Review: London based, Polish artist ANII returns to Kompakt, following up last year's brilliant Korzenie EP in addition to a remix for veteran label staple Gui Boratto. She demonstrates her passion of music through deep, dark techno and soulful house once again on her new offering for the Cologne based institution: From the slow-motion hypnotic raindance of "Ride The Tiger", through to moments right in line with the Kompakt sound as heard on the deep acid/electro influence of "Aniitime" or the evocative and glassy-eyed dancefloor drama of "Galaxianii" - yes as you can see, it's all in the name!
Review: Next up on Alex Niggemann's Aeon Audio is London-based DJ and producer Anii with her mystical Magic EP. Since arriving in London from her native Poland, she's earned a solid reputation for playing high quality melodic techno and has appeared on revered imprints including Kompakt and Polymath. She explains that she had been working on "Magic" for the last couple of years and that it's a project she stopped and started again many times. The hard work certainly paid off as this track is a spellbinding expression in dancefloor drama that's builds in suspense and tension, enrapturing you with its hypnotic qualities. MeMeMe boss Man Power's tripped-out remix up next ventures into wacky cosmic territory and ascendant producer Kiwi's rendition of "Trojan Horse" goes for a psychedleic nu-disco terrioty as Red Axes or Moscoman.
Review: Named after the Polish word for 'roots', this great new EP finds Anii threading her way in between subtle deep house and techno folds. Polish music, tribal percussion and elegiac melodies merge wonderfully. Born in Poland and now operating out of London, Ania Iwinska has had previous releases on top labels like Stil Vor Talent, Polymath and Sincopat, but now makes her debut on Cologne powerhouse Kompakt. From the chugging, brooding dancefloor drama of "Working The Root" that will hypnotise you into submission, to the tension and full-on suspense of the title track. Be assured that more late night moodiness awaits on "Cyganka" incorporating traditional strings and Ry Cooder like guitars on this hazy and esoteric trip into the deep.
Review: Cologne powerhouse Kompakt have continually defined a unique aesthetic as label - deep, atmospheric and absolutely evocative. For the 19th edition of their revered Total series - The Voigt Brothers & Co. curate another splendid compilation featuring the very best in international electronic music from the last year, taking in a wide variety of styles, tempos moods and grooves - yet all with the label's distinct taste. Highlights (and there's many!) came courtesy of: local Gewolbe Club resident Jonathan Kaspar with the mesmerising dancefloor drama of "Renard", label co-founders Tobias Thomas & Michael mayer teaming up on the sexy lo-slung groove antics of "Total Anders", label staple and all round Berlin legend Sascha Funke delivers a typically quirky and oddball groove on "Aus Der Lamang". Elsewhere, you can get your tunnel vision on with the ever reliable Rex The Dog on "Vortex", the ascendant Anii from Poland takes you deep into the rainforest on the tribal trance of "Ride The Tiger" and ANNA from Brazil provides some dystopian narratives for the dancefloor on "Remembrance".
Review: It's that time again: Cologne institution Kompakt return with their annual round up of what's hot in contemporary house and techno - all with the distinct hallmarks in harmony with their aesthetic: deep, intelligent and absolutely evocative. Rest assured that all the usual suspects appear - label stalwarts such as Jorg Burger, Jurgen Paape, Gui Boratto and of course head honchos the Voigt brothers. Elsewhere there are some regulars and newbies alike such as Los Angeleno Sonns on the sun-kissed and tripped-out "Tame" (feat Beesh), veteran John Tejada with the bold melodics of "Detector" (a cut from his brilliant new Dead Start Program LP), lo-slung cosmo-balearica by Ghost Vision on "Zuul" and the legendary Jake Williams aka Rex The Dog on the epic dance floor drama of "Crasher". Another tremendously curated compilation that's essential listening.