Review: Acclaimed Danish producer Rune Reilly Kolsch, who heads up the IPSO imprint, collaborates with ascendant Israeli DJ/producer Magit Cacoon for the electrifying dancefloor drama of "Prison Grass" led by its infectious melody and its ever building tension and suspense throughout. For the DJs out there, a Reduced version is featured that is streamlined for the dancefloor, while that catchy melody we mentioned before is extracted in the handy Synthapella.
Review: The label arm of the DGTL festival organisation comes good with a fine house compilation to soundtrack these uncertain times. The warbling bass and neat percussive undercurrents on Lovshai's "Solo" start the release in warm, ecstatic form, while FM Live recalls the glory days of 90s UK deep house with the sprawling "Tal Como Soy". The compilation takes a tranced out turn for Perdu's "The Light Within", where broken beats provide the basis for some atmospheric hooks, before Yotam Avni switches into techno-influenced mode for the rolling, drum-heavy workout that is "Jungle of the Mirror II". Peppered with dreamy synths and deep vocal samples, it shows that when it comes to modern house music, DGTL has few peers.
Review: t sounds like the latest EP from Magit Cacoon is autobiographical; on the title track, she talks about a 'perfect life' with her sister. Over a menacing, purring bass, she talks about how they were inseparable and their shared love of indie acts like Felt, before her sister then inexplicably vanished. The tone is somewhat lighter on Tom Barfod's techy 'Inseparable' remix, where beautiful synth lines populate the arrangement. There is a similar mood on Barfod's 'Padded Room' version, where the groove is low-slung, the claps dubbed out and the bleep bass line redolent of classic electro house. As a parting shot, Jenia Tarsol & Jinga's take on 'Life' ups the ante thanks to its pulsating bass and ticking percussion.
Review: Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus has described Spirits, the label's new annual compilation series, as "a fresh psychedelic journey into the mind". While that might be over-egging the (Christmas) pudding a bit, there's definitely a deep, humid and occasionally hallucinatory feel to many of the showcased tracks, which mostly sit somewhere between lucid deep house and skewed tech-house wonkiness. Wisely, Lazarus has chosen tracks from new and rising stars of his various labels, with highlights coming from the likes of Magit Cacoon (the bass-heavy, Innervisions-esque "Nonsense"), Raw District (the foreboding last night hypnotism of "Another Way", featuring folksy vocalist Alice Rose) and Nico Stajan and David Mayer, whose brilliant "Killing Your Lover" layers an eyes-closed Jan Blomqvist vocal over dense but groovy tribal drums.
Review: Muna is one of Germany's longest-running clubs, and only in recent years did it set up a label arm. This explains why it has attracted talent like Cassy and Timo Maas for previous releases and why this sixth instalment features a rare track from Tobi Neumann. The veteran DJ's "All The Soldiers" is a pumping, pulsating affair that marries Detroit depth with a tight electronic groove. The release also features Poker Flat boss Steve Bug in fine form with the grinding, acid-tinged "Where's The Clap" and a typically deep, swirling groove from Jacob Korn courtesy of the percussive "Mindfulness". It's not all big names though, and the release also features a tripped out vocal house tune from Magit Cacoon.