Cologne's Hodini has appeared previously on local imprint AVA, as well as Berlin's Money $ex and Toytonics. On his new one for London's Wolf Music (his second for the label since his remix for Mr. Fries last year), he goes for a raw and jackin' house vibe that's dust covered and hypnotic and sits somewhere between the raw sampledelic cyclicality of Motor City Drum Ensemble's Raw Cuts Series and classic DJ Sneak style disco-cut ups. He starts with the funky "Down Up" and the lo-slung "Grigio" respectively. Then it's a much more chill affair, with the blunted hip-hop flavour of "Represent Right Here" which calls to mind his work on the aforementioned label of Max Graef & Glenn Astro. Finally "Parashutes" features a bit of help from Hade on this smooth and soulful nu-disco jam that's aimed squarely at summertime open air dancefloors.
Conceived loosely by Berlin based Glenn Astro and Cologne's Hodini, Turquoise Tortoise was not your typical collaboration. As Astro explained, they had the idea of working together for a a long time, but with them living on opposite sides of the country - it was rather difficult to get into the studio. They exchanged their respective takes of each track via the internet. The album's title is quite the metaphor, describing the slow pace of a tortoise to explain how the processes moved forward during the process of recording. The album features Astro's fellow Money $ex comrade Max Graef on the blunted urban flavour of "Malaysian Moped" and Hodini's experience with working with vocalists was said to pay off - you can hear it on the collaborations with Ajnascent on the hazy and susted down soul jam "Found!" or the evocative nu-jazz number "Beautiful Music" featuring MC Pinty.
Since 2013, Pusic Records' occasional EPs have all followed the same blueprint. This sixth release sticks to the template, delivering more hazy, soul-flecked warmth that sits somewhere between deep house, broken beat and jazzier, more experimental flavours. M5K's "Phase Em Out" neatly fuses spacey electronics and wonky, off-kilter hip-hop beats, whilst Snacks' "Between You & Me" laces bold, jazzy piano lines and sweaty, diva vocal samples over a bouncy deep house groove. There's a little more Chez Damier style bump to Woodcut's "The Projects", which Hodini also reworks - in a loose and jazzy broken house style - under his Hulk Hodn alias. Finally, Funkyjaws' reaches for the stars with the rising synth lines, breezy melodies and cymbal-heavy beats of "Burr".
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