Midnight Man (Marc DePulse remix) - (5:16) 123 BPM
Catch Me (Speakwave remix) - (5:18) 128 BPM
Review: Originally released at the tail end of last year, Frederic De Carvalho aka Captain Mustache's Indigo Memories ended Bedrock's fantastic year with a bang. Selected tracks from the Parisian artist's long-player are remixed here for your pleasure, from the euphoric elevation of veteran Frenchman Kiko's rework of "Andromeda", Zoo Brazil's deeply evocative recreation of "Blue Ciel", Marc de Pulse's slinky and hypnotic reinterpretation of "Midnight Man" goes down a dark disco tip and finally Speakwave gives the vocal-driven cut "Catch Me" a deep down and dirty restyle.
Review: Well, it's that time of year again when one of electronic music's finest labels presents another sonic soiree. Cologne powerhouse Kompakt serves up the 21st installment in their esteemed Total series featuring some the year's greatest hits and near misses, from their own roster and external artists but all curated in its distinct aesthetic throughout. Label staples such as Jurgen Paape appear with the balmy summer allure of "La Guitarra Romantica", label co-head Michael Mayer with the entrancing dancefloor drama of "Happy" and of course Voigt & Voigt on the paranoid afterhours minimal house of "Nicht Mein Job". Elsewhere, there's the ever reliable John Tejada making the mandatory appearance with the chilled contemplative beats of "Spectral Progressions", the always impressive Jonathan Kaspar being the label's best sound ambassador on the the deep techno epic "Von Draussen", the return of Gui Borrato on the glassy-eyed and bittersweet pop-inflections of "Wake Up" and newcomer Nicky Elisabeth with "Celeste" - which gets a slinky and hypnotic rework by the legend Roman Fluegel.
Review: The fact that the first track here is entitled 'Italians & Spacemen' should give you a pretty good idea what to expect from the rest of the EP: we're esconced firmly in Italo territory here, with Moroder-like basslines, Carpenter-esque sci-fi synths and analogue drum machine beats very much in evidence throughout. Look to Hyboid and Discobeton if it's faithful pastiche of the original early 80s Italo sound you're after, Daniel Monaco & Futuristant for a more late 80s-ish update or Captain Mustache if you want to be dragged into the present with hints of techno, footwork and electro.