The latest release on Tale of Us' label comes from Patrice Baumel. The German DJ/producer has always focused on a dreamy, tranced out sound - and Glutes is no exception. On the title track, he uses a purring bass to underpin building, minor key melodies, but still manages to maintain an understated, studied feeling and avoids slipping into an over the top cliche. "Engage" is a different matter; it sees Baumel up the pace and drop a pulsing, rolling groove that draws on eerie Detroit synths to create an atmospheric, spaced out arrangement that, like the title track, defies categorisation.
Irish producer Mano Le Tough made his name with deep, melodic house, so "Big Words From The Small Mouth", from the latest release on his Maeve label, marks something of a change. It's stripped back and resounds to minimalist drum patterns, while a wiry, frazzled acid line that weaves its way through the arrangement. The presence of a wobbly, menacing bass throughout adds to the understated sense of menace. The title track is more mellow, featuring warm tonal squiggles cosying up to organic melodies over a fuzzy rhythm. However, like "Small Mouth", it too is somewhat abstract and far removed from the more accessible sounds that Mano Le Tough had been known for.
The Munich based deep house and nu disco institution returns for their fourth safari and it is quite the trip if we do say so ourselves. The landscapes.. the wildlife.. be prepared for an epic journey! Highlights on here include the gutsy analogue punk of Drvg Cvulture's "Night Time Is The Right Time", prog house don Henry Saiz teaming up with sometime John Talabot cohort Pional on the dreamy "Uruboros" and Sweden's always reliable Axel Boman with the dreamily hypnotic "Die Die Die!" which despite its title is summery and lush: a potential anthem of Summer 2017. Hidden treasures, lost classics and exclusive tracks through the deepest house valleys and the highest disco mountains of the label's catalog.
Dawn is French DJ/producer Chloe's first release in almost five years. Formerly associated with the Kill the DJ collective, she has now set up her own label, Lumiere Noire. "The Dawn" is a taster for her new album and is part poem, part ode to her Djing. Over the course of ten minutes, it moves from a spoken word narrative into a pulsing, minimal groove that builds gradually and eventually to epic proportions.
The massively popular Dixon is charged with the remix, and he does a fine job; sirens build up to crescendo levels, synths swirl dramatically and all the while, the Innervisions boss mainatians a steady, driving groove
Dirtybird is having a BBQ and we're all invited. Hirsute selector Will Clarke is the man tending to the grill, liberally spreading around his "secret ingredients" for other DJs to taste. There's plenty of juicy, char-grilled goodness to be found throughout, from the warehouse-friendly hip-house revivalism of DJ Glen's "Move Your Bone" and sub-heavy, Afro-tinged tech-house tribalism of Seamus Norv's "Wuuvulu", to the mind bending electronics, wonky vocals and TB-303 driven madness of Tekla's "Shake" and Sam Swindle's throbbing, bleep-laden closer "Disco Slut". If that's not enough to get you drooling like a dog at dinnertime, Dirtybird has also included a killer DJ mix from Clarke.
Following recent outings on Robsoul and Scenario, Sebo K delivers his first EP for D'Julz's Bass Culture imprint. It's a strong set of rock solid club tracks, with opener "Brock Wild" doing a great job of fusing the producer's usual crunchy tech-house style with the heavy bass and sonic aesthetics of dub. "Aftershock" sees him successfully explore tactile, melodious, spacey deep house territory - check the jaunty bassline, string-laden chords and bumping, Chez Damier style beats - while the super-smooth "Foliage Patterns" successfully joins the dots between slick, analogue-rich deep house and crispier tech-house flavours.
Little to nothing is known about Mind The Gap besides this: they're making some deliciously dark fusions right now. "A1" features the commanding tones of My Nu Leng's mic-man of choice Dread MC and stomps with a smouldering techno-inspired groove while "Like A Soldier" reveals a much more sensual side with big breeze pads, dreamy arpeggios and an elastic two-step drop that's so darned sexual it could make DJ EZ blush. Big up Mind The Gap...Whoever you are!
Knee Deep In Sound boss Hot Since 82 now steps up to release on Matthias Tanzmann's Moon Harbour. Daley Padley ascended through the ranks quickly and we all know he turns out a slick style of house and tech house. "Evolve or Die" is a peak time stormer with razor sharp arpeggios, fierce beats and ample blasts of white noise for good measure that will really push the crowd. The remix from Tanzmann is a deeper, more rumbling affair led by jostling kick drums and slick bass. The man from Leipzig creates it full of warmth and soul and it'll sure get you jiggling your body in that textbook Tanzmann way.
Maksim Dark is the latest artist to appear on Oliver Huntemann's label. Dark has previously put out a brace of albums and has worked for Sci & Tec, and his sound fits right in on Senso. "Dizziness" kick-starts the release in formidable form, with a pounding, menacing bass fused with steely, unflinching percussion. "Revelation" sees Maksim follow a similar path; revolving around a powerful, throbbing low-end, the Russian producer adds in a ponderous male vocal sample and bursts of tight percussion. Closing track "Saturn" is not as pacey, but once again, it's all about the bass as rumbling tones are mixed with wild frequency shifts.
Ben Hoo(Kindisch/Ovum/Highgrade) returns to Get Physical with a new EP featuring "Reaching" a deep and dreamy tech house cut with ethereal qualities, including an Enzo Leep remix which is more energised and slinky: it is sure to work out well on the dancefloor. We're very excited to see what Ben will do at the reigns of the next Get Physical Ibiza compilation, coming soon!
