Review: Anja Schneider made a tough decision a few years ago whens he stepped away from Mobilee, the label that she founded back in 2005 and which became synonymous with minimal house. However, listening to 'No One...' it sounds like it was a good choice. Released on Sous Music, which is a more personal outlet for Schneider, the title track resounds to pounding drums, powerful electronic stabs and ponderous vocal samples. "Future State" is also powered by heavy kicks, but on this occasion, they provide the basis for nagging percussion, a warbling bass and deep synth lines. It makes for a powerful dance floor track with deep personal references.
Review: It seems as if 15 years have just flown by since Berlin institution Watergate first opened their doors at the base of the famous Oberbaumbrucke, overlooking the River Spree and where long queues run down the street every weekend to get into one of the best clubs in the world. To celebrate their journey over the last decade and a half, they have put together a special anniversary release of 25 new, exclusive and formerly unreleased tracks. Residents of the superclub all appear, such as Hamburg native Matthias Meyer who teams up with Ryan Davis on the evocative "Hope", famed local duo Tiefschwarz deliver the slow burning and moody tech house of "Control", Sweden's La Fleur (of Power Plant fame) delivers the acidic bump and shuffle of "Femton" and former Stattbad resident and Beste Modus boss Cinthie gets deep on the classic house sound of "Hatschi Hatschi" which has a whole heap of swing to it!
Review: Mobilee boss Anja Schneider moonlights for Hot Since 82's label. The title track sees Schneider at her most dance floor-focused, with jittery percussion and siren riffs leading a pacey groove. By contrast, "Free Fall" is a minimal track in the classic sense - centred on a pitch-bent vocal that insinuates itself gradually into the arrangement, it is accompanied by a niggling acid line at every step of the journey. Knee Deep have commissioned two fine remixes; William Djoko turns the title track into a noisy, workout, led by a jarring rhythm, while on the Alex Arnout version of "Free Fall", the spirit of Lil' Louis is channeled for a spine-tingling, swirling chord climax
Review: A taster for Schneider's artist album, due in October, Changes also marks out a new direction for the Mobilee boss. Gone are the stripped back, minimal rhythms, replaced on the title track by shimmering, building chords, hypnotic vocal samples and a groove that has more in common with mid-90s Chicago than mid-00s Berlin. Schneider's transformation continues on "Coast Ride". Here, the groove is looser and more rolling, but again it showcases a more musical approach than before, with warm melodies unfolding over the DJ-friendly groove. Changes is sure to provide the soundtrack for the label's summer parties - and sets the scene for Schneider's hotly anticipated new album.