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: For the 20th release on P.O.D Records, the duo Politics Of Dancing dug out an underground french house classic from Dj Freddy, Emergency Delivery. This long awaited repress is issued with a remix from England's very own Archie Hamilton and label boys themselves Politics Of Dancing.
Already a favorite.
Review: The re-launched Secretsundaze label continues to spread it's wings with the signing of Lisbon born, London based Silvestre.The push and pull of influences from his own and adopted countries have combined to find him a unique sound that embraces rap, R&B, reggaeton as well as breaks and woozy pads from UK hardcore and house. Mixing samples, his own voice and continuing the fusion of reggaeton and breakbeat/techno from previous releases, the Silvestre Is Boss EP aims for a hazy vibe.AAAs Silvestre explains: The pad and synth choices on this EP are picked specifically to sound dreamy, a dream where you arrive at the club but the party is already finished, which sucks." Silvestre began making his name in 2015 with his first release on the Diskotopia label from Tokyo and followed that up with appearances on Creme Organization and Paraiso. He then dropped the killer 'All The Things' EP of mid-tempo party bangers on his own Padre Himalaya label which reached the top 30 of Phonica's illustrious Singles of the Year list. The Silvestre Is Boss EP is his strongest work to date with 5 tracks of quality floor and headphone directed material that perfectly balances the need for playful melody and harmony with tough grooves and synthetic ambience. Drafted in on remix duty is Secretsundaze fave D.K. (Antinote records) who takes EP heater 'Fuego', dialling down the breakbeats for a smoother trip.
Review: In the early nineties, directly influenced by the Summer of Love of 1988, Florentine Riccardo Falsini began his project I Believe-a miscellaneous collection of records, compilations, and collaborations-released through his label Interactive Test (co-run with brother Franco Falsini).
These sounds would eventually reach Vancouver-based producer AVR (Avery La Rochelle) in the summer of 2018. Compelled by Riccardo's legacy as a producer and a deejay, Avery reached out to the Italian producer.
A friendship formed that would see them collaborate on various dance events in Vancouver, as well as their Outside Of Time EP, a reverie of hallucinatory trance music. Over the past year, the duo recorded these tracks with the free spirit of early rave culture in mind.
Outside Of Time is certified dance floor therapy that inspires the listener to believe in the power of love and music.
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".
Review: Since debuting in 2016, Sweely has delivered popular and highly regarded EPs for such storied labels as Lobster Theremin, Distant Hawaii, Bokari and Concrete Music. Here he makes his first appearance on Butter Side Up with an inventive and quietly impressive four-tracker. He kicks things up with "He's Mine", a rubbery, breakbeat-driven chunk of late night tech-house funk laden in quirky samples, before opting for a more metallic and glitchy take on tech-house on the YYY-esque "The Girls Are Watching". Title track "Private Navigation" adds ear catching organ lines and trippy spoken word samples to a garage-influenced tech-house groove, while "Hotel Corsica" is a wonderfully deep and spacey excursion tailor-made for sunrise sets and lazy afternoon workouts.
Review: Mysticisms' is delighted to reissue Nail's timeless debut release, Cassiopeia. Appearing on the DiY Collective's 'Strictly 4 Groovers' compilation album for Warp Records in 1993, the original appears as a stand alone at last and is backed with a specially created 2019 Remix. Starting in 1989 and centered around Nottingham, the collective, also known as DiY Sound System, were a focal point for the burgeoning house scene in the midlands. Promoting an alternative take on post-acid house's creeping commercialisation, DiY kept to simple ethos of good music and a good party and were at the forefront of the new Free Party movement. Alongside parties, the collective set up a studio and label and young Neil Tolliday was introduced by in-house engineer Damian Stanley. 'Nail' was born and during studio downtime, the 18 year old wrote Cassiopeia around the S1000 sampler, Juno 106, Oberheim Matrix 1000 and Roland SH101. Cassiopeia became the stand out inclusion on the compilation and rightly, is still highly prized. Fitting in and outside the Deep House vibe DiY were known, it fuses elements of ambient and even trance, with a beautiful arpeggio and vocal sample atop simple, but killer bass line and claps. Tolliday's 2019 Remix is a fitting accompaniment, stretching towards dub techno before house kicks back perfectly for today's heads. Bounce the Mystery.