Having operated on the fringes of deep and tech-house since the mid '90s, DJ booker-turned-producer Till Von Sein is finally ready to drop his debut album. It's hugely entertaining, deviating from his usual club-friendly deep house style to take in a myriad of styles and influences. While a smattering of piano-laden deep house grooves remain (see "Sumthin Good", "Monday" and the low-end heavy "61"), the German producer also finds space to include excursions into springy disco ("Ltd"), sleazy jazz breaks ("Out of Love"), Detroit-influenced early techno futurism ("Non Existent Love") and smacked-out downtempo blissfulness (the post-dubstep influenced "Neptune"). Well worth checking out.
The Church crew return with more fresh off the press techno, this time with Viers, a hotly tipped new producer with his heart firmly set on minimal, futuristic sounds. Apes & Seb Wildblood add their own atmospheric sound to the track, taking that hard edge and blurring the lines between techno and ambient house. "Your Body" is Viers' nightmare hard techno track and it sounds fantastic as loud as it can go. Heavy pulsating rhythms take the fore as the track progresses into industrial territory. Lastly, Squarehead pushes up the off-beats, adding a lighter house feel to the track, fading up shimmering melodies as a newly colourful bassline kicks in. Perfect 2013 sounds.