Review: The first compilation on Koze's Pampa label is a lovingly curated affair. It starts with the left field house of Herbert's take on Lianne La Havas and Ada's r&b-infused "You & Me", as well as DJ Koze's own hymnal take on Roman Flugel's "9 Years". Other Pampa regulars like Axel Boman are well represented and he provides the ultra-mellow "In The Dust of This Planet". Equally though, Koze also provides a platform for newcomers to the fold. There's the utterly bizarre, glitch-hop of Nasrawi and Funskstorung's contributions, and at the other end of the spectrum, wide-eyed deep house from Mount Kimbie and Jamie xx & Kosi Kos' pumping indie-dance "Come We Go".
Spark (In A Sea Of Echoes) (feat Audego) - (3:37) 100 BPM
I Can't Love You (feat Sanders Bohlke) - (4:36) 65 BPM
Pseudonyms (feat Anothr) - (3:58) 150 BPM
Killers (instrumental) - (3:30) 115 BPM
Review: The Funkstorung duo have been active on the techno scene since the mid 1990s, and their productions gained significant approval from the underground heads, courtesy of imprints such as Acid Planet and even Studio !K7. The Monkeytown collective have unearthed their talents and they presented the pair's first LP in almost ten years, this year, and now a follow-up EP. "Killers" features the vocal talents of Taprikk Sweezee and a gorgeous half-step rhythm with plenty of warm sonics and a hip-hop edge; the tune is followed by the watery synths and docile voices of "Spark (In A Sea Of Echoes)", "I Can't Love You" and "Pseudonyms", but "Killers" is the oddest and most alluring of the lot - a winding belter of a tune complete with sci-fi melodies and deep, twisted beats.
Review: Funkstorung, who by now have amassed a rather impressive back catalogue of productions, recently released an album for Germany's Monkeytown which featured a track named "Laid Out". The duo, Chris De Luca and Michael Fakesch, see their tune morphed and reshaped by a couple of the Monkeytown casuals, and that's always a cause for excitement around these parts. Brighton-based multi-instrumentalist Alex Banks is first up, and brother caresses the tune into a docile, break-ridden jam featuring the original's vocals; Funkstorung themselves strip the tune back into a mass of stuttering drums and wavy, fading voices; Cologne's Mouse On Mars duo break the groove up and go for the half-step approach on their reinterpretation; the ever-mesmerising Anstam duly delivers some of his signature weirdness with his own utterly broken, and beautifully abstract version.
I Love Him So (feat Jay Jay Johanson) - (3:12) 150 BPM
KRKTR - (0:19) 143 BPM
The Other Way Round (feat Anothr) - (4:46) 50 BPM
Review: Funkstorung have been releasing acid-driven techno since the mid 1990's and although they've kept a below-commercial status over the last few years, they certainly haven't gone anywhere. Germany's Monkeytown welcomes them back to the surface of the scene with their latest LP, a fourteen-track journey through vast planes of electronica and sparse bass explorations. Compared to their older material, tracks like "IATC", "So Simple" featuring Jamie Lidell, and "CHNNL" are considerably softer and more pensive, opting instead to delve into your mind by means of melody and soulfulness rather than brute beat anger. A breath of fresh air!
Mouse On Mars & Mesak & Claws Costeau - "Somiak" - (3:40) 80 BPM
Mouse On Mars & FX Randomiz - "Fromm" - (3:24) 110 BPM
Prefuse 73 - "90's" - (0:55) 102 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Funkstorung - "Bon Djerry" - (3:56) 50 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Yoshimio - "NKANKA" - (3:54) 64 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Matthew Herbert aka DJ's Collapse - "Double Gum" - (3:22) 101 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Olivia Block - "Pterion" - (5:19)
Mouse On Mars & Oval - "Gitto Ski" - (3:45) 80 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Tyondai Braxton - "Off Sea" - (3:39) 60 BPM
DJ Sotch Egg - "Mouse On Egg (Happy Birthday!)" - (0:39) 86 BPM
Review: Marking the third instalment in their mammoth 21 Again project, German electronica stalwarts Mouse On Mars present another salvo of collaborations that show just how far their tastes and influences reach. There's playful electro with skweee lynchpins Mesak and Claws Cousteau, rapid-fire drum programming with Funkstorung, unhinged synth and squelch weirdness with Matthew Herbert, and folk-infused psychedelia-meets-noise terror with Tyondai Braxton. At every turn the music is loud and leering, overflowing with ideas and production skills that prove Mouse On Mars are coming of age in fine style. If there was any doubt that this pair is a powerhouse in the world of experimental electronics, let this release be a lesson to all.