Given his extensive knowledge of house and techno through the decades, not to mention his immaculate mixing skills, you'd expect Gerd Janson's contribution to Fabric's long-running mix series to be rather good. As predicted, it's superb. After opening with Luke Abbot's deliciously steamy, marimba-heavy rework of Todd Terje sunset classic "Snooze 4 Love", the Running Back chief gradually ups the tempo and intensity, along the way finding time for the melodious breeziness of John Talabot, the stripped-back retro-futurism of Shan, a dash of big room business from Joy Orbison and Boddika, and a swathe of lesser-known house gems from the likes of Joe Clausell and Scott Grooves. He also finds space for Prins Thomas's fine remix of Caribou's "Sun", which closes the mix perfectly.
Hamburg-based Mirau Musik has been releasing high-grade house treats since back in 2008. Since then, they've been responsible for a series of impressive releases that join the dots between wonky house, analogue deepness and touchy-feely nu-disco. This first label compilation showcases their best to date, from the touching melodic rush of Mano Le Tough's "Eurodancer" and atmospheric late night shuffle of Good Guy MIkesh & Filburt, to the 'what-the-Dickens' disco oddness of Erobique and Tensnake's anthemic "Around The House". There's also some excellent gear from Erdbeerschnitzel and a live mix of label material, recorded at Robert Johnson, by Gerd Jansen.
With a title like this, it's no surprise to learn that the compilation Gerd Janson has pulled together for Rush Hour is somewhat indebted to the legacy of Kraftwerk. In a thoroughly refreshing focus of intent, the contributing artists have had to reach towards a preface of "ambient not ambient" to take part in this project, and the end results showcase artists reaching beyond the common fare they turn out in their day to day release schedules. With his roots in ambient, Move D is of course right at home here, as is Roman Flugel, but it's exciting to hear the Krautrock tones of Ame's "Erkki" or the claustrophobic beatdown of Maxxi & Zeus (better known as Quiet Village).
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