With releases on his own Studio Barnhus label and Pampa, Axel Boman is one of the most promising European house producers. He showcases this talent on his latest release for DJ Koze's label; the title track comprises tough, tribal beats and a rolling rhythm, but it also has a warm, fluid bass and expansive chords flows through it. In case there was any lingering doubt about Boman's abilities, he delivers "Nokturn (Grand Finale)". Much faster than the title track, its splintered but insistent percussion, jazzed out stabs and dub effects show that he is one of the most innovative young house artists.
American DJ and producer Kevin Knapp steps up to Jamie Jones and Lee Foss's Hot Creations via Berlin, the man's current place of residence, and drops some of his bumpy, techy house vibes. "Heft" is all jittery and wonked-out thanks to its wavy vocals chops and swirling mutant low-end, whereas "Not Your House" is contains more of a classic house structure with a heavy succession of high hats, snares and a banging kick, to boot!
George Levings is one half of drum'n'bass act Commix, but like Trevino, he is now straying into house and techno, under the Endian guise. It doesn't come as a shock then that Trevino features on this release. The pair's "Exotica" focuses on a deeper and balmier sound than is his wont and over a delicate, skipping rhythm, sub-tropical soundscapes unravel. For the rest of the release, Endian flies solo; the title track is a hypnotic, percussive workout "122 Groover" sees him focus on a more bass-heavy, stepping sound again and "Juno Arps", as the title suggests, is a deep techno workout, led by warbling, sublime melodies.
John Digweed's mighty Bedrock imprint is back in summer 2015 with the second instalment of the Underground Sound Of Ibiza series, a section of the imprint dedicated to their parties down in the Balearics. The CD release is split into three discs, so we'll break down for you likewise: the first twenty cuts are more club-minded, driven and representative of their peak time hours, featuring the likes of Jozif, Carlo Lio, Ramon Tapia and Nick Muir, while the final ten are supposed to make you enter into their early hours - 8am - or better, when the downtempo are unleashed...Marc Romboy and Nick Warren feature within, among others.
Steve Bug's Poker Flat has carefully curated the various shades of tech house rather remarkably for the better part of fifteen years and its showing no signs of slowing down. New Signee Andre Hommen follows up great releases on Objektivity and Plastic City with "Introspectral", a clever title which lives up to its name. There's the original mix and the dub. The former is the kind of moody, peak time dark house you'd expect to hear from Carl Craig or Ame with its building, entrancing stabs and soaring strings; brilliant! The latter is more restrained by comparison, stripping things down for more of a cool down track. Lastly there's "Centrifuge" with its smooth tom drum work out and epic, rising sub bassline having the potential for another soulful dancefloor anthem this year. Tip!
One of the undoubted joys of Comeme's output is its' hard-to-pigeonhole nature. This latest EP from regular contributors Carisma is an excellent case in point. While opener "Fruta" is a fluid, drowsy dose of K-hole tech-house, elsewhere you'll find sweaty, acid-inspired Carnival fare ("Discoteca Profunda"), string-laden beatless oddness ("Conversacion Nocturna"), and fuzzy, bouncy dance-rock ("Duenos Dos Este Instante"). As for the title track, it bolts a rubbery disco bassline to horror-influenced electronics and the hypnotic late night attitude of European techno with impressive results. In summary: pleasingly varied EP that ticks all of Comeme's boxes.
Little is known of rising trippy-tech dude Gathaspar but he claims to hail from "Gathsoland". This latest EP is a homage to his homeland, wherever that may be. Geographically we couldn't say, but musically we know where he's at. The title track starts with long, hypnotic grooves fused with raw B-Boy beats. "The Lover of Ursa Major" is more straight up, with brooding synths looming ominously over a jittery shuffle. Things then get positively subterranean-deep on the space-trance epic "The Vision", a collaboration with Echologist.