Review: Three tracks from as many artists make up this first salvo in Frank Music's 10th birthday celebrations. Amount gets the ball rolling with 'Dphrase', which opens with simple 4/4s, goes all fluttery and wispy and then bursts out into a synth-y, Euro-sounding instrumental sitting right at the point where house, prog and disco collide. The Captain Of Your Heart's 'Love' then takes us into dreamy 80s pop territory before the EP's completed by Levitation Venue's 'Everything's Good', the standout for yours truly and a laidback lil' groover in which gently meandering ivories meet some impressively understated acid.
Schulze Boysen (Kuriose Naturale remix) - (7:32) 120 BPM
Graudancer - (7:37) 124 BPM
KarmaKream - (7:14) 121 BPM
Goldene Melange - (6:26) 115 BPM
Review: Minimal grooves from the melodic/progressive end of the spectrum are the order of the day on this latest EP from Germany's URSL label, which features five originals from Berlin producer Amount plus a remix of 'Schulze Boysen' by Kuriose Naturale. 'Marshmallow' itself is an unhurried affair with a pulsating synth lead taking centre-stage, 'Graudancer' is bassier, 'KarmaCream' is atmospheric and cinematic and 'Goldene Melange' veers towards full-blown prog territory, but these are fairly minor differences and generally speaking, if you're a fan of twisting, evolving synth-scapes you'll find much to enjoy here.
Review: Germany's Voltaire Music return with some heavy hitters in techno, tech house, deepness and beyond. While it's mainly a Deutsche affair for the most part, they even managed to rope in Croatian hypnotic techno veteran Petar Dundov - who in conjunction with Systematic's Marc Romboy delivers the spiralling and melodic sorcery of "Caper Tran". Elsewhere, there's some epic dancefloor drama like on Tim Engelhardt's remix of "Florian Kruse & Hendrik Burkhard's "Crack In The Wall" featuring some heartfelt vocals by Mi.li.an. Highly lauded mastering engineer Hannes Bieger delivers the moody and entrancing "Strato" geared for those heads down moments under the strobelight and Frankfurt's finest Sascha Dive - he of Deep Vibes fame - delivers the goods as always on the darkroom dub of "Renegade" (Long version).