Review: Following on from releases on 2000 and One's label and Truesoul, Italian pair Fideles debut on Poker Flat. "Detuned", with its dark riffs, soaring trance melodies and shuffling beats, is reminiscent of classic Get Physical releases from producers such as Booka Shade and M.A.N.D.Y. In contrast, "I'm Rude" sees the pair head down a classic techno route, with a jittery, textured organ fused with a prowling bass and relentless snares, while the title track comes across as a lithe, snappy take on New York house. Closing out the release is "Worthy", where the pair skillfully merge trance-fuelled abandon with tracky house.
Review: More deeply melodic techno, expertly executed by the Exit Strategy camp in the form of Fideles. Danilo Aprile and Mario Roberti are a Southern Italian duo based in Taranto. Following up top releases on labels such as Poker Flat, Stil Vor Talent and Afterlife, they begin with the serious hi-tech houl journey that is "Cerchio" sure to cause some proper dancefloor drama. They then take things further down the spiral with the brooding "Distorted Foam", a deep and tunnelling affair that's perfect to create some mysterious mood lighting earlier in your set. With its hypnotic synth leads and razor sharp bassline leading the way, it's totally mesmerising. Finally, "Panorama" ends the impressive EP on a slightly more optimistic note - this mellow groove featuring a lush bell melody, ethereal pads and slow burning tribal rhythms takes you back up the vortex and triumphantly towards the light.
Review: With releases on labels like Poker Flat and Stil Vor Talent to their credit, it's clear that Fideles aka Daniele Aprile and Mario Roberti are making a big impression. The Italian duo's music achieves this effect on Impressum, their first outing for Tale of Us' label. The title track is built on tough kicks and rasping percussion, while eerie hooks and ominous hooks swirl through to the foreground. "Hadar" revolves around the kind of menacing bass that you'd associate with Oliver Huntemann, but the pair make it their own, fusing it with mesmerising trance hooks. "The Tensior" is even more intense, thanks to its warbling low end and reversed filters, while "Avior" is all grandiose synth sweeps, supported by a frazzled, bleak bass.
Review: Berlin tech house institution Still Vor Talent return with some real heat courtesy of local heroes. First up Fideles provides the dark, pop inflected journey track "Vitamins" whith its humming sub bass and moody atmospherics combined with Haptic's gorgoius vocals; this will cause some dancefloor drama be assured. "Wave Echoes" up next ups the ante on this peak time mission through the parklands. There's some epic 'whoomp' in the synth lead for this one so be prepared. It's then over to Kellerkind who is fresh off some killer tracks for the likes of local crew Kattermukke. On "Sub Zero" its yet another catchy deep house groove on the futurist side with irestitable pop elements and sexy vocals but it's more straight head on the slinky, late night tech house of "Take Your Soul".
Review: Berlin native Oliver Koletzki has cited his hometown as a main point of reference and inspiration throughout his career. His last two albums are said to be 'wholehearted tributes' to the German capital and its importance in the current climate of electronic music. The label's aesthetic - right down to the cover art is testament to this - featuring photos of local landmarks and graffiti adorning his fair city. There are little to no corners in the city that haven't brought a spark of inspiration into the mix and the eighth instalment of the Schneeweiss (English translation 'white snow') compilation series, is said to be a tribute to the many aspects or 'particles' consolidated as a series of carefully curated tracks. There's so many highlights on here and we're only going to name a few, but they're not limited to: hometown hero and one time Terranova member Rampa's brooding dance floor drama on "Fluke", Frankey & Sandrino bridging the gap between tech-house and nu-disco ever so gracefully again on "Solaris", Cologne's finest Andhim lend their deft hand on a remix of Leipzig figurehead Matthias Tanzmann's "Coffee Clouds" and the man from Mannheim Ray Okpara who's still going: his track "Satin Curtain" getting a smooth remix by the legendary Kevin Yost.