Review: Ransom Note mainstay Bawrut brings a sixth solo release to the label with this particular record giving "Triangulo De Amor Bizarro" a full missive following its inclusion on last year's Pen Pal compilation. With its parties & bullshit references, the single touches on an assortment of Latin grooves with Blanco's vocal elements bolstered even further by the artist's own heavy and hi-fidelity remix. Something more progressive and classically techy comes from Super Drama with some nice usage of the original's vocal element, while Kristy Harper keeping it bassline driven and soulful in her remix. Percussions and dub techno heads checkout Beigean's Amore De Noche dub!
Review: Since 2006 Permanent Vacation has earned its reputation for releasing some of the best in contemporary house, electro, disco and leftfield music, showcased and celebrated most with their various artist compilations. As lockdown in some parts of the world begins to ease, maybe a sixth Permanent Vacation is in order, which this time introduces a fresh cast to the series with our ears drawn to the abstract dub, drum and rhythm tracks of Bawrut, and Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Rae in the tripped out "The Bukit Have Eyes". Smallville's main man in Paris Jacques Bon turns in a stair-sailing synth number of breezy, uplifting house in "Reverse Flight", with techier drums and club tracks coming from DJ Kuesse ("Tropicana Girl") and the au courant electro sounds of Eliott Litrowski's "Spray", and Sedef's Adasi's "Tender Trip" a highlight too.
Review: Climbing his way out of the mists of time and space with a stream of records for The Ransom Note this past decade, Italian producer out of Madrid, Bawrut, becomes the latest addition to Life and Death and Tale Of Us collective. He does so with three slower, long burning club, acid and synth numbers. All three tracks are defined by the slower 120 BPM rhythms with their own variations of pulsating basslines and rawkus electro melodies. "Drum Beat" goes for the trippy exotic approach, with "Rollin'" inhibiting a similar yet more percussive zone, to "Terza" fattening it up to the max.
Review: For as long as we can remember, Defected's annual Miami Music Week compilation has done a brilliant job showcasing tracks that we'll be dancing to a lot in the following weeks and months. Predictably, this year's volume is no different. There's the usual mixture of alternative remixes of familiar favourites from the previous 12 months (see David Penn's remix of Sophie Lloyd's gospel disco anthem "Calling Out" and I:Cube's brilliant revision of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget"), previously released anthems (Horse Meat Disco and Amy Douglas's "Let's Go Dancing" and Ray Mang's delicious disco mix of Phenomenal Handclap Band's "Judge Not") and suitably big tunes that will soon become peak-time staples the world over (see the tracks by Bawrut, Low Steppa, Bsicits and Mighty Mouse).
Review: Chief wranglers at PETS Recordings Wojciech and Grzegorz can certainly give each other a well deserved pat on the back for a seriously prolific 2018 - and this compilation is testament to the fact. Best Of 2018 features last year's greatest hits and near misses, with highlights not limited to: the pair themselves getting a moody and woozy rework of their track "Don't" by Live At Robert Johnson's Roman Flugel, the fabulous collaboration of heavyweights Matthew Dear, Joe Goddard & Eats Everything on "Love Games", through to Jesse Perez' edit of Mathias Kaden's "NoKick" which gets the Miami booty bass treatment, and the always reliable man from Madrid named Bawrut - who gets those classic house vibes in effect on "Your Job Is My Job".
Review: Madrid based Italian Bawrut follows up a run of great tracks on top labels such as Midnight Themes, Ransom Note and Multi Culti with this absolutely kickin' new release for Berlin based PETS Recordings. Across the Jomo EP's four tracks, you get treated to a deep trip aboard the acid express on the woozy "Desert Island", hear the drummer get wicked on the dusty shenanigans of "Piano & Piano" and going deep into the late night on the psychedelic madness of "Your Job Is My Job".
Review: Barely two months have passed since the release of Bawrut's excellent 4x4 EP, but already Ransom Note is serving up a remixed version. Philip Lauer naturally impresses with a typically loved-up, melodious and glassy-eyed dancefloor rework of "I Hear Voices" that's as Balearic as they come, while psychedelic disco sort Timothy Clerkin re-casts the same track as an acid-fired ambient trip rich in hallucinatory electronics. Elsewhere, Jimpster surprisingly doffs his cap to Gieorgio Moroder on a druggy, arpeggio-driven re-make of "More Cowbell", Sano lays down a low-slung, Afro-tinged jack-track take on "Ghettoscar" and Lossy's remix of "Three Sounds" joins the dots between bass-heavy bleep-era electro and shimmering Balearic house. Arguably best of all though, is the epic, rush-inducing positivity of Marlon Hoffstadt's "Aloe Vera Mix" of "More Cowbell".