Review: Hanseatic hero and Watergate stalwart Matthias Meyer rounds up some ascendant debutants here, on the fourth instalment of the 'Watergate Affairs' series - for the Berlin superclub's in-house label. There are a variety of moods and grooves on offer: melodic dancefloor drama comes courtesy of Dutch wunderkind Budakid (Last Night On Earth/Einmusika) on the mesmerising "Orrery", as well as from London/Munich connection Henri Bergmann & Julian Wassermann on the particularly impressive "Maenad". Elsewhere, Meyer himself is on-point as always with the glassy-eyed and bittersweet feel of "Interlude", until Danish artist Nandu rounds out the package with the slinky and evocative deep house of "My Mystery Is A Mystery".
Review: Between them, Florian Kruse and Julian Wassermann have released on high-profile labels such as Poker Flat, Stil Vor Talent and Sasha's Last Night On Earth, but Orust is sure to propel them to even greater heights. Issued on Kompakt's sub-label, it features the kind of shiny trance melodies that one comes to expect from releases on Extra. However, what really sets this track apart from others is the throbbing, pulsating groove, white noise builds and doubled-up thunderclaps. When combined, these elements add up to a dance floor killer that is sure to cause mayhem on underground floors and big rooms alike.
Review: Julian Wassermann and Oliver Deurling team up for some dark journey tracks that tick all the right boxes, particularly on the title track with its wonky synth melodies, dark strings and doomy basslines. All the good stuff really! The Bjorn Starig remix injects more ferocity and adrenalin into it that's perfect for a peak time dance-floor at Watergate. Second original track "Mancher Freiheit" is more on the progressive house tip: atmospheric, melodic and downright heavenly. "Schwabing" is the real standout on here though and joins the dots between the dark style and the progressive vibe shown earlier in perfect harmony: this one will get some emotional moments on the dancefloor, that's for sure!
Noir/Victor Ruiz - "I Am" (feat Cari Golden) - (8:15) 126 BPM
Veerus - "Mind Awake, Body Asleep" - (6:44) 125 BPM
Julian Wassermann - "Neurose" - (6:58) 125 BPM
Review: Senso Sounds is Oliver Huntemann's label for underground electronic music, based out of Hamburg and already racking up an impressive back catalogue of releases. Kickstarting a new series of EPs with exclusive tracks from various artists, Senso Sounds Level 01 ventures further into the abyss with four brand new killers from the roster. Starting off with boss man Huntemann and the brooding and adrenalised dancefloor drama of "Kamikaze", Denmark's Noir teams up with Brazilian Victor Ruiz on "I Am" (feat Cari Golden) and Italian Veerus delivers the druggy main room stomper "Mind Awake, Body Asleep". Finally Munich's Julian Wassermann serves up the EP's finest moment on with the devilish minimal tech house killer "Neurose" featuring the most razor sharp bassline you'll hear this year!
Review: Berlin native Oliver Koletzki has cited his hometown as a main point of reference and inspiration throughout his career. His last two albums are said to be 'wholehearted tributes' to the German capital and its importance in the current climate of electronic music. The label's aesthetic - right down to the cover art is testament to this - featuring photos of local landmarks and graffiti adorning his fair city. There are little to no corners in the city that haven't brought a spark of inspiration into the mix and the eighth instalment of the Schneeweiss (English translation 'white snow') compilation series, is said to be a tribute to the many aspects or 'particles' consolidated as a series of carefully curated tracks. There's so many highlights on here and we're only going to name a few, but they're not limited to: hometown hero and one time Terranova member Rampa's brooding dance floor drama on "Fluke", Frankey & Sandrino bridging the gap between tech-house and nu-disco ever so gracefully again on "Solaris", Cologne's finest Andhim lend their deft hand on a remix of Leipzig figurehead Matthias Tanzmann's "Coffee Clouds" and the man from Mannheim Ray Okpara who's still going: his track "Satin Curtain" getting a smooth remix by the legendary Kevin Yost.
Review: Fur Coat have unearthed some extremely exciting talent via their Oddity label, giving emerging artists a platform to exhibit their craft. On the label's fourth compilation, experience the melodic and emotional sounds of these fledgling producers, ones that also give their label its recognisable stamp. The first half is formed of well crafted tracks which ease you into the sound, and the second half of the package leans towards darker and more driving pieces. Highlights include: the Kompakt affiliated Julian Wassermann who is typically ethereal and euphoric on the breathtaking "Buried Lakes", Betical serves up a lush progressive house journey on "Colors of Noise", Jody Barr is equally as hypnotic on the brooding mood affair of "Pomegranate Skies" and harness the trance-inducing energy of "Revere" by Hollt towards the end.