Review: Hanseatic heroes Diynamic present the next installment in their Picture series, with the local duo Adana Twins showcasing their rich palette of styles - on six productions ranging from laid-back house vibes to vibrant techno. From the emotive pop inflections of "My Computer" featuring Glowal's moving vocal performance, to the majestically hypnotic "Maoa", the epic dancefloor drama of "C3Po" and the moody neon-lit nu disco vibe of "Little Karlo" - this release sees the pair at their very best. Breaking through in 2012, with first-class releases on Exploited and Watergate - where they hold a residency and released their much lauded edition of the in-house mix CD-series, Benjamin Busse & Friso Traas have remixed for big names such as Fritz Kalkbrenner, WhoMadeWho, Kaiserdisco and Nic Fanciulli along the way.
Review: Following on from last year's Flower of Cane EP, Hamburg house duo Adana Twins return to Watergate. The title track is subtle but effective and austere-sounding but also uplifting. It chugs along to a solid groove and features eerie synths that build and build thanks to some effective filtering - and is exactly the type of track one would expect to hear at the feted Berlin club. On the flip side, "Sequence 01" is centred on a different approach. While its groove is also linear, it is powered by a pulsation bass and the kind of evocative, crystalline hooks that sound like the modern embodiment of classic German trance.
Review: For their next release, Berlin institution Watergate welcomes back two of Hamburg's finest: Adana Twins. Last seen on the label's last compilation, the duo returns with a bunch of stunners which the label itself best describe as 'low slung, infectious cuts blurring the lines between house and techno' and truly showcase the signature sounds of these two Harbour City heroes. The original version of "Flower Of Cane" sees the duo follow their darkest route into the abyss yet on this druggy and heaving main room groove that follows in the tradition of classic Reude Hagelstein or even local legends like Stephan Bodzin. "Ortus" is an adrenalised exercise in mood lighting which is perfect to make a transition with its elevating EBM style bassline. The third offering "Relentless" (feat Jeppe Kjellberg of Danish electro-poppers Whomadewho) offers yet more quality, but if you ask us: it's all about Andre Lodemann's vocal mix, which is so incredibly dreamy and evocative as always.
Review: With DJ names like Take It Easy and Friso, it's probably to be presumed that German duo Adana Twins don't take themselves too seriously. That tongue in cheek attitude can be heard on "Everyday", a delightfully loose and languid cut that sounds like a funkier, groovier and, well, slightly less overbearing take on the work of Benoit & Sergio. Despite being propelled forward by a superb synth bassline, it lazily slips from the speakers rather than jumping towards you like a ninja on speed. "Strange" continues in a similar vein, offering a laidback, Soul Clap style cover of The Doors' "People Are Strange". With nice pianos. However odd that may seem on paper, it's actually superb.
Rafael Cerato & Artbat - "Uplift" - (8:00) 124 BPM
Definition - "Pretend To Fly" - (6:53) 122 BPM
Review: Hamburg house heroes Diynamic are back with Four To The Floor 08 where they serve up some tough main room tech house to get your people moving! First up is the Afro futurist journey that is "Zulu" by Brigado Crew & Crisstiano which will appeal to fans of Innervisions or Yoruba Soul. The harbour city's favourite sons Adana Twins serve up the dark journey track "Uncompromising" which will transfix crowds with its sense of dancefloor drama. Rafael Cerato & Artbat's soulful tech house journey "Uplift" had us reminiscing about the Dennis Ferrer sound of old while finally Definition's "Pretend To Fly" is certainly geared for those hands in the air moments; expect a reaction from the crowd when this one drops. Either when that roaring vintage synth arpeggio comes creeping in or the heartfelt vocals alike.
Review: Facilitated by the label arm of Berlin club Watergate, this release sees two of Europe's most talented production acts lock horns. First up, Hamburg duo Adana Twins remix Baumel's "Roar", which originally appeared ten years ago on Get Physical. At the time of its original release, the track received a lot of attention due to the absence of a kick drum and the way that its looped metallic sound gradually intensified. In the Twins' hands, this experimental piece of music is turned into a moody, pulsating affair with echoes of ebm. A similarly menacing aesthetic is audible on the Adana Twins's original track, "Aufstand Der Massen". Its linear, heads-down rhythm is augmented by a siren wailing in the background, lending an epic edge to the arrangement.
Review: For the sophomore installment of their various artists series, Watergate Affairs, the Berlin clubbing institution brings you three heroes of the capital's scene. Legend Ruede Hagelstein presents the deep and emotive "Flash Ball" that meets at the intersection between tech house and nu disco with its powerful chords hypnotizing you into submission. Next up Hamburg duo Adana Twins serve up the slinky and bumping dancefloor atmosphere of "Eta"; a suspense filled dark journey track and another local stalwart in the form of Marco Resmann provides the tough main room ecstasy of "Modius". Souvenir Records head honchos Tiefschwarz also step in to give you thre rather Innervisions sounding "Backyard" which ia a druggy moody late night cut that's geared for some proper strobe-lit epiphanies on the club's famous dancefloor next Sunday morning.
Review: Based in Hamburg, TAU is a label started in 2018 by Benjamin Busse and Friso Traas aka Adana Twins, that has released tracks by scene heroes such as Glowal, Echonomist, The Cheapers and many more. The label presents their second instalment in the 'Spektrum' various artists sampler, which features top shelf material by the likes of: Southern Italian duo Underspreche who deliver the entrancing pizzicato inflected vibes of "My Beloved", German veteran Ruede Hagelstein delivering impeccable dancefloor drama as always on "Aschera", ascendant Berliners Local Suicide teaming up with Duro main man Theus Mago on the dark disco odyssey "Technican" and Watergate's sound engineer in residence Biesmans, who provides yet more successful efforts in his newfound love of music production on the neon-lit Italo acid energy of "Wild Wild World".
