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: Like a bitter blast of icy wind sweeping in from the North Sea, Carlo Ruetz's "Delta Charlie" will leave those who come in contact with it reeling. The title track is a grimy, murky acid affair that is powered by a pulsating bass. On "Purple Sky", haunting trance riffs play out against an undulating groove and ticking percussion, while "Unknown Fairy Tales" sees the fast-rising producer deliver a more uptempo arrangement, this time with a focus on rolling electronic disco. Closing out the release is "The Vision", where Ruetz combines the title track's acid intensity with rolling snares and a foreboding bass.
Review: More moody and brooding main room techno excursions from the ever reliable Senso Sounds camp. Matter of fact, It's harbour city sorrow all the way on 5Y, under adopted Hamburger Oliver Huntemann's careful curation - celebrating a a strong half decade in the business. Surrender to the void on label staple Andre Winter's sub bass snarler "Carte Noir", Maksim Dark from Russia truly signals the end of days on "Mega Pulse", Shaded who traded the sunny shores of Los Angeles for the black beach is on form with the slinky hypnotiser "I Got Haters" or trance out to the bleak mentalism of Carlo Ruetz' "Thunder" while Distale's "Hooka" will get your tunnel vision on with intoxicating style.
Review: Anyone who releases on Senso will be keenly aware of the fact that they are expected to fill label owner Oliver Huntemann's big (room) shoes. This doesn't seem to bother Carlo Ruetz. Having released previously on Minus, he brings a driving, stripped back approach to dance floor techno on "Hypersonic"; the title track starts off as percussive groove that veers into a throbbing build, while on "Simultan", the German producer goes somewhat deeper, delivering a rolling, dubbed out groove that resounds to a growling bass. It's an assured, effective release, and as the bleep-heavy "Rover" suggests, we're likely to hear more of Ruetz' moody sound on Senso soon.
Review: Rising star Carlo Ruetz steps up to the plate next on Rukus for some brooding and hard hitting techno weapons - which are deadset on the peak time. Following up some top releases on m_nus, SCI+TEC and Senso Sounds, his sonic aesthetic is right at home here on Matador's imprint. From the seething, dystopian atmosphere of the slow burning "Dimensions", or the tunnelling and strobe-lit tension of "Stars" through to the industrial-edges peak time onslaught of "Dusk" - this highly respected producer from Northern Germany continues to impress with his tightly engineered groove experiments.
Review: Oliver Huntemann's label returns with more dancefloor drama from the dark side, by some of the scene's most exciting players on Senso Sounds Level 04. French techno producer Bruno Demoeugeot aka Citizen Kain teams up with STAB Virus on "Torium" which ticks all the right boxes for a Senso track: doom laden pads, dark chords, steely rhythms and grinding arpeggios - all compressed into one big, brooding package. German producer Carlo Ruetz cuts to the chase on the aptly titled "Sky's Black" (and strips things back while he's at it) on this tunnelling and sinister epic. Finally, man of the moment Dubspeeka continues on with an impressive streak of releases on International Deejay Gigolo, Knee Deep In Sound and Get Physical recently - the cavernous, bass heavy tech house of "Aakash" further cements his status
Review: Carlo Ruetz debuts on Senso with an impressive EP. The German artist, who has previously put out material on Minus, isn't the most obvious choice for the label. Unlike the in-house sound on Oliver Huntemann's label, this release follows a different approach; "Trick" is a wild ride that features a pulsating bass, wild, tweaked acid lines and a pitched down vocal sample intoning the track's title. "Artefact" is also atypical for the Senso style, with rolling, skeletal percussion, tough snares and a spaced out undercurrent. On "Divided Universe", Ruetz moves closer to the Senso approach, with eerie synth lines unfolding over a brooding, menacing bass, but it?s only a temporary divergence and "Resoflash" sees him up the ante to drop a rolling techno workout.
Review: Hailing from Rostock in Germany, Carlo Ruetz is one of the most exciting and intriguing names in electronic music today. With his DJ sets already rated by techno aficionados for over a decade, his debut LP in 2013 placed him firmly in the spotlight. There was no real plan for Ruetz on his new EP. "I often sit in the studio for a long time and try many things out. This is the origin of most ideas - every producer knows that." The works were created in his head, then those ideas were worked out in the studio. Then last year, at the Amsterdam Dance Event, he talked about demos with Minus' Matador: who asked him if he could give him something for his label Rukus. Without further ado: here it is!