Review: Guy J's Lost & Found bring us the fifth installment in their annual 'best of' series. The collection's sitting in our Deep House section but, like the label's output generally, would be equally at home on the progressive/melodic pages, with the label boss's two contributions sitting alongside tracks from other well-known names such as Brian Cid, Tantum, Stereo Underground and Roy Rosenfeld. It can all get a bit floaty and epic in places, and tracks like Stereo Underground's 'Space Fields' and Guy J's 'Beast Of Sea' arguably lean a little more towards the progressive techno side of things, but there's still much to enjoy here.
Review: Legendary label and compilers Cafe Del Mar deliver Terrace Decade Mix! With a contemporary cast of artists keeping the label in the limelight, the sound and feeling of this compilation still very much harks back to the original sentiments of those legendary mixes from back in the day. Headlining numbers include Fritz Kalkbrenner & Thalstroem's (aka Kollektiv Turmstrasse) piano dub to Till Von Sein's "Blueprint" fitting sweetly with the oil drum memories of Mop Mop's "Kamakumba (Simbad dub)". Keeping with the pianos still is Volen Sentir's retouch to About : River alongside some cultural touches of afrocentric styles by wildcard artist Aunti Flo in his remix to Bosq's "Tumbala". '90s Trance plays a huge and effervescent role in Budakid's "The End" next to the spiraling Krautrock and Italo sentiments of Frankey & Sandrino's "Acamar" and other basslines dubs from Mollono.Bass's .Feeling Good". Take it to the terrace - feel good.
Review: Hanseatic hero and Watergate stalwart Matthias Meyer rounds up some ascendant debutants here, on the fourth instalment of the 'Watergate Affairs' series - for the Berlin superclub's in-house label. There are a variety of moods and grooves on offer: melodic dancefloor drama comes courtesy of Dutch wunderkind Budakid (Last Night On Earth/Einmusika) on the mesmerising "Orrery", as well as from London/Munich connection Henri Bergmann & Julian Wassermann on the particularly impressive "Maenad". Elsewhere, Meyer himself is on-point as always with the glassy-eyed and bittersweet feel of "Interlude", until Danish artist Nandu rounds out the package with the slinky and evocative deep house of "My Mystery Is A Mystery".
Review: For those inspired by Diynamic Music's trademark brand of European tech-house/deep house fusion, the label's semi-regular "Four To The Floor" EPs are essential listening. Predictably, the latest volume - the 15th in total - is packed to the rafters with high-grade fare. Veteran producer Dino Lenny kicks things off with the arpeggio-driven dark room thrills of "I Lost Appetite" - all electronic bleeps, doom-laden chords and rolling drums - before Doctor Dru offers up the similarly pulsating, trance-inducing heaviness of "Kloeppel". The Organism's "Roast" is a fuzzy and forthright chunk of vaguely panicked electro-house, while Budakid's "1991" wraps moody chords and rushing lead lines around a snappy but tactile rhythm track.
Review: Made in Berlin but with an international focus, Einmusika celebrates 10 years of creative journeys and visions, They asked some friends and highly respected musicians to pick their favourite track from the past decade for a very particular remix - this is the first of two volumes. The legendary Gabriel Ananda delivers an evocative remix of Betoko's "Foreverness", Berlin couple Mira & Chris Schwarzwalder of Bar25 fame turn in a splendid rendition of rising star Budakid's "No Human Is Illegal" and Upon.You head honcho Marco Resmann's version of Piek's "Does Your Love Fade Away" is absolutely perfect for those heads down moments under the strobe light before peak time.