Review: Permanent Vacation label head honcho Benjamin Froehlich serves up 22 adventurous dance tracks from the past, present and future here on the Rude Collection. Includes 10 original tracks by Froehlich himself that were released on the Rude Movements EPs in 2016/17 respectively, as well as 12 remixes - four of them being brand new. The tracks featured are a splendid variety of nu-disco ("Holloway"), classic house ("Drawn City") and acid house ("Amos"). The remixes are equally terrific with highlights coming from the Live At Robert Johnson affiliated retrovert Chinaski reworking "Drawn From Memory" in an Italo fashion, Hamburg's Yannick Labbe (ORS/Sonar Kollektiv) remixing "Computer Riot" in slo-mo neon-lit style and Jack Pattern reinterpreting "Spitting Image" into a sludgy EBM slow burner.
Review: "Saturnia" is the first single from Benjamin Froehlich's album titled Amiata, which will be out May 10th. The Permanent Vacation boss serves up a moody and roaring epic here, awash in shimmering melodies, dramatic strings and steely rhythms perfectly crafted for maximum dancefloor drama. The Munich-based producer then taps two current scene heroes for remix duties: London's Kiwi takes the track into even more raw, jacking and brooding territory with his rough around the edges version, while Italian duo Margot go into intoxicating and futuristic minimal territory on their expertly crafted rendition that we particularly enjoyed.
Memory FM (Panthera Krause remix) - (6:33) 122 BPM
Secret Alphabet (Cornelius Doctor remix) - (5:58) 108 BPM
Review: As you'd expect from the co-founder of the on-point Permanent Vacation label, Benjamin Froehlich has assembled a stellar cast of producers to remix tracks from his recent debut album "Amiata". Massimiliano Pagliara's "Telephone Call" mix of "The Big Sun" is a wonderfully cheery chunk of thrusting Italo-disco/nu-disco fusion, while Rhode & Brown's take on "Tivoli" pushes the track further towards hypnotic tech-house/nu-disco-fusion. Pantera Krause channels the spirit of the Pet Shop Boys circa 1987 album "Actually" on a triumphant version of "Memory FM" and Cornelius Doctor fuses Italo, acid and freestyle on a killer revision of "Secret Alphabet". Best of the bunch though is Jex Opolis's remix of the same track, which cannily joins the dots between acid-funk, proto-house and mid 80s New York disco dubs.
Review: In recent years, Permanent Vacation co-founder Benji Frohlich has really ratcheted up the production pressure, in the process serving up a swathe of well-received singles and an epic compilation of archive tracks. Even so, "Amiata" is arguably his most significant release to date: a nine-track debut album that amply showcases his growing confidence in the studio. Beginning with the Balearic dub shuffle of "Forty Trees", Frohlich successfully turns his hand to synth-laden deep nu-disco ("Secret Alphabet"), Tuff Little Kids style retro-futurism ("The Big Sun"), blissful electro positivity ("Tivoli"), tactile house ("Pompei Raiders"), drowsy vocal warmth (Dreamcast collaboration "Last Night"), low-slung club cuts ("Cicada Dub"), rushing synthesizer soundscapes ("Memory FM") and fuzzy, hard-wired wonkiness ("Saturnia").
Review: The Munich based deep house and nu disco institution returns for their fourth safari and it is quite the trip if we do say so ourselves. The landscapes.. the wildlife.. be prepared for an epic journey! Highlights on here include the gutsy analogue punk of Drvg Cvulture's "Night Time Is The Right Time", prog house don Henry Saiz teaming up with sometime John Talabot cohort Pional on the dreamy "Uruboros" and Sweden's always reliable Axel Boman with the dreamily hypnotic "Die Die Die!" which despite its title is summery and lush: a potential anthem of Summer 2017. Hidden treasures, lost classics and exclusive tracks through the deepest house valleys and the highest disco mountains of the label's catalog.
Review: Munich's Permanent Vacation churns out releases at a rapid rate, making it annoyingly easy to miss out on great material. Lucky, their sporadic Selected Label Works compilation series can help fill in the gaps. Volume Five contains a wealth of tasty treats, from the wonky late night throb of Dolkraut's mesmerizing "Fire", and progressive house influenced dancefloor bliss of TB's "City Girl", to the Orbital style intelligent techno of Daniel Bortz and Sacha Sibler, via the bass-heavy wonkiness of Lake People. There's also another chance to savour Session Victim's loose, warm and groovy rework of Midnight Magic, and a tops-off-friendly chunk of Sound Factory era pump from Tuff City Kids.