Berliner via Bremen Anika Bebetta is back with the Uppercut EP and it sure is a fitting title. The title track is a stomping and dusty tech house jam that's just made for drifting, dancefloor journeys that the Berlin crowd desire, complete with moody atmosphere and the mandatory wonky melody! Second original track "Shimmy" is more uplifting and restrained, featuring her angelic vocals and a hypnotising melody which all in all has more of a progressive house vibe: which works great. There's some awesome remixes of the tracks here too, but it's definitely the one by man of the moment German Brigante whose "Mucho Toms Remix" is the bees knees: bouncy, slinky and sexy but above all made to play!
Anika Zeising aka Bebetta releases her third EP on Monaberry. Not to be confused with the 90s techno act of the same name, Megalon showcases her considerable production prowess. On the title track, this talent is articulated through steely, rolling drums and spiralling, tranced out melodies, as Zeising replicates the sound of a church organ trapped inside a day-glo techno arrangement. On "Hedorah", the German producer opts for a different approach; the drums are dense but understated and effective, while steely percussion helps to underpin mournful piano keys and reflective break downs. It makes for a more considered approach, and shows that Bebetta isn't just about tough club tracks.
It's no coincidence that Seth Schwarz used to be a classical musician. Throughout this release, his compositional skills are audible. On "Metempsychosis", his collaboration with Mollonos Bass, trance-inducing melodies sparkle like light reflected from a pond on a sunny day as the bass warbles euphorically. "Funeral Pyre", his project with Dole & Kom, is far more earthy and gritty, with a low-slung bass powering the mid-tempo rhythm. Finally, there's "Heliopolis", Schwarz's collaboration with Bebetta. Occupying a middle ground between the gritty sound of "Pyre" and the shiny trance of the Mollonos Bass collaboration, its acid-soaked groove and shuffling rhythm will appeal to fans of Ame, Dixon and that other Schwarz, Henrik.
Monaberry is a label run by Halle-based tech house hooligans Super Flu, who also appeared on Herbert's Best 06. There they collaborated with Viktor Takling Machine on "Plastik" which samples Lil' Louis' classic "French Kiss" on this epic Innervisions style house excursion. The bittersweet and glitchy deep house jam "Number's Station" by Robot Love sounds like classic Stimming, not bad! Martin Waslewski's "Kwaiet" or Parra For Cuva's "Borneo" are the kind of dreamy and ethereal journey music you'd expect to hear at one of Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream parties. Nice one fellas!
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