Review: Berlin tech house favourite Alex Niggemann has managed to remain impressive since emerging on the scene eight years ago and now appears next for Sasha's well received new imprint Last Night On Earth which is really on fire at the moment. First up "Siyawa" is as dark and as tunnelling as it gets for some effective dancefloor mystery of the druggiest kind. But "Ace Kwela" is more uplifting; what with its epic layers of symphonic strings and lush melodics that will push any dancefloor to transcend beyond all this Summer.
Review: Berlin tech house hero Alex Niggemann stepped up for the latest edition of Australian mix series Balance, delivering an impressive selection that merged pop inflected electronica, harder edged techno sounds right through to his warm and percussive tech house that has earned him accolades in recent years. Two of his original tracks now appear as a single release, such as the soulful yet glitchy R&B stylings of "Hurricane" featuring the silky vocals of The Shadow Self (which gets a super deep and emotive makeover by Swiss hi-tech soul man Deetron) then the evocative and bittersweet electronica of "Silhouettes & Sparks" feat. Hendrik Burkhard gets the remix treatment by Danish rising star Denis Horvat, who is fresh off releases for labels like Innervisions ad Exit Strategy and that very aesthetic is channeled into this brooding journey track.
Review: A peek at the track titles should be enough to tell you that Afro flavours dominate here, though the two tracks take similar influences and do quite different things with them. 'Zoulou' is a deep, melodic, synth-tinged Afrohouser, complete with chanted vox and 'jungle' sounds, that you can imagine finding favour with the likes of Dennis Ferrer and Black Coffee. On the accompanying 'Bwana', though, Niggemann opts to plough a deep, dark, tribal/prog groove rather than serving up yet another dose of intricate hand percussion - making for a cut that's less 'on trend' musically, perhaps, but all the more distinctive for it.
Alex Niggemann - "Balance" (Mixed By Alex Niggemann/continuous mix) - (1:16:30) 124 BPM
Review: From his native Dusseldorf to his adopted home of Berlin, Alex Niggemann's name is synonymous with the German tech house sound and appearances on a who's who of labels in recent years. From Poker Flat, Last Night On Earth and Tsuba to his own respected Aeon and Soulfooled imprints, he has shown his knack for deep and sexy grooves and his last eight years of DJing and studio prowess is on display for the latest edition of Australia's Balance series of mix compilations. The programming on Balance runs the gamut from deep, dark journey tracks (Gui Boratto "Joker" (Dave DK mix)"/Baikal - "Pelican's Flight"), dreamy hypnotism (Aril Brikha/Sebastian Mullaert - "Illuminate"/Antigone "Blue Note") and some new exclusives from the man himself, such as the mighty slow burner "Divergent". As always, there's a bonus track featuring all the aforementioned on a continuous mix.
Review: Alex Niggemann follows the same approach as that which led Steve Bug to set up Poker Flat many years ago. Taking inspiration from classic house music, the title track features a resonating bassline and heavy claps, which provide the basis for uplifting keys. Niggemann hasn't just taken inspiration from classic deep house, he even samples a vocal from an old house record. The key difference between the past and the present documented by Niggemann are in his usage of extended breakdowns. They are audible on the title track, but also on "Curious", where ominous chord and electro synths climax together and then drop unexpectedly. The Moodapella version of "Wait" meanwhile looks to Ibiza for inspiration, with a sultry guitar playing over Niggemann's rumbling bass.
Review: The latest release on Sasha's label comes from German producer Alex Niggeman. It's interesting to hear how minimal house morphed into deeper sounds and has now reached a point where it is displaying progressive tendencies. This is audible on "Virgo", with Niggeman delivering a big room number, led by dark bass pulses and a pumping rhythm. Fur Coat's version pushes even closer to the progressive house sound, with tough drums and a monotone bass sound making for a more linear version. Finally, there's Niggeman's "Nebula". More tracky than "Virgo", its tough drums and snaking bass will still appeal to fans of hypnotic big room house and techno.
Review: Having spent the last few years delivering atmospheric blends of tech-house and minimal for Steve Bug's Poker Flat imprint, Dusseldorf's Alex Niggeman transfers to Sasha's Last Night on Earth imprint. It's perhaps unsurprising that the prog house veteran has snapped up these two tracks, because they ripple with the eyes-wide-shut feel of prog. Think atmospheric chords, long builds, twinkling melodies and intoxicating atmospherics. Of the two tracks, "Earth Symphony" - a classic prog house title -is probably our pick; it's certainly symphonic in its use of builds and drops. "Tarkus" is a little livelier, with vibrant synths and heady chords dancing around a hypnotic, late night groove.
Review: Tech-house gets a bad rap due an oversupply of countless dull music, but it's not all sub-standard stuff. Indeed, Poker Flat has been flying the flag for quality dance music that inhabits the grey area between house and techno for over 15 years. Niggeman's latest release sees him unite the best of both worlds. The title track is a dense, drummy affair that reveals ice-cold synth stabs as it progresses. Meanwhile, "Primary" is less dramatic, but its chiming bells are coupled with dark bass stabs to create an understated but hypnotic groove that will be a powerful weapon in the right hands.