Review: The melodic and euphoric sound of Christian Loeffler's new album 'Mare' has been given the remix treatment here. Italian techno star Avatism provides his usual moody flavour; a signature that has found previous support on labels such as Vakant, Dumb-Unit and Haunt in addition to his acclaimed collaboration with fellow Milanese CW/A. Long time supporters Hunter/Game did an amazing remix on "Vind": dark and brooding tech house you'd expect from the pair that strikes hard. Anjunadeep's Yotto delivers a subtle stripped back cut of "Lid' that's ideal for the afterparty while Patlac's slinky late night tech house groove that is his rendition of "Pacific" is the most energetic cut here. Young Alaska is Loeffler's autobiographical label offshoot from parent imprint Ki Records.
Review: Almost 12 months on from its release, Christian Loffler's Mare album - an impeccably atmospheric drift through slow-burn downtempo soundscapes and hushed deep house - is given the remix treatment. Naturally, there's more of a focus on the dancefloor, with Atavism, Zimmer, Frejka, Vilette and Loffler all delivering sumptuous but heavy interpretations that touch on deep house, tech-house and early morning techno. That said, it's still the more downtempo and experimental reworks that really sparkle. Check, for example, the breath-taking synthesizer arpeggio lines and eyes-closed majesty of Tiger Lou's version of "Neo" and Max Cooper's superb neo-classical takes on "Haul" and "Vind".
Review: In recent years Christian Loffler has offered up remarkably few singles, instead preferring to explore his light-touch blends of deep house, melodic electronica and downtempo movements on a sequence of delightfully soft-focus albums. "Noah", his new three-track EP, is therefore something of a rarity - even of its opaque musical palette is very much in keeping with his recent work. "Noah" itself is drowsy, dusty and hazy, with simmering electronics, dewy-eyed chords, enveloping pads and yearning vocal snippets clustering around a languid post-dubstep downtempo beat. Josephine Philip hook-up "The End" is a ghostly, string-drenched shuffle through ultra-deep slow house territory complete with a stunning lead vocal, while closing cut "Versailles" is a little bolder in its warming fusion of melodic electronics and tactile, tech-house influenced grooves.
Review: Christian Loffler rarely leaves his home label of Ki Records, but it seems he's been wooed by Ralp Lawson's 20:20 Vision. This York EP provides Loffler with his first release of 2015 and it's a romantically melancholic affair that combines elements of Pantha Du Prince, with Four Tet and German minimalism. "York" is a swoon of breathy hums and blurry pianos, while "Lhotse" is dusky, full of crackle and heart-warming. For something a little dancier check out "Nordkap", which rounds out one of this year's most saccharine three-tracks. Kompakt probably wish they got their hands on this first!
Kenneth James Gibson - "Disinclined To Vacate" - (6:32) 106 BPM
Kaito - "Travelled Between Souls" - (5:40) 71 BPM
Mikkel Metal - "Shame" - (5:07) 133 BPM
Jens-Uwe Beyer - "Athos" - (6:39) 146 BPM
The Orb - "Sky'S Falling" - (7:53) 160 BPM
T Raumschmiere - "Eterna" - (5:43) 159 BPM
Wurden - "Panorama" - (6:50) 100 BPM
Yui Onodera - "Nine Chains To The Moon" - (5:40) 158 BPM
Review: Cologne's Kompakt label requires no introductions, so we'll stick to our words and leave it at that. They do, however, like to release a diverse and immersive variety of electronic music, and this latest comp, Pop Ambient 2018, taps into the sort of mood that's occurring throughout our society. Kompakt have always been good at reflecting what is happening to people, music and situations, with this new compilation executing that better than ever before. Each artist and each tune on here manages to offer experimentation and interpretation while still grasping at something that will appeal to the contemporary listener. No sound is out of shape, nothing is gratuitous. What's more, among the many excellent waves of beat-driven ambient flexing, you even get an appearance from the legendary Orb. This is one that will be remembered.