Review: Desolat has decided to reissue a number of EPs and compilations from their long-running X-Sampler series, which initially appeared on vinyl in limited numbers. This edition dates from 2010 and features some seriously essential cuts. For proof, get your ears around the jazz-flecked tech-house swing of Martin Buttrich's 'Roads', the percussion-laden late-night weight of Guti & Audikofly's locked-in 'Speechless Theory 11', the typically booming, big room-friendly hypnotism of Locodice's 'Don't Make Signal' and the evocative, atmospheric deep house haziness of Franck Roger's rather terrific 'Egotrippin'. DJ Sneak's 'No Challenge', a driving, muscular and bass-heavy beast with Latin overtones, is also exceptionally good.
Review: Since the late noughties, Desolat's X series has delivered exclusive treats for vinyl-lvong DJs. Happily, the label has now relented to public pressire and decided to offer-up some of the series' numerous highlights on digital download. This second EP in the series begins with the extended mix of Loco Dice's 'Pimp Jackson is Talking Now', a kind of druggy, minimalist take on tech-house that has received plenty of plays in Ibiza over the years, before switching to a looser, more percussive and melodious, South American-influenced sound via Premiesku's 'Equinox A'. Eva's 'Fresca De L'Agua' is a tough, chunky and mild-altering peak-time number rich in deep bass and trippy spoken word snippets, while Den Ishu and Arado's 'Uganda Express' is a drum-heavy Afro-house number tailor-made for sleazy late-night parties.
Review: Loco Dice's recent third album, Love Letters, was packed with typically tough dancefloor grooves and, more surprisingly, a string of high-profile collaborations. "Out of Reach", made alongside fast-rising Dutch producer William Djoko, was amongst the finest of these. For this single release, the duo has served up two similarly inclined takes. First up is the strobe-friendly original version; a skewed and trippy chunk of sleazy early morning funk that places Djoko's half-sung, half-spoken vocal above a backing track overflowing with mind-altering sub-ass, trippy riffs, mangled electronics, swirling samples, vintage Fairlight stabs and bustling beats. The bizarre but brilliant intricacy of the backing track can be heard in all its wonky, funk-fuelled glory on the accompanying vocal-free Instrumental mix.
Review: Following up his down and dirty "Roots" earlier this year, Desolat head honcho Loco Dice returns with another stack of tough grooves on his new long player. Love Letters is the Dusseldorf native's third album, following up Underground Sound Suicide a few years ago. He claims that unlike working around a specific concept like on his previous albums, the music came first - the tracks being a collection of recent jams where he found his comfort zone after completing the aforementioned "Roots" (which just happens to be included on the album) alongside collaborations with silver tongued German MC Serious Klein on "Selflove", Amsterdam scene stalwart William Djoko on "Out Of Reach" and first wave Detroit legend Eddie Fowlkes on "D Town Playaz".
Review: Cuttin' Headz has previously released music by Basement Jaxx and Luke Solomon, and now the US label welcomes Loco Dice to the fold. The title track is a rolling house groove, powered by sassy percussion, filtered vocal samples and a bleary, acid-soaked bass line rising slowly but steadily through the arrangement. It's a heady affair and is perhaps at odds with the perception of Dice as minimal producer. On the flip side, the US label has scored a real coup. Alan Oldham only started releasing again under the DJ T-1000 in recent years, and his version of the title track sees the Detroit producer lay down a deep, tripped out acid version that just keeps on grooving
Review: Desolat head honcho Loco Dice finally takes the reins again, with his new groove entitled "Roots" which follows up top releases by Alvaro AM, Francisco Allendes & Pablo Inzunza. This is a crunchy, stomping, lo-fi tech house excursion that shows another side to this legend's musical repertoire. Moreover, it sees the him reflecting on his musical foundations and his connection to his proud hometown Dusseldorf, as well as Detroit and beyond. Think of this as a taster of his brand new long player entitled Love Letters, which will be released later in 2018. Dice's recent past has seen the master of robust house and techno funk serve up killer remixes of Moby's classic "Go" and his eclectic Underground Sound Suicide full length
Review: House DJs MYNC offer an exhaustive overview of the tracks that rocked the long-running White Island venue this summer. In the soulful corner, there's the Maxi Soundsystem take on Boris Dlugosch's "Look Around You". Featuring Roisin Murphy on vocals, it does a lot to sweep away the rainy autumn blues. Ten Walls deliver the trancey goods in the shape of "Gotham", which revolves around a belching bassline, but the most notable aspect of Ibiza 2013 is the way minimal producers have come into the house fold. Loco Dice borrows a prog house bassline for 'Detox' and Luciano's "Rise Of The Angel" - remixed here by Andrea Oliva - is a piano-led, wide eyed deep anthem.
Review: It's hard to believe that Loco Dice's label has been around for so long - or more surprisingly that it covers so much ground. While much of the label's focus remains on toolish, tribal house, 5 Years also covers deep, chiming house, audible on Yaya's "Our Connection" and the driving, vocal-filled groove of Dice's own "Lolopopinho". Of the tribal-styled tracks, the ones that stand out most are the ponderous vocals of Basti Grub's "Drunk & High" and the intoxicating chants of Francisco Allendes' "Platonic Solid". Yet neither can compare to the acid-filled, rolling snares of Horatio's "How Much 909 Can You Take", which sounds like LFO vs FUSE's "Loop" on acid.
Review: Loco Dice delivers a diverse four-tracker for his Desolat label that harks back to an earlier time without losing his own futuristic sheen. "Retox" is the deepest cut here, with Dice fusing the sun-kissed synths and stoned freak samples of Balearic house with his own stripped back, minimal house grooves. "Neurotox" also harks to the early 90s and could be the German DJ's tribute to the crazy days of the Sound Factory as a rolling groove that deploys a drum loop similar to the one used in Xpress 2's "Muzik Express" to propel the arrangement forward. "Autotox" meanwhile, combines birdsong ambience and wired ravey vocals with a walking bass, while it's only on "Detox" that Dice's stripped back approach comes to the fore.