Review: Allendes' latest release for Loco Dice's label sees him exploring an individualistic take on tribal house. "The Magician" will grab the listener's attention with its swirling synths, while "Proyecto Gaia", with its dramatic chord sweeps, shows that Allendes isn't just about toolish tracks. That said, there is no shortage of dance floor primed material here; "Ascension 101" sees Allendes drop a disco-led groove, while "El Regreso De Los Abuelos" sees Allendes deliver his masterpiece, an off beat, rumbling groove littered with deranged vocal samples and enough abstract weirdness to ensure that he isn't lumped in with the growing legion of tribal exponents.
Review: Loco Dice's label scores with this tripped out house release. "Chicken From Cosmo" sets the tone for much of the release with its rickety drums and daft vocals riding breezy filters. "Ralf The Dog" is even more out there; starting with the sound of a canine barking, it features a meaty bassline, dark bleeps and a mysterious vocal intoning the phrase 'just a beat'. Apart from these oddities, Allendes & Poletto are also adept at creating more standard club tracks. "Gatto Pushon" is all tribal drums and dense rhythms, while "Lady Sufleta" is a jacking, percussive techno groove powered by a squelchy low end.
Review: Next up on Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich's esteemed Desolat imprint is Ibiza based DJ/producer Francisco Allendes with the Efisena EP: four fine cuts of heavy, booming, amped up tech house. The rolling and stripped back title track is functional enough for serious DJ use while the high-octane, peak time techno of "Zularic Beats" could equally appeal to Berlin's dark warehouses. On "Cavatuna" the Spaniard goes for a deeper and quirked out minimal house groove for the after-hours but then closes out the great EP with the slow burning, cruise control of "Tacedillo" with its swelling bass tones and hypnotic rhythms geared for proper dancefloor madness.
Review: Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich's Desolat is back with another breakthrough artist release which you can count on to deliver some surefire tech house. This time it's in the form of Chilean Francisco Allendes. Starting out with the jacking hysteria of "Agility Queen" (featuring DJ DMC), it then launches into "Groundhog Day", a peak time roller which retains the jacking vibes of the last track but with a razor sharp and bumping bassline. There's also the bleepy and hypnotic slow burner named "Flea Allergy" which flirts with a fascination with Sahko or Sleeparchive perhaps. Finally "Aroa Leon" takes things down a more minimal street, just focusing mainly on a tough 808 rhythm and, you guessed it: jackin' vocals!
Review: Following up some terrific EP's by some right legends of the scene such as Danny Howells, Danny Sanchez and Darius Syrossian, Mannheim heroes 8 bit have reeled in some contemporary heroes for these two bombs - that'll sweeten up the remainder of your summer. Francisco Allendes of Lost/Desolat/Snatch! fame teams up with the mysterious Be Manu on the tough rolling backroom dub of "Eres", while rising Hungarian DJ Collective Machine (Bedrock/Alliwant Music/Stereo) presents "Idive". It is an entrancing epic, powered by tribal drums, tunnelling bass and all round moody aesthetics - definitely geared for some heads down moments on the dancefloor.
Review: Francisco Allendes has a long association with Desolat that stretches back five years. For his latest release on Loco Dice's label, he teams up with fellow Chilean Pablo Inzunza. Fans of Desolat's sound will find much to love here: the release opens with the dusty drums, shuffling rhythm and reverberated claps of "Caligula" - which gradually segue into a vivid acid line. It's followed by "Super 8", which puts a focus on tracky, percussive elements, while on "Ripples", the pair opt for a filtered, rolling groove that resounds to doubled up claps, a niggling 303 line and spliced up vocals. This theme continues on the closing track, the raucous, disco-tinged "Dogo".
Review: It's hard to believe that Loco Dice's label has been around for so long - or more surprisingly that it covers so much ground. While much of the label's focus remains on toolish, tribal house, 5 Years also covers deep, chiming house, audible on Yaya's "Our Connection" and the driving, vocal-filled groove of Dice's own "Lolopopinho". Of the tribal-styled tracks, the ones that stand out most are the ponderous vocals of Basti Grub's "Drunk & High" and the intoxicating chants of Francisco Allendes' "Platonic Solid". Yet neither can compare to the acid-filled, rolling snares of Horatio's "How Much 909 Can You Take", which sounds like LFO vs FUSE's "Loop" on acid.