Review: A collection of the German duo's collaborations stretching back to the middle of the last decade, Luna shows that good ideas and original production never age. Although this release features a long list of high-profile remixers - our favourites include Moritz Van Oswald's dubby, understated take on "Phobos" and Roman Flugel's spiky house version of "The Phoenix" - the duo's own productions are the real highlights. Both "Luna" and "Atlas" are underpinned by mid-tempo, unfussy rhythms and pulsing basslines, with the latter unfolding to reveal a spine-tingling melody. "Callisto" is an evocative ambient piece reminiscent of classic Eye Q and the epic synths on "Hydra" relive that distinctive central European sense of melancholia that Kraftwerk pioneered.
Review: Germany's Voltaire Music return with some heavy hitters in techno, tech house, deepness and beyond. While it's mainly a Deutsche affair for the most part, they even managed to rope in Croatian hypnotic techno veteran Petar Dundov - who in conjunction with Systematic's Marc Romboy delivers the spiralling and melodic sorcery of "Caper Tran". Elsewhere, there's some epic dancefloor drama like on Tim Engelhardt's remix of "Florian Kruse & Hendrik Burkhard's "Crack In The Wall" featuring some heartfelt vocals by Mi.li.an. Highly lauded mastering engineer Hannes Bieger delivers the moody and entrancing "Strato" geared for those heads down moments under the strobelight and Frankfurt's finest Sascha Dive - he of Deep Vibes fame - delivers the goods as always on the darkroom dub of "Renegade" (Long version).
Review: Wherein Kaiserdisco gets to grips with music from some of house music's biggest names and emerge smiling. The take on Steve Lawler's "Distrait" is classic Kaiserdisco, with heavy bongo drums leading into shaking percussion and later on a dramatic, string-led breakdown. Meanwhile, the take on Dualton's "Face Off" is slightly more understated, with stripped back, minimal rhythms underpinning insistent vocal sampling and an infectious disco filter. But the killer remix here is the re-rub of Booka Shade and label owner Marc Romboy's "Every Day In My Life". Over tribal beats and a huge filter, an unnamed woman sings the catchy refrain "I got something for your mind, your body and your soul /every day of my life". It's the kind of vocal refrain that will seduce even the most hardened purist.
Review: Systematic Recordings head honcho and Monchengladbach finest Marc Romboy returns with three servings of moody and suspenseful tech house on the Oblique Tendancies EP. The German producer's schedule working to the max as always, and we salute him. Starting out with the slow burning groove of the title track which features one dirty and distorted Reese bassline which needs to be heard to believed! "The Voyager" goes for some smooth and emotive deep house of the more futuristic kind, while "Oblique Tendencies (Part 2)" hammers the message home in style on this beautiful sci-fi ambient odyssey.
Review: Systematic owner Marc Romboy turns over some of his biggest tracks from last year to a select group of remixers. In Dosem's hands, "Elgur" is turned into a sinister, pulsing techno track, breaking down into menacing synth scapes. By contrast, Audiojack's take on "Byglia" is compact and controlled, its square drums and snappy percussion telescoping Romboy's synths into a tight arrangement. Alex Niggemann's take on "Nasa" is in a similar vein, with slick acid underpinning the offbeat drums. Finally, there's the Agents of Time take on "Simi". Reverting to the approach favoured by Dosem, it ends up sounding leaner, meaner and more dance floor focused thanks to its heads-down linear rhythm and relentless bass.
Review: The man from Moenchengladbach returns - Systematic head honcho Marc Romboy now serves up a couple of surefire dancefloor thrillers that are made to play! Following up hot collaborations with veterans such as Petar Dundov and Stephan Bodzin and a great one on the legendary Bedrock, Romboy gives you the tunnelling and melodic dancefloor darma of "Moonface" on here, followed by the brooding and unadulterated aggression of "Zukunft" with its layers of elaborate/hypnotic leads and the most grinding bassline you've heard all this year!
