Review: It's always an incredible occasion to see a return to releasing for Deep Medi Musik, one of the most influential and important dubstep labels to have ever graced the scene. This time around they plug for a single track release, inviting in the experimental, forward thinking production stylings of Aardvarck, who touches down with a very wavy piece entitled 'Monkey See'. Between an array of acidic synthesizer rolls and shuffled, organic drum sounds, this one packs a real punch, coupled with some flavoursome LFO maneuvers to match!
Review: The third artist to arrive on the Skudge Presents series, Aardvarck, should require no introduction to those familiar with the Dutch scene, having released on Rush Hour, Delsin, Eat Concrete and his own Bloom over the course of ten years. Of course you never know quite what you're going to get with the producer, which is what makes his appearance on Skudge Records all the more exciting, and thankfully this EP doesn't disappoint. "Yogwa" opens with brooding strings and a gnarled electro riff before launching into a savage bassline and a hesitant broken rhythm. On the flip, "Brawa" is all booming bass and neon stabs, coming across like a rave track filtered through dubstep's lens, whilst "Tengenan" is a clattering beast lifted out of a gloomy half-stepping funk by its day-glo synth melody.
Review: There is no doubt that Dutch artist Aardvarck is one of techno's most talented producers. It's audible in the depth of his productions and on his latest album, Co In Ci, in the effortless range of his work. It veers from the immersive, reflective piano soundtrack of "Pas", which is followed by the party-friendly disco-sampling house, a sound that unusually, Aardvarck manages to make sound fresh and exciting.He also breathes new life into his dub techno tacks, with "Hoe" sounding possessed by a Red Indian fire dance and "Hob" revolving around beats and bass so viscous, one feels like it was recorded inside a vat of treacle.
Review: An excellent and largely overlooked release here from Studio Soulrock, released on vinyl last year and finally hitting the digital domain. Contained within you'll find two tracks from Awanto 3 aka Steven Van Hulle, namely the dusty "I Love Hugh" and funked-up "Good Old Days" (the latter featuring Rush Hour stalwart Tom Trago). Rounding off the release is a cut from hirsute legend Aardvarck , with "Tape" a typically rugged journey through demented sci-fi house atmospherics.
Review: This an altogether epic offering from Deetron; a vast collection of un-mixed tracks from his brilliant DJ Kicks mix (naturally included as a bonus cut) that is little less than a lesson in the evolution of techno over the last three decades. Amongst the 38 tracks you'll find fine representatives of a myriad of sub-genres (intelligent techno, dub techno, IDM, ambient techno, gospel techno, and so on), as well as past, present and future classics (Damier and Trent's "Morning Factory", Spacetime Continuum's "Swing Factory", Mark Ernestus's recent Equinoxx remix, the Motor City bliss of Rhythim is Rhythim AKA Derrick May's "Ka-o-tic Harmony", a brilliant old Black Dog Productions workout). In other words, it's a breathlessly brilliant collection of both well-known and obscure gems. It comes heartily recommended.
Review: The tireless peeps at Rush Hour launch the Vault Series, in which the Dutch imprint rummages for overlooked and unreleased tracks sitting in a big shed out the back of their Amsterdam-based record store. They kick things off in consummate style, with the hitherto unknown (to us, anyway) Duster Valentine dropping the ace "(My Back Is) Against Wall", which features a killer sample of "The Pressure" by Sound of Blackness. A thick set drum loop works for your attention below the vocals, occasional keys and dusty groove - highly recommended. The heads out there will be delighted to see Aardvarck's instantly recognisable party jam "(Just Washed) That Pig" from a few years back given a sorely needed extension!
Review: Swiss DJ Sassy J now curates the second compilation in the Patchwork series, for Dutch imprint Rush Hour. For the past 14 years, she has run a night of the same name in her hometown Bern, and another in London. Showcasing music by many of the artists that have joined her throughout the years in clubs, on the radio and at home, this release is made up of new and unreleased tracks, capturing a sound that has continued to evolve in its restless search for new musical directions. From the deep, soulful and emotive tones of Warm's "Blue Sunrise" or 2000Black's "Plastic Jam", to Afro influenced spiritual life music as heard by the lady herself (with Alex Attias) on "Jelly Bubble Rise", through to RH label staple Aardvark's hi-tech soul deconstruction "Aap Noot" and Mr Fingers stone cold classic "Survivor" - Sassy J takes you on an evocative sonic journey from start to finish.
Review: If your finances couldn't quite stretch to buying all four releases in the unique Dekmantel x Patta series - in which limited edition vinyl EPs came packaged with exclusive items of clothing - this digital compilation is something of a lifesaver. For starters, the exclusive material - first included on the hard-to-get EPs, and now showcased here - is pretty darn tasty. The various Amsterdam-based producers involved generally hit the spot, from the melodious, analogue-rich Balearic techno of Young Marco's "The Best I Could Do (With What I Had)", and sparkling Detroit retro-futurism of Mark Du Mosch's "2nd 5ystem", to the cosmic deep house shimmer of Tom Trago's "Brutal Romance", and bizarre, off-kilter deep house-jazz of Makam's "The Struggles". Aardvark's quirky rumba-house workout, "Kubaa Rumbaa" is rather good, too.