Review: Oliver Huntemann's Senso Sounds label out Hamburg drops its best frequencies of the year for its annual round up. Large, heavy and progressive as f***, Andre Winter & Heerhorst go deep in "Time-Out", next to the likes of Marco Resmann, Citizen Kain and Timo Maas! The always groovy Timid Boy lands with the stripped back "The Force 2020" alongside Carlo Ruetz' synth heavy "Purple Sky" and Maksim Dark's bassline-centric "Energize". Huntemann himself turns in a minimal beat turned arpeggio-driven epic in "Tranquilizer 2.0" with Raul Facio, BOHO and Frankyeffe keeping it real with their stadium/club-ready numbers. Hats off the kick drum of "Maximizer". Sens-sational.
Review: Oliver Huntemann's label deserves kudos for supporting emerging artists, and a case in point is its latest release from Boho. Lars Kohl, who is behind the project, has released a few EPs on his own Jannowitz imprint, but Ungeduld is his first release on a big label. "Skip The Line" resounds to a churning bass and skipping drums and sounds like a cross between Senso's signature sound and Cocoon's big-room style. On the title track, Kohl deploys a similar approach, but this time the use of deft filtering and the inclusion of outer space tones augment the bass-heavy sound. Last but by no means least is "Mint", where bursts of white noise are fused with a rolling rhythm to devastating effect.
Justin James - "Gonna Feel" (feat Dan Diamond) - (6:19) 124 BPM
Review: Senso's Level series has been responsible for hosting some great split releases and the seventh instalment is no exception. It starts with the throbbing bass and sweeping chords of Boho's "Jack Black", before Desna ups the pace for the slamming rhythm, bruising bass licks and jarring synth riffs of "Pop Gun". Marco Resmann's "Northbound" is just as impressive, with the German artist laying down a dense steely rhythm backed up by a wobbling bass and nightmarish textures playing out in the background. While none of the tracks are as abrasive as Oliver Huntemann's own output, the closing track from Justin James - "Gonna Feel", which features Dan Diamond on vocals - is a jarring acid-soaked minimal workout, like Green Velvet on downers.