Review: For over a decade London-based John Monkman has been part of the international electronic dance community, releasing records on some the world's biggest and most cutting edge labels including Kompakt, Get Physical, Anjunadeep, Suara and Rebellion. His new one comes courtesy of the ever reliable Last Night On Earth imprint run by scene veteran Sasha. "Delta Ray" is a euphoric and elevating trip full of razor sharp synth arpeggios and spitfire rhythms that's geared for properly trancing out under the strobe. This is followed by the glassy-eyed and bittersweet emotions of "WARP" that is best played as the sun comes up - just wonderful!
Review: London's John Monkman is back again, after some stellar releases in recent times for top labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Noir and Suara. His latest offering for Last Night On Earth (Sasha's progressive-house powerhouse) has you all sorted for evocative and suspense filled dancefloor drama guaranteed. On "Mad Hatter" prepare to be hypnotised by the track's epic, Recondite style melody and brooding atmosphere. There is more of the same on the emotive epic "Make Noize" featuring nefariously mechanical sound design and eerie textures to create an element of tension throughout. This one will accentuate all those strobe-lit moments of truth on the dancefloor! Finally "INAWIO" demonstrates once more how this talented producer has mastered his craft within the studio with a composition packed full of evocative elements and tightly engineered production values. Monkman is one to watch for sure in 2018!
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: La Fleur is on a roll; having worked with Sasha and completed an Essential Mix, she now turns her attention to a release on Kompakt's Speicher offshoot. "Tears" is based on a bubbly groove and tumbling drums, with a melody unfolding over these elements. If you listen close enough, it's possible to discern a vocal sample buried deep in the arrangement - marking "Tears" out as a truly evocative pieces of music. On the flip side, John Monkman teams up with James Monro for "Pesto Funk"; a slinky slice of tripped out techno funk punctuated by sonic belches, it's in stark contrast to La Fleur's melancholic approach.
Review: Cologne powerhouse Kompakt have continually defined a unique aesthetic as label - deep, atmospheric and absolutely evocative. For the 19th edition of their revered Total series - The Voigt Brothers & Co. curate another splendid compilation featuring the very best in international electronic music from the last year, taking in a wide variety of styles, tempos moods and grooves - yet all with the label's distinct taste. Highlights (and there's many!) came courtesy of: local Gewolbe Club resident Jonathan Kaspar with the mesmerising dancefloor drama of "Renard", label co-founders Tobias Thomas & Michael mayer teaming up on the sexy lo-slung groove antics of "Total Anders", label staple and all round Berlin legend Sascha Funke delivers a typically quirky and oddball groove on "Aus Der Lamang". Elsewhere, you can get your tunnel vision on with the ever reliable Rex The Dog on "Vortex", the ascendant Anii from Poland takes you deep into the rainforest on the tribal trance of "Ride The Tiger" and ANNA from Brazil provides some dystopian narratives for the dancefloor on "Remembrance".