Marek Hemmann delivers his first vocal-led release, stepping into the pop infused sphere of dance music with great accomplishment. His clear understanding of pop is merged with his house and techno tendencies, creating a classic sounding song boasting a hypnotic groove and enchanting melody.
After this album's rocket ship intro we're subject to a bevvy of spaced out, trippy beats, liquid basslines and cosmic synths. To a back drop of future music, vocals in "Get Phunky" and "Soulmakers" wax lyrical about the good old days, while tracks like "Rawtone" lets the drums and percussion do all the talking. The smooth tone of Sophie Taylor's vocals offset the screaming synths in "Clarity", while "Wisodom" sees dubbed out piano chords sing a euphoric progression. Get yourself to Berlin and live this music to blood orange sunrise.
Energie (feat Rocko Schamoni - Michael Mayer remix) - (7:58) 124 BPM
Korokana (Cuthead remix) - (4:46) 121 BPM
Clarity (feat Sophie Taylor - Redshape remix) - (7:14) 124 BPM
Get Phunky (feat Aquarius Heaven - Nick Curly vocal remix) - (6:53) 126 BPM
Get Phunky (feat Aquarius Heaven - Nick Curly dub remix) - (6:52) 126 BPM
Mathias Kaden is a long time alumnus of the Freude Am Tanzen family out of Jena, learning the ropes from the very best; namely the Wignhomy Brothers. His recent long player Energetic originally came out in mid-2015, but now gets the remix treatment from an all-star cast. "Energie" gets a re-rub from Kompakt main man Michael Mayer, who turns it into one of those dark and melodic journey tracks that will fit into the current status quo of similar tracks by the likes of Life & Death and Innervisions. Dresden dusty house hero, the Uncanny Valley affiliated Cuthead, gives "Korokana" a nice urban flavoured rework and the mysterious Redshape gives "Clarity" his trademark rusty and reductionist sound. Let's not forget Nick Curly's contributions; he gives "Get Phunky" a dose of the Mannheim sound. Its driving, percussive tech house groove is relentless and there's a dub version for those of you less keen on Aquarius Heaven's vocals.
Daniel Müller-Sachs and Andreas Krieste's loose and experimental production style gives their brand of minimal dyed house and techno a deliciously raw and live feel. With the Blue Random EP, the duo known as Taron Trekka deliver their second EP for Freude Am Tanzen in as many years, following the success of 2009's Artys Iisii". "Blue Mountain" sees a deliciously deep yet simple groove layered over with a jazz influenced trumpet, while "Colours" is a smoother and more laid back number, allowing a funk sentiment to infiltrate Trekka's deepest of deep house. "Mr No (Where Is The Magic)" however, is where things really get moving and break away into a wild and untamed monster, with a lovely combination of lightness in the top end and nasty rumbling bass down below.
Yellow Magic is the latest in a series of EPs on the Wighnomy Brothers' label by this German duo. Following on from this year's "Purple Magic" release, they have decided to give their studio trickery a different shade. The title track is a tracky, stripped back affair with vocal samples whispering in and out of the arrangement. It's exactly the kind of track one would expect Robag Wruhme to play. "Consoli" follows in a similar vein, but "Trsnumak" ushers in a change of direction as rattling percussion and menacing organ playing are introduced. Although billed as a bonus track, "Segelboot" also impresses, with its jazzy keys and insistent bleeps.