Review: Always committed to bringing interesting rhythms to bear on the world of house and techno, Aybee is back on his home turf with a fresh salvo of off-kilter drums and otherworldly synth tones that further his quest into pastures new for time-honoured dance music. "A Novel Gesture" rumbles with gritty kicks and stalking dub techno chords, and yet still manages to sound nimble on its feet. "We Come In Peace" is more purposefully floaty, swirling as it does around a central pad that takes on a three dimensional shape through some clever sound design, with just a gentle house beat underneath to keep it moving. "Akiara" is a devout bliss-out track not least in its delayed and filtered pulses pitched perfectly for heavy-lidded transcendence.
Review: With his many achievements in the field of true, critical deep house, Aybee has no need to remind anyone just what kind of imagination he has when it comes to crafting music, but he does just that on his latest LP Worlds. Just look to a track like "Landing", which shudders on some alien groove that's part jungle, part broken beat, and all sci-fi. Likewise "Moon's Whisper" plots an unknown course through galaxies of pads, and "What Is" equally revels in a cluster of starry chimes and tones. This is without a doubt an album of cosmic magnitude, carrying the futuristic torch that was passed on from the true techno fundamentalists and taking it somewhere fresh.
Review: German producer Andreas "Aybee" Branke is scarily prolific, with a bulging discography that stretches back to the mid 2000s. Here, he delivers an EP of spooky, melancholic deepness that should impress all those who like their house served with a generous portion of clandestine atmospherics. The skewed, bruk-meets-acid experiment "Kommands" aside, Astral Metronome is an EP touched with sadness. Opener "No Fiction" trickles out of the speakers like the tears of a broken man, all deep, woozy chords and bittersweet melodies. "Ether", meanwhile, is wonderfully hypnotic, delivering heart-aching looped melodies atop a deep and scratchy groove.
Review: More astro travelling through the avant-garde from West Coast imprint Deepblak, and the first collaboration between label boss Aybee and fellow space jazz cadet Afrikan Science. The Nibiru Projekt sees the duo dive head first into futuristic deep otherness, with typically mind bending results split right down middle between club business and more introspective noodlings. "Strange Task" is all neck snapping bruk house with a speaker punishing bass line submerged in jungle deep atmospherics, with the duo demonstrating a lighter side to their productions on the female vox lead broken beat of "Some One". Aybee and Afrikan Science conjure up some excellent ambient machine funk on "Ordinance" with "Threshold" being reminiscent of Tricky in his most experimental paranoid pomp.
Review: Aybee is one of those rare few that has managed to conquer a range of styles within his work from soul, techno, house and hip-hop under his many monikers. This time we see the artist team up with Miles Sagnia for two cuts each on the Eternal Radiance EP on Sagnia's Atmospheric Existence imprint. First, Aybee serves up "A Glance" which oozes with classic US house charm. Acoustic piano chords and are layered on top of a chugging bassline and electronic melody, tightly produced and melting in its warmth. "Isis" gets heavier with a more underground vibe of crashing echoes and tinny drum arrangements. Up next, Sagnia's "Journey 2 Forever" fuses multi-tracked choral chants, the impeccable sound of the Hammond and a rapid techy groove. His Visual Foci Reprise of "Journey 2 Forever" ditches the chants, instead opting for a sensual male vocal.