Review: Hamburg heroes Benjamin Busse, Friso Traas aka Adana Twins delivered the 25th installment in Berlin institution Watergate's esteemed mix series. The second EP released here features exclusive tracks from their riveting mix, included here are: Italian (and fellow Diynamic artist) Lehar getting hypnotically melodic on the sonic sorcery of "Blue Wolf", veteran German producer Acid Pauli going deeper in typically eloquent fashion on g"Geeting From Orgonon" and Sicily's Musumeci - fresh off great releases for Innervision and Bedrock - with the electro tinged progressive house of "Invaders" which is just sublime.
Review: Among the dozens of aliases used by Germany's Martin Gretschmann, Acid Pauli has been among our favourites and, as it seems, his most successful project so far. The BLD LP dropped late last year on his own Ouie imprint, and it's now time for some class remix action from the best-in-class of tech-house. Up first, the prodigious Stimming breaks "Amadou" down into a bleepy, minimalistic knocker for the more left-fielded ear, which shifts beautifully into something much more tribal from Roman Flugel, on his remix of "Rene". Axel Boman's version of "Jeanne" opts for a more euphoric approach thanks to its uplifting pads and harmonies, while Satori's "Jorge" reinterpretation provides a progressive touch, and Nico Stojan's take on "Verbos" unleashes a much-needed slew of heavy-bottomed bass. A recommended episode of Ouie!
Review: As you'd probably expect, Ouie has done a good job selecting remixers to work their magic on tracks from Acid Pauli's recent sophomore album, BLD. We were initially drawn to Red Axes' superb take on "Ayam", which oozes psychedelic, head-turning intent (much like the Israeli duo's original productions, in fact) and thrilling changes direction a number of times whilst retaining a heavy, dub-inspired groove. There's no doubt this remix stands out, but there are also impressive turns from Nico Stojan, whose gently unfurling version of "Majid" achieves a fine balance between club-ready punch and head-in-the-clouds attractiveness, and hypnotic tech-house/deep house fusionist Sainte Vie.
Review: Acid Pauli and Nico Stojan's label presents the original film score and soundtrack for the new German film 'Once upon a time there was Indian's Land' which is centred around 12 brand new songs by Acid Pauli aka Martin Gretschmann (The Notwist, Console) who plays a central role via his close collaboration with director Ilker Catak. Gretschmann's music is eclectic and adventurous. from dystopic, carnivalesque moods via moments of high intensity to deep melancholia and fragile atmosphere - boundaries are being teared down. Sometimes psychedelic and far out, sometime focused, catchy with one eye for the dancefloor: but never predictable. The soundtrack is a mixture of his old and new tracks plus music of artists that he works with.
Review: Acid Pauli is a name synonymous with Berlin clubbing culture; he got his musical education in the city via experiences at places like Bar 25 and Fusion Festival and claims to be 'deeply rooted in musicality and adventurousness.' BLD is the second full album from Martin Gretschmann aka Acid Pauli and builds on his already impressive back catalogue that includes a debut album released on Nicolas Jaar's Clown and Sunset. Starting out with the deep and tropical ethnic vibes of "Baris, the deep dub techno of "Majid" equally impressed us while the sexy and sublime beatless synth workout "Joan" added some romantic flavour. Closing track "Jorge" has some wonderful analogue synth textures hypnotising you into submission on this esoteric journey that'll appeal to Crosstown Rebels fans.
Review: The first compilation on Koze's Pampa label is a lovingly curated affair. It starts with the left field house of Herbert's take on Lianne La Havas and Ada's r&b-infused "You & Me", as well as DJ Koze's own hymnal take on Roman Flugel's "9 Years". Other Pampa regulars like Axel Boman are well represented and he provides the ultra-mellow "In The Dust of This Planet". Equally though, Koze also provides a platform for newcomers to the fold. There's the utterly bizarre, glitch-hop of Nasrawi and Funskstorung's contributions, and at the other end of the spectrum, wide-eyed deep house from Mount Kimbie and Jamie xx & Kosi Kos' pumping indie-dance "Come We Go".