Review: Acclaimed Italian duo Tale Of Us present the third Realm Of Consciousness compilation on Afterlife Recordings. A collection of spellbinding and melodic epics packed full of narratives plus plenty of dancefloor drama awaits with some rather surprising additions too - artist wise. The German hero Recondite serves up the powerful opening track "Savaaq" with its tension and suspense and those soaring melodies, fellow Italians Mind Against team up with Blausch on the hypnotic bliss of "Trust My Eyes" and Ukranian deep techno experts Woo York give us the steely heads down techno of "Discovery". Elsewhere, southern Italians Agents Of Time appear with the adrenalised and entrancing cyclicality of "Superia", frequent Tale Of Us collaborator Vaal takes you deep into the aether on "Weakness Days" and ascendant German Kevin De Vries gets into freefall on the sublime "Phoenix"
Review: Munich label Compost presents five top producers on an outstanding new EP - installment 146 to be precise! Hamburger Mr Raoul K takes on New York City legend Timmy Regisford on the spiritual raindance vibe of "MP" (Gongon Alt mix) ,Italian disco legend Claudio Coccoluto (The Dub) getting deep down and dirty on "Funky Now" as well as as ascendant Venetian Lehar (Diynamic) delivering some of his moody and melodic dancefloor drama on "Everything I Ever Did" and Sicilian Musumeci (Innervisions/Kompakt) doing his usual majestic thing on the gripping "Mr Q".
Review: Hamburg heroes Benjamin Busse, Friso Traas aka Adana Twins delivered the 25th installment in Berlin institution Watergate's esteemed mix series. The second EP released here features exclusive tracks from their riveting mix, included here are: Italian (and fellow Diynamic artist) Lehar getting hypnotically melodic on the sonic sorcery of "Blue Wolf", veteran German producer Acid Pauli going deeper in typically eloquent fashion on g"Geeting From Orgonon" and Sicily's Musumeci - fresh off great releases for Innervision and Bedrock - with the electro tinged progressive house of "Invaders" which is just sublime.
Review: Lorenzo Esposito aka Lehar follows his 2016 debut for Diynamic with this distinctive but highly diverse EP. "Dream" sounds like it contains a variation of the lead guitar riff from Simple Minds' New Gold Dream before it veers into a pulsing, grainy groove. By contrast, "Declaration" is a deep, tranced out track anchored by rolling drums and rickety, organic percussion and featuring muffled vocals. Meanwhile, on "The R.E.M. Phase", the Italian producer has echoes of Efdemin, with layers of hypnotic chimes building over a stripped back rhythm. "Metrotango" sees Esposito deliver a prowling bass and chiming guitars, and there is a further variation on "Dance of the Last Man", where a stripped back rhythm provides the basis for spiralling trance melodies.
Review: From his recent Stories From Sa Talaia, Diynamic main man HOSH is busy releasing the tracks from it on separate EPs. They come on his own fryhide label, and here is part two with four more essential tracks. The first is a collaboration with fellow countryman Tim Englehardt and is a subtle track laden with emotive synth patterns. Then, "Ocean Data" is an eight-minute deep techno opus with watery pads, a spacious atmosphere and icy hi-hats driving things along as you get swept up in the groove. HOSH then links with Lehar and they come up with the brilliant "O Fratello Mio", a driving track with physical drums and warped synth sounds. It is filled with subtle effects that add dynamics to the moody groove and again features some magical melodic sequences. Last of all, "Fighting the Daemons" is a dark, late night track sprinkled with cow bells. It's for heads down dancing on intense floors and closes out a perfect second EP.
The Cave (feat Rush Midnight - original mix) - (6:37) 122 BPM
The White Diary (original mix) - (6:53) 120 BPM
The Cave (Charles Webster's dub The First) - (7:36) 122 BPM
The Cave (Charles Webster's dub The Second) - (8:11) 122 BPM
The Cave (instrumental mix) - (6:39) 122 BPM
Review: Venetian DJ producer Lehar is quite the staple of tech house institutions of the moment, namely Hamburg's Diynamic and Offenbach's Connaisseur who again serve up another fine release from this rising star. On "The Cave" (feat Rush Midnight) he serves up a sombre and emotional journey track that's still pop inflected enough to get the crowd singing along to the words. "The White Diary" creates the same kind of dark dancefloor tension as Jonas Saalbach or Nuiton have done of late, but it's all about Nottingham deep house don Charles Webster's remixes, if you ask us! The first dub is the kind of emotive late night deepness that you've come to know him for, while his second dub version goes for some tripped out and woozy after-hours style that's equally worthy of your attention.
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: Offenbach institution tech house Connaisseur now celebrates ten years in business; gosh how time flies! They are celebrating in style on this mini-compilation; part one in a series. Olderic & Peter Pardeike kick things off with the slinky, deep and downright dreamy "Connaisseur" and what a tribute this is! Next up Lenar & Musumeci continue on with the sleek and melodic grooves best served at the early evening on "Azymuth" and then Silky Raven & Solaris 100's "Stars" takes it on home in glorious fashion; this mesmerising slow burner builds continually creating such wonderful suspense.
Review: Venice native Lehar continues his fine line of form for Germany's Connaisseur Records, a label that contains some of the most quality deep house and minimal-tech tunes on the continent, with four killers tailored to the dancefloor. "In Ipnosi", meaning 'in a state hypnosis', does exactly what it says and loops odd melodies around a sparse percussion, while "Zephyr" and "Horizon" enter more stable deep house territories, with the latter being a perfect set-ender thanks to its dubby melodies. "Flora" ties things off with a more swinging, more driving groove and hard-hitting percussion. A class act.
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: Italian producer Lehar caused something of a stir online recently, after giving away his remix of Kollektiv Turmstrasse classic "Tristesse". Here he makes his debut on German deep house label Connaisseur. The Venice-based DJ/producer kicks things off with "XY", a shuffling, foreboding trip into woozy, delay-laden tech-house territory complete with subtle builds and horror-influenced chords. "Sargas" is equally as spooky, with ghostly textures and fear-ridden electronics riding an undulating late night groove. Longtime pal Mario Basanov provides the obligatory remix, turning "Sargas" into an inspired chunk of gently uplifting, melody-rich European deep house. It's almost the polar opposite of Lehar's original - in tone and texture - making for a striking revision.