Review: The next installment in DJ Hell's Zukunftsmusik remix series features more impressive takes by the scene's current top guns - following up tremendous efforts by Dubspeeka, Flashmob and Deetron. DJ and producer duo ARTBAT are from Kiev, Ukraine is formed by DJ Artur and Batish. Following up an impressive run of releases on Definition: Music, Suara and Diynamic, they serve up a deeply emotive and electrifying rendition of "Guede" here, while Berlin's Black Peters who had an impressive debut last year on Tale Of Us' Afterlife returns, with his sophomore effort on the "Guede" remix which sees him deliver another dose of moody dancefloor drama. Perfect for for those introverted, heads down moments on the dancefloor.
Review: Munich Machine DJ Hell made a staunch comeback in mid 2017, with his impressive Zukunftsmusik LP. The lead single "Anything, Anytime" was a wicked downbeat electro number, accompanied by a fantastic leather bar inspired video. After the success of the Solomun and Argy remixes that accompanied the release, the International DeeJay Gigolo boss has decided that it's high time for another series of renditions - and these do not disappoint either. Bristolian rising star Dubspeeka delivers a cavernous and glacial dub techno perspective, while Italian house hero Flashmob delivers a euphoric main room progressive house stormer - guaranteed to work the floor as always
Review: Once described as 'the Andy Warhol of techno', DJ Hell is a legend, a reputation he recently sealed with both the release of acclaimed new LP Zukunftsmusik and his four day Berlin rave to mark the 20th anniversary of his Gigolo label. The aforementioned album wowed most with its noirish 70s sci-fi electro vibes. A highlight of the record "Anything, Anytime" is now released in a new 14 minute(!) extended version, allowing the listener to get lost even further in its dreamy Kraftwerkian clouds. Remix-wise "Argy's Straight Outta Hell Mix" delivers good Lasergun-style electro-disco, but it's Solomun's much-celebrated ghostly electro-pop remix that everybody's talking about.
Review: Helmut Josef Geier, also known as the rampant DJ Hell, has been a Berlin mainstay since the early 90s, and he's among the few artists to have always remained in a state of flux. We don't mean that he's reinvented himself at the arrival of every new subgenre, far from it; Hell has always been a producer who offers a wide and playful range of house and techno, often guided by wacky samples from all corners of the scene. Fittingly, International Deejay Gigolo is his own imprint, and this new four-tracker comes at a perfect time; the scene is undefined and explorative at the moment, so a tune like "Car Car Car" is EXACTLY what our charts need for a little refresh - Kraftwerkian synths blend ever so well with a mid-tempo beat made of steely drums and balearic charm. The three remixes add to the feast: Roman Flugel's version breaks the groove down and adds an added layer of computer voices to the mix, while Phil Kieran's first version, the Autobahn mix, offers a speedy club re-imagination, while the Drum remix strips the whole thing down to a driving pile of machine noise. Excellent.
Review: The consistently brilliant DJ Hell taps some top-class remixers to re-interpret "I Want U". First up is Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann, who adds some steely force to the original. Toughening up the kicks, laying down a linear rhythm and making the bass sound foreboding, he gives the original version a bleakly futuristic feel. Terrence Fixmer, a long-standing Hell ally, turns the track into a nihilistic ebm stomper, with a grainy bass and a dark, pulsing groove underpinning breathy samples. The last version comes from Romina Cohan. The Argentinean artist has also been a long-time Hell affiliate and like Fixmer, offers up a brutal vision, dictated by a bass so corrosive that only the accompanying tingling percussion can offset its ferocity.