It's not hard to tell that Mario Willms aka Douglas Greed is an experienced, adventurous producer and this release on the Wighnomy Brothers' label pushes minimal house in new directions. The title track starts off as standard stripped back groove, but soon descends into detuned chord and bassline kookiness. "Play The Game" is the most typical minimal track here, but even it sounds different thanks to its buzz-saw bass and hissing percussion. Best of all though is "The Right Man For The Gob", which takes inspiration from older minimal records and combines the yelping analogue riffs of classic Dan Bell with a predatory bassline.
Trancey and skippy melodies can be heard throughout Jesper Ryom's Syvsover EP, kickstarted with the happy melodies of "Viwepoint". Panning synths, wavering bass and Hot Chip-style vocals sound in "It's So", while in "Clock", syncopated rhythms are made danceable thanks to its progressive house style. "Ghostly" adds some jazzy and uplifting elements to the EP, similar to Planet Funk's chart topping "Chase The Sun".
As the days get shorter and the autumn nights chillier, it's nice to have a reminder about the lazy, hazy days of summer. As sun-tinged, cider-fuelled soundtracks go, it doesn't get more tantalising than this release. "Tanger" sets the tone for the EP, its lazy mid-tempo shuffle providing the basis for jazzy Rhodes tinkling and sensuous flute solos. "Action 3" is more stripped back and dance floor-focused thanks to its hissing percussion, but the double bass and his'n'hers vocals lend it a quirky character. "Nend" rounds off the release with a wasted-sounding waif warbling seductively over a live drum loop.
It sounds like the title track on this release is an ode to one of Underworld's greatest moments. Over rolling, organic drums, Hemmann lays down what could be a trancier take on the central riff from the well-worn chestnut "Born Slippy". However, it would be unfair to suggest that he is merely revisiting former glories. "You Know" is an irresistibly infectious serving of Cologne trance, its floaty chords combined with lazy, hazy vocals that conjure up images of sunny, stoned days and drinking cider in fields. Finally, "Roundabout" is an acrobatic breakbeat workout with a similarly melodic feeling.
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.
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.