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.
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: 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.
Review: Hamburg-based duo Nico and Christian aka Kollektiv Turmstrasse make the most of what's left of Summer by releasing this EP featuring shimmering remixes of two tracks: "Lapache" and "Ordinary". Alex Q, Lake People, YouANDMe & Cosmic Cowboys rework the former in poolside electro-house forms respectively. Meanwhile "Ordinary" features three of the EPs stand-out remixes: an eccentric sleazy house-turns-hippy-trip-out from Alex Q, a harder jackin' mix by Mick Rubins and a haunting melancholic tech-house version by Lake People. Here comes the sun.
Review: The German house duo's "Uneins" gets two different remix treatments. The version by Of Norway is closer in sound to Turmstrasse's own approach as clapping hands are smartly deployed as a percussive backing and the breathy, building synths that are the trademark of labels like Diynamic and Conaisseur rise to the fore. However, the key difference here is the soulful male vocals that gradually come to dominate the track, and ensure that the breakdown is even more epic than usual. Aril Brikha's take sees him opt for a different tact than is his wont. Ditching the epic techno melodies, the Swedish producer uses solid beats, a funk bassline and rasping percussion to create a soulful, unhurried house groove.
Review: On this excellent two-tracker, Hamburg-based tech-house boffins Kollektiv Turmstrasse (AKA Christian Hilscher and Nico Plagemann) get the remix treatment from the always reliable Jimpster and Robag Wruhme. While the former's typically slinky deep house rub of "Was Bleibt" has peaktime potential (think sweet strings, soaring vocals and faithfully chunky bottom end pressure), it's the Wighomy Brothers man who most impresses. His version of "Heimat" offers more atmospheric thrills, building a deliciously crackly groove around booming low end pulses, cascading music box figures and a truly spellbinding combination of strings and harp. It's nothing less than mesmerising - deep tech-house at its best.
Review: The ever reliable Germany imprint Connaisseur returns with this rock-solid four tracker. First up is Michael Sowbug's "Proof", in which a political speech is twisted in a drunken manner similar to Dinky's remix of The Royal We's "Party Guilt" and placed atop a sumptuous bed of cosy pads, before UK deep house ledge Jimpster turns in a typically stylish instrumental refix of Kollektiv Tumrstrasse's "Was Bleibt". Up next is Distortion's stargazing, arpeggio-driven "Ballte Your Music" and, finally, "Have It Your Way", a sultry collaboration between Alex Jones and Shenoda.
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: 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: Hamburg house hero Solomun presents a couple of dozen remixes compiled between 2009 - 2015 and he's definitely been a busy guy between running the Diynamic label and being quite amusing on Boiler Room Tulum. He takes his deft hand to remixes for pop acts such as Lana Del Rey's "West Coast", Foals "Late Night" and Editors "Our Love" through to Hamburg locals Kollektiv Turmstasse's Berlin legend Paul Kalkbrenner's "Cloudrider" and Tiga & Audion's killer "Let's Go Dancing". And yes his remix of Noir & Haze's "Around" does indeed makes an appearance as well.