Review: Between them, Knutsson and Berg have racked up a small but respectable collection of EPs for labels like Knutsson's own UFO Station and Klasse. Now they bring their trippy, spaced out sound to Idle Hands' in-house imprint. The pair has pushed Idle Hands to its most classic-influenced iteration of techno - 'Taggen' resounds to heavy, quasi-junglist sub-bass and insistent bleeps, while on "Bimbo", the pair take influence from the filtered minimalism of G-Man and even early adopters like Psychic Warriors Ov Gaia to create a rolling, tribal track. Rounding off the release is "Kilmax"; borrowing elements from the first two tracks, its bleep-heavy rhythm is perfectly executed.
DJ Nibc & Hans Berg - "The Clearing" - (7:16) 124 BPM
John Monkman - "Love Won't Wait" - (7:39) 118 BPM
Review: Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but there is no such bad fortune on the latest edition of the Full Body Workout mix. This time, the German label has entrusted the controls to remixer Julian Ganzer - who counts Booka Shade's "Darko" among his reworks - and Javier Logares, who has put out releases for Get Physical and Bar 25. Between them, they steer the mix through reflective, evocative sounds (Doomwork's "DNA"), into tripped out, stripped back house and techno from Mikael Stavosstrand & Cesare vs Disorder and Fabio Giannelli and into the kind of dramatic house that the label is known for, articulated here by the orchestral flourishes of K.E.E.N.E. & Robosonic's "Waters".
Review: Polish deep house imprint Exotic Refreshment continues on with their 10 year celebrations. After a great first volume featuring Haft, Malbetrieb and Palliate, we have the latter, again - presenting the indeed 'exotic' "The Wu" which features some hypnotic polyrhythms beneath woozy synths and other eerie elements. Married Israeli couple Dangur & Mintz team up on the moody dancefloor drama of "Refreshment" which is a tunneling progressive house styled groove that will appeal to fans of Bedrock as much as it would Life & Death. Speaking of the latter, there's some brooding dancefloor drama of that very style on offer with fellow countryman Itay Dailes' "Stand Up" sure to cause some suspense filled and strobe-lit moments on the dancefloor. Elsewhere, Hans Berg pitches a right curveball at us with the furious rave mutation of "Sparks", which is powered by some monstrous breaks and ravey sounds on this reinterpretation of mid '90s dance music.