Review: Cocoon's Dots & Pearls series has been successful in putting new artists side by side with more established acts - and volume six is no exception. With a focus on the deeper side of house and techno, this instalment features "Origo", a rumbling electronic groove from emerging Diynamic / Watergate act Adana Twins and Frankfurt producer Fabe with a melodic tech-house cut, "Call Of Origin". Representing the more established acts is Eduardo de la Calle, who drops a trippy, dubbed out minimal house track, "I'm Losing My Mind", featuring Romina Cohn on vocals and Michael Klein's rave-heavy "Continuation". However, it's one of the new kids who steals the show, with Radu Dracul delivering the deep, bleep-laden techno of "Spectrae".
Review: Berlin institution Watergate Records celebrates its 10 year birthday, with this special 50 track anthology of their favourite records. Over the last decade, the imprint has set a standard for captivating electronic music from across the house and techno spectrum, successfully mirroring the club's booking policy. Now up to over 60 releases including a remix of the Josh Wink classic "Higher State Of Consciousness" by residents Adana Twins, and the 26th installment in their acclaimed mix series by Danish legends Whomadewho - this compilation presents some of its most memorable cuts since its inception in 2008. Highlights come from: label staple Mathias Meyer - the Hanseatic hero presenting several tracks including "Love Letters From Sicily" with Ryan Davis, local legends Tiefschwarz on "Fire It Out" feat. Ruede Hagelstein, resident La Fleur getting remixed by Detroit legend Kenny Larkin on "Nightflow" and rising duo Adriatique's 7am remix of "The Spirit" by the ever impressive Butch (featuring Hohberg) amony many others.
Review: Berlin clubbing institution Watergate proudly present the 25th edition of their Watergate compilation series, mixed and compiled by Hanseatic tech house heroes Adana Twins. It is the first Watergate mix that consists of 100% new and unreleased tracks from the likes of Lehar, Acid Pauli and Musumeci and two new works from the pair. They are releasing the exclusive material on separate EPs after the mix, with Part 2 here featuring such highlights as Adana Twins themselves on the moody dancefloor drama of "Ocelotes", Andre Hommen delving into hypnotic and evocative territory on "Nowadays", and Daniel Bortz/Sascha Sibler delivering some seriously sensual and slinky tech house on "Yuppie".
Adana Twins - "Strange" (Acid Pauli & Nu remix) - (7:25) 120 BPM
Compuphonic - "Metropolis" - (3:17) 116 BPM
Review: Ten years of tech house powerhouse Exploited's exploits - pardon the pun! A born and bred Berliner, Shir Khan started the label in his home city in 2007. The imprint now plays host to a who's who in the current tech-house climate - including Adana Twins, Doctor Dru, Claptone, Joyce Muniz, Urulu and Cocolores to name a few. Its artists have been receiving full support from tastemakers such as Pete Tong, Soul Clap, Wolf & Lamb and Kraak & Smaak. All the usual suspects appear here: many golden oldies and even some newbie surprises too - perfect for the Christmas season and to forecast trends moving forward into 2018. To prove their relevance, they've served up a whopper of a compilation: over five dozen tracks showcasing their illustrious discography. We are certain that these are timeless grooves and will prove to be just as relevant another decade.
Some of these go as far back as 2009! Take for instance Malente & Dex feat. Analogik's "Gipsy Kings" which homed in that whole loopy latin house trend - popularised by similar tunes like "We No Speak Americano". Swedish electro house dons Zoo Brazil appear as well, with their 2012 dancefloor hit "Rock The House", then get deep and slinky with Moodymanc's 2013 sleeper hit "Joy" (Ralph Lawson Dub). They were even doing jazzy/dusty deep house as far back as 2011, like on Homework's "Whipped Cream". Remember Serge Santiago's remix of Murphy Jax's "Let's Get To It" featuring the inimitable Mike Dunn? It's here!
But when best describing the label's success thus far, we'd have to give honorable mentions to the true staples of the label. The legendary Chicagoan James Curd (formerly one half of the Greenskeepers) has kept on going from his new home of Adelaide, Australia and served up some of his best work in years. The emotive and bittersweet "Forever My Friend" is just one example. Likewise, Belgium's Compuphonic appears several times also - his recent hit from earlier this year "Metropolis" appears in all its soulful and evocative glory. Here's to another 10 guys, cheers!
Review: It seems as if 15 years have just flown by since Berlin institution Watergate first opened their doors at the base of the famous Oberbaumbrucke, overlooking the River Spree and where long queues run down the street every weekend to get into one of the best clubs in the world. To celebrate their journey over the last decade and a half, they have put together a special anniversary release of 25 new, exclusive and formerly unreleased tracks. Residents of the superclub all appear, such as Hamburg native Matthias Meyer who teams up with Ryan Davis on the evocative "Hope", famed local duo Tiefschwarz deliver the slow burning and moody tech house of "Control", Sweden's La Fleur (of Power Plant fame) delivers the acidic bump and shuffle of "Femton" and former Stattbad resident and Beste Modus boss Cinthie gets deep on the classic house sound of "Hatschi Hatschi" which has a whole heap of swing to it!