Review: Gewinnt Freunde all started from friendship and a love for music in 2006, and this philosophy still drives Nico and Christian's music. It's also why the long-awaited return of label heads Kollektiv Turmstrasse marks the perfect moment to get back to the unique sound the Hamburg-based label has become known for over the last 13 years. The Ribbon Reef EP is a proper journey: from the steely and austere dub techno pummeler of the title track which is loaded directly off the factory floor, to the dreamy and hypnotic journey of "New Star" which is by comparison euphoric and transcendental - complimenting the last track perfectly like yin and yang.
Solomun - "Let It Out" (feat Liu Bei) - (5:08) 123 BPM
Johannes Brecht - "2nd Movement" - (7:21) 121 BPM
Stimming - "Hope And Ramati" - (6:48) 122 BPM
Thyladomid - "Decade" - (7:30) 124 BPM
HOSH - "The Drumpet Show" - (8:45) 125 BPM
NTFO - "Tension" - (6:03) 122 BPM
Ost & Kjex - "Heatwave" - (9:26) 124 BPM
Lehar - "Lonestar Memories" - (6:30) 123 BPM
Magdalena - "Should I Stay" - (6:41) 124 BPM
Karmon - "Outline" - (8:06) 123 BPM
Undercatt - "Mongrel" - (7:27) 125 BPM
Review: It's been a decade in the business for this Hamburg institution that's spawned many a summer anthem or outright hit during its existence. To celebrate the occasion, Diynamic have launched a killer compilation featuring all the usual suspects that have played a crucial role in the development of the label thus far and they're here to assure you they're more keen than ever. Highlights on 10 Years Diynamic are not limited to: Hanseatic homeboys Kollektiv Turmstrasse with their rather mid '90s electronica sounding "Jupiter Sunrise", label mainstay Stimming with the bittersweet symphony of "Hope & Ramati", label head honcho HOSH with some adrenalised peak time tech house on "The Drumpet Show" and Norwegians Ost & Kjex with their new track "Heatwave".
Review: It seems as if 15 years have just flown by since Berlin institution Watergate first opened their doors at the base of the famous Oberbaumbrucke, overlooking the River Spree and where long queues run down the street every weekend to get into one of the best clubs in the world. To celebrate their journey over the last decade and a half, they have put together a special anniversary release of 25 new, exclusive and formerly unreleased tracks. Residents of the superclub all appear, such as Hamburg native Matthias Meyer who teams up with Ryan Davis on the evocative "Hope", famed local duo Tiefschwarz deliver the slow burning and moody tech house of "Control", Sweden's La Fleur (of Power Plant fame) delivers the acidic bump and shuffle of "Femton" and former Stattbad resident and Beste Modus boss Cinthie gets deep on the classic house sound of "Hatschi Hatschi" which has a whole heap of swing to it!
Review: The Nu Breed series was conceived back in the early 00s as a means of showcasing upcoming DJs of that era, such as Danny Howells and Lee Burridge. Now that the series has re-launched, the same concept applies and the latest DJ to feature is German spinner Oliver Schories. With a focus on deep, emotional house music, he weaves an intoxicating path that moves from the slurred vocals of Rico Puestel's "Volute" and the melancholic piano keys of Black Light Smoke's "Fire in My Head" into driving, techy tracks like Jamie Trench's "It Never Stops" and Oliver Deutschmann's hypnotic minimalism, "Control", before climaxing with Chateau Flight's sprawling remake of AtJazz's "It's Complete". Here's to the next generation of new breed DJs.
Review: Hamburg deep house power duo Kollektiv Turmstrasse have sure proven themselves to be quite adept at creating well-crafted and emotive grooves over the years. But this time they present to us "The Last Call", a dark journey track engineered for absolute dancefloor drama and ticking all the right boxes; humming bassline, brooding atmosphere and of course: wonky melodies! Second offering "Hour After Hour" gets fiercer on this driving and attitude fuelled tech house cut, which is perfect to lead in to the peak time shift.
Review: The fifth installment in this series sees German label Connaisseur compile some of the finest deep house in circulation. Thankfully, nothing here has that mushy sameness that has become so pervasive; instead artists like Timelapse, Distortion and Musumeci bring fragile, floaty melodies and chiming chords to their reduced rhythms and dubby grooves. Few Nolder and Lehar up the ante somewhat and the booming bass and cacophony of chilling strings on the latter's "Sarga" is a thing of wonder. Overall though, it's the reflective approach that impresses most; Sam K's "Elido", with its dreamy pattern of chords and vocal that swoons "I will build a castle with a tower high" is worth the price of this compilation alone
Review: Kollektiv Turmstrasse specialise in making a uniquely German take on house music. Melodic and melancholic, featuring samples of live instruments, but also with that unmistakably German penchant for precision, their music is both functional and emotive. This collection is an excellent introduction to their music. There are reflective contributions like 'Videt', unashamed tranced out grooves ('Flaschenpost') and stripped back tracks that veer into hugely uplifting melodic segues. But the most rewarding moments feature live musical samples and there is no better example of this than 'Luechtoorn'. It starts off as a rolling groove that stealthily introduces plaintive keys and sensuous woodwind that loom enticingly in the arrangement before disappearing again.