Review: There's already been some killer remix fanfare to support the release of Fool, the fourth studio LP from Kasper Bjorke, with the likes of Axel Boman, Rebolledo and Till Von Sein adding their own production nuances to "Lose Yourself To Jenny" the master Dane's collaboration with White Horse vocalist Jacob Bellens. "Deep Is The Breath" is another album track that features Bellens, and gets tweaked by Permanent Vacation, Pillow Talk and Hannulelauri with excellent results. Benjamin Frohlich and Tom Bioly are more highly regarded for overseeing the Permanent Vacation label as opposed to their own production prowess, which is a shame because their effort is a highlight here, expertly building into a twisting mid 120 acid number with far too much ease.
Review: Albums don't get more personal than The Fifty Eleven Project. Penned by Kasper Bjorke together with three of his friends - hence the quartet name - it's a musical soundtrack to his cancer diagnosis in 2011, followed by his treatment and recovery. While the Danish producer has said that it follows emotions both 'light and dark', it also contains moments where his fear of relapse surfaces. "Line of Life (Prologue)" and "Seminom Non Seminom" presumably represent the more positive side of Bjorke's journey, thanks to their beautiful strings and fragile synth lines. There are other, more brooding, tense pieces like "11" - possibly a reference to the year of his diagnosis - but in the main this is a celebration of life in the truest sense.
Review: In previous years, Kasper Bjarrke has focused on delivering atmospheric music that can variously be described as woozy, Balearic and intoxicating. In 2016, he's upped his game, moving further towards the dancefloor in a bid to incite saucer-eyed glee amongst dancers. Intriguingly, his original instrumental of "Cloud 9" is a spacey affair, with star-kissed chords and dreamy pads riding a snappy, 808-electro rhythm. Gerd Janson provides the headline remix, fusing Bjarrke's deliciously intergalactic chords with bubbling acid lines, spiraling electronic top lines, and punchy, drum machine-driven house rhythms. It's really rather good, as you'd expect, lifting the package into "must-have" territory.
Review: There is a quote on his Soundcloud which declares "'Kasper Bjorke definitely makes art. Each production feels assured with the Scandinavian impacting a genuine sense of the cerebral into his music" and we can definitely agree with such sentiment. On his new track "Cloud 9" he takes us on a journey through the use of deep and emotive electro groove, much like Visionia or Dorisburg have of late, but with the addition of Urdur's talents on the vocal version.. which is just electric! There's some great remixes: Correspondent alumnus Marvin & Guy give the track a deep and dreamy journey vibe, like they only can, on their dub remix. Weval turns in a wicked dub too, but his goes well deeper and those Rhodes keys are a very nice touch.
Review: Compilation mixer Mar-T, Ramon Tapia and a host of others deliver a fair share of toolish, tribal house on Amnesia Ibiza Electronica - but that's only part of the story. The compilation also features the deranged, woozy horn sound of Betook's "Rusty Trombone"; the aggro, abrasive house of Danny Daz's "Ghetto Fab" and the excellent, shuffling 808 drums and resonating bass of Audiofly's "No Props". Techno is also catered for, with Antonio del Prete dropping a spine-tingling big room groove and Kabale Und Liebe & Lauhaus dropping a stripped back take on Alexis Carbrera's "Wherever", while the rumbling bass and detached vocals of DJ T's edit of Tensnake's "Around The House" sounds like an alternative summer anthem.
Review: The latest missive from the Pachanga Boys' consistently impressive Hippie Dance label is an expansive affair. It gathers together a quintet of tried-and-tested dancefloor workouts, beginning with the dark and woozy, post-punk house throb of Paulor's "La Race". The Pachanga Boys weigh I with a previously unheard edit of Roman Flugel's wonky, bass-heavy box-jam "Deo", before Julia Dessagne dons the Fantastic Twins alias on the creepy, organ-heavy pulse of "Holiday". Elsewhere, Kaspar Bjork delivers a slick but atmospheric chunk of synth-heavy house ("Choir of Young Ravers"), and Zombies In Miami get all trippy and hypnotic on the mystical house of "Flashback Mantra".
Review: After recently notching up three years in the business, HFN Music offshoot Hafendisko is in celebratory mood. So much so they've put together this first split EP - trailed as a "mini compilation" - featuring a trio of new cuts and another chance to savour Ewan Pearson's epic, Italo-influenced electro-disco reinterpretation of Kaspar Bjorke's "Apart". Of the new material it's Snacks' deep and rolling, warm and soul-flecked house jam "Easy" that stands out. That said, there's something deliciously sweet about the lolloping synth bass, cut-up vocals and drowsy chords of Unkwon's "Everything", while Deo & Z-Man's "Penelope" is a breezy, bongo-laden delight.
Review: Global Underground's Nubreed series has a huge amount of kudos, having brought respected DJs like Lee Burridge, Steve Lawler and Danny Howells to attention during the early 00s with a series of iconic mixes. Although it was on hold for much of the second decade of this millennium, it has been successfully resurrected and now gives the same platform to Theo Kottis. In keeping with its usual format, this instalment sees the Beautiful Strangers boss explore a range of styles and sound across two mixes. Accordingly, his selection ranges from Gigi Masin's melodic piano composition, "Maja", to the Mountain People's sensuous deep house "La Onda", taking in some underground classics like DJ Assassin's garage/house hybrid "Face in the Crowd" as well as left of centre oddities like The Horn's "Villager". It's a fitting testament to the Nubreed aesthetic.