Review: After her contribution to the Permanent Vacation 5 compilation last year, this is Chloe's first full length EP for the label. The prolific Parisian DJ, producer and label owner presents her latest concept entitled Mars 500, based on a social experiment that simulated a Mars journey with six people in lockdown for 500 days - and the effects that it caused. From the ethereal deep house of "Hugger Mugger" which is right in line with the label's sonic aesthetic, to the sleek and sexy minimal house of "Like This" and closing it out with the evocative "Where It Began" a neon-lit nu disco journey propelling you directly into the cosmos.
Review: Munich-based Permanent Vacation perform their usual yearly ritual by serving up a bunch of essentials, with their seventh edition here including a whopping 25 tracks. Kicking things off in style is Madrilian producer Pional's uplifting anthem "Tempest", label chief Benjamin Froehlich appears with "Drawn From Memory" which receives an evocative rework by French legend I:Cube, while German nu-disco heroine Perel is on point as always with the neon-lit "Angelika". Elsewhere, Irish duo New Jackson present the glassy-eyed and bittersweet "Romancecar", label co-head Tom Bioly gives us the deep Italo vibe of "Night Heat", label staple Fort Romeau shows off his usual knack for emotive dancefloor drama on "Heaven & Earth", plus the worthy addition of Terr's dark disco delight "Have You Ever" (Dub Version).
Review: French electronic scene veteran Chloe now makes a surprising appearance on popular Hanseatic house label Diynamic, taking time out from her well received Lumi?re Noire imprint to serve up the Sudden Impact EP. After the recent release of her album Endless Revisions Live, she goes right back out there with the for the Hamburg-based imprint. From the moody and melodic mysticism of "Last Go Round", or the bouncy and uplifting synthpop of "Revolve & Dive" to the intoxicating after hours minimal of "What Will Be" which is a throwback to the sounds she was churning out in the mid noughties - this ia a terrific and diverse EP.
Review: Munich's Permanent Vacation are back with the fifth installment of their annual compilation which also marks the longest ongoing series of the imprint. 12 exclusive tracks from old heroes and new stars that strike the full musical spectrum of the label's sound. From blissful percussive balearica (Beesmunt Soundsystem - "Yayang") , hypnotic house (Julian Stetter - "Pearl"/Chloe's "Through The Bells) , fun loving disco (Perel - "Angelika") to dubby affairs (Sascha Funke - "Kaleidoskop") , emotional electronica (Personal Message - "Nightmare In The Daylight") and glistening cosmic magic like on "Theme For The Lost World".
Review: Chloe's recent hook-up with Ben Shemie gets the remix treatment, with Moire, Jonathan Kaspar, Douglas Reed and Autarkic taking it in turns to pull the track in different directions. For our money, it's Reed who provides the definitive dancefloor version, layering snippets of Shemie's dreamy vocal over a distorted, low-slung tech-house groove rich in throbbing arpeggio lines. That said, Kaspar's wonkier, faster-paced tech-house revision - think Innervisions - is almost as impressive. Elsewhere's Moire's version is a skewed, hugely atmospheric mid-tempo affair that makes superb use of fuzzy sub-bass pulses, while Autarkic brilliant re-casts the song as a super slo-mo chugger rich in manipulated vocal samples and clandestine aural textures.
Review: "!Kollections" banner. Each focuses on a certain aspect of the long-running label's vast back catalogue. The fourth edition, for example, focused on disco. "Reflections", the latest volume, is not as tight stylistically and instead gathers together tracks that tend towards the deep, poignant, beautiful and melancholy. There are many treats amongst the 27 showcased selections, with highlights including an impeccable chunk of string-laden downtempo pop from DJ Tennis and Fink, a dreamy slice of loved-up house warmth from Lone, the bustling, dream house era Mediterranean holiday memories of Mugwump's "God is Gracious" and the thrusting, big room-friendly late night hypnotism of Dubfire's "Dust Devil".
Review: Since the release of her last album in 2010, Lumiere Noire founder Chloe Thevenin seems to have been taking things relatively easy. While she continues to be a popular presence behind the decks on the European club scene, her recorded output has been limited. Endless Revisions, her third album, is an impressive return to the spotlight, though. A notably mature and thoughtful affair, it sees the veteran Frenchwoman saunter between dark, synthesizer-heavy soundscapes, clandestine cold-wave workouts, atmospheric wooziness, mind-altering ambient interludes and pitch-black dancefloor shufflers. It naturally holds together brilliantly as an album thanks to her consistently moody sonic approach, though it will take you a few listens to really get to grips with everything that's going on. Needless to say, it's time well spent.
Review: Dawn is French DJ/producer Chloe's first release in almost five years. Formerly associated with the Kill the DJ collective, she has now set up her own label, Lumiere Noire. "The Dawn" is a taster for her new album and is part poem, part ode to her Djing. Over the course of ten minutes, it moves from a spoken word narrative into a pulsing, minimal groove that builds gradually and eventually to epic proportions.
The massively popular Dixon is charged with the remix, and he does a fine job; sirens build up to crescendo levels, synths swirl dramatically and all the while, the Innervisions boss mainatians a steady, driving groove