Review: The ever reliable Frank Beckers and Sandrino Tittel (better known as Frankey & Sandrino to their Mums) return to Innervisions with with yet more of their epic dancefloor narratives - and taking up where they left off on 2017's Wega EP. From the emotive and melodic techno soul of "Mercury" to the deep sonar transmissions of "Gamma Ray" that will hypnotise the listener into submission with its complex arpeggiations this is some of the pair's finest work. Finally making way for "Zeta" to complete the package: a slow motion expression in minimalism that features classical musical motifs with linear synth sequences that were reminiscent of Robert Hood's earlier work.
Review: With releases on flagship labels like Innervisions, Kompakt and Drum-poet Community to their credit, Frankey & Sandrino are among modern house music's most respected acts. It's no surprise that they have been snapped up by Diynamic to put out a record. "Sirius" is a gloriously un-derstated affair, using a prowling bass as a basis for tripped out synths that shimmer and soar effortlessly. While it is also based on a powerful low end, "Lambda" is more dance-floor focused, with the pair firing off bleeps and tranced out melodies into the arrangement. It makes for an-other effortless EP from this high-flying pair.
Review: German duo Frankey & Sandrino are back again on Innervisions their third release for Dixon and Ame's label thus far. On "Wega" it's a deep and spacey tech house affair, with exotic choral chants reminiscent of Villalobos' "Enfants" used sparingly over a tunneling and entrancing groove. Next offering "Pollux" is the real winner on here though. This darkly minimal house experiment builds gradually into a chill and glitchy house jam with sparse rhythm arrangements and buzzy melodies.
Review: Berlin's Frankey & Sandrino are back on Swiss label Drumpoet Community again after a great release on Innervisions last year. "Ways Of The Sun" features the gorgeous vocals of la Aberg backed by a seriously deep and atmospheric groove. It fits into the current status quo of dark journey tracks, that's a given: but doesn't get too gloomy on you! There's also "Formax" a cut of highly engineered tech house that's more similar to the work they did for Dixon's label last year. With epic synths, elevating pads and all round futurist groove that will mark a great transition in any serious DJ's set.
Review: If there's one thing that Innervisions is good at, it's delivering heavily electronic deep house that achieves the perfect balance between grandiose builds, stretched-out periods of groove, and trippy, main room flourishes. That pretty much sums up this latest EP from sometime Drumpoet Community and Moodmusic regulars Frankey and Sandrino. "Acamar" leads the way, transforming from a picturesque deep house shuffler to a big room anthem via extended breakdowns, woozy synthesizers and bold, Latin-influenced electronic melodies. "Lukida" offers a deeper take on the same formula, with rising and falling electronic melodies, sweet chords and an altogether looser, more percussive groove.
Review: The latest release on Swiss label Drumpoet Community has the potential to become a huge summer anthem. In particular, the Washerman remix of the title track sees a buzzing bass and bubbling riffs underpin Jinadu's tortured vocals. Close your eyes and it could easily pass for a remix of Depeche Mode by an artist like Oliver Huntemann. The Musk version of "Starchild" is more in keeping with the label's house sound and features doubled up claps and hissing percussion fused with sensuous piano lines. The Hyenah version of the same track remains in a similar territory, albeit with tighter and denser drums supporting the piano lines.
Review: Following on from releases last year on Innervisions and Drumpoet Community, Frankie & Sandrino drop Cephel on Sasse's label. It's no surprise that the release has found favour with the likes of Dixon and Mano Le Tough: the title track is a rolling, tranced-out affair, its dreamy synths riding an underbelly of bass menace. SBTH's version is darker and choppier; broken drums and searing guitars cut through the dry ice for a version that has echoes of the current wave revival. Finally, the Locked Groove version is a deep, pulsing affair, as sleek and streamlined as an Audi A7.
Review: Germany's Franck Beckers and Sandrino Tittel are steadily making a name for themselves after releasing EPs on Innervisions, Moodmusic and now Drumpoet Community. The duo have been around for a while but it's this latest collaboration which has seen them rise to the top of the house game, and it's their starry, deep and sensual take on club music which renders their tracks so singular. "Starchild" contains enough sonic oddity to be heard outside the club, and its instantly seductive bassline locks well with the rest of the airy, abstract atmospherics circling around it. "Lost" is a little more club-ready but nonetheless spaced out, and the duo's vocals are a sublime final touch to the twisted, glitchy arrangement of the tune. Stunners!
Review: The work of veteran German producers Frank Beckers and Sandrino Tittel, "We Are All Dust" is a self-assured, sassy big room house number. Featuring a euphoric vocal and plaintive piano keys, the key element here is the tearing, almost psychedelic bassline, which makes it stand out from all the identikit deep house releases. The contribution by Marcus Worgull won't do the release any harm either. The Innervisions producer maintains the keys and heavy bass, but adds in heavy drums and relentless percussion to make it even more DJ-friendly. Raxon delivers a tranced out version, while the duo's own "Echoes", a rolling groove littered with vocal samples, completes the package.
Ways Of The Sun (Jimi Jules remix) - (8:24) 120 BPM
Ways Of The Sun (Manuel Fischer remix) - (7:21) 126 BPM
Ways Of The Sun (Peter Kruder 'Into The Black Hole' remix) - (8:37) 120 BPM
Ways Of The Sun (Armitage remix) - (6:41) 125 BPM
Review: German deep house heroes Frankey & Sandrino released their much lauded hit "Ways Of The Sun" back in 2015 which featured the gorgeous vocals of one la Oeberg. On this series of new remixes, the ethereal and spellbinding sonic qualities of the original are reworked by some current darlings of the Swiss scene: Jimi Jules' low-slung rendition is perfect for sunkissed Sunday open-air parties, while Drumpoet label staple Manuel Fischer's one takes on classic Chicago house qualities of the first wave. Peter Kruder should need no introduction should he: the Viennese legend's glassy-eyed and life-affirming rework undoubtedly being the highlight of the bunch.
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.
Review: With 15 tracks to choose from, this is a package that offers great value for money and much useful ammunition for DJs playing at the deep tech/minimal end of the spectrum. Sasse, Satoshi Fumi & Hiroshi Watanabe and Spiritcatcher all feature, but generally the emphasis is on more up-and-coming producers, with tracks ranging from the deep, atmospheric throb of ORDA's opening salvo 'More Over' to the string-drenched, glitchy prog of Fumi & Watanabe's 'Time Lapse', via the smooth deep house of Sasse's 'Eagle Eyes' and the Italo nouveau of Alessio Pagliaroli's 'Distractions', not to mention something of a curveball in the form of Nick Chacona's shimmering, female-vocalled disco-pop closer 'Fear'.
Review: The boss is back! The legendary UK pioneer and Bedrock head honcho gives us a live set from Canada's second city, complete with crowd noise. Digweed's knack for sniffing out the most cutting edge progressive and tech house grooves is second to none and you can bet that this set is chock block full of narrative, innovative grooves: one journey you'll never forget! Featuring contributions from Germany's Recondite ("Tame"/"Baro"), Glasgow's Sei A ("You Can Bring"), Berlin's Smash TV ("Cascadia"/"God Key") and Los Angeles' Eagles & Butterflies amongst a host of other big names. Also comes as six continuous mixes for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!