Review: It's hard to believe that Loco Dice's label has been around for so long - or more surprisingly that it covers so much ground. While much of the label's focus remains on toolish, tribal house, 5 Years also covers deep, chiming house, audible on Yaya's "Our Connection" and the driving, vocal-filled groove of Dice's own "Lolopopinho". Of the tribal-styled tracks, the ones that stand out most are the ponderous vocals of Basti Grub's "Drunk & High" and the intoxicating chants of Francisco Allendes' "Platonic Solid". Yet neither can compare to the acid-filled, rolling snares of Horatio's "How Much 909 Can You Take", which sounds like LFO vs FUSE's "Loop" on acid.
The Choice Is Mine (RODHAD remix) - (8:08) 126 BPM
Review: There are countless producers approximating the sound of acid trax, but there aren't too many who can turn their hand to the deranged sound of '90s 303-fueled techno. The latest release by Benny Rodrigues proves a notable exception to the rule. The title track is an insane, banging affair, its splintered percussion underpinning wave upon wave of unhinged acid that eventually is indistinct from the prevailing metallic din. The connection to the '90s is also audible on Rodhad's remix. Its pulsing groove and tunnelling sound comes across like a modern, acid-free and slightly sluggish interpretation of Plastikman's timeless version of System 7's "Alphwave" - when a stern bass drops midway through, there is no doubt that it's a Rodhad production.
Review: Benny Rodrigues is a diverse talent and on this debut release for Loco Dice's label, he shows why he is so highly regarded. "Funky Drummer" starts the release off with heavy, rooling drums and a filtered vocal, a near perfect DJ tool. "Hit the Bass Jack" is of a similar disposition but faster and containing an insistent chord stab that acts as the central hook. On "Momentum", Rodrigues shows a more sensual side to his production with a walking funk bassline and female vocal samples prevailing. It's but a short interlude and soon afterwards he's dropping acid-filled bombs - "Too Much Information" - and the effective cut-ups of "Curry's".
Review: Given the glut of Chicago-inspired tracks in circulation, Rodrigues isn't the only one who loves the 303, but this release pushes the sound on a few more steps. The title track deploys gurgling acid lines, but does so to the backdrop of a slamming metallic rhythm track, while Steve Rachmad's remix adds ghostly chords and crashing percussion. Berlin producer Mike Dehnert also provides an interpretation, which pushes the original version to a place where evil sirens and visceral riffs prevail. Meanwhile Rodrigues's own "Choices" dispenses entirely with acid and focuses instead on a slamming, metallic club groove populated by walls of white noise and minimal rhythms.
DJ Normal 4 - "UFO Spotted At Ruhr" - (4:46) 140 BPM
DJ Stingray - "Cryptic" - (4:42) 70 BPM
Robert Dietz - "Junk Mail Gem" - (6:52) 127 BPM
Textasy - "Chillin' At The Beach" - (5:32) 120 BPM
Mystik Menn - "Fantastic Jam" - (5:12) 126 BPM
Bell Towers - "My Body Is A Tempo" (Andras remix) - (6:41) 127 BPM
Florian Kupfer - "Post Present" - (8:53) 120 BPM
DJ Boneyard - "Original" - (6:16) 123 BPM
DJ Steaw - "Get Down" (dub mix) - (7:14) 124 BPM
SE62 - "Night People" - (6:17) 122 BPM
ZZZ - "UZKZOWZ" (DJ Haus Body Heat mix) - (4:52) 125 BPM
Stratton - "Out There" - (7:13) 129 BPM
Cliff Lothar - "Tool Tyme" - (6:03) 120 BPM
Legowelt - "Amateur Astronomy" - (5:25) 124 BPM
DJ Seinfeld - "Tell Me What U Want" - (4:23) 131 BPM
Hugo Massien & DJ Haus - "Network Processor" - (5:29) 123 BPM
Justin Cudmore - "Straight No Chaser" - (6:45) 123 BPM
FRAK - "Protes" - (7:52) 126 BPM
Cosmic Garden - "Nature Spirits" - (5:49) 122 BPM
Louie From The Club - "Emoshuns" - (6:44) 121 BPM
Gropina - "Cristallo Di Bismuto" - (4:34) 113 BPM
SkatebArrd - "Maskindans" - (2:33) 103 BPM
Neil Landstrumm - "DX Madness" - (5:51) 85 BPM
Lauren Flax & Jimmy Edgar - "It's Ours" (Jimmy Edgar remix) - (5:35) 126 BPM
DJ Plant Texture - "Lloyd Goes To Mars" (Simoncino remix) - (5:50) 126 BPM
TRP - "Stellar" - (8:45) 127 BPM
DJ Shark - "Outro" (Fantastic Man remix) - (6:26) 130 BPM
Review: The second volume in DJ Haus's "Enters The Unknown" series is even more epic than its' predecessor. This digital edition is particularly potent, as it not only features two action-packed, CD length mixes from the Unknown To The Unknown chief, but also all 46 tracks he used in unmixed, DJ-friendly form. Given the quality of the retro-futurist gems contained in the UTTU archives (modern cuts variously inspired by ghetto-house, early trance, slamming techno, bleep, proto-jungle, hardcore and early New Jersey garage), it's unsurprising that the showcased material is so damn hot. The set also boasts a handful of previously unheard cuts, too, including DJ Haus's collaborations with DJ Boring, DJ Deeon and Marquis Hawkes.
Review: The Sound Of Benny EP Running Back Germany
It can be tricky keeping up with the many aliases of Benny Rodrigues Alves Fortes Monteiro, a Rotterdam-based producer whose output tends towards the prolific. Happily, Gerd Janson is here to help, bringing four of his pseudonyms together on one must-have EP. Rodrigues first dons the Younger Rebinds alias to deliver arpeggio-driven Italo-acid chugger "Tim's Symphony", before changing into his ROD clothes for "MOOG", a mind-altering chunk of late night techno psychedelia. Under his given name you'll find "Sad Piano", a fluid and stripped back piano house workout, while Obob Akim cut "Hausbreak" sees him brilliantly wrap old school U.S garage synth stabs and rising Italo-disco electronics around a punchy, electro style breakbeat.