Vincenzo & Language - "Merry Go Round" - (7:15) 108 BPM
Review: It's not giving much away to state that Dessous' latest compilation, a third instalment in their occasional We Like The Deep series, is piled high with house music that combines tried-and-tested dancefloor grooves with melody-rich musical elements that tend towards the warm and atmospheric. Because of this, each and every one of the collection's 11 tracks sound just as good at home as they do on a meaty club soundsystem. Our picks of the multitude of highlights include the hypnotic, locked-in haziness of James Dexter's 'Get To This', the afternoon-fresh jazziness of Mihai Popoviciu's 'Left Hand Thought', the ultra-deep shuffle of 'Soul Alive' by Chocky, and the opaque deep house soul of Langenberg's Blakkat hook-up, 'Shadows'.
Review: Petros Manganaris is one in a clutch of artists pushing their way to the top through the Innervisions label, with his Echonomist project highlighted in recent times next to the likes of Nandu, Mike Steva and Aera. Having released the six-track Virtuality EP to acclaim last year the Greek artist swiftly backs it up with Night Versions. With emphasis on the techno and synth pop inspired "Our Last Night" (with additional Radio Edit) it brings with it a sound that combines contemporary German pop held together by indie and electro - thik Digitalism. On the flip you'll find "Different Versions Of Your Love" that sees a jungle rhythm set to progressive sounds of trance, new wave and UK bass.
Review: For their eight studio album, Danish three-piece Whomadewho have decided to call on the production and mixing talents of an impressive array of friends and like-minded contemporaries. As a result, Sychronicity is a pleasingly eclectic affair full to bursting with tracks that blend their usual punk-funk and jazz-influenced sounds with the trademark styles of their invited collaborators. This results in some genuinely inspired and ear-catching cuts, including Mano Le Tough hook-up 'Oblivion' (think Radiohead meets Italo-influenced synth-pop and tech-tinged deep house), some low-slung disco-punk mayhem made alongside the Adana Twins ('Shadow of Doubt'), an unsurprisingly quirky hoe-down with Axel Boman ('Anywhere in the World'), the Kraftwerk-influenced 'Hamstring' with Michael Mayer, and a dash of tactile tech-house dreaminess crafted in cahoots with Robag Wruhme ('If You Leave').
Review: TAU label heads Adana Twins have been soaking up the success of their single 'My Computer", remixing legend Josh Wink and a collaboration with Danish pop outfit WhoMadeWho alongside Greek producer Echonomist - who just presented his 'Modern Wonder' EP on for the label. It's been a hugely successful year for these two acts and they collaborate once more on the 'Subway Yard' EP, featuring four sublime cuts: from the moody and dystopian electro-bass excursion of the title track, the euphoric neon-lit nu-disco action of "Into The Night" right through to the tunnelling and hypnotic dancefloor drama of "Universal Dolls".
Review: Petros Manganaris aka Echonomist follows his recent contribution to Dixon's Transmoderna compilation with this distinctive and varied debut for Innervisions. The title track resounds to the electronic bass sound of Italo, while at the other end of the spectrum, Manganaris conjures up a bleak-synth led electro arrangement in the shape of "Planeless Sky". In between these two extremes, there are rough, glitchy house tracks like "Belfast Sun" and "Portamento", while on "MS20101", he takes influence from Carl Craig to deliver a synth-heavy techno track that is underpinned by his rough, fragmented rhythms. Changing approach once again, "Daydreaming" features mournful synths and a disco groove.
Review: Compilation of the month goes to this Tenor produced Deep in My Soul 2 various artist LP, put together by a label of those in the know outta Germany. Taking in the jazzy, soulful shuffle of Rick Wade in tracks like "Gotta Have Jazz" to Giorgio Moroder remixes, this collection of tunes gracefully captures the unique vibe and several strands of pseudo-contemporary-house. Standout numbers include Deeper Thoughts And Sensitive Soul's "Dream" while more progressive workouts come from Ben Muetsch. Keeping it dub and techno though is Dave Pad with his remix to Echonomist's "Kubrik Thursdays" alongside the warehouse aesthetics and reverberating basslines of Tayllor And Nick Pappa. Dub house, techno, disco and soul for alles.
Review: Based in Hamburg, TAU is a label started in 2018 by Benjamin Busse and Friso Traas aka Adana Twins, that has released tracks by scene heroes such as Glowal, Echonomist, The Cheapers and many more. The label presents their second instalment in the 'Spektrum' various artists sampler, which features top shelf material by the likes of: Southern Italian duo Underspreche who deliver the entrancing pizzicato inflected vibes of "My Beloved", German veteran Ruede Hagelstein delivering impeccable dancefloor drama as always on "Aschera", ascendant Berliners Local Suicide teaming up with Duro main man Theus Mago on the dark disco odyssey "Technican" and Watergate's sound engineer in residence Biesmans, who provides yet more successful efforts in his newfound love of music production on the neon-lit Italo acid energy of "Wild Wild World".
Review: For Danish electro-pop trio Whomadewho, 'Synchronicity' means "the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related, but have no discernible causal connection." In recent years, they have been exploring those relationships with different remixes and collaborations, and here they present the first instalment in a new concept series. First, they team up with Swedish enfant terrible Axel Boman on the mesmerising polyrhythmic deepness of "Anywhere In The World'', then veteran Greek producer Petros Manganaris aka Echonomist gets into the studio with them next for the super slinky tech house of "Interloper" creating an ethereal backdrop to Tomas Barfod's unmistakable vocal delivery. Finally, we see them team up with Hanseatic heroes Adana Twins on "Immersion" which is a surprising effort from all parties, where they wander down the left hand path on this delightful dark disco number.