Sao Paulo deep house producer Xique-Xique's Xaxoeira EP was originally released in 2014 but now sees a deserved vinyl release. Starting out with the very All Day I Dream-ish "1542" which is complete with lush xylophone melodies, woozy synths and smooth beats, he's then into the slow burning title track, which comes complete with cosmic atmosphere and sultry French vocals; just perfect for drifting. Ecuador's Nicola Cruz delivers a fine remix, staying on the same Lee Burridge style vibe of the first track and is perfect for an open air rooftop party near you next Summer.
To celebrate ten years since the release of their classic album, Booka Shade announce Movements 10. The German duo comprised of Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier are known for the seminal minimal and electro-house cuts over the mid to late noughties that defined a sub-genre, alongside their Get Physical alumni M.A.N.D.Y. and DJ T. Timeless classics they're responsible for, such as "Body Language", In White Rooms" and "Mandarine Girl" are all here and remastered for your listening pleasure. Not to mention a collection of fine remixes by a who's who in the current tech house climate. Our favourites weren't limited to: "Lost High" remixed by NYC legend Dennis Ferrer, Swiss hi-tech soul merchant Deetron delivering an absolutely infectious rendition of the aforementioned "Mandarine Girl" and Geordie producer Patrick Topping delivering a very 2016 style makeover of "Night Falls"
Newcastle Upon Tyne's fast rising star Christoph returns with nine tracks of sheer power for Hot Since 82's powerhouse Knee Deep In Sound. Starting out with the slinky and seductive progressive house of "Closer", featuring Jinadu's soaring and elegant vocal work. Lead single "Alone" gets really adrenalised with its powerful arpeggio fuelling this pre-peak time weapon and yet again featuring some great vocals. Other highlights include the moody atmospherics of "Absent Mentor", which is perfect for the late night and label head honcho himself Daley Padley turning in a typically explosive rendition of "Closer" like he only can!
This time last year Tel Aviv indie dance duo Red Axes made a huge splash with their killer track "Waiting For A Surprise" and now it is time for some equally fun loving remixes. First up Matthew Dear aka Audion steps up to deliver a typically massive rework for the techno crowd, while fellow Israeli homeboy Moscoman follows up and injects some woozy psychedelic rock vibes into it. The man from Vilnius, Manfredas, appears in addition; the Multi Culti tour poster boy going for something on the lo-slung tip and label head honcho Thomas Von Party lends a hand for the boys to remix themselves, for a rather explosive punky/funky conclusion.
Italian producer Fango returns with more vicious and downright oddball grooves for the third installment in his Viscera series. Starting out with the haunting vibes and suspenseful strings of the punk-funk journey "Amnios, he then gets stuck into "Medulla'. On this dramatic number there's more huge orchestrations on offer complete with a tough beat, sounding like an action scene from a film soundtrack. Finally "Metacarpo" sees him throw down jagged and angular industrial techno which has seen him win the adoration of DJs like Marcel Dettmann in recent times.
Mexico-based Geordie Man Power has been on the rise for some time, picking up plaudits for the quality of his releases on Throne of Blood, ESP Institute, Hivern Discs and Correspondant. Now, he's decided to go it alone, launching the MeMeMe label as a vehicle for his own productions. "Tachyon" is something of a sleazy, late night treat, with the British ex-pat concentrating the action around a deliciously dirty, mutant Italo arpeggio, nagging electronic loops, and punchy drum machine percussion. DJ Tennis takes the track in a different direction, smothering Man Power's sleazy groove in melodious marimba lines, drowsy chords and elastic electronics.
Paris' infamous Rex Club release the next volume on their in house series, with Poker Flat boss Steve Bug at the helm on the fittingly titled Rexology EP. Starting off with the deep and hypnotic tech house of "What's Happening", which has one seriously humming bassline that's just perfect for dancefloor dynamics. On the flip, Rotterdam's finest Benny Rodrigues steps up to deliver a typically functional techno remix, with some stomping cyclicality that will surely appeal to DJs. Final offering "Berlinian Rexing" is a very Berlin style dark journey track, with the mandatory wonky bassline and dark atmosphere that will appeal to a wider cross section of DJs.
