David Granha - "My Colour Is Black" - (8:10) 118 BPM
Dasein - "Moon" - (8:01) 118 BPM
Review: 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!
Review: 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.
Review: Romanian Native Bog has had a great run of releases of late on some of electronic music's most compelling labels, including Crosstown Rebels, Bedrock and Diynamic. He has steadily forged his reputation as one to watch. Following his contribution to Adana Twins' Watergate 25 compilation, he returns to the esteemed Berlin label - this time teaming up with exciting new vocal-led French trio LKF Project (Sapiens/Atlant). "Her Song" is a pop-inflected and evocative deep house anthem for the main room - you can expect to hear this a lot in 2019. This is backed up by the tension and suspense of "Discrete Class" that's sure to fuel those heads down moments under the strobelight.
Review: Don't worry if you weren't able to get to hear veteran DJ and Bedrock co-founder John Digweed's recent set at Treehouse in Miami's South Beach, because its all here for you to enjoy. There are a whopping 41 tracks included, spread over three mixes and also provided in their individual form including such gems as Agoria's moody synth-drenched reworking of Damian Lazarus' "Vermillion", the fuzzy Fairlight fancy of Solaris Heights's "Nightfall" and Digitaria's Art Of Noise-style electro jam "Little Boy".
Review: Crosstown Rebels head honcho, Damien Lazarus, has taken it upon himself (and his crew) to mark the "cosmically significant" date of December 21 with a 24-hour megaparty in Mexico. For those of us unable to attend in person, this accompanying compilation is the next best thing. Beginning with Pier Bucci's fittingly titled, and deliciously trippy, "Mayans", we get the exotic and trancey "The Prophecy" by Quenum, Matthew Jonson's sinister tech-houser "In Search Of A New Planet With Oxygen", the sublime "Cosmic Dancer" by Francesca Lombardo, the urgent menace of "Greed Insanity" by Fur Coat and the haunting, end-of-the-world vibes of "2012" by Jay Haze.
Review: 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".
Review: Berlin clubbing institution Watergate proudly present the 25th edition of their Watergate compilation series, mixed and compiled by Hanseatic tech house heroes Adana Twins. It is the first Watergate mix that consists of 100% new and unreleased tracks from the likes of Lehar, Acid Pauli and Musumeci and two new works from the pair. They are releasing the exclusive material on separate EPs after the mix, with Part 2 here featuring such highlights as Adana Twins themselves on the moody dancefloor drama of "Ocelotes", Andre Hommen delving into hypnotic and evocative territory on "Nowadays", and Daniel Bortz/Sascha Sibler delivering some seriously sensual and slinky tech house on "Yuppie".