With Tel Aviv duo Red Axes' ode to the sun still running strong; one and a half years after its release: here comes the heavyweight remix package. German wunderkind Konstantin Sibold takes the original into afro rave territory with voodoo percussion and a haunting bassline that will be hard to escape from. Fango from the Italian label Degustibis continues his string of strong remixes as he turns the original into a rough beat version: just drop the melody in the break for maximum dancefloor mayhem. And last but not least the Axes themselves come up with a tropical house version that works any time any place. And thus the sun continues to shine.
San Francisco institution Dirtybird turn up the heat with their Summer Funk release, featuring four bangers from four different artists. Middlesborough's Lee Walker makes his debut on the label with "Rock Climber", a ferocious track with build-ups and build-downs that make you feel like you're on an unforgiving rollercoaster. Next up is another Englishman named Weiss, who has been a favorite of the label over the past year. He follows up his recent EP with "Bounce". It does exactly what it says, with his trademark mixture of jacking beats, underground boom and a bit of amusement. Lord Leopard first appeared with Eats Everything in March on one of the label's biggest EPs of the year. Here he goes solo with "As Gospel". The contagious lead line swirls in and out over a dark set of drums and bass that will certainly contribute to his rapid ascent. Bump Ugly's "Lost My Mind" rounds out the EP with animated beats and bass that dances along with quirky bleeps and blips for a funky summer ride.
British DJ Kiwi has been steadily refining his skills as a producer since the mid noughties, releasing on labels such as Optimo, Disco Halal and Futureboogie. His style encompasses a wide array of influences, with elements of disco, techno and electronica always present. Moreover, the likes of Erol Alkan, Andrew Weatherall and DJ Harvey can be counted as fans. Now, making his debut on Moda Black, Kiwi delivers a banging track in the form of "Rabbit Hole" (feat Cactus Sauna), a sleazy indie dance gem that will appeal to fans of the Correspondant or I'm A Cliche sound. It is perfectly backed up by remixes from cult favourites Lord of the Isles (who delivers an absolutely 'kosmische' rendition) and NYC's Willie Burns: who delivers a pitched down EBM mutation which was right up our alley!
Originally released on MANDY's debut album last year, this EP now sheds new light on "Rabbit Moon". For those who first encountered the German duo via mid-00s anthems like "Body Language", this music will come as a surprise. The reworked version from MANDY themselves is laden down with lush strings, rasping percussion and a lithe backing track, while their second "8am" take sees the track's authors turn it into a chiming, hypnotic workout, bolstered by blissed out bells and a wiry Detroit rhythm. Gerd Janson's remix is led by splurging acid lines and makes for the third and last expectation-defying twist in this tale.
Please welcome Frankfurt's very own Einzelkind to the Cocoon family. His first contribution to the label seems to be endless and gets nicely spiced up with hypnotic vocal elements and discofied space sounds. "Free Savioni" already made the terrace floor move big time at one of their Cocoon Ibiza nights. Said to have had such a strong impact that they immediately had to sign it after Einzelkind played it Second contribution "Aya Curanderito" sounds like a late night party, deep in the forest with witch trolls dancing around a fire. This is deep shamanic business with a slight Villalobos touch and it is no wonder; as the two have collaborated before for some other releases previously. Cool and trippy, something for the long nights at the infamous local institution Robert Johnson club or Berlin's Panorama Bar.
Doing things properly and building up a DIY phenomenon from their base in Zurich, the Les Points crew have brought a fresh, daring originality to the house and techno scene with their gritty outboard approach and a wide range of stylistic tendencies. Taking a break from releasing on their own label, Audino, Barbir, Louh and Nicola Kazimir have been invited to the evergreen Trelik to broach their music to a wider audience. From the blissful space techno groove of "Anubis" to the tightly wound beats of "Housepacer" and on to the cranky acid funk of "Ripstyle", this is yet another distinctive transmission from the plucky Swiss crew.
