Review: With Italy hit hardest by the Coronavirus and lockdown right now, Milan crew, collective and glitterazzi Rollover keeps hope alive! Normally a trusted party for Milano's Apollo club (that's brought the likes of Tiga, Maurice Fulton, Ame and Bambounou to town), Rollover is the place and project for DJ duo and label owners Rocco Fusco & Tiberio Carcano to work their magic. In times of crisis Rollover presents a special initiative via their "ANYTHING GOES" edit service, welcoming voluntary contributions that pay homage to the spirit of Balearic music and beyond! Expect tracks from 2manydjs, Adam Port, Soul Clap, Boombass, Moscoman and Bill Brewster, among many others, with proceeds going to the official emergency fund set up by the Italian Civil Protection Department destined for the COVID-19 crisis in Italy.
Review: Having flirted a little with Pets Recordings, Adam Port returns to the loving arms of Keine Musik. In its' original form, "Sonnenfinsternis" is a curious but hugely attractive concoction, with trippy siren sounds, dub effects, spiraling chords and snappy snare fills wrapping their way around a metronomic, Kraftwerk-inspired groove. Regular collaborator Jennifer Touch adds her sweet, hazy vocals to the dreamy tech-house shuffler "Working For It", before Port offers up an extra special treat: a brand new re-edit of his previously overlooked hook-up with jangly guitar band Here Is Why, "Tonight". This new version sounds like a Balearic disco/AOR soft rock classic in the making.
Review: For this new Keinemusik release, Berliner Adam Port is 'sprucing up the image of the guitar.' Port's rehabilitation of the six string instrument comes in the form of "Ganesha Song", the A-side of KM036. Another attempt from Port to merge peak time appeal with experimentalism and refining his method of groove. More guitars on the flip side, but this time merging Mariachi impressions and Angolan folklore. Port uses the source material of Quim Manuel O Espirito Santo while crafting his edit .Two very different approaches to get some feet on the floor, showcasing the mans knack for artistic diversity.
Review: This is the first EP of Keinemusik co-founder Adam Port for Hamburg powerhouse Diynamic. Taken from the Berlin based producer/DJ's archive (from a time when the label was still in Wedding's revered Stadtbad) "Planet 9" is a deeply emotive groove - one that was specially selected by label boss Solomun for his Grand Theft Auto V mix. This is followed by the sensual and mysterious roomtone of "November" which is sure to take you deep into the exotic. Following up a terrific EP by Israeli indie dance hero Moscoman and ascendant Ukranian duo Artbat - Diynamic continues bring the goods!
Review: After the recent longplay joint venture of all the Keinemusik crew and a hot bunch of remixes, here's a new two-tracker from label staple Adam Port. The Berliner throws down a truly emotive effort on the bittersweet "Do You Still Think Of Me" with its sombre piano melody, hypnotic arpeggios and restrained rhythms all working in perfect harmony. This is backed up by the polyrhythmic and very funky Afro influended DJ tool "Roots Edit".
Review: German house fusionist Adam Port first hooked up with the Stereo MC's some years back, with the veteran British hip-hop duo featuring on his 2014 cut "Place". On "Changes", he laces a particularly world-weary, emotion rich vocal from mic man Rob B over a rich, bouncy, synth-laden deep house groove and intertwined electronic melodies. His own remix, which kicks off the EP, pushes the track further towards Innervisions style late night tech-house territory. Arguably the most impressive version of all, though, comes from Freerange boss Jimpster, who re-imagines "Changes" as a handclap-heavy chunk of dusty late night deep house that benefits greatly from some warm chords and sweaty percussion hits.
Review: Catz 'N' Dogz, one of the first Polish house acts to achieve international success, has decided the time is right for a two-part, "cultural statement of intent from their country's great thinkers, creators, collaborators and disruptors in electronic music". This first part of the all-Polish compilation series is naturally full of intoxicating but varied dancefloor treats. Compare and contrast the Orbital-goes-dream house lusciousness of Earth Trax's "Horyzont", Kuba Sojka's dubby and hypnotic, late night tech-house trip "Walkin Bass" and the lo-fi house fuzz served up by The Analog Roland Orchestra. Best of all, though, is Das Komplex's epic remix of Till von Sein and Aera's "Dynamite", which bubbles away on a Balearic dub disco tip for 10 mesmerizing minutes.
Review: Late last year, the producers behind the Keinemusik label came together to pen an album under the same name. Now the German label and the Keinemusik protagonists - Rampa, Adam Port and &Me - have commissioned remixes of tracks from the long player. First up is Life & Death boss DJ Tennis, who is tasked with reworking "You Are Safe". Using eerie synths, clattering drums and electro bass pulses, he turns the track into a hypnotic house track. For the second remix, Frankey & Sandrino take to the controls. The pair's version of "Guilt Trip" is slower and more understated, but the atmospheric textures and subtle pulses are as memorable as the DJ Tennis remake.
