Review: The always reliable Drumpoet Community return with a Swiss army knife (of sorts) for deep house music, in the form of Drum Union Vol 1. The Akjoya Circles label boss Look Like appears first, first fresh off appearances on the likes of Mistress with the neon-lit, tropical balearicisms of "Full Moon Rhythm", Manuel Fischer returns to the label after last year's great Iris EP with the boogie-down acid antics of "Galactic Manhunt" and Wah-Chu-Ku delivers what is probably the EP's standout moment on the deeply emotive futurism of "Humble Beginnings". An honourable mention deserved to Mitsubishi Galaxy also, whose contribution "Metadroen" keeps the rest of the release on a techy and moody trip.
Review: Previously, Drumpoet Community has provided a platform for emerging artists like John Daly and Sascha Dive - can it now do the same for Manuel Fischer? Having debuted on Oskar Offerman's label in 2015, he brings a left of centre approach to bear on Iris. "Forellus" boasts broken down drums, harpsichord and an acid bass, while "Motel Paradiso" sees Fischer provide a straighter iteration of this sound. On the title track, he again showcases his love of mixing 303s and musical elements over a jerky rhythm, while "Luxury Girl" is the smoothest, most conventional deep house groove on offer here. One thing is for certain; like Dive and Daly before him, we'll be hearing a lot more of Manuel Fischer.
Review: Manuel Fischer's debut album wins this month's prize for most unusual title, but it shouldn't overlook the fine music contained within. With releases on labels like Ozelot and Drumpoet Community already to his credit, Fischer is using the album format to expand his vision. Loosely based around break beats, it veers from the warbling acid of "Sci-Fi Breaks From The Rabbit Hole" to the melancholic "Arni Driftking" and mesmerising, droning workouts like the down-the-rabbit hole tip that is "Enter he Void & Chill". While Fischer may have been categorised generally as a house artist - and certainly the lo-fi "Bin Chicken In Fitzroy" pushes in that direction - this is an expansive, out there piece of work.