Review: With deep house stalwarts Kruse & Nuernberg currently on hiatus, Florian Kruse has been pursuing a techier, more melodic path in his solo productions, with this EP for Sasha's Last Night On Earth label a case in point. Opener 'Zog' has the same deep beats and luxuriant feel you'd expect from a K&N production, but topped with proggy synths that throb away throughout. Julian Wassermann's remix turns the dark up a little, making this the pick for those 4am eyes wide shut moments, while closer 'The Tide Is Turning' again starts with Kruse's deep house roots showing before big, dramatic synths sweep in - perhaps inspiring the EP's title?
Review: The latest release on Poker Flat is from Florian Kruse, a producer who comes from Hamburg, where Steve Bug's label is based. Despite this geographical proximity, "Slow Motion" has universal appeal and is sure to transcend languages and borders. A ponderous, resonating bass provides the backdrop for jittery keys and Hendrik Burkhard's sonorous tones. Kruse manages that rare feat of striking a balance between setting a moody tone and making a beautiful, fragile techno track. "Hold On" is more functional and sees Kruse drop a gradually building, acid-laced techno workout, but for sheer depth of sound and feeling, it can't compare to the title track.
Review: Germany's Voltaire Music return with some heavy hitters in techno, tech house, deepness and beyond. While it's mainly a Deutsche affair for the most part, they even managed to rope in Croatian hypnotic techno veteran Petar Dundov - who in conjunction with Systematic's Marc Romboy delivers the spiralling and melodic sorcery of "Caper Tran". Elsewhere, there's some epic dancefloor drama like on Tim Engelhardt's remix of "Florian Kruse & Hendrik Burkhard's "Crack In The Wall" featuring some heartfelt vocals by Mi.li.an. Highly lauded mastering engineer Hannes Bieger delivers the moody and entrancing "Strato" geared for those heads down moments under the strobelight and Frankfurt's finest Sascha Dive - he of Deep Vibes fame - delivers the goods as always on the darkroom dub of "Renegade" (Long version).
Florian Kruse & Hendrik Burkhard - "We Own The Night" (John Monkman remix) - (7:16) 123 BPM
Olivier Giacomotto - "A1" - (6:57) 122 BPM
KIKO - "Math" - (7:59) 125 BPM
Jos & Eli - "Time Chase" - (7:48) 121 BPM
Review: NM2 is the sub label of the Danish Noir imprint and is created to bring you special VIP releases and provide some extraordinary weapons for the clubs. They certainly come true on their promise with this collection of surefire DJ tools - highly optimsed for serious dancefloor drama. The tunnelling and evocative atmosphere of "We Own The Night" by Florian Kruse & Hendrik Burkhard is only intensified by John Monkman's remix. This is followed by the esoteric sonic sorcery of veteran Olivier Giacomotto's "A1" which will appeal to the Stil Vor Talent or Einmusika sound. Finally, Israeli duo Jos & Eli are back with some brooding and tripped out progressive house vibes with their killer "Time Chase".
Review: Between them, Florian Kruse and Julian Wassermann have released on high-profile labels such as Poker Flat, Stil Vor Talent and Sasha's Last Night On Earth, but Orust is sure to propel them to even greater heights. Issued on Kompakt's sub-label, it features the kind of shiny trance melodies that one comes to expect from releases on Extra. However, what really sets this track apart from others is the throbbing, pulsating groove, white noise builds and doubled-up thunderclaps. When combined, these elements add up to a dance floor killer that is sure to cause mayhem on underground floors and big rooms alike.
Review: German duo comprised of relative newcomer Hendrik Burkhard and more seasoned producer Florian Kruse (he's Vincenzo's brother actually) throw down some killer dark journey tracks for Steve Bug's Poker Flat. "Move In Slow Motion" has that mysterious and atmospheric Life & Death sound down pat: humming bassline, gloomy pads and a good dose of melody. "Hold On" stays on that vibe too but has more ferocity in its groove, catering to more adrenalised dancefloor moments. And that bassline: woah!
Review: German house duo Hendrik Burkhard and Florian Kruse have become commonplace in Steve Bug's Poker Flat catalogue, and this seems to be firmly on-point given their deep and expansive brand of dance music. "Moments" sits somewhere between house and techno but it's more of a song with a beginning, middle and end, rather than a mere club jacker; "Black Moose", on the other hand, is darker and more punchy in its delivery and, by comparison, "Sirens" is the house pumper that can be mixed with pretty much anything you want. Effective and party-centric, as per usual.
Review: One seriously moody and emotive progressive house offering courtesy of Berlin's Florian Kruse and featuring the velvety voice of Hendrik Burkhard on "The Ground". The remix by Joris Voorn gets even deeper, darker and tripped out for some real early evening dancefloor drama. Second original track "Going Against The Grain" is one perfectly executed journey track of the darker persuasion (wonky melodies assured) whose bittersweet tendencies will pull at the heartstrings as much as it'll move your feet.
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.