Review: Following up his debut album which was released earlier this year, Warsaw-based producer Bartoz Kruczynski - better known as Earth Trax - presents his second album titled, naturally, 'LP2' on Shall Not Fade. The 15 tracks served up here are warmer and more soothing than on his last outing, but at the same time more dance oriented. From the evocative Motor City style tones of ambient house epic "After The Rain", the life-affirming slo-mo acid of "The Complete Trance Induction" and going out all guns blazing onb the end with the thunderous old school techno of "Dark River" calling to mind classic Laurent Garnier. Featured on this digital edition are four bonus remixes for you to enjoy.
Review: While it may have been designed to reflect the evolving nature of the label's sound over the last half-decade, Shall Not Fade's fifth anniversary compilation is nevertheless packed to the rafters with previously unheard treats. It begins with a techno-tempo blast of garage-influenced deep house warmth from DJOKO and ends with the dark, squelching and ghostly bounce of Dart's 'Transformations'; in between, you'll find 19 more reasons to be cheerful with plenty of serious dancefloor chops. Undisputed highlights include the crunchy, head-nodding pleasure of GVRL's instrumental hip-hop jam 'Love Game', the angular and acid spiked tech-breaks of Harrison BDP's 'The Powerful Play', the drowsy deep house dreaminess of Mutual Attraction's 'MPC Live Track 1' and the rushing rave revivalism of Baltra's killer re-fix of Earth Boys' 'I'm Not Afraid'.
Review: With releases on Phonica and Echovolt to his credit, Earth Trax aka Bartosz Kruczyński now delivers his debut album for Shall Not Fade, the sister imprint of Lost Palms. It's a mesmerising affair that features the warbling acid of "Pandora's Box" and "Full Throttle" at one end of the spectrum and the atmospheric break beat techno of "I'm Not Afraid" and "Adhocracy" at the other. In between these two extremes sit irresistibly evocative cuts such as the rickety rhythms of "Fade Away" and the uplifting bass tones of "Copies Of Copies", making for a well-rounded and effortlessly executed debut album.
Review: The Polish label Ziemia is centred around a growing group of friends in Warsaw. Formed by seasoned producers Bartosz Kruczynski (Earth Trax), Adam Brocki and Jan Wojcicki (Private Press) that between them have had releases on top labels such as Growing Bin, Shall Not Fade, Indigo Aera, Phonica Records and Dopeness Galore. This first release captures a moment when all three label founders have started to utilise dub techniques in their club sound. Private Press summons the ghosts in the machine in the vein of classic Basic Channel, Earth Trax employs the most echo-laden and glacial aesthetics on his contributions, and his collaboration with Newborn Jr. displays the most cavernous explorations in deepeness.
Review: 139 is the first release this year by Spectral, the house/techno offshoot of Ghostly International. It shows that despite the passage of nearly two decades, the US imprint is still relevant. Starting with the wild acid of Gunnar Haslam's "Versione Antica", the label takes the listener on a journey that includes the murky hardware techno of Minimal Violence's "Travel By Night" and Matrixxman teaming up with Riccardo Limiti to deliver the stomping "Inferno". Other highlights include the noisy, Chicago jack and eerie tones of Russell EL Butler's "Run Away With My Heart" and D'Marc Cantu's resonant "Regular People". It's testament to the label's approach that after nearly twenty years in business, it can still put together such an inspirational release.
Where There's A Will, There's A Way - (6:10) 123 BPM
Acid Burn - (4:51) 83 BPM
TechNoir - (3:50) 82 BPM
Diamond Edge - (4:38) 121 BPM
Review: Polish producers Earth Trax and Newborn Jr are regular collaborators, with their previous joint releases for Rhythm Section International, Les Yeux Orange and Echovolt offering dreamy, loved-up deep house thrills by the bucket-load. Interestingly, this first EP for Dopeness Galore sees them take a slightly different approach, combining ultra-deep and dubbed-out cuts (see the dub techno meets dream house flex of "Tech Noir" and rhythmic ambient rush of "Diamond Edge") with much more forthright and robust club workouts. Check, in particular, the bustling breakbeats, heavy sub-bass and spaced-out riffs of "Where There's a Will, There's a Way" and opener "Maze", where '80s Euro-disco stabs and trance-like electronics rise above a delay-laden deep house groove.
Review: Lo-fi house merchant from Poland Bartosz Kruczynski returns as Earth Trax with another serving of retroactive VHS styled dreams. Also known as The Phantom, he has had previous releases on current 'it' labels such as Rhythm Section Intl, Dopeness Galore and Emotional Response. "Deprive Me of Air" is a sensual groove that bounces away deeply assisted by low-bit rate beats, granular pads and all beneath the mandatory layers of tape hiss. "Cafe Luna" is his way of channelling early Warp Records style ambient electronica: loved this one! On the flip, "I Gave You Everything" is a nice one too features all the tropical Amazonian aesthetics of 808 State style acid house from back in the day.
Review: Since making his debut on Rhythm Section International in 2016, Polish producer Earth Trax has proved to be one of the major players in the revivalist dream house movement. He's at it again here, delivering another swathe of tactile, ear-pleasing and mood-enhancing cuts. "L'Aventura" is available in two tasty variations, both of which are underpinned by snappy drum hits and thickset synth bass. The "Main" mix makes great use of fluttering synthesizer flute lines and cascading pianos, while the "Dub" is a little more stripped back and percussive despite the presence of plenty of humid synth sounds. Elsewhere, "Nokturn" is a masterful exercise in eyes-closed sunrise nostalgia, while closer "HG" massages your ears with all the sensuality of a forgotten Morenas production.
Review: Catz 'N' Dogz, one of the first Polish house acts to achieve international success, has decided the time is right for a two-part, "cultural statement of intent from their country's great thinkers, creators, collaborators and disruptors in electronic music". This first part of the all-Polish compilation series is naturally full of intoxicating but varied dancefloor treats. Compare and contrast the Orbital-goes-dream house lusciousness of Earth Trax's "Horyzont", Kuba Sojka's dubby and hypnotic, late night tech-house trip "Walkin Bass" and the lo-fi house fuzz served up by The Analog Roland Orchestra. Best of all, though, is Das Komplex's epic remix of Till von Sein and Aera's "Dynamite", which bubbles away on a Balearic dub disco tip for 10 mesmerizing minutes.
Review: Earth Trax is Bartosz Kruczynski who presented a fantastic debut release earlier in the year on Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section International with Newborn Jr. and now appears for Amsterdam's Dopeness Galore with the Los Conquistadores EP. Starting out with the deeply spiritual and emotive balearic vibes of "Flowers" with its rich tapestry of soaring and floaty pads, there's more quality on the title track; its romantic retro vibes reminiscent of Lauer or Tuff City kids alike. We really enjoyed the track "Electricity", a deep electro number with snappy vintage drum machine breaks and classic analogue synth presets working their magic. I will certainly appeal to all throwback romantics, we guarantee it!