Review: You might have heard Charlotte De Witte under her previous alias of Raving George, but her new solo project under her own name is a harder, more military take on techno. In fact, "Sehnsucht" itself is about as direct and penetrative as you can get with a techno missile, and the same goes for "My Feeling" and "Enough", the latter addinig in some fine vocal chops for added effect. "Den Ganzen Abend" is a muscular Berghain belter, and you also get a beatless, "Melodic Theme" remix of Sehnsucht"; Coyu remix of "My Feeling" adds to the techno beatings.
Review: Vision is Charlotte de Wiite's debut on Len Faki's Figure imprint and follows on from her trio of releases in 2019 on KNTXT. The title track echoes the popular techno DJ's club sound, resounding to rough, visceral beats and ticking percussion, while on "Out of Balance", she drops a throbbing, hypnotic groove that pulsates against the backdrop of atmospheric filters. "Unthoughtful" reveals another side to de Witte's musical personality, with slow-motion beats providing the basis for dreamy textures. Figure has tapped Kangding Ray for a remix and he drops a dreamy but powerful take on "Unthoughtful" that steps and swaggers majestically.
Review: Belgian techno heroine Charlotte de Witte presents the first of a new double EP here. On the subject of the release, De Witte says that this duality is essential to explore her interests, both as a producer and DJ, and it was only natural to release them simultaneously for release on her ever reliable KNTXT imprint. The Selected EP features three stark and austere expressions in main room, peak time techno such as "Form" and "Time" - all featuring the signature grunt of the Roland TB-303 throughout, while final cut "Amar" is a sublime and soothing ambient cut that's perfect to close the EP out.
Review: Although she is still in her mid-20s, Charlotte de Witte is quickly establishing herself as one of the most promising new talents in European techno. Closer is her second release for this Dutch label, and it shows who she is so highly rated. The title track resounds to high pitched acid lines, robotic female vocals and whip-cracking percussion. "Nothing" is more pared back and functional and sees the Belgian producer deploy a Hawtin-eseque 303, snappy hi hats and a tough, dense drum pattern to devastating effect. Closing track "Motion" is the most basic arrangement on offer here, but its combination of impenetrable kicks and stuttering vocal sample proves highly effective and shows why she is so well regarded.
Review: Charlotte De Witte has been threatening to break into the big time ever since her earliest releases on Tiga's Turbo label back in 2015. Following a prolific 2017 in which she released a string of acclaimed EPs, the Belgian producer makes her first appearance on Spanish imprint Suara. Check first the relentless, full throttle techno heaviness of "This" - think foreboding voices, constantly building drum machine percussion and occasional creepy electronics - before turning your attention to the strangely beguiling "This Heart of Mine", where solo vocal snippets echo over another bombastic rhythm track. To round off a fine EP, Lewis Fautzi delivers an intoxicating rework of "This" that's in the same sonic ball park as Kowton's remix of Throwing Shade's "Chancer" on Happy Skull.
Review: !K7 Records launches a new compilation series entitled Kollections: Club which inaugurates the project. The tracklist features artists of the partner labels under the !K7 umbrella such as Turbo, AUS Music, Mobilee, Mister Saturday Night and Hypercolour. Each edition explores a different musical theme but this first installment, naturally, is all about the club! Highlights here include Midland's recent hit "Blush", Maya Jane Coles' funky afterhours tech house jam "Not Listening" (from a few years ago), KiNK's roaring remix of Kerrier District's (Luke Vibert) "Techno Disco" and Lauer's recent feelgood number "Killian" showing off his knack for classic retro vibes like no other.
Review: Adam Beyer's label notches up the seventh A-Sides compilation in as many years. In keeping with its approach of featuring well-known Drumcode artists alongside newer artists, Volume 7 shines a light ion emerging techno talent. This includes the deep and dubbed out "Portable Paradise" by Anna, alongside upcoming Canadian artist Weska with the searing acid of "Other Places" and recent Drumcode debutant Boxia with the dreamy but rolling "Final Call". These emerging artists sit alongside techno veteran Thomas Schumacher, who drops the eerie but jacking "The Unseen", Alan Fitzpatrick collaborating with Scuba's SCB offshoot to deliver the tough tribal techno of "Untitled" and Dutch producer Bart Skills weighing in with the ominous big-room monster that is "West Of The Moon".