Australian oddball producer Dreems breaks away from his usual home; Thomas Von Party's Multi Culti imprint, for an appearance on Bristol institution Futureboogie with the Studio Glucose EP, where he collaborates with buddy Jamie Blanco from London. On "Percussive Racing Cars" the pair reference classic Chicago deep house, complete with Juno 106 and 303 basslines but with a modern twist. "Party Mix" goes for some woozy, groovy, tribal tech house geared for the late night or afterhours while "Red Frog, Green Frog" goes for a strange 80s/balearic tinged groove that many other Australian producers in Berlin are doing at present. There's also a brilliant remix of "Percussive Racing Cars" by Israeli man of the moment Moscoman, giving it a dusty and rusty acid house makeover.
Hamburg's Diynamic are back with another volume in their Four To The Floor series, aimed squarely at the dancefloor with their energised techno leaning grooves. First up, Human Machine presents the melodic trance induction of "Africa" complete with emotive pads and soaring arpeggios, then there's Neapolitans Moonwalk with "Orbital", a dark and atmospheric journey track that would make even DJ Tennis stand up and notice! Alex Schaufel then presents the oddly titled "Black Drumma" which provides a tough and gutsy groove balanced out by some smooth gamelan melodies. Finally Frenchman Marst appears with the slinky and bittersweet tech house drifter "Aquamoor" which is utterly sublime.
Despite its title, Wander to Hell is a relatively mellow affair. Issued on Tale of Us' freshly minted label, it sees UK-based producer Vaal conjure up an epic track that basks in the sunlight of melancholic indie and Border Community-style, trance-friendly electronics. To their credit, the label owners are also catering for DJs, and they have commissioned Locked Groove to rework the title track. Accentuating the original version's trance hooks and underpinning them with a pulsing, menacing groove, his take will work on more discerning prog/trance floors. By contrast, Berlin-based house producer Baikal steers "Wander" into a more menacing direction, where eerie woodwind and a pounding bass prevail.
Shara music emerges with a concept that glitters by love for a very special woman named Sara. The producer of Barcelona Owen Ezard presents his new record label, Shara Music, and it starts nothing more, nothing less with this great piece of EP signed by the mexico-Italian couple Mijo & Rodion. A futuristic sound ep charged with hints Techno Latin and classical Italo influence also with the remixes included of "Chapo Guzman" and our great Damon Jee. Exceptional beginning for this label and where in addition They have prepared for us a lot of amazing references that will see the light as the year progresses. First reference Shara Music... SHM001 is coming up
After a sterling job of inaugurating DJ Koze's new sub label Hart & Tief a mere few weeks ago, Berlin hero Mike Dehnert returns to hand in an equally brilliant release for parent label Pampa. Although known for his structured and disciplined industrial techno on his revered Fachwerk imprint, Dehnert has shown that he can go deep as well, without compromising his tough as nails work ethic. On "How Close To Be", a buzzing modular pulse grinds away on top of a restrained rhythm and delay drenched vocals and its less is more approach works wonders. More modular gnarliness for offer on the spooky "Me Too", where uplifting keys are contrasted by squealing analogue grit and a steady beat.
Steve Bug's Hamburg based institution Poker Flat is still going strong and this time they have Tim Engelhardt on deck for the label's next deep house edition. The Westerwald native starts out by coming at you deeply with the lush "Thinking Of You", but there's no more mister nice guy after that; if the dark journey track "Azimute" is anything to go by. The slow burning and emotive title track provides a moment of cooling down, before the brilliant finale "Energy Transfer" provides you with a groovy deep house trip of the more minimalist kind. We're really feeling the tracks of this up and coming producer!
