Review: Hot on the heels of his recent Bottom Dweller EP, Dubfire returns to his SCI+TEC label with this hard-edged release. "CHALLNGR 1.1" resounds to a bruising bass and a series of effective filtered peaks and drops. These elements come together to make for a tough, peak-time roller. On the second instalment of "CHALLNGR", Dubfire maintains a similar tempo, but without the same level of intensity as the first track. Favouring a linear rhythm, he draws on brooding, sweeping chords and razor-sharp percussion to deliver a deeper but equally effective workout. Fans of Drumcode and Rekids are sure to flock to this release.
Review: Following his recent collaborations with Flug on Drumcode, Dubfire flies solo for the latest release on his SCI+TEC label. "Dark Matter" is a tough, heads-down track. Powered by a dense bass and shuffling, steely percussion, it sees Dubfire drop dystopian synth lines that swirl in menacingly. On "Dust & Gas", he opts for a deeper, more considered sound; the dubbed out beats and shuffling, stepping rhythm support a cacophony of half heard samples and ominous synth scapes, creating a moody piece of techno noir. Both tracks serve as reminders that when it comes to crafting nocturnal underground tracks, Dubfire has few peers.
Review: More dark and foreboding dancefloor drama courtesy of the ever reliable Senso Sounds, on which label chief Oliver Huntemann joins forces with the inimitable Dubfire for the fifth installment of the Elements Series. "Amor" comes in three different versions: there's the pumping and elevated energy levels of the Devocion mix, which is followed by the twisted minimal tech house sound of the Devocion mix, with its bass-driven groove taking it deep into the afterhours. Finally, the hypnotic Rechazo mix is perfect for those heads-down moments on the dancefloor.
Review: Following on from releasing a brace of EPs last year - including a fine collaborative release with Flug on Drumcode - Dubfire teams up again with a like-minded artist for his first material of 2022. Issued on IPSO, which has already hosted collaborations between Kolsch and luminaries like Michael Mayer, Sasha and Tiga, Ulm is a one-track release that shines majestically. Powered by dubbed out beats and hissing percussive textures, the track's centrepiece is the shimmering synth line that swathes the arrangement in a swirling tapestry of melodies. Working with Kolsch has revealed a deeper side to Dubfire's sound, which he will hopefully interrogate further this year.
Review: Following on from their recent Rubber collaboration for Drumcode's limited edition label, Dubfire and Flug deliver another red-hot EP. The title track is based on frenetic tribal drums and a growling bass, which provide the basis for wave upon wave of filtered synth builds. Woven together seamlessly, all these elements make for an impactful but memorable dance floor track. Like their previous release togtether, the second track presents a very different side to the pair's sound: led by insistent claps and a dubby groove, "Algorithm" also features a looped vocal sample that will have a mesmerising effect whenever it's dropped.
Review: For Drumcode's latest limited release, the veteran techno producer Dubfire hooks up with Flug, who has won acclaim for his releases on Suara and Rekids. As should be expected, this partnership yields two underground techno bangers. "Rubber" resounds to clanking percussion and a pulsating, swampy bass, with these elements swathed in a layer of grimy acid. On "Metanoia", the pair opt for a slightly more subdued approach: the drums are hollowed out and sparse and provide the backdrop for the pair to add in hissing hats, a growling, croaking riff, layering all of these elements over an irresistibly shuffling groove.
Review: Dubfire has delivered many musical twists and turns over the past few decades. The latest iteration appears on Kneaded Pains, the home to artists like Dense & Pika and Eats Everything. The title track is a booming, big room techno track, with Dubfire using dense bass drums as a basis for jarring percussive twitches and bursts of white noise. Despite using this stripped back approach, "Sound Bath" has a depth and resonance that is rare in club tracks. Dusk & Haze founder Sophia Saze takes care of remix duties, and she delivers a rolling groove that underpins intense, acid-led drops and builds.
Dubfire - "The End To My Beginning" - (8:35) 121 BPM
Anden - "Void" - (6:45) 124 BPM
Tom Zeta - "Mirage" - (6:02) 123 BPM
Voon - "Rose In Japan" - (5:53) 123 BPM
Review: Hanseatic heroes Diynamic return with another powerful edition in their Four To The Floor series and like the name suggests - this handful of sonic weapons are made to play guaranteed to burn up the dancefloor. Kicking off with a right legend of the scene: American legend Dubfire, whose "The End To My Beginning" serves up some more moody yet eloquent dancefloor drama There's more quality on here from Brooklyn based brothers Tom and Pete Cuppernull aka Anden with the melodic/hypnotic "Void" and rising Italians Voon with the blissed-out and emotive "Rose In Japan".
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".
HECTOR - "Sound Of BPM Festival" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:22:44) 124 BPM
Review: Mexican producer Hector has sure come a long way. From his humble beginnings in London's underground scene, working the counter of London's infamous Phonica record store and becoming a regular at popular London haunts of the time like fabric and T Bar (R.I.P.) he has gone on to international stardom, playing the word circuit and launching his Vatos Locos imprint: the very label which launches this compilation and credited to the highly popular Playa del Carmen festival that he has since become a regular guest at. Highlights on here (and there's many!) not limited to: the hi-tech soul sounds of Carl Craig with his classic "Sandstorms" or Martin Buttrich with his classic from 10 years ago "Full Clip". More recent classics such as Loco Dice's remix of Carl Cox's "Family Guy" and Nicole Moudaber & Skin (of Skunk Anansie) with their explosive "You Like This" getting a rolling rendition courtesy of Paco Osuna. The VL Recordings head honcho appears also, with a bunch of new exclusives: the best being his track "L.A. Kr3w" getting a makeover by Detroit boss man Stacey Pullen.