Review: Following on from Black Coffee's remix of Keinemusik, the house music trinity of Adam Port, Rampa and &Me draft in two more high-profile remixers. First up is Diynamic boss Solomun getting to grips with "You Are Safe". Under his studied guise, it turns into a mesmerising, pulsating groove, punctuated by crashing drums, dubbed out effects and an epic, vocal-led build. Underground but accessible, it is destined to introduce the trio's music to a wide audience. Next up is Running Back boss Gerd Janson, who reinterprets "Lover". Opting for a different tact, he serves up dreamy vocals, rolling 80s snares and a melancholic, electronic bass - making for an emotive but effective re-work.
Guilt Trip (Johannes Albert remix) - (7:03) 121 BPM
Bumper (No Work All Play remix) - (6:44) 125 BPM
Review: Rampa, Adam Port and &Me have gone a little remix-crazy of late, commissioning all and sundry to interpret tracks by their Keinemusik-released collaborative project. Last month, Gerd Janson and Solomun served up their interpretations; here, three more talented artists get their mitts on tracks from the trio's You Are Safe album. Chicagoan star Honey Dijon steals the show with a wonderfully heavy, throbbing revision of "Operator" full of breathy stabs, Afro-tech percussion and sleazy analogue bass. Elsewhere, Johannes Albert turns "Guilt Trip" into a twisted, arpeggio-fired fusion of mind-altering acid lines and dreamy, ethereal chords, while the All Work No Play remix of "Bumper" is a sparse but heavy, acid-fired slab of early morning dirt.
Review: Keinemusik is a collaboration between Rampa, Adam Port and &Me, who have all individually released music on the label that shares the Keinemusik name. Now the trio turn their efforts to this project with an excellent debut album. "You are Safe" and "Cafe des Schickasals" are stunning pieces of mood music, with half-heard vocals and atmospheric textures making them sound suitable for movie soundtracks. There is a similar mood on "Civilist" and "MuyA", where pulsing bass lines underpin eerie undercurrents and tinkling piano lines, while on "Guilt Trip" and "Up & Down" the trio introduce gloriously soulful vocals to their offbeat rhythms. Equal parts techno symphony and left field pop visions, You Are Safe is a highly impressive, unusual work.
Review: Port has only been releasing music for a few years, but on the title track, he sounds like a seasoned veteran. Rolling drums and a surging bass provide the backing, and when Port combines cowbells with Wilde's lyrics - "deep down in basements we feel the groove/deep down in basements we gotta move" - it's hard not to be moved. "Tell You" shows that he's not a one-trick pony, and amid crashing cymbals and dramatic string sweeps, Port lays down irresistible jazzy piano keys and a sassy funk bass. Label boss Mathias Tanzmann completes the package with a pumping version of "Basement".
Review: This Berlin-based label celebrates its twenty-fifth release with a collection of tracks from its regular artists. Rampa's "Mod" is a classic serving of minimal German house, its tinny drums and percussive shards riding a buzzing bass, while David Mayer's "Smoke" follows a similar trajectory. On this occasion however, the dense, drummy framework is populated by woozy chords, subtle ticks and twists and the kind of dazed stutter that used to characterize old Grant Dell records. &ME's "Birdland" is a jazzier affair, and the final track makes for a real surprise; Adam Port teams up with '90s UK hip hop act Stereo MCs for a deep house groove full of the rapper's sultry, smoky vocals.
Review: Possibly inspired by their summer season in Ibiza, this latest Cocoon collection is noticeably breezier and more melody-driven than previous outings. Sure, the shuffling beats and floor-friendly rhythms remain, but there's far more emphasis on quiet beauty. Take Of Us and Visionquest's opener "Equillibrio" sets the tone, delivering soft-focus chords and touchy-feely beauty. The first half of the collection largely follows suit, before Christian Smith, Guy J and Mark Reeve up the tempo, beefing up the drums and dropping in rave-friendly elements in true techno style. It's pretty much what you'd expect - bar the mad, stomping jazz-house of Adam Port's "Black Noise" - but the quality threshold is high. Cocoon will get few complaints from DJs.
Adam Port - "Tonight" (Adam Port 12" Autobahn edit) - (6:14) 122 BPM
Skatebord - "The Bells Of Mist" - (9:29) 111 BPM
Tensnake - "Freundchen" - (6:11) 121 BPM
Pale Blue - "The Math" - (5:50) 124 BPM
Sandboards - "Nothing But A Freak" - (5:16) 120 BPM
Cubenx - "First Wave Front" - (7:24) 122 BPM
VIMES - "Mind" (Reprise) - (8:45) 115 BPM
Various - "Future Disco Vol 10: Complete, Repeat, A Disco Drama" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:08:46) 120 BPM
Review: The Future Disco crew has described this tenth volume in their popular compilation series as "the closing of a chapter". In effect, though, it's business as usual, with the un-credited compilers gathering together their usual mix of nu-disco, Balearic-minded floor-fillers, and house cuts inspired by original disco and boogie. Among the many highlights you'll find the deep disco wooziness of Snacks' "Matinee", a throbbing Tiger & Woods remix of Kraak & Smaak's "Way Back Home", the bombastic disco-techno of Adesse Versions' "Explain It", and some Italo-disco influenced Scandolearic business from Skateboard. Oh, and DJ Koze's anthem-like Disco Edit of Lapsley's "Operator", which is undoubtedly one of the dancefloor success stories of 2016.