Once the torchbearer for minimal house, it seems like Mathias Kaden has since softened his sound - something that's audible on Tentakle. "Pitched" is a dense, rolling groove populated by insistent vocal loops, while "Troija" is more nuanced. Over hyperactive drums, Kaden weaves a web of jazzy textures and melodic flourishes, as complex as a maze. "Demence" meanwhile sees him return to more grounded territory, with a niggling acid line and a vocal sample intoning 'the music' set to a rolling groove. Finally, Kaden completes his reinvention with "Propeller"; centred on a relentless filter, its high-paced, slamming groove is more effective than a warehouse full of hiccupping grooves.
Various - "Watergate 14" (continuous DJ mix by Mathias Kaden) - (1:07:41) 123 BPM
Mathias Kaden may have gained recognition as a minimal house producer, but as his selection for Watergate shows, he has moved on to deeper pastures. Embracing US house as well as the more esoteric end of the European sound, Watergate 14 is full of warm, fluid basslines, seductive melodies and inviting vocal samples. Ron Trent's "Kids at Play" captures the approach eloquently, with jazzy keys unfolding over a heavy bassline, while Moodymann also shines on the cut-up "4 One Night". The Americans don't completely own the mix however, and DJ Sprinkles' brilliant fade-heavy re-imaging of The Mole's "Lockdown Party" is worth the price of the mix alone.
Radio 1 DJ Heidi provides a taster for her latest compilation on the German label. Lauhaus & Kabale und Liebe and Mathias Kaden cover the stripped back sound, with the former's "Who Called Kenny?" revolving around a subtle disco filter and a breathy vocal and Kaden's "Jackathon" offering for a blacker timbre and fuller beats. Soul Clap meanwhile, represent the more tripped out side to Heidi's DJing: "Incoming Bitch (Get Low!)" features spacey synths and a warm, nagging bleepy riff. Best of all though is Swiss veteran Deetron's "The Juggler". Based on a jacking rhythm and littered with stuttering vocal snippets, its acid line purrs like a BMW cruising through an Alpine pass.