Review: Innervisions head honchos Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann (aka Ame) released their ambient/Balearic styled opus 'Dream House' much year to much acclaim. And after two volumes of terrific remixes by some of the scene's top names in house and techno - we now have the third terrific instalment. Features Wiedemann's cohort in side project The Howling Ry 'X' Cuming - who delivers a rework of "No War" which gets into moody and atmospheric territory, "Gerne" feat. Berlin post punk legend Gudrun Gut gets a typically tripped-out and hypnotic perspective by Frankfurt veteran Roman Fluegel, and Irish deep house hero Mano Le Tough goes for yet more evocative dancefloor narratives on the sublime vocal led pop-inflected cut "Oldorado".
Review: This second remix package of tracks from Ame's Dream House long player features dance floor remixes to suit a range of moods. At one end, there's the atmospheric Fango take on "No War", where the original version's woozy chants and dreamy synths are underpinned by rolling back beats. At the other end, there's Marcel Dettmann's version of "Hellikonia", which sees the Berghain resident drops a steely, metallic rhythm that gradually spirals into a heady climax. By contrast, Dettmann's take on "Gerne" is less dance floor focused; a breathy, down tempo number its moody electronic undercurrents effortlessly accompany the original track's mysterious vocals.
Review: Dream House was released last year by acclaimed German duo Kristian Beyer & Martin Wiedermann aka Ame to much acclaim. The splendid tracks that comprised this evocative home listening journey are now remixed by some of the scene's top names and aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor. On Part I, we have Berlin-based artist (and Keinemusik main man) Rampa take "No War" deep into the exotic, in dreamy and majestic fashion, while Diynamic chief Solumun delivers two versions of "The Line" - Frank's Vote being a vibrant neon-lit perspective with an '80s influence, while Kristian's Vote has a more ethereal deep house vibe full of sweeping layers of arpeggio.
Review: The title of Ame's debut album could sum up their entire output to date, and in many ways, Dream House is the ultimate statement from the German duo. However, it is not solely focused on the kind of lush, tranced out melodies that they made their name with on "Rej", but it does features collaborations from Gudrun Gut, Roedelius and Planningtorock. It also moves from the hypnotic chants of "The Line" - a track penned with Herbert - into the hollowed-out break beats of "Deadlocked", the Roedelius collaboration, and into more reduced grooves like "Queen of Toys". On "Gerne", Gut delivers a breathy, sensual vocal over a grinding rhythm, which is far removed from those breathy grooves that Ame first rose to prominence with. However, echoes of this hypnotic aesthetic is never too far away, audible on the droning, Dinosaur L-style guitars of "Positivland".
Review: Ame bring out the bells and horns for the duo's latest two track EP which begins with the twists and turns of "Tatischeff", a Balearic-tinged bassline-driven progressive house production tipped with euphoric touches of Italo disco. "Den Ratta" on the other hand opts for something percussive, and clocking in at almost nine minutes, allows Ame the time to confuse, love and tease the dancefloor into climax the Innervisions way.
Review: Ame have always been an inventive pair, but even by their standards this is a departure. Along with Amampondo, they've laid down a delicious chunk of ethno-house that just bristles with summery energy. There's infectious ethnic (possibly West African) lead and backing vocals, looped-up acoustic guitars, heavy electronic melodies and, naturally, some deliciously epic builds based around deep organ chords. While the first version is closer in style to much of their previous output, it's the second version that really hits the spot - if only for the sweetness of the production and the summery strut of the composition. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but we think it's spiffing.
Review: Zurich based DJ and producer Jimi Jules is one of the most promising upcoming artists within the international underground. With previous releases on top labels like Superfriends, Cocoon and local imprint Zukunft - he tops all that by being picked as selector for esteemed Berlin institution Watergate's 24th mix album. Here we get treated to a few exclusives: first we have Jules & Jesaya's +4 BPM Update of Ame's "119 BPM", there's also his collaboration with Domenico Ferrari on the sleazy lo-slung pop of "Parkuhr". Then, we soon discover its almost entirely a Jimi Jules affair (naturlich!) with his remix of Swiss/German duo Egopusher's "Flake" (venturing into truly sublime territory) and the dreamy and bittersweet tones of Ed Ed & Petja Virikko's "Sundroina" (feat Jinadu).
Review: With a title like this, it's no surprise to learn that the compilation Gerd Janson has pulled together for Rush Hour is somewhat indebted to the legacy of Kraftwerk. In a thoroughly refreshing focus of intent, the contributing artists have had to reach towards a preface of "ambient not ambient" to take part in this project, and the end results showcase artists reaching beyond the common fare they turn out in their day to day release schedules. With his roots in ambient, Move D is of course right at home here, as is Roman Flugel, but it's exciting to hear the Krautrock tones of Ame's "Erkki" or the claustrophobic beatdown of Maxxi & Zeus (better known as Quiet Village).