Review: Don't worry if you weren't able to get to hear veteran DJ and Bedrock co-founder John Digweed's recent set at Treehouse in Miami's South Beach, because its all here for you to enjoy. There are a whopping 41 tracks included, spread over three mixes and also provided in their individual form including such gems as Agoria's moody synth-drenched reworking of Damian Lazarus' "Vermillion", the fuzzy Fairlight fancy of Solaris Heights's "Nightfall" and Digitaria's Art Of Noise-style electro jam "Little Boy".
Review: If you had Guy Gerber down as just another producer from Israel, you're sorely mistaken. "Steady" maps out a new direction for house; its drums are heavy, the synths eerie and a mournful, new wave bassline underpins Jaw's dreamy vocals. It's one of the most unusual house productions Juno Plus has heard this year, and it provides ample opportunity for Midland to deliver a stunning remix. He makes the drums heavier, beefs up the beats and delivers a buzzing bassline that sends the arrangement whooshing into the cosmos. Gerber's own "The Golden Sun & The Silver Moon", which fuses a rolling rhythm with chiming chords, completes the package.
Review: On one hand, it's quite a surprise to see one-time prog houser Guy Gerber throw his lot in with Seth Troxler's achingly hip Visionquest label. On the other, it makes perfect sense. Visionquest has long been obsessed with soft focus melodies and dreamy compositions, and "The Mirror Game" - a loose deep houser blessed with cascading melodies and progressive atmospherics - ticks all those boxes. "One Day In May" opts for a more old skool house approach, mixing shuffling, West Coast deep house percussion with woozy chords and heady vocal samples. Gerber rounds off the EP by dropping that most prog house of selections - a beatless ambient version of the comfy title track.
Review: Supplement Facts label boss Guy Gerber returns with his new EP, "Hate / Love," featuring three tracks of beauty and brooding menace. The title track is a deep and mysterious jaunt into exotic atmospheres, experienced through a sense of nervous watchfulness. The laid back yet menacing vocals are provided by P. Diddy's new Dirty Money Crew member, Dawn Richard. His graceful vocals add a relaxing sentiment that wonderfully plays off the track's edgy, uneasy undertones. "Lost In You Like A Chinese Cookie" continues the theme, rolling along amid tribal beats and skipping, melodic synths. Still wrapped in the depth of wildness, the Israeli lifts things a little higher than the preceding number. That said, he plunges back into the depths and far beyond with the EP's standout track, "Stockholm Syndrome." Classic 909s mix with growling basslines and an equally snarling vocal to create this dancefloor bomb. Perfect for small, sweat-filled, dark box rooms with unfeasibly large soundsystems.
Review: Sean "Puffy" Coombs decision to join forces with veteran big room house producer Guy Gerber still seems odd, despite the success of the duo's Ibiza-friendly (and free-to-download) 11 11 album. Here, one of that album's highlights, Tourist Trap, gets the big name remix treatment. Jamie Jones kicks things off with a typically woozy, bleep-heavy tech-house rework, before Gerber joins forces with David K for a dark, stripped-back take that seems to shuffle between the speakers like an old man on crack. There's more than a touch of Balearic dreaminess about Visionquest's excellent interpretation, while Soul Clap steal the show with a dreamy, woozy, electrofunk-influenced remix that's blessed with a brilliant, slowed-down breakdown.
Review: Israeli tech house hero Guy Gerber returns on his esteemed Rumors imprint with remixes of his latest hit "What To Do" that caused a hot fuss earlier this year. The Los Angeles based live performer here receives remixes from Berliner &ME giving the track the deep and seductive Keinemusik style of treatment, while the Chicago underground hero DJ Jes also steps in to deliver a tough and swing fuelled deep house rendition.
Review: Israeli veteran Guy Gerber has been surprisingly quiet of late, with this EP marking his first new material for over 12 months. While a little closer in tone to regular deep house than many of the Tel Aviv producer's releases, the EP comes laden with the kind of ear-pleasing melodies and dreamy audio textures we've come to expect. Opener "What To Do" sets the tone, wrapping drowsy, filtered vocal samples, spacey chords and twinkling piano motifs around an oceans-deep groove, before Gerber gets more percussive on the creepy, Raw Silk-sampling shuffle of "Night of the Gold Diggers". The fluid "Hummingbird Blues", on the other hand, is a gently jazzy deep house number rich in rubbery acoustic bass and cascading orchestration.
Review: Middle Eastern tech house represents good and proper here with Tel Aviv's finest Guy Gerber presenting on his Rumors imprint a new collaboration between himself and Turkey's Deniz Kurtel. She has kept a fairly low profile since her days on Wolf & Lamb and Crosstown Rebels, but it's nice to see her on the scene again. "Here Comes The Rain" is a dreamy and melodic number with shows off the signature production skills of both producers and is the kind of track you can imagine Lee Burridge playing on a rooftop in L.A. this Spring. Second offering "An Army Of Stalkers" is an almost 11 minute long epic featuring some sharp and snappy breaks accompanying shimmering arpeggios and ethereal pads; it's all quite beautiful really.
Review: It's hard to believe that Sven Vath's empire has been in existence for 11 years, but what's easier to comprehend is the label's unerring knack of releasing killer club techno. This compilation gives some of Vath's favourite artists - like Roman Flugel and Steve Rachmad - as well as newbies like Patrick Kunkel, who also provides a DJ mix, a chance to rework the catalogue. From Visionquest's murky but driving take on Dinky's "Acid in My Fridge" through the abrasive, jacking Flugel remix of Martin Buttrich's "Hunter", Carlo Lio's tribal take on Dubfire vs Huntemann's "Diablo" and the fist-pumping, big room techno of Paul Ritch's interpretation of 2000 & One's "Tropical Melons", there can be no doubt about this compilation's dance floor credentials.