Review: Mannheim-based label 8bit is back after a brilliant release by legend Danny Howells, this time by label co-head Gorge on the riveting new track "Be Yourself". Nearly 10 months since his last offering, he's back with two more bangers to confirm his exceptional status. The title track is an energetic and elevating main room thriller that's sure to raise the adrenaline levels - guaranteed! This is followed by two versions of "Take U" - the main version is a deep and emotive vocal house journey that's sure to get the hands up in the air, followed by a handy instrumental version that lets those sublime shimmering chords do all the talking instead. Just like on his last hit "Don't Stop", Gorge proves his skills and instincts once again, and how to create timeless dancefloor fillers.
Depth Of Silence (Benny Grauer remix) - (6:48) 123 BPM
Review: Gorge aka Pit Waldmann runs the 8Bit label together with Nick Curly and is the latest artist to release on Still Hot. The title track relives the glory days of house music, but with a twist; while the vocal swirls seductively in the ether in the vein of the classic New York sound, the bass ripples with tranced out menace. "Depth of Silence" is a more techy affair, with Gorge opting to deploy a rumbling low end that provides support for a percussive dance floor track. Still Hot has chosen Benny Grauer to rework "Silence", and he does an excellent job: toughening up the kicks and adding layers of white noise, his version is lean and linear - the perfect DJ tool.
Review: Mannheim's Gorge has sure carved a name out for himself over the last decade, as being part of a collective of tech house producers who defined a new strain of the sound in the late noughties. Working alongside close associate and local don Nick Curly as his right hand man in the studio for some time, he's since worked more or less on his own in recent times while continuing to run the established 8 bit imprint: which the pair started back in 2007. Real name Peter Waldmann, he serves up an explosive one here for Hot Since 82's Knee Deep In Sound powerhouse. There's some driving and entrancing tech house that employs his signature latin rhythms on "Ajala" which later gets a hi-tech soul styled rendition by the legendary Steve Lawler. This soulful, Carl Craig-ish tribute will sure create some life affirming moments on the dancefloor.
Review: Mannheim hero and Nick Curly's right hand man Gorge is back. The Tayo EP shows a real departure from his trademark percussive tribal tech house grooves in favour of some adrenalised progressive house journeys with high production values as always. "Tayo" is the kind of energised early morning experience that would make Guy J stand up and notice: rolling bassline, razor sharp synth pulsations and some serious pump in the groove. "Lisha" is more dreamy and atmospheric, with its swelling pads and muted key tones, but still packs some punch in the rhythm department. It's the kind of track you could imagine Lee Burridge playing at peak time!
Review: Nick Curly's right hand man and main proponent of the Mannheim sound Gorge is back, on the former's 8 Bit imprint. The percussive driven grooves that he was known for previously have taken a turn for a more in vogue sound of the moment i.e. proggy tech house, but he does it rather well. the First track "Hadaya" is a rolling yet atmospheric, pre peak time cut that rhythmically still bears a resemblance to previous work. "So They Say" gets a bit more deep down and dirty on this driving, proper peak time killer with a razor sharp bassline and dirty high tech synth leads, guiding you to true dancefloor euphoria.
Review: Gorge is no stranger to 8bit Records and he delivers yet another groove laced ep for the Mannheim imprint. The repetitive nature of "Drip Drop" means its kick-snare-clap combo remains in the track for its entirety, albeit for one EQ fill three-quarters of the way through. Soft deep house chords and light strings couch themselves nicely into the mix rounding out an extremely danceable production. "DWTG" employs a funky bassline and stylised "I'm down with the crew" and "I want you to hear this" vocal shout outs that encourage those at the bar to make their way to the dance floor. The stabby bassline of "Changin'" is not to dissimilar from "DWTG" and it too employs vocals - this time of the female variety - capping off a relatively minimal release, which if in the right hands has the potential to work any club into a sweaty frenzy.
Review: Mannheim's finest returns; Nick Curly's one time right hand man Gorge teams up with Nuremberg's Markus Homm for the Balance EP. Starting out with the adrenalised progressive house of the title track (which features some sublime arpeggios), they then get stuck into some solo efforts. First Gorge presents "Don't Give Up" which brings his trademark percussive tendencies into the mix for this exotic and esoteric feeling drifter, while Homm delivers the bouncy party starter "Come Into My Life"; the kind of peak time tech house that has earned him releases on the likes of Saved and Highgrade.