Review: We've come accustomed to Marc Romboy delivering fine, full-length excursions that join the dots between techno and house. Voyage De La Planete, though, is something totally different: an intergalactic exploration of ambient, electronica, and seductive downtempo compositions. It's a blueprint that guarantees hazy, head-in-the-clouds thrills, from the Nils Frahm style piano motifs of "La Lune Et La Etoile" and dark, clandestine throb of the Black Merlin-esque "Phenix", to the Namlook style bliss of string-drenched closer "Nocturne" - with its gently undulating beats and sweeping orchestration - and picturesque, break-of-dawn sumptuousness of "Atom De Danse". We're not quite sure why Romboy has decided to go in this direction, but we have no complaints: fundamentally, Voyage De La Planet is a superb set.
Prelude A L'apras-Midi D'un Faune - (18:12) 68 BPM
La Mer I - De L'aube A Midi Sur La Mer Tras Lent - (11:46) 157 BPM
La Mer II - Jeux De Vague Allegro - (17:33) 100 BPM
La Mer III Anime Et Tumulteux - (17:12) 85 BPM
Review: One of the most popular and forward thinking composers associated with impressionist music, Claude Debussy's innovative composition style inspired countless artists from the likes of Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. Through parallel chords and bitonality, in addition to the use of whole-tone and pentatonic scales: there were no limits or boundaries. The French composer very much challenged the traditional status quo in harmonic sounding scale tone music of the time. After studying countless composers of the last century, Systematic Recordings boss Marc Romboy took up the challenge to edit, remix and reconstruct several works of his favourite composer. Here he performs electronics together with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Ingo-Martin Stadtmuller), with Dusseldorf based concert master Miki Kekenj and sound programmer Ali Khalaj. The recordings took place on December 12th 2016.
Review: Kompakt's Speicher sub-label and Marc Romboy are a match made in tranced out techno heaven, so it is odd to think that 103 is his debut on the label. In any event, he wastes no time in representing what he and the label do best: "Galaxy in an Atom" is a pumping affair with tone-shifting melodies and pumping bass. It's like a modern, techy take on classic German trance and sounds all the better for it. On "Elektrisiermaschine", the German producer opts for a somewhat darker approach; channelling the sound of his Systematic label, he drops a mean, rumbling bass and razz sharp claps to create a real big room anthem.
Review: Following a year that saw Marc Romboy collaborate with the likes of John Digweed and Petar Dundov, the legendary producer brings a focus back to his Voyage De La Planete EP of 18 years ago. Permeating a definitive sound of Berlin techno during the 2000s, Romboy commissions the neo-classicalisms of Erased Tapes artist Ben Lukas Boysen in a remix that combines the strings of an orchestral pit with a deeper, specific brand of progressive techno. This is pushed even further into the ambient ether by Franck Zaragoza, aka Ocoeur, in a complete, ambient and beatless 2020 interpretation.
Review: Returning to Kompakt's side-label after two years, Marc Romboy shows radically different facets to his musical identity. While the German producer is best known for his rousing electro house sound, on Speicher 114, he delves much deeper. Clearly inspired by the dark bass techno of Suburban Knight and Joey Beltram's Code 6 project, "Stalker" is a dark, pumping groove, full of weird tonal blips and bleeps. On the flip side, "Beyond" sees Romboy deliver an even greater surprise. Shot through with haunting piano lines and mysterious undercurrents, it's like his own dance floor take on a John Carpenter horror movie soundtrack.
Review: Mark Knights Toolroom label and the flagship Knights compilation series never fails to impress. For the latest installment they enlist the party fueled tech house sounds of Italy's leading light Stefano Noferini. Joining the ranks with the likes of; Umek, John Dalhback, and Fedde Le Grand, he digs deep for 20 of the biggest and best tech tunes around, including three exclusive productions of his own. It's a constant blast of energy at every turn, with just a few of the highlights coming from; Christian Smith, Pirupa, Marc Romby, and Bart Skils. An essential purchase!!
Review: Given that Music Man regular Petar Dundov and Systematic boss Marc Romboy are both hugely successful producers in their own right, you'd expect this first collaborative release to be rather good. It is, of course, with pleasingly melodic "Garden of Cyrus" leading the way. While the track's muted (but heavy) drums and squeezable acidic bassline provide the energy, it's the duo's layered electronic melody lines that really catch the ear. If you're in the mood for something darker and more suitable for pitch-black Berlin basements, creepy and hypnotic flipside "Caper Tran" should more than fit the bill.