Review: For his eleventh(!) studio album, techno veteran Johannes Heil does what he knows best and focuses on the dance floor. Gospel starts the soundscapes of "Gospel One" before giving way to the epic synths and heavy kicks of "Gospel Two", which come across like Slam and early Ron Trent on steroids. "Gospel Three" sees the German producer delve into deeper, dub techno, while on the fourth instalment, he drops a bleep-heavy break beat track. Heil has always been a versatile producer, but no matter what direction he veers into, each track on Gospel has a crisp, precise sound. From the chord-heavy builds of "Gospel Six" to the rolling tribal groove of "Gospel Nine", this approach prevails on Heil's latest album.
Review: Following on from his excellent long player, Resist, Suckut now drops this killer four-tracker. While the German producer's second artist album saw him explore a range of styles and moods, this release is all about the dance floor. "Your Legs" is a murky, percussive affair that resounds to distant sirens and dense, shuffling drums. On "Your Head", Suckut goes for an all-out acid assault, featuring a central 303 line so virulent and claps so militant that the combination will flatten anything that gets in its way. On "Your Arms", he offers a more loose approach, with a raw bass underpinning a shuffling, percussive rhythm, while on "Your Body", Suckut opts for a minimal, stripped back house workout that takes influence from Dan Bell.
Review: Suckut returns to Andre Kronet's label with a killer dance floor EP. The title track is an irresistible, rolling affair, halfway between house and techno, and featuring a hypnotic vocal loop. On "Prism Part One", Suckut ups the tempo and drops a searing acid line that burns its way over doubled up claps. The second iteration of "Prism" is even more dance floor focused: based on a heavy 303 line, pitch bent hats and rolling snare drums, these elements veer into Emanuel Top-style pandemonium. Changing tact again, "Backyard" inhabits a similar territory as "Promises", albeit with tougher drums, rasping percussion and a indistinguishable vocal loop.
Johannes Heil - "By Night Part Three" - (6:47) 129 BPM
Electric Rescue - "BELDIP" (TT 144) - (6:11) 130 BPM
Andre Kronert - "Terminus" (Jonas Kopp Torture mix) - (6:08) 132 BPM
Johannes Heil - "By Night Part One" - (6:59) 126 BPM
NX1 - "OE03" - (6:37) 130 BPM
Johannes Heil - "Gospel Thirteen" - (8:16) 129 BPM
Markus Suckut - "Your Arms" - (5:43) 130 BPM
Ruhbarb - "Hetre" - (7:07) 126 BPM
Boston 168 - "Nightcall" (instrumental) - (6:51) 125 BPM
Andre Kronert - "Dirty Old Man" (Blind Observatory's Old Man Rising dub) - (6:37) 129 BPM
Review: A journey through waveforms, transmission and light with label boss Andre Kronert on Odd Even Volume One, where he carefully curates an intoxicating mix comprised of some of the label's finest moments. Highlights not limited to: boss man Kronert on the dirty acid jack of "Ain't No Funny Dirty Old Man Music (Jeroen Search Remix) and the tunnelling techno of "Isolation", German veteran Johannes Heil who is fine form as always on the trance-indicing "Gospel Seven" and the barrelling peak time thriller "By Night Part Three" through to label staple Markus Suckut who delivers his typically contorted style of techno on "Your Legs", plus ever impressive Italian duo Boston 168 doing their usual mentalist thing on the acidic "Oblivion" and "Nightcall" respectively.