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19 Mar 12
Played by: Brothers In Progress
Review: The latest Cadenza missive does what Reboot and indeed Luciano's label have become best known for - twisting new shapes and sounds out of tool house. The organic, shuffling groove on the original track features soaring bass licks and beautifully fragile Oriental melodies. Robert Dietz's version dispenses with these subtleties and focuses instead on rolling drums and acidic licks. Cesar Merveille's take brings the sense of melody back and adds some breezy bass licks, reminiscent of old Saunderson techno-house. However, the standout track here is "In The Sky"; clocking in at over 12 minutes its tight percussion and soulful vocal samples culminate in the cheeky sample of the vocal from Billie Ray Martin's "Your Loving Arms", which also provides the arrangement's outro.
22 Jan 13
Played by: Romanto (Young Society/Daredomusic)
24 May 10
Review: Luciano's Cadenza Records continues to flourish in this, its sixth year. Last month saw them launch the new digital offshoot, Cadenza Lab and now Cadenza proper reaches a significant milestone of its own, their 50th release. For this landmark release we see the burgeoning imprint return to Reboot's Shunyata album from earlier this month to deliver this unmissable two tracker. Featuring album track "Rambon" and a Luciano remix of "Urana," this is a real treat that cuts to the core of Cadenza?s heart.
"Rambon," which also appeared in the later stages of Reboot's Essential Mix at the end of last year, harks to all the spontaneity and dynamics of Reboot's much celebrated live sets. Seemingly crafted with the art of DJing in mind, the track builds in the German's trademark orgasmically visceral way. Based around what Reboot has termed himself, a complex polyrhythmic rhythm, the groove evolves in a masterful way, each percussive line snapping in to place perfectly. However, underneath this naturally grooving rhythm lies an undertow of strangeness garnered by a collection of everyday sounds such as the clatter of dishes, faint radio signals and pitched down murmurings. After some tightly looped vocals and subtle percussive build-ups, Reboot manages to craft a unique sense of melody, not in a traditional sense but instead wrapped in a strong hypnotism.
On the flip, Luciano reworks album opener, "Urana." Stretching it to over ten minutes, the remix feels more like an edit with the label boss changing very little. What he does do though, is get straight into the groove rather than guiding the track gradually out of the fog as the original does. With its cautious pitter patter drums, rippling percussion, bright arpeggios and smoky feel, this is Luciano expanding on Reboot?s vibe as only he can.
14 Jun 10
Review: Percussion, rhythms and intricate polyrhythms have always laid down the foundations of Reboot's music ever since he first arrived on the scene three years ago. Since that debut, "Be Tougher/Letters" from back in 2007 on Luciano's Cadenza imprint, the talented German has made a fast and steep rise to becoming one of dance music's hottest properties. He has seen single and EP releases on Cocoon, Below, Love Letters from Oslo, Motivbank, Below and Ricardo Villalobos' Sei Es Drum imprint in addition to highly acclaimed mix CDs for Cocoon and Cécille. Shunyata, his first ever LP marks his return to Cadenza and keeps his ever flowing, tribal polyrhythms at the centre of its sound.
Its title is loosely translated from its Buddhist origins as ?emptiness? which is not used here in a negative sense but as a reference to the album?s state of impermanence and constant state of flux. Utilising the album format, Reboot manages to make the individual tracks start at one point and lead to somewhere completely different, keeping the entire record moving in a constant and kaleidoscopic motion. He builds these spiralling grooves or intricate polyrhythms by interconnecting instruments such as congas, bells, cymbals, woodblocks, shakers, steely drums and aluminium barrels, binding them together to weave an evolving groove. Added to that, stranger sound elements such as field recordings, cut up, distorted vocals, pings and gurgles permeate the percussion layers whilst a spongy bed of compressed bass fills the low end.
The focus is once more on the dancefloor as tracks like the peaktime "Hermano," the deepness of "Dreliach" the hypnotic "Me Show," and the darker vibes of "Save Me" all play testament to. However, there are also some more unexpected moments such as the skipping and melodic "Rambon," the spiralling "Down Pantha," the sedate opener "Uruana" and the sampled guitar that appears on "Sanchez Says." It's very structural nature makes Shunyata an album in the true sense of the word, demanding full and repeat listens to fully appreciate its beauty.