Review: Bringing the pristine production and punchy funk to 8 Bit, Andre Butano and Demian Muller make for a formidable pairing on this four track EP. The vibes move around quite fluidly, starting with the techy bounce of "Zhummir" which feels poised to decimate the peak time dancefloor. "Crystal" is a more rolling, sexy kind of house jam bolstered by the croon of Manu on vocals, while on the flip "Dr Beauty" returns to that functional groove space that cries out for the endless night of Berlin partying. Rounding things off, "Purple Light" heads into the bleary eyed end of such a session, letting layers of vocal and texture fall into the whirlpool of sound with pleasingly disorientating results.
Review: Parisian producer Demian is back with more EBM noir business which follows up great releases recently on Correspondant. Clouded Vision and Blindetonation. For Kompakt this time, his profile has certainly gained traction and his sound is keeping up. Starting of with the slow burning arpeggiated sleaze of "Declica" before the title track chugs along in tunnelling and hypnotic fashion: with yet more spangling vintage synth sequences awash in atmospheric pads. Finally "No Hype For The Fish" is all about those shimmering and wonky synth stabs that dance around the audio spectrum supported by gutsy and rusty drum machines.?
Review: Prepare to indulge in your darkest disco fantasies courtesy of Correspondant's second collection of greatest hits and near misses. Featuring a stellar cast of indie-dance favourites, all serving up bold and stylistic electro-noir across 20 tracks. Black Merlin's dark ambient intro "Sub Conscious" sets the tone from the get-go that this is a largely brooding affair, just like on Bird of Paradise's knackered house epic "Brothel Drummer" from a few years back, and there's even moments of oddball IDM as heard on Borusiade's "Not Harmed". A duty of care was taken to highlight more recent offerings to the labels' catalogue too, such as The Juan Maclean's new beat influenced "Manthony", dark disco heroine Terr's wicked rendition of Fort Romeau's "DADA Pt. 1", and Irishman Cyence's strobe-lit "Slave" (Eurodollar Dub) which ventures into hypnotic techno territory.