Review: Two of Germany's best-known house and techno producers are the latest artists to come together for a release on Nic Fanciulli's Saved label. "Blizzard" is an amalgamation of both artists' best traits and combines Burkhardt's rumbling, tribal drums and the vicious percussive lines and untamed bass licks that characterise Lorber's releases for his Nummer label. On "Solar", the duo takes the tempo and intensity levels down a few notches. The rhythm is less dense and unfolds tantalizingly amid chiming bells and melodies. It provides a deeper, alternative voice for two artists who are used to banging the dance floor box.
Christian Burkhardt - "Karambolage" - (7:14) 127 BPM
Argy - "How Late It Was, How Late" - (5:12) 125 BPM
Markus Fix - "Baroon" - (7:27) 128 BPM
Jimi Jules - "Euphrasia" - (8:30) 124 BPM
Review: This fine EP gathers together four previously unreleased exclusives from the latest edition of Cocoon's Dots & Pearls series, which was mixed by Markus Fix. His contribution to the EP, "Baroon" - a kind of contemporary re-imagining of the original 1988 version of The KLF's "What Time Is Love" with extra TB303 acid lines - is undoubtedly one of the highlights, alongside the ethereal melodies and early morning fuzz of Argy's intoxicating "How Late It Was, How Late". Elsewhere, Christian Burkhardt peppers a rolling house groove with boisterous but blissful stabs on "Karambolage", and Jimi Jules serves up a loose and languid take on the foreboding, stretched-out Innervisions tech-house sound ("Euphrasia").
Christian Burkhardt - "Hola" (instrumental version) - (7:11) 125 BPM
Review: For their sixth instalment, the Bad Klosterlausnitz based Muna Musik return with their biggest lineup yet boasting the current creme de la creme of house music from their own soil and beyond. Right heroes on here, such as Beste Modus boss Cinthie with the bumpin' classic house journey "Hurt Me", Frankfurt Rhein-Main legend Christian Burkhardt is also on top form with the trippy, latin infused minimal house of "Hola". For something dead set on the main room at peak time, Spanish scene hero Hector Couto has you covered with his new school antics. The tough rolling groove of "Ciroco" really satisfies, as does the deep melodic tech house of Luca Donzelli's "Not Ordinary".