Review: Audiojack's label continues to celebrate its fifth birthday with a serving of tripped out underground grooves. Unlike the mushy deep house in circulation, this sixth instalment is all about heavy basslines, trippy effects and woozy, dub-soaked passages. Thermal Bear sets the tone with the buzzing bass and swirling chords of "Mushy Peas", while Philip Bader delivers a darker interpretation with the rolling groove and dark vocal of "Tec Talk". A similar mood prevails on "Black Milk", where Emanuel Satie drops air raid sirens and eerie synths over pitch-black bass licks. Rounding out the release is Danton Eeprom's "Shoreditch Sam", a more stripped out affair where a stepping rhythm and trippy bleeps meet.
Review: Brummie dance music legend Steve Lawler continues on with the 10 year celebrations of his respected VIVa Music; aptly titled Decadedance and this is part three following up two superb volumes previously. There's more great grooves on this month's edition, with the UK's finest Eats Everything serving up the bumpy main room electro house jam "Prog-Le-Matic", Spaniard Andrea Oliva's "Rider" too; which is dirty, rolling tech house aimed squarely at Ibiza peak time dancefloors and finally American producer MANIK provides some jacking and retro flavoured acid house dirt on the sexy late night shenanigans of "The Right Moves".
Review: Frankfurt DJ and producer Emanuel Satie made his name through labels like Get Physical and DFTD over the last three years, and we've grown fond of his techy house swing. Here we have a new EP on Knee Deep and it all starts with the funky swings of "Paffo's Riff", a dance-ready house bomb with a funky bassline and a hot piano riff dedicated to someone called Paffo. The rest is all pure house quality, with "Big Love" heading down techier zones; Guti remixes the title track into a deeper, more expansive DJ tool, and Pirupa transforms "Big Love" from dark to vibrant and playful. Hot DJ tools - come and get 'em!
Review: Having previously released well-received material on Moon Harbour Recordings, DFTD, Get Physical and Rebirth, Emmanuel Satie arrives on Crosstown Rebels with a rising reputation and a delightfully intoxicating EP. As the title suggests, the Frankfurt-based producer has drawn influence from the traditional music of Ethiopia, layering sampled percussion, voices and instrumentation atop chunky, low-slung tech-house grooves. The formula works wonderfully on opener "Injera", a co-production with Ninetoes featuring feverish flute solos and indigenous vocal yelps from Tassew Wendim. Mowgan lends a hand on "Argew Neka", a bouncier and more obviously tech-tinged affair that makes exemplary use of traditional Ethiopian vocals. Matador remixes, turning the cut into an ultra-psychedelic, acid-fired chunk of trippy late night hypnotism.
For The Broken Hearted (feat Juno Rhodes) - (6:40) 125 BPM
Review: Former Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical Music and DFTD artist Emanuel Satie has built up a quietly impressive discography since making his recording debut in 2011. Here he continues to impress via what we believe to be his first outing on Knee Deep In Sound. There's much to enjoy about lead cut "Queens", an excitable peak-time romp rich in heavy analogue bass, bubbly TB-303 style acid lines, breathy vocal samples, sweaty drums and mind-altering electronic motifs. In comparison, virtual flipside "For The Broken Hearted" is an altogether breezier and more sun-kissed affair, with guest pianist Juno Rhodes bashing out mazy, life-affirming solos (think "Strings of Life") over another chunky, acid-fired deep house groove.
Review: Label regular Emanuel Satie returns to Crosstown Rebels with an EP featuring two quite contrasting melodic housers. 'Rivers' is a driving, heads-down kinda cut with energy to spare, and is based around a hypnotic rhythm that borders on the tribal, on top of which are layered subtly head-frying synths and snatches of chant-like female vocal. The accompanying 'Tokyo ASMR' is more contemplative, drifty affair with Middle Eastern-sounding strings, more strange cut-up female vocal snippets and a hazy, druggy atmosphere overall. If modular synth chords alone don't cut it for you, this is the melodic house you're looking for!
Review: The German house music factory keeps the hits coming, this time courtesy of Frankfurt DJ/producer Emmanuel Satie. The title track is typical of the material on DJ T's label; led by shaking, hissing percussion, infectious bleeps and a searing, building bassline, this party track is rounded off by a drawn out, druggy vocal slurring "I am going to enjoy myself". It sounds like whoever is uttering these words is already on a trip, but for Satie, it doesn't stop there. "Superfly" sees him head into a different direction. On this occasion, he draws on the swinging garage rhythms and ruff neck bass growls of late 90s/early 00s two-step. Combined with an evocative vocal sample that has all the blissed out joy of early 90s hardcore, "Superfly" is a real musical journey.
Review: Wave dem arms! Wave dem arm if you wanna wave dem arms! That's exactly the crazy feeling you'll get from listening to tracks like "All Things Go" and "To The Roots" - straight up pumping grooves that will make feel as though you have to book a ticket to the closest rooftop party in Ibiza. For something more stripped back and trackier, however, there's "Do It" that's full of straight-laced drums, rising synths and a bassline that rattles like a gangplank. For that extra techno hit check out the burly Audiojack floorworker mix to the title-track too.