Review: Richie Hawtin's label goes back to the mid to late '90s for its latest excursion. The title track is a killer big room affair, its pounding drums and percussive slivers underscoring shimmering chords and spiraling 303s. It's like Jeweil has refined the force of late '90s loop techno using a contemporary touch. "Boom" marks a return of sorts to Minus' typical sound, with reduced beats providing the backing for great lugs of black noise, but it's only a temporary diversion. "Flexx" sees him mining the '90s path again, this time with a stripped back rhythm underscoring a series of blips, bleeps and clicks to rival vintage Dan Bell.
Review: Southern Frenchman turned Berliner Julian Jeweil is back with another release on Minus and the label has still got it, if these peak time techno grooves are anything to go by. "Bird" with its booming and cavernous kick and harsh white noise strikes support an infectious and mesmerizing melody. "And We" gets funky with intricately programmed rhythm and rolling bassline providing true peak time reliability. Both "Concept" and "153 Essex St" are steady stompers versatile enough to fit in with a variety of techno styles with their upfront minimal groove. Finally "Wax" just reeks of label boss Richie Hawtin with its tape delayed vocals, rolling bass and big room druggy atmosphere.
Review: France's Julian Jeweil returns to the iconic Minus with a rather unusual bag of tricks, and to be honest, we're really digging it down here at Juno HQ. "She's Hot" is rolling and tech-fuelled but slightly more joyful than many other releases on Richie Hawtin's legendary catalogue. "Green Room" is slightly more Minus-oriented with Jeweil's hypnotising groove is a classic floor stomper, but it's "Snake Dance" which takes all the attention with its meandering synths and precision-controlled percussion, making it a welcome addition to both Jeweil's catalogue and Hawtin's institution.
Review: After a series of releases on Minus and Cocoon, Julian Jeweil finally makes the transition to that other great big room label, Drumcode. However, the title track is not typical of the sound of Adam Beyer's label and revolves around dense, rough percussion, heavy chord stabs and buzzing acid lines, topped off with decidedly old school drum rolls. "Blue" is also somewhat atypical and sees the French producer deploy a killer ebm-style bass and synth melodies that wouldn't sund out of place on an Italo record. "Venice" is more in line with the Drumcode sound as the French producer drops a rolling, tracky groove, replete with clicking percussion and chopped up vocal samples, while "Traffic" resonates to a similar, loopy arrangement and hiccupping vocals.
Review: Frenchman Julian Jeweil can be counted on for absolute peak time weaponry and his new offering on Drumcode is no exception. The tunnelling trance induction of dynamic opener "Space" sets the scene right away, and from here prepare to surrender to the void! "Answer" boosts the adrenaline levels immediately on this pummeling assault to the senses, assisted by some intense dub chords for dramatic effect. On the flip, "South" gets back to the program with yet another strobe-lit affair full of druggy risers and massive drops galore. Finally "Encke" provides something definitely in tune with the Drumcode sound, on this bleepy and hypnotic DJ tool which will have a broad appeal to a wide selection of techno DJs.
Review: Ahead of its two hundredth release, Drumcode drops the debut album by Julian Jeweil. Having re-leased on Minus as well as Adam Beyer's label, it is no surprise that Transmission features a selec-tion of dance floor primed tracks. There's the rave stab-led title track, which is powered by inces-sant drum rolls; the pumping, clanging rhythm of "Mars" with its space command countdown and acid licks; and "Internal", where the French producer rather adeptly fuses dubbed out effects and pitch-bent vocals with a brooding bass. There are some less functional moments, including the at-mospheric "Intro" and "Final" as well as the down tempo "Planet X", but in the main this is a robust dance floor affair.
Review: Following on from last year's Transmission long player, Julian Jeweil returns to Drumcode for this dynamic club EP. It starts off with the title track's firing percussion, rolling snares and thunderous kicks, a combination that also sets the tone for the rest of the release. The drums on "Outline" are deeper and denser, as Jeweil drops razor-sharp high hats and warbling analogue yelps, while "Music" sees the French artist opt for a similar approach, albeit with a repetitive vocal sample interspersed with rolling snares. Like the Jeff Mills label of the same name, "Axis" brings the EP to a dramatic climax, thanks to its visceral 909s and pounding rhythm.
Review: There's a dramatic feel to the latest release on Coyu's label. It starts with the rolling snares and over the top chord builds of Julian Jeweil's "Forum", followed closely by Andres Campo's "Classified". Instead of melodies, the same sensibility is created through the use of rolling snares, hoover riffs and wild filters. Meanwhile, Cristiano Balducci partners with Hard Ton for "Still on Acid". Featuring a breathy narrative woven together with mysterious wailing, the interplay is supported by niggling 303s. Last but not least, Mark Reeve's "Do It" reverts to the same territory as Jeweil's contribution, only this time the surging chords are fused with old school break beats to create the requisite euphoric effect.
Review: House DJs MYNC offer an exhaustive overview of the tracks that rocked the long-running White Island venue this summer. In the soulful corner, there's the Maxi Soundsystem take on Boris Dlugosch's "Look Around You". Featuring Roisin Murphy on vocals, it does a lot to sweep away the rainy autumn blues. Ten Walls deliver the trancey goods in the shape of "Gotham", which revolves around a belching bassline, but the most notable aspect of Ibiza 2013 is the way minimal producers have come into the house fold. Loco Dice borrows a prog house bassline for 'Detox' and Luciano's "Rise Of The Angel" - remixed here by Andrea Oliva - is a piano-led, wide eyed deep anthem.