Review: Following releases on his own With Compliments and other underground labels like Bar 25 Music and Katermukke, Di Martino makes the transition to the big league. Get Physical is, after all, the mothership when it comes to stripped back, tripped out house music - and Inception doesn't disappoint. The title track resounds to a dramatic, surging bass and soaring melodies, creating a mood somewhere between ominous and up-lifting. Meanwhile, the Berlin house head opts for a different approach on "Element"; deeper and redolent of earlier output on the label, its hollowed out, cavernous drums and throbbing bassline provide the backdrop against which he conjures up a dramatic trance build.
Review: Berlin native Oliver Koletzki has cited his hometown as a main point of reference and inspiration throughout his career. His last two albums are said to be 'wholehearted tributes' to the German capital and its importance in the current climate of electronic music. The label's aesthetic - right down to the cover art is testament to this - featuring photos of local landmarks and graffiti adorning his fair city. There are little to no corners in the city that haven't brought a spark of inspiration into the mix and the eighth instalment of the Schneeweiss (English translation 'white snow') compilation series, is said to be a tribute to the many aspects or 'particles' consolidated as a series of carefully curated tracks. There's so many highlights on here and we're only going to name a few, but they're not limited to: hometown hero and one time Terranova member Rampa's brooding dance floor drama on "Fluke", Frankey & Sandrino bridging the gap between tech-house and nu-disco ever so gracefully again on "Solaris", Cologne's finest Andhim lend their deft hand on a remix of Leipzig figurehead Matthias Tanzmann's "Coffee Clouds" and the man from Mannheim Ray Okpara who's still going: his track "Satin Curtain" getting a smooth remix by the legendary Kevin Yost.