Not to be confused with a certain kids' movie, German producer Kristian Samujlo aka Teenage Mutants delivers a storming release for Stil Vor Talent. "Palais" is a deep, rolling affair, powered by a rich, acidic bass and dramatic strings that call to mind classic Fnac / F Comm techno, while a ponderous male vocal comes in midway through. "Couer" meanwhile, sees Samujlo dispense with melody in favour of a swaggering, cavernous techno groove and ear-piercing analogue riffs - it feels like being sucked into the middle of jet engine. Speaking of jets, the release also features "Concorde" a collaboration with newcomer Heerhorst. It revolves around a heavy, grinding bass, razor sharp percussion and a robotic vocal that screeches 'je t'adore' every few bars. It's a fitting finale to this brooding release.
Anika "Bebetta" Zeising returns to action for the first time in 2017, and this time she's got company. All three original tracks were co-produced by CIOZ, an Italian producer who, like Zeising, has regularly released music on Monaberry. The duo begins with "Elephant on eBay", a woozy and dream-like chunk of late night deep house blessed with a typically hypnotic, tech-tinged, European style groove. This instinctive fusion of European and classic American elements continues on the similarly smooth and groovy "Jello", before the pair go all Innervisions via EP standout "Cow Kau". As a bonus Innellea swings by to deliver an even deeper and dreamier rework of "Elephant on eBay" that sounds like a soft-touch late night anthem in waiting.
A double header debut from US latin techno experts Sanfuentes Records. Argentinian dancefloor legends DJs Pareja team up with Cologne's ''jackmaster' Bryan Kessler to present the Detona EP. Both parties coming in hot from their prior releases on Comeme and Numbers. Starting off with the banging machine funk of the title track, we then get into some properly jacking tech house on the rather adrenalised epic "Ramp & Rage". Their third offering "Shu Shu" firstly appears in its original format: which is a bumpin' and bass driven deep groove, until the remix by Mijo really lights a fire under its ass! Electronic voodoo music right here.
Next up on Ralph Lawson's esteemed imprint are London house duo Voyeur. Having been picked up by Kerri Chandler for his Kaoz Theory imprint, Leo & Benson quickly followed up with hyped releases on Dirt Crew, Madhouse and Watergate Recordings. Starting off with the slamming tribal tech house groove "Witchdoctor", while the slinky yet jacking acid house of "Music Box" equally impresses. On remix they have Fuse resident and Moscow Records founder Archie Hamilton, who shows just why there is so much attention on him at the moment. His version delivering as always with this rolling and minimal afterhours style jam
Berlin tech house legend Michael Vater aka Phonique returns to Marc Romboy's Systematic to unleash his third contribution for the imprint. Renowned for his outstanding remix skills, he is fresh off the release of his recent album on the Ladies and Gentlemen imprint in addition to releases for Pokerflat, Souvenir Music, Great Stuff Recordings and many more. Starting off with the melodic deepness of the title track, the driving arpeggiations of "You Want It" channel that Innervisions style hi-tech soul kind of aesthetic. The deep tribal house of "Pulsate" is great for the afterhours and is quite reminiscent of The Mountain People until finally we get treated to a remix of the title track by Berlin legend Smash TV.
London's Lobster Boy are back with a promising upstart in the form of Boeke. While not much is known of him/her as yet, expect to be hearing good things after the world gets a listen to "Pronto", a slamming latin techno exercise with infectious syncopated rhythm, tribal chants and and heck load of bass, of course. Second offering "Favela" leaves nothing to the imagination: this one getting some proper old school Baile funk vibes happening: which will blow the doors right off! Rolling bass, chopped up vocals and some more sick bongos to keep the kids dancing.
Hannes Bieger is perhaps better known for his immense and highly regarded back catalogue as a mixing and mastering engineer on other people's records, as well as various other behind the scenes technical gifts. Born in Hamburg and now living in Berlin where he runs his own production studio, this EP gives his talents as a house music producer space to shine - and that's exactly what it does. "Strato" kicks off the EP in style on this driving and melodic serving of dancefloor drama. "Rhyolite" picks up the adrenaline levels further more on this electrifying perspective on the progressive house sound until the now legendary Ruede Hagelstein drops by to add his distinct flavour to the title track.
