Review: Zimmermann has released a series of EPs on Sound Pellegrino, and one doesn't have to dig too deeply to explain the appeal of his music. The title track is a playful, melodic techno track, its rhythm lithe but forceful, those distinctive hooks somewhere between Kompakt and Derrick May. Nathan Melja's remix reminds this writer of classic Dial; the melodies have be-come more fragile and winsome, underpinned by dubby beats and tight, rasping percussion. Koyote provides a version that takes the listener back in time; rave whistles, a jittery rhythm and ghostly Detroit melodies all come together to sound like a long-lost classic from the early 90s.
Review: Wiesbaden's Matthias Zimmermann delivers some summery feel good nu-disco and deep house on his new self-titled full length. Anyone who hasn't seen his recent Boiler Room Paris appearance has been sleeping because it is fire! The young producer has been a staple of the Sound Pellegrino roster since 2011 and his productions have just gotten better and better than this is testament to this. Highlights include the pop inflected funky house of "Martin (feat Olivia)" "Elbo" featuring DVNO who sounds like Damon Albarn and the dreamy and slow burning "Lia (feat Jay-Jay Johanson).
Review: What a line-up. Featuring the likes of Bok Bok, Teki Latex, Helix & Hrdvsion and Surkin & Todd Edwards, this compilation is an essential purchase. From claustrophobic, dead-of-night meanderings to Miami-highway cheesefests and back again, there's no style to pin down here, just a ton of excellent tunes vying for your attention. All the way from dark, insular beats to New Order/Depeche Mode-esque arms-in-the-air whirlwinds (Crystal & Ikonika - thank you), there isn't a time you'll be bored, and that's a guarantee. Get this now.
Review: Sound Pellegrino's SND PE compilations to date have each offered unique windows on the world of futuristic club music. The label's fourth installment comes under the sub-title Melodic Mechanisms, and as the name suggests, it's a collection of bright club tunes with intricate structures at play under the hood. Doline's "Karidja" kicks off with a track indebted to the history of trance music, while Her Records co-founder Sudanim comes through with a Jersey Club-influenced banger in the form of "Seydou". Other highlights - of which there are many - include Chilly Gonzales and P. Morris collaborating on the hip hop slow jam "Late Visitor" and the cut-up funk of Moleskin's "Imagine".
Review: Hold up - Sound Pellegrino crew inside! Number three in their Sound Pellegrino Presents SNDPE series and as per usual, it's jam packed full of killers from both label casuals and loosely affiliated clan members. As the name suggests, the sound is inherently raw and gritty, direct from the gutter and packing enough punch to blow your system out. House, ghetto, bass, you name it, there's something in here for everyone and if you're into the Night Slugs end of the spectrum, then look no further! Toyc's "Analog Drums" is particularly gnarly thanks to its gritty backbone, but it's all highly alluring and comes heavily recommended. Cop it, son!
Review: It's hard to believe that's it's been four years since Sound Pellegrino was born, kicking and screaming, from the ashes of Institubes. In that time Teki Latex and DJ Orgasmic have consistently delivered a totally amazing, but eclectic, range of music from all sorts of names big and small. In short, they provide a very French take on all forms of bass music, and this comp is a great snapshot of their approach. Highlights include the French touch-referencing "Rick", the raw warehouse, er, house of "RMS (To Steve)", the Detroit-ish electro-flecked "Heat" and the demented tropicala of ""Jeffrey". Boom!
Teki Latex/Orgasmic - "SND.PE Vol 5" (Mixed By Teki Latex/Orgasmic - continuous mix) - (53:08) 129 BPM
Review: It's 2016 and that means a new Sound Pellegrino compilation for you, this time a handsomely mixed, ultra-packed release by Teki Latex and Orgasmic. Rather than sticking to one genre - as is the norm with the label - the boys decide to throw down a wide variety of house and techno from the usual suspects on the label. Launching techno, slithering house, and even a little bit of bass stabbings from the likes of Helix, the abominable Truncate, Air Max 97, and many others. Big and juicy for ya.
Review: Ever committed to his home turf of Sound Pellegrino, Matthias Zimmerman is at it once again and this time he's kick off a new series entitled Momentum. There's certainly plenty of energy to be garnered from "Albert", complete with oddball vocal musings from a quaint English gent in amongst dirty and distorted rhythmic pressure. "Reginald" takes things a little leaner but decidedly heavier, letting a notable bass hit thud out under a more measured house jacker. "Heinrich" has a heavy filter hanging over it, but it doesn't stop the expressive acidities from worming their way out before "Gottlieb" twists into a snappy broken beat arrangement with some raw techno synth flurries thrown in for good measure.
Review: German producer Matthias Zimmerman is obviously a man of many talents. This EP for Tigersushi wanders off in numerous directions, delivering fine fare throughout. Taking vintage synth sounds and spacey atmospherics as his theme, Zimmerman tries his hand at spiralling, John Carpenter-influenced soundtrack synth moods (the bubbling "Xoxi"), Kraftwerk and Orbital inspired melodic nu-disco ("Joseph") and gritty, low-end dubstep disco ("Yaver"). Best of all, though, is "Martin", a tough tropical-meets-nu-disco workout that boasts delightful cascading melodies and Julio Bashmore-ish R&B vocal cut-ups. When the breakdown finishes and the piano-heavy drop kicks in, you'll be impressed.