Review: According to Gerd Janson, "Gordon" is one of those records you hear out loud in a party and fall in love with instantly. Made one day before Miami's infamous Rakastella party, it was a particular track he hoped to snap up for release on Running Back - as it was one of the highlights during a shared slot with the Life & Death head honcho. The much lauded Atmo version is the typical style of moody dancefloor drama you've come to know from the famed Italian and led by its seductive female vocal. The never edit featured here is fantastic rework with more of a bouncy uplifting feel optimized for proper main room dynamics. This is followed by the sunny and uplifting deep house vibe of "Strack".
Review: On paper, this collaboration between celebrated Italian producer DJ Tennis and long-serving Ninja Tune stalwart Fink is an unlikely one. In reality, though, it works really well. Fink's melancholic, heartfelt vocals and gentle piano lines are a perfect foil for Tennis's gentle, soft touch house groove and dusty audio textures (see the superb, nine-minute Club Mix). The accompanying remix package is rather good, too. There's a sumptuous, string-laden ambient revision from OPUS 3000 that's worth the entrance money on its own, a rolling but spacey deep house revision from Lee Jones, a brilliant chunk of dark and moody electronica from Mentrix and a club-friendly tweak by The/Das that sounds a little like early Floating Points crossed with skewed outsider house.
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: Kompakt's Total compilation series - an annual round up of gems from the imprint's tightly packed release schedule - must be one of the longest-running in dance music. Amazingly, this latest installment is the 14th volume in the series. For those who enjoy Kompakt's generally positive approach to electronic music - think tactile techno, ambient pop and skewed, synth-laden house from the likes of Michael Mayer, Thomas Fehlmann, Partial Arts and Gui Boratto - there's much to admire, including a slew of previously unreleased cuts. These include Superpitcher's "Delta", a sublime chunk of hypnotic e-tronica that's almost too melodic for its own good. Arguably even better is Weval's live recording of "Something", which is near perfect in its wide-eyed pop simplicity.
Clark - "Strength Through Fragility" - (2:18) 125 BPM
Nosaj Thing - "2K" - (2:32) 135 BPM
Review: Danish power trio of electro-pop persuasion consisting of of drummer/DJ/producer Tomas Barfod, and the two-headed vocal monster singer/bassist Tomas Hoffding, AKA Bon Homme and singer/guitarist Jeppe Kjellberg present us with a dreamy, deep and ethereal journey much in the vein of their own productions as a continuous mix. Highlight include The Acid's "Ra" (David August Remix), George Fitzgerald's melodic journey track "Your Two Faces" and DJ Tennis with "Diversions" and the Roman Flugel remix of it which is just amazing. All in all a consistent mix that'll help you drift away wonderfully. Available as individual tracks plus a bonus continuous mix.