Moon Harbour are delighted to welcome a huge summer signing for their next EP: the foremost UK producer Huxley. He turns out three club rocking tunes that all make the big impressions he is known for. These are three charming and characterful house bangers that ooze all the usual trademark Huxley qualities. Starting off with the slinky, vocal led tech house attitude of "Careo", he then ups the ante with the absolutely massive stomper "F-Bomb" which features some tough TR-909 stomp.. after the massive drop of course! Finally the laidback tribal groove of "Trampoline" gets a good groove going with its polyrhythms that equally suited to the early evening as they are to the late night.
Sasha's Last Night On Earth presents the promising upstart from Tillburg Netherlands: Budakid aka Kevin Huizing. He has had previous releases on Einmusika and All Day I Dream. Here he teams up with Formel on the dark and slinky tech house groove that is the title track, before "Confused" sees him go solo for some emotive progressive house that builds up slowly and is perfect for the early evening or afterhours alike. The spacey cruise control of "Never Leave Your Shuttle" is up next and is perfect for those cool down moments on the dancefloor, until finally the Olaf Stuut remix of "Creatures" goes for an oddball form of tribalism that will take you straight into the stratosphere.
Danish rising star Denis Horvat has sure made leaps and strides in the last year, with releases on labels such as Innervisions, Exit Strategy and of course Aeon; the imprint run by Berlin's Alex Niggemann that he's fast become a staple of. For his new Lodi EP, the title track is yet more of his unmistakeable brand of deep futurism, with its slow burning arpeggios, minimal beats and emotive synth solos. "Severina" is more straight ahead and adrenalised with a shrieking melody soaring above a tunnelling, hi-octane groove. Finally the dark journey track "The Task" explores his penchant for yet more captivating synth solos, plus a gripping sense of atmosphere on this epic slice of dancefloor drama.
Cracking open a smooth bottle of 2017 with their 46th release, Chris Carrier's Adult Only continue to forge timeless paths in the house and techno hinterland. Spanish maverick Rhythm&Soul lives up to his name with two superb tracks of rolling house: "Take Off" has a samba-like bass groove that instantly conjures terrace memories while "Enhance" is a bumpier ride with shifty beats licking sideways when you least expect them in a way that's not dissimilar to Luke Solomon. Then you will get a graceful atmos-heavy deep tech cut from Ukrainian duo Belogurov & Orbit and a chug-happy acid funker from label bossman Carrier himself. Explicitly good.
Norman Cook still manages to remain relevant through three decades of electronic music. From his beginnings in indie act The Housemartins and chart toppers Beats International through to massive house 12's as Pizzaman and Mighty Dub Katz, to name but a few. His Fatboy Slim moniker has no doubt been his most successful venture, but unlike the funked up and party starting breaks of old, Cook now goes for a pumping electro house vibe on new single "Boom F**king Boom", a bass driven groove with a cheeky vocal refrain that takes its cues from current scene heroes such as Dirtybird or This Ain't Bristol.
Talented Iranian producer Iman Habibi releases as Habischman. An ability to fuse emotive synth patterns and infectious grooves has seen him release on labels such as Moda Black, VIVa, Noir Music and most recently Knee Deep in Sound. The Hot Since 82 owned powerhouse presents his new hit prediction entitled "Closure". It's a pop inflected tech house journey, which features some seductive female vocals accompanying a moody/slinky groove that's perfect to lead into the late night. But just wait until that wailing melody comes roaring through the mix: hands up!
After releases on Nurvous, Club Sweat and Green Velvet's esteemed Relief imprint, Aussie Craig Williams is back, but now for UK imprint Food Music and with a little help from new pal Andrea Fratangelo aka Bot. He heads up the Main Course label in addition to hot tracks on the likes of Night Bass and This 'Ain't Bristol. The bouncy and bass driven electro house of "Don't Fake It" is a sure party starter.. and just wait for that drop! Second offering "Hot For You" is the real winner on here though. This brooding and tunnelling acid house journey is geared for some properly strobed out moments on late night dancefloors, we'd count on it!