UK house veteran Shadow Child (aka Dave Spoon) heads up the Food Music label with Kry Wolf. Next up for their label is the debut from newcomers Kitchen Disco. Comprised of Andy Moore and Johnny Valentine, they formed Kitchen Disco after the initial success of DJing together. They then joined forces with Groovefinder in the studio and that's apparently when the project was born. Spoon then picked up the track (together with "On Off") for the label and after playing it on Rinse FM, he remixed it too!
Gemini Brothers are Bucharest based Ionut and Razvan Chiron who've released on Skint, Night Noise, Nein Records and now Eskimo Recordings. Their unique take on house has seen them become firm favourites of everyone from Andrew Weatherall to Tiga and John Talabot. A highlight of Eskimo Recordings' critically acclaimed compilation 'The Red Collection' Gemini Brothers' hypnotic 'Travel Inside' now gets a full single release, complete with a brand new track "Nights With Lorelai" and a remix from Lossless label bosses SBTH.
Paper Recordings present rising Oslo house star Vinny Villbass who co-runs and plays at the seminal Sunkissed, has had releases on Beatservice and Eskimo. On the Skauern EP he shows off a penchant for crisp sound and nicely swung beats with this summery selection. The release takes its name from the island of Skauern in the Oslofjord, a place where he has been known to spend many a happy summer on his boat named The Fighting Egg: which coincidentally also features on the release artwork. This is a lush and musical EP, full of fantastically accomplished house music that works as well during the day as it does at night.
Something Happening Somewhere label and events by Nuno Dos Santos out of Utrecht Netherlands now presents Amsterdam rising star Presk. "2bxprzd" is a dark and brooding journey track optimised for some proper dancefloor drama. The bouncy and uplifting "Starets" is a positive change of attitude but with equal pizazz on the dancefloor until finally the remix by label head honcho Dos Santos delivers something more dreamy and evocative.
Liverpool born house and techno expert Kydus drops his third release on Stereo Productions with the Eunoia EP, his first work in 2017. The title track is an adrenalised and melodic progressive house track that's bound for some hypnotic moments on the dancefloor while "Never Look Back" takes you higher with its euphoric energy: this is funky main room tech house at its finest. Always championed by the top DJs, It's no doubt the talent and skills proven in Kydus productions have him recognized and praised by some of the top labels Saved, Knee Deep in Sound, Terminal M, Snatch! and more.
The 3rd release on the Jack's House imprint by Clara Da Costa, comes from the talented duo French Favourites, Two Diggers with the Head Trip EP. Head Trip is led by a strong kick throughout with an almost acid feel to it as it builds and builds and would not be out of place on the DC10 dance floor. Down The Street has a more housey feel to it over a solid arrangement with a cool provocative breakdown. Finally, You Are My Groove is a smoother,rolling track with a warm and strong baseline.
One of South Africa's hottest production names steps up for his debut LP on Get Physical Music. Jazzuelle was a highlight on the recent 'Africa Gets Physical' compilation and has built a solid reputation with releases on Atjazz and Lazy Days amongst others. Already one of the most sought after South African artists of the moment, he has his own distinctive sound: deep house with narcotic vibes, soul infused synths and earthy grooves. The album finds him linking with a fine array of guests from Da Capo to Charles Webster, Fred Everything to Matthias Voigt and two great vocalists who help make this one of the year's most accomplished and emotional house albums. Blood Moon showcases Jazzuelle fantastic signature sound and truly resonates way beyond the dancefloor.
Having spent much of his recent career delivering well-received material on My Favourite Robot, Canadian producer Sid Le Rock (AKA Pan/Tone, born Sidney Thompson) pops up on Hafendisko. He kicks things off with the deliciously spooky and quietly foreboding "High & Low", where trippy guitar lines, intergalactic electronics and freestyle vocal snippets cluster around loose and bouncy nu-disco drums. There's more warped nu-disco psychedelia to be enjoyed in the shape of "Judas Beast", whose macabre mood is intensified via the inclusion of ghostly chords and tumbling minimal wave melodies. Closer "Mosquito" is an altogether jauntier proposition, despite the inclusion of some melancholic pads, with Thompson focusing the action around a fuzzy analogue style bass, robotic electronics and jacking drums.
International Black waste no time in their mission to provide a platform for dark, functional and highly effective club music and this this latest EP from Neinzer and Losian is testament to the fact. Neinzer, whose release "The Beacon" turned a lot of heads in 2016 now presents "Weiblich 8", a dark and hypnotic journey down the rabbit hole that works the same kind of sonic sorcery as the master Stephan Bodzin. Then we witness Losian in full peak time mode on 'He's My Brother' a stamping and adrenalised warehouse techno thriller that pushes the same territory as Rene Pawlowitz aka Shed/Head High.
Dutch act Flowerpowder deliver something quite different on Sprizztour. The title track is a rickety, stripped back house track that rumbles away in a lopsided manner, while on "Sekt on the Beach", the pair add some dubby undercurrents, sonourous bass and wispy tones to their uncoventional approach. The Oberst & Buchner version of the title track starts with watery sounds before descending into a glitchy, mid-tempo groove, full of atmospheric break downs. In keeping with the release's left of centre aesthetic, the Tobi Dei Sektapella of "Sekt" merely features the sound of corks popping and champer overflowing in glasses. It's an inspired end to this madcap release.