Review: Mexican producer Inigo Vontier releases his fifth EP, including a massive remix from Tolouse Low Trax of Salon Des Amateurs. Vontier claims that since he was young, he's been immersed in the culture of the Mexican Aztecs and Mayas. Seen from Europe, his assertion can seem puzzling; but to him this hybridisation makes sense, expressing the dreams of people steeped in such mystique. Moreover, he states proudly that he's here to help the Mexican dance music scene to reach its deserved credibility, along with homegrown heroes such as Rebolledo (Pachanga Boys/Hippie Dance). The slow burning and atmospheric "Aluxes" comes by way of Italo via Kompakt style techno. "Patito" gets it on much darker and energetically: perfect to create dancefloor drama and will appeal to fans of the Correspondant sound. Equally brooding is "Macaco" but the aforementioned remix by Dusseldorf hero Detlef Weinrich takes it down a notch and into a nice tool styled remix for cruise control on the dancefloor.
Review: INigo Vontier delivers the third take of Calypso Records. Inspired by a local mexican tribe called the "Huicholes" or "Raramuris", Vontier delivers three tracks full of hypnotic rythms and ritual chants accompanied by Dreems on remix duties. To begin the ritual, "Wirikuta" will take you to a higher state of consciousness with Huichol chants and horns. As a wake up call "Marakame" will hit you in the guts with a straight forward drumbeat and sharp synths. "Maxa" does the work for a mental trip with chants that comes and go with psychedelic guitars on top. To finalize the ritual, aussie wizard Dreems comes with a more foward version of "Wirikuta" that somehow mix a new age feeling with the tribe vibes. On top of these four tracks, the label offers us two digital only tracks which should definitely not be missed.
Review: Hailing from Mexico Inigo Vontier has graced a number of discofied house labels out there like Chloe's Lumiere Noire and Thomas Von Party's Multi Culti, but it was 2017 when the artist first emerged on Calypso, delivering the label it's third release. He returns to where it all began delivering an the Mexican imprint with a new age ambient album of EBM infused exotica journeying through sweet and subtle synths to organic soundscapes and otherworldly percussion. Expect broken beats and touches of jazz to heavily processed sine waves and harder drum machine aggression. A trip from start to finish.
Review: It's not often we get an insight into the electronic music of South America, so all hail the arrival of Calypso from Mexico's Inigo Vontier and Argentina's Thomass Jackson. The tracks featured certainly strike a unique chord, with Mendrix weaving a seductive, noirish tale full of brooding guitar and slow ticking drums, while "Colossio" takes on a darkwave tone on the wonderfully creepy "Esta En Mi". The label bosses carries on with Jackson's "Fantomas" sporting a sharper dancefloor sensibility without ever resorting to obvious tropes. Vontier rounds the EP out with the weirdo boogie throwdown of "Namaste", sure to pique the interest of anyone locked into the sound coming out of the speakers.
Enkidu (Adam Port's Tulum By Night edit) - (8:00) 120 BPM
Review: Since making their bow on Disco Halal back in 2017, Simple Symmetry has served up some of their most potent tracks on Moscoman's much-admired imprint. Predictably, they're on fine form on this four-track missive, too. First up is the arpeggio-driven sleaziness of "Gilgamesh", where hallucinatory electronics, exotic lead lines and twisted vocal samples rise above unfussy beats and an impressively driving bassline. Further examples of dancefloor psychedelia follow, with the Turkish pysch/cosmic disco pulse of "Fight" ushering in the raw and intoxicating Middle Eastern throb of "Enkidu". To round off the EP, Adam Port provides a slightly chunkier re-edit that cannily makes the most of the track's squelchy bassline and eyes-closed psychedelic guitar solos.
Review: Tronik Youth's London based tech house and nu-disco force Nein is back with a weighty 17-trackcompilation celebrating his current label roster and a love for more retro-inspired sounds. From the grinding electro-punk of Justine's "Infernale Cavale", to Freudenthal's dark synthpop epic "Bilderblast", there's plenty of stylistic range here. Highlights come thick and fast on Yes Means Nein, with the gutsy EBM groove of Tunnel Signs "Hellfire" and a remix of Emperor Machine's "Sisco Seeker" from label mainstay Rodion and Fabrizio Mammarella particularly standing out!
Review: Since launching back in 2012 with a suitably grisly EP from Moon Runner, Disque-Discos' occasional Discorror series has provided listeners with an impressive catalogue of horror-influenced, heavily electronic disco jams. This fifth installment, arriving just in time for Halloween, offers more of the same. There's naturally plenty to enjoy, from the John Carpenter-on-steroids pomp of Comegatos' "Ultratumba" and psycho strings of Gameboyz dark italo jam "Casa De Morte", to the throbbing bass, snappy analogue hits and moody electronics of Inigo Vontier's "Camino A Mordor". Arguably even better is the deliciously camp stomp of "Palo Oscurito" by Roman & Castro, and the sludgy, mid-tempo pulse of Tronik Youth's standout "The Machines Are Coming".
Review: Based in Hamburg, TAU is a label started in 2018 by Benjamin Busse and Friso Traas aka Adana Twins, that has released tracks by scene heroes such as Glowal, Echonomist, The Cheapers and many more. The label presents their second instalment in the 'Spektrum' various artists sampler, which features top shelf material by the likes of: Southern Italian duo Underspreche who deliver the entrancing pizzicato inflected vibes of "My Beloved", German veteran Ruede Hagelstein delivering impeccable dancefloor drama as always on "Aschera", ascendant Berliners Local Suicide teaming up with Duro main man Theus Mago on the dark disco odyssey "Technican" and Watergate's sound engineer in residence Biesmans, who provides yet more successful efforts in his newfound love of music production on the neon-lit Italo acid energy of "Wild Wild World".