Review: New label SOUND is off to a pretty decent start when you consider they've commissioned the current queen of techno Nicole Moudaber for a track on their debut EP. She offers us the bumpy minimal groove of "Avocado In My Belly". If that was not enough, Hungarian tech house hero Jay Lumen also appears with the funked up peak time tribalism of "Good Woodoo" which is just killer. Also featuring are Roman upstatrs Nice7 with the cheeky and jazzy Kater Blau style of "Pussy" and Quito's Crespo with the dark and tunnelling techno of "Machala" for fans of the Drumcode sound.
Review: Csaba Lumnitzer aka Jay Lumen is a prolific producer, but even in his crowded release schedule, Search will stand out. Issued on the Hungarian producer's own Footwork imprint, its title track resounds to heavy drums, splurging bass and dramatic, swooping chords. While it creates quite an impact, it's not as dramatic as "Warehouse Trip". There, Lumen departs into heavy techno territory; doubled up claps, dramatic stabs and a relentless groove merges with titanium beats that sounds like the kind of malevolent cocktail that Gesloten Cirkel and Peter Van Hoesen might create if they ever ended up in the same studio.
Review: Hungarian producer Jay Lumen has over 80 releases to his credit, but Lost Tales is his first proper artist album. Unlike many of his contemporaries, who seek to expand their vision, Lumen's focus is all about the dance floor. This is audible from the get-go, with a hoover rave stab kick-starting "Pulsar", before giving way to a prowling, evil bass and wild, screeching sirens. He follows a similar approach on "System" and the title track, with both arrangements resounding to detuned riffs and thunder-claps. "Passion 303" sees him push his big room sound even farther and features a mysterious vocal sample leading the track. There are also some fleeting moments for reflection, most notably on the deep, atmospheric pulses of "I Am" - but in the main this is a work tailor made for big rooms.
Review: If garage-tinged big room house is your thing, you've come to just the right place. The Hungarian tech-house hero is back with three sizzlers led by the Pump Up The Volume-sampling pounder "Spin The Wheel". Elsewhere the title track is probably the most epic dancefloor monster we've heard in a long time - all taut hi-hats, intense drum fills and alien invader bass. Lastly he wraps things up nicely with the arpeggiated melodic accelerator "Elvissa Sunrise". Not a static butt in the house, guaranteed.
Review: Hungarian artist Jay Lumen has been rolling out his muscular brand of tech house for nearly ten years now, forging close relationships with the likes of Baroque Records and Great Stuff in that time. It is however Dutch institution 100% Pure that commands most of his attention, and so it is on this sure shot missive of big room workouts. "LondOFF" brims with peak-of-the-night urgency, from the heavy grooving rhythm section to the head-spinning effects that come zipping through the mix. "LondON" is no slouch either, teasing in more minimal elements without losing that weighty presence that lends itself to larger party spaces.