Review: This Berlin label has put out a series of excellent house records, but don't worry, On Board One isn't full of standard tools. The only nod to this sound comes on Funkwerstatt's "Nachtschwaermer", but this has a looseness to it that most rigid tools lack. By contrast, The Glitz's "No, No" is all glitchy percussion, blasts of white noise and a walking funk bass. But it's the musical offerings that really impress here. Kollektiv Ost's "Duebel Okay" features plaintive piano keys and a warm electronic bass, while Soukie & Windish's "Unbemannt" is a beautiful composition. Featuring trancey chords, its dramatic key stabs will prove unforgettable from the first listen.
Carlos Sanchez & DJ Ray - "Last Call" (Helmut Ebritsch remix) - (7:30) 124 BPM
Carlos Sanchez & DJ Ray - "Offline" - (7:13) 124 BPM
Carlos Sanchez & DJ Ray - "Expilicito" - (6:45) 123 BPM
Carlos Sanchez - "This Thinks" - (8:58) 123 BPM
Carlos Sanchez & DJ Ray - "Claves De Ti" (Audio Junkies remix) - (7:31) 125 BPM
Carlos Sanchez & DJ Ray - "Banadera Blanca" - (8:38) 126 BPM
Carlos Sanchez & DJ Ray - "Koh Samui" - (6:51) 126 BPM
Carlos Sanchez & DJ Ray - "Purple Or White" (Monoroom remix) - (7:44) 123 BPM
Carlos Sanchez & DJ Ray - "Etnias" - (7:06) 126 BPM
Carlos Sanchez & DJ Ray - "I Say Tirorije" - (7:46) 124 BPM
Carlos Sanchez & DJ Ray - "Mr Robin" - (7:38) 126 BPM
Funkwerkstatt - "Standwaage" (Carlos Sanchez & DJ Ray remix) - (6:59) 124 BPM
Jose Armas - "Travieso" (Carlos Sanchez & DJ Ray remix) - (7:48) 125 BPM
Review: On the evidence of this collection of original material and remixes, it sounds like Sanchez and Ray have nailed a sound and stuck to it. While their take on Jose Armas's "Travieso" has some techy chords and the odd screechy riff, the main approach here is drum-heavy, loopy house. Original material like "Bandera Blanca" and the duo's version of Funkwerkstatt's "Standwaage" are underscored by irresistible vocal samples and subtle filters. But it's not all DJ tool tracks: on "Koh Samui", they show that there are other influences at play as snappy percussion and infectious one-note bleeps ensure that they don't get stuck in a tool house rut.