Berlin's Soulfood have been releasing serious, chinstroking electronic cuts for five years now. They don't do frivolous, and with a roster including Nick Warren, Alex Niggeman and Terje Bakke why should they? This latest comp features selections from five quality producers. There's the deep and proggy "Stardust" by Bog, the Marc Romboy-style emotional electro-house of Felkon's "Creixell" and the disorientated minimal fug of "White Fish" by David Durango. To add there's the eccentric piano shuffle of David Granha's "My Colour Is Black" and the noirish late night seducer "Moon" by Dasein. Serious fun!
Bog's "Drawing Board" kick starts this collaborative release with Jonas Saalbach in suitably epic mode. Haunted, hypnotic vocal tones are married to epic synth stabs and a pulsing groove for a more electronic take on Bedrock's signature sound. That trademark style is audible on the pumping house of "Abrial", which is also characterised by its floaty synths and major breakdown, while Bog veers off into more Get Physical style minimal house for "Amarna". However, the biggest shifts in sound occur on the collaborative efforts. "Indie Rubels" is a pumping techno groove with Middle Eastern undercurrents and "The Prince" is a dreamy, melancholic affair, more introspective and delivered without the typical Bedrock bluster.
Diynamic's various artist release series reaches its tenth edition. As usual, it is full of dance floor tracks that have been successfully road-tested by label owner Solomun. Spanish producer Upercent kick starts the release with the jittery rhythm of "Caos", its hypnotic bell chimes and dense rhythm containing tripped out vocal samples. By contrast, Eclept, from Russia, delivers a more malign sounding approach on "Rhythm for Me". The bass at the heart of the track soars and belches over a clicky, stripped rhythm. Giza DJs' contribution is "Reflection"; featuring Melody Stranger on pitch bent vocals, its melodies soar in a sublime fashion. Rounding off the release is the sun-kissed deep house of Bog's "Why Should".
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