Mihai Popoviciu & Markus Homm - "June Tune" - (7:18) 123 BPM
Review: Still Hot is an upcoming German label that focuses on a small coterie of artists. As this split release shows, it has succeeded in its mission to keep a tight focus on its select pool of talent. Alex Flatner's "Without You" is a deep, tranced out house groove featuring euphoric vocals, while at the other end of the tech-house spectrum, Benny Grauer delivers a moody, chord-heavy roller on "Absolute Alert" and Martin Eyerer's "Accessor" revolves around urgent percussion, a grinding synth riff and a skipping rhythm. Veteran German producer Martin Landsky brings the tempo and mood back down on the clanging bass and tonal bleeps of "Alpha Funk", while Mihai Popoviciu & Markus Homm end the release with the stripped back "June Tune".
Review: Following in the footsteps of Poker Flat and Intacto, Bedrock becomes the latest label to tap Mihai Popviciu for a release. The Romanian DJ and the scene that he has helped to develop in his home country has received attention worldwide and as this two-track EP demonstrates, it's not hard to understand why. The title track is a relatively simple proposition, but an effective one nonetheless; a vocal sample repeats its title ad infinitum, supported by a niggling acid line, swooshing filters and tight percussion. On "Ok Cool", Popviciu more or less repeats this formula - including a vocal sample and firing hats - but the key difference is the rubbery, booming bass that underpins the arrangement.
Review: Mihai Popoviciu, from Sibiu in Romania is a name that is fairly synonymous with the whole Eastern European tech house sound these days. The talented producer has had some great releases of late on 8bit, Bedrock and Toolroom and this release marks his fourth for Hamburg powerhouse Poker Flat who present the new Fiction EP. First we start with a deep and slinky late night groove with "I Should" including sultry vocals atop making a real saucy hot impression. Next up "Twisted" is a tight and rolling cut that's perfect to lead into peak time action on a main room dancefloor. Its dub stabs, hypnotic pads and tough rhythms tick all the right boxes. Then "Interconnected" goes for some classic Chicago acid house in the vein of Adonis
Review: Romanian stalwart Mihai Popoviciu takes time out from his own Cyclic Records and follows up some impressive releases of late on Get Physical, Fantastic Friends and Berg Audio to serve up this nice three tracker for Audiojack's Gruuv Records. Get deep into the groove on "Somehow", a slinky acid-inflected number that would work a treat at the warm up or afterhours alike. Likewise, "Dublearic Rhythm" is just as mesmerising and proves yet again how the Romanians are the experts at crafting rolling and hypnotic tackle, while the bouncy and sensual mood music of "Right Side" closes out this terrific EP.
Review: Romanian tech house hero Mihai Popoviciu is back on Poker Flat, after all, he has become quite the stalwart of the label in recent times. This would mark his fifth release for Steve Bug & Co. in recent times, in addition to releases for Moan, Bedrock and Bondage Music. His new Understand EP features the sexy and slinky title track which is absolutely deep and is perfect to the set mood in the early evening with its lush chords supported by its smooth and groovy rhythm. But this actually comes after the more harder hitting track on here that is "Inside Me" - a moody and hypnotic serving of tech house that is sure to get those dancefloor drama vibes in full effect.
Review: Popoviciu debuts on Poker Flat with a typically expansive affair. The title track starts off as a standard tribal groove, but the Romanian producer quickly introduces a throbbing bass, surging chords and a soulful vocal sample. The end result is a deep but ominous club groove. He follows a similar path on "Stay", but this time the bass is heavier and more menacing and the melodies - this time articulated by a shiny synth - more breezy. In between these polar opposites, Popoviciu drops another evocative vocal. The more tracky "Paper Box" rounds out this excellent release.