Review: While nowhere near as prolific as he once was, Get Physical legend DJ T is still capable of churning out the hits. For proof, look no further than this three-tracker for Play It, Say It, which marks the German veteran's first release of 2018. Opener "Keep It Close" is particularly weighty, with sharp, rave-influenced stabs and swivel-eyed electronics rising above a thrusting, bass-heavy groove. The shirts-off vibe continues on the arguably even more rave-centric roller "The Day It All Started", while mind-altering closer "1988" is a pitch-perfect romp through jackin' Chicago acid house territory with a few ethereal, drifting vocal samples included.
Review: Adam Beyer has revived his Truesoul sub-label and has charged DJ T with one of its releases. The Swedish DJ has chosen well as few producers understand the world where techno and house collide better than the Get Physical owner. On the title track - a collaboration with Kevin Knapp - DJ T reverts to the electro house sound he originally became known for. It's important to recognize that this was before that sound veered into distorted sameness and "That Beat" is full of the kind of acid-tinged bounce and ponderous vocal samples that the sound originally boasted. There's a similar approach on "The Frenchman" (featuring Acid Driver) albeit one that's wrapped in acidic spirals and a pulsing bass while "Amsterdam" closes the release with surging chords and insistent techno percussion.
Review: Get Physical co-head DJ T. is a venerated veteran who has done everything from opening clubs, to editing magazines and releasing wide ranging full lengths. His finger remains ever firmly on the pulse of the freshest underground sounds, as these two very different but effective tracks display so masterfully. The slinky and hypnotic groove of "Nomads" is at once intoxicating yet evocative, and those vocal chants atop add another layer of mystery to the composition. More upbeat and summery is the irresistible Deep In The Wilderness mix up next, with its swirling layers of melody and a prominent bassline beneath those infectious vocal chants once again
Review: Guy J's progressive house roots shine through on this first contribution to the Balance series. It's not just the sound - occasionally downtempo, always atmospheric and sometimes deliciously dreamy - but also his choice of tunes; each of the 13 tracks has been reconstructed or re-edited by the experienced Israeli producer. While this would be seen as self-indulgence in others, it gives the mix a coherence and fluidity that's never less than attractive. Wisely, he mixes it up throughout, flitting between dreamy deepness (Juan Deminicis), trippy dancefloor intensity (his edit of Radio Slave's version of APM 001's "Migrants"), picturesque goodness (Nevar's "Phases of Grief") and darting, melodic techno (Echomen).
DJ T - "Burning" (feat Nick Maurer - Art Department remix) - (8:58) 118 BPM
Dakar - "I've Got That Feeling" - (6:59) 126 BPM
Lopazz - "Share My Rhythm" - (5:06) 125 BPM
DJ T - "Philly" - (8:15) 126 BPM
Fuckpony - "Cell Phone Hit" - (6:09) 120 BPM
SIOPIS - "I'm On Miami" - (5:55) 126 BPM
Snax & Ianeq - "Fill Me Up" - (7:11) 121 BPM
Tying Tiffany - "You Know Me" - (6:23) 126 BPM
Chelonis R Jones - "I Don' Know?" (Starsky & Hutch remix) - (5:55) 131 BPM
Audiofly vs Big Bully - "I'll Tell Ya" - (8:10) 118 BPM
Jona - "Smart Cats Vs Dumb Dogs" - (8:22) 124 BPM
MANDY - "Word Don't Come Easy" - (6:47) 122 BPM
Voltique - "Whoop" - (8:36) 120 BPM
Sid Le Rok - "Naked" (DJ Koze remix) - (6:08) 120 BPM
Chelonis R Jones - "Mythologies" - (10:16) 125 BPM
Raz Ohara & The Odd Orchestra - "Kisses" - (3:20) 121 BPM
Various - "M.A.N.D.Y. & DJ T Present 10 Years Get Physical: Mix 1" (continuous DJ mix by M.A.N.D.Y.) - (1:10:36) 123 BPM
Various - "M.A.N.D.Y. & DJ T Present 10 Years Get Physical: Mix 2" (continuous DJ mix by DJ T) - (1:08:36) 121 BPM
Review: This compilation celebrating ten years of the venerable German label shows that its modus operandi doesn't focus exclusively on trance melodies and low slung electro house. It's certainly true that Get Physical excels at these two variants as the eerie synths and rumbling bass of MANDY's "Word Don't Come Easy" demonstrate, but this only tells part of the story. Soul Clap's "Incoming Bitch (Get Low!)" sees tripped out acid added to the low-slung grooves, while Fuckpony's "Cell Phone Hit" is all jazzed out minimal weirdness. DJ T surprises with the string-soaked "Philly", but he can't compete for sheer out there-ness with Raz Ohara's "El Zahir", a mad mixture of warbling ethnic vocals and dense, organic drums.
Review: Ben Klock is Berghain's DJ's DJ and Marcel Dettmann is the club's purist, but Norman Nodge is the teacher. Without the lawyer, family man and DJ's influence, it is arguable whether the Berlin club where both reside would enjoy the same kind of global profile. Nodge's DJing played a central role in shaping the club's musical aesthetic. Mixing classic house and techno styles with contemporary variants, his selection veers from the wild abstractions of Birds Two Cage and Oni Ayhun to the explosive white noise intensity of Planet Assault Systems' take on The Nightripper's "Tone Exploitation" and the stomping industrial techno of Charlton's "Black Slong". While Nodge is clearly an expert in building a set, he doesn't simply ramp up the tempo and cruise to a predictable climax. Nodge follows the PAS/Charlton segue with the gnarly rhythms and chain mail percussion of Ctrls and Chance 'Chancellor' McDermott, but then drops into the trippy acid and infectious vocals of Tim Taylor & DJ Slip's "New York Minds". He follows this shift in sound with Radioactive Man's melodic electro bass and Legowelt's warm synth version of Xosar's "Rainy Day Juno Jam", bringing to a close Berghain's most impressive mix yet.