics, the two discs also showcase why Craig is still such a powerful force in music today with a diverse range of remixes for the likes of XPress 2, Theo Parrish and many others. For his rework for Junior Boys'. 'Like A Child' he was just nominated for a Grammy.
The selection also includes previously unreleased tracks, alternative versions of his own productions, as well as some exclusive unreleased
remixes. 'Sessions' reminds us of how exciting and unique Carl Craig's productions and remixes are and why he remains at the top of his game,
a retrospective of one of the world’s most influential and groundbreaking figures in electronic music.
Review: On his latest long player - his first for three years, fact fans - Berlin-based tech-house producer Samuel Kindermann has attempted to fuse electronic music with the sweeping strings and considered compositions of classical music. To this end, he's spit the resulting tracks into two classical-style "movements". Disc one contains the club-focused material ("Movement 1"), a melodious an attractive selection of positive dancefloor tracks rich in joyously tuneful motifs, glistening electronics and soaring orchestration. He flips the script on disc two, showcasing the dowtempo side of his personality for the first time. Here, you'll hear deep space ambient, warm and woozy IDM and a clutch of inspired, neo-classical inspired soundscapes.
Review: Sound Voyage is a globetrotting enterprise spearheaded by Niko Schabel and Tom Wieland, which concerns itself with drawing on indigenous music from all over, fusing it with contemporary processes in a respectful, collaborative fashion. This special release brings together their "En Route To Thailand" album, included here on CD, with the 12" release of "Schattenspiel Dub". Throughout the instrumentation is rich and expressive, drawing on spiritual jazz as much as the sound of Thai folk music. Khidja also steps up for a remix of "Golden Garuda" that edges a little more electronic trickery into the tumbling, organic tones. A truly adventurous release, but also incredibly easy on the ears.
Review: Valencia's Alex Font has released or remixed previously on the likes of Nervous, Multi Vitamins and Nite Grooves but returns on his new Acme imprint with a full length. On the Sabor LP, he joins the dots between rolling maximal house ("Visionaere"/"Los Hombres De Negro"), deep and drugged out after-hours shenanigans ("Latin Rhythms"), spacey microhouse ("A Little Spicy") and even a bit of traditional latin jazz on the quirky closer "La Rumba No Tiene Horario". Recorded and released since his return to his homeland after a three year stint in London, it's all in all a brilliant effort by a talented young producer and he's definitely still one to watch!