Review: The debut long-player from Cologne natives Simon Haehnel and Tobias Mueller, better known as Andhim, doubles as the soundtrack to their recent "on the road" documentary 'Miles To Go'. That's worth noting, because it's an album that's long on soundtrack-y, soundscape-y vibes, particularly in the first half - see, for instance, ambient interludes 'Ferne' and 'Pacific Park'. Later on, cuts like 'Huso', 'Stay Close To Me' and 'Donner' operate in more familiar melodic techno territory, while Roman Fl?gel's remix of 'Tosch' channels Kraftwerk, but an album packed full of club bangers this most certainly is not. Not that that's a problem!
Review: Davis is one of the main movers in the Brazilian house/techno scene and runs the In Their Feelings label. This is his debut release on Live at Robert Johnson and should raise his profile on this side of the Atlantic. It certainly proves the German label was astute to sign him. "Metal Clouds" kick starts the release with morse code bleeps before moving into waves of rough tones and sirens. Meanwhile, the title track offers up a deeper take on this approach, with dark acid lines unfolding over a stripped back rhythm track and thunderous claps. "Reverse Fault" is deeper and more hypnotic, revolving around a slick acid line and swirling synths, while closing track "Plenitude" has echoes of classic Dial.
Review: Davis a key figure of Sao Paulo's strong techno and house scene and a member of the collective behind the underground warehouse event series ODD. On his second EP for Frankfurt institution Live At Robert Johnson, Davis brings together breakbeat and acid with his trancy signature synthwave melodies. "Ordinary Sleep" has a noirish, moody and slow burning vibe that is perfect for setting the mood in the early evening or the AM hours alike, the emotive electro as heard on "Different Angle" takes aspects of a classic sound while giving it a fresh modern interpretation and "Quantum Consciousness" is a throwback to Chicago's first wave in all its gritty dusted down attitude: think Adonis or Ralphi Rosario.
Review: Davis Genuino follows up last year's Ordinary Sleep release on LARJ with this expansive affair. The title track is shaped by atmospheric synths and bleeding acid lines, with these elements unravelling over rolling, steely drums. "Avesso" follows a similar rhythmic trajectory, with off kilter kicks fused with a splurging bass to create a more stripped back track. In contrast, on "Fissura Na Neblina", Davis ventures down a mysterious path, with horror soundtrack-style synths melded with a pulsating bass. "Fugaz" meanwhile, is the most dance floor-friendly track, thanks to the use of a snaking bass and dreamy synths.