Kenneth Christiansen's revered dub techno institution celebrates fifteen years of trusted innovation on this superb compilation showcasing the label's esteemed roster of legends. Starting out with the always impressive Stephan Laubner aka STL who surprises as always; this time with the haunting yet bittersweet ambient journey "The Ancient Scale". There's more from masters of the old school such as German producer Arovane and his broken low end theory on "Struktur 1", the deeply rooted resonations of XDB's "Latonal" and Fachwerk main man Mike Dehnert's Maurizio inspired "Track Providing Home" being one of our highlights.
Fuse London sub label returns with some more homegrown talent in the form of brilliant duo Damian Daley & Danny Dixon aka OdD with more futuristic minimal house. We've first got the tough rolling groove of "Get Away" which is perfect to make your transition into the peak time hour. Then the rolling continues with the appropriately titled "Roll Da Beats"; no guesses how this one sounds, but definitely rolls deeper and druggier than the "Get Away". It's perfect for the after hours and those ragga samples are a nice touch. Finally "Making Moves" is a dreamy and hypnotic deep house journey with that modulating synth stab carrying the track nicely atop of some emotive chords.
The label named after the smoky Edith Piaf standard has released material by veteran Jerome Pacman as well as John Dimas and Boris Horel, but its latest outing sees owner Terence: Terry at the controls. This three-tracker combines the weird, bugged out vibes of classic late 90 tech-house with the production sheen of modern-day digital production. This approach comes to the fore on "Zipolite", where half-heard vocals are underpinned by shuffling drums and a linear, sinewy groove. On "Nugati", the same out-there aesthetic applies, with chopped-up vocal snippets and dreamy synths fused with an insistent rhythm and rolling drums. Last but not least is the title track, where the French DJ mines wigged out drums and tonal shifts to deliver a truly tripped out experience.
Jamie Jones' esteemed tech house imprint returns to wax! This time it's courtesy of Solardo; the UK duo of Mark Richards (MRK1) and James Eliot who have appeared previously on Madtech, Viva, Kaluki and Lost. On the Tribesmen EP, the title track showcases the tribal leanings that the title may suggest. This dynamic track's stripped back and percussive driven tendencies start off nicely, until that rolling bass and exotic chant soon comes into the fold. The charmingly titled "Psycho Girlfriend" is more representative of the London label's sound on this downright funky, totally bumpin and undeniably druggy stomper that just reeks of late night hedonism.
Sven Vath's Frankfurt based powerhouse Cocoon returns with two legends serving up some surefire anthems to close out this year with a big bang. Scottish hi-tech soul merchant Vince Watson appears first with the emotive and elevating "Speaker Freaker", which sees this veteran producer serve up something much more accessible than what fans would be used to, but fantastic all the same. Next up Frankfurter Frank Lorber appears and although usually more known for his tech house stylings, here he takes a cue from fellow homeboys Lauer and Gerd Janson on the retro feelgood vibes of "L'obscure Objet Du Desir".
Romanian minimal heroes Livio & Roby return for a full length on Loco Dice's esteemed Desolat imprint and believe us when we tell you: it's all killer, no filler! But if their own renowned studio prowess was not enough, Phantom Circle sees them team up with the current who's who of global tech house on each track. Featured guests include Ryan Crosson, tINi, Martin Buttrich and Guti. It's hard to pick just a few highlights, as there were so many, but for our money we'd bet on: their collaboration with Fathers & Sons Productions' Julian Perez on "Reign", their bumpin' and funky joint with Fuse London head honcho Enzo Siragusa "Sn Model" or when they're facing off with themselves; in this case, their alter ego Premiesku as demonstrated on the rolling and hypnotic "Dezarhiva"
The Life & Death camp continue to surprise us, this time recruiting Parisian legend and Tigersushi head honcho Joakim to serve up some epic dark journey tracks for maximum dancefloor drama on the track "Daemon" which features all the hallmarks of the label's renowned sound. Dark strings, hypnotic sounds and wonky melodies combine for one truly emotive experience. Second offering "Would You Give Up" ventures deeper; starting out on a curious lo-fi R&B tip before '80's styled choir pads, Fairlight presets and one funky bassline combine wonderfully.