Review: Rene Lavice has been one of themost exciting additions to Andy C's Ram stable over the last few years. While the label is usually associated to strict drum & bass, Lavice's tunes push the boundaries of the genre way out into hyper space, and touch on many different influences in the process. "Human Safari" is a true hybrid tune, a mass of broken half-breaks, surrounded by raucous sonics ad playful atmpshperics. It's as daring as you're gonna get from modern d&b. It's definitely worth a gander!
Review: Just as the sounds of minimal faded out of fashion in the late noughties, Hamburg's Dial Records started gaining attention with its signature style of understated house and contemplative techno - a breath of fresh air at the time. Perhaps unbeknownst to many then, the imprint was actually founded at the turn of the millennium, so 2020 marks two decades in the business - and certainly cause for celebration. To mark the occasion, the now Berlin-based label has released a series of various artist EPs commemorating the milestone, and this is the fourth one to bring in the year that was. The label's distinct aesthetic as mentioned before is still present: from Jordan GCZ's "Tongue Twister" providing a rather sensual take on mood music, as well as label chief Lawrence bringing his idiosyncratic take on deep house as per usual on the lush "Pinches". Elsewhere, Katie Drover delivers the hypnotic tones of "Precarious", Valencian mainstay Estrato Aurora teams up with Siarem on the evocative electro of "Acacio" and veteran German producer Joern Elling Wuttke dons the new alias Bachelor Kisses, to give us the mellow shoegaze/road trip vibe of "Brighter Than The Sun".
Review: The legacy of Throne In Blood is certainly not insignificant in the annals of recent dance music history, but they're reaching into new ground with this series of compilations. The first two volumes of Moon Rock were already highly worthy of attention, and so it continues on this new installment, where further investigations of ambient, new age and downright mellow techno are brought together by a host of top shelf characters. Steve Moore opens up proceedings in suitably epic fashion, while elsewhere Tempelhof, Pittsburgh Track Authority and Tim Love Lee all excel in various shades of chill-out with guts.