Review: Ricardo Villalobos remixes "Deardrum" from Alejandro Mosso's long awaited second album Isolation Diaries, recently released on hi-tech soul merchants Third Ear. The Chilean-German minimal maestro worked up a nine minute jam from this forty minute section. It moves from a gentle pattering of sounds into a full on Villalobos style groove; taut and slinky at the same time, but irresistibly funky. The jam then subsides into chattering noises before the groove begins again.
Review: Ricardo Villalobos remixes Deardrum from Alejandro Mosso's album Isolation Diaries, recently released on hi-tech soul merchants Third Ear. Villalobos worked up a 40 minute jam from this nine minute section, which moves from a gentle pattering of sounds into a full on Villalobos style groove; taut and slinky at the same time, but irresistibly funky. The jam then subsides into chattering noises before the groove begins again. Burnt Friedman's remix of "Isolation Diaries" is a slow burning/super funky jam with classic dub elements you've come to expect from the German artist: laced through the track together with a twisted and phased melody. The closing track from the album "Mounivers" completes this fine release.?
Review: Located in a forest outside Jena, Muna is one of the longest-established clubs in Germany, and is approaching a quarter of a century in business. Its label arm is much younger, but is doing a fine job in representing the Muna sound to the wider house music community. Cassy's "Running" is a rolling, bass-heavy track, featuring melodramatic vocals and rasping percussion. By contrast, Andre Butano & Aldo Cadiz' "Consommer" is more full on, with doubled-up beats and a groovy, rolling rhythm supporting druggy vocals. Shifting styles again, David Mayer, the Keinemusik founder, delivers "Moonlock", a pulsating, electronic groove, while Alejandro Mosso closes out this soundtrack to one of Europe's most revered clubs with the quirky deep house of "Rayuela".
Review: This triple-album collection is something of a treat for Prins Thomas fans. Released as an accompaniment to his epic, three-disc Paradise Goulash mix, it's entirely made up of previously unreleased re-edits from the Norwegian maestro. Musically, it's as cosmic and varied as you'd expect, variously touching on ambient (Claude Speed), Balearic jazz (Gabor Szabo), Middle Eastern oddness (Cat Trance), synth-samba (Richard Schneider Jnr), modern classical (a Johanna Billings cover of Arthur Russell's "This Is How We Walk On The Moon"), and all manner of hazy, sun-kissed grooves. There's little slamming dancefloor fare, but plenty of unique versions of overlooked, little known or forgotten musical gems. For that alone, it should be an essential purchase.
Review: Prins Thomas' recent Paradise Ghoulash mix was something of an epic, stretching across three CDs. It also featured a number of special versions, re-edits and remixes by the man himself, a selection of which have now been available digitally for the first time. There's naturally much to admire, from the rolling, dancefloor-friendly rework of Box Saga's forgotten 1995 B-side "Zen & The Art Of Deadlines", and a blissful Balearic house interpretation of Hieroglyphic Being's "Imaginary Soundscapes 9", to two fine versions of Blacknecks' 2014 jam "Don't Dream It Be It", in which the Norwegian adds his own krautrock-influenced percussion and psychedelic builds. Arguably best of all, though, is Thomas no-nonsense edit of U's "The Subdubba Beat (Stockholm Glue Mix)", which tightens up and cuts down the dub techno epic to make it vastly more workable for DJs.