Review: Fresh from helping to launch the Peace Symphonies label, rising star Gorge Hewek steps up on Watergate with an expansive EP full to bursting with collaborations. You'll find two versions of 'Fluminesse', both created alongside Volen Sentir and Lost Desert: a wonderfully atmospheric, bass-heavy 'Dub' mix full of sustained string sounds, ambient pads and starry melodies, and a vocal-sporting '12" Version' that takes the track to even higher, more uplifting heights. Elsewhere, Lost Desert lends a hand on three other cuts: the billowing, soul-flecked deep house/tech-house fusion of 'Ocean', the Isolee-inspired 'Night Walk' (think 'Beau Mot Plage' re-made for 2022) and the deeper, dubbier and hazier 'Covered in White'.
Review: Over the years, Gorje Hewek has released numerous singles and EPs on All Day I Dream, almost all of them alongside long-time studio partner Izhevski. On debut album Collages he's largely operating solo, though there's no discernible dip in quality. Musically, it's as melodious, colourful and mood-enhancing as you'd expect, with Hewek wrapping tech-tinged deep house beats and warm, smooth basslines in all manner of vibrant melodies, chords and exotic instrumentation. There are a handful of quietly impressive collaborations - see the picturesque, sub-heavy Lost Desert hook-up 'Aya' and fragrant M.O.S joint production 'Amulet' - but for the most part it's the genuinely solo efforts the linger longest in the memory. If you dig the melodious All Day I Dream sound, then you genuinely need this album in your life.
Review: As stated previously, Hamburg house hero Matthias Meyer presented the 20th edition of Berlin super club Watergate's acclaimed mix series and several exclusive tracks he premiered for the mix are now finally available individually. On the second volume he serves up "Turgoyakk" by Russian up and comer Gorje Hewek; a stunningly gorgeous deep house excursion with dark elements that has just the right amounts of suspense and drama to captivate the world's dancefloors at present. Next up Frenchman via Sydney via Berlin YokoO teams up with Retza on "Satori", which has a bit more energy and bump in its groove but still focuses on dreamy and mesmerising elements. That string section that comes in around the two minute mark is just brilliant.