DJ Nibc & Hans Berg - "The Clearing" - (7:16) 124 BPM
John Monkman - "Love Won't Wait" - (7:39) 118 BPM
Review: Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but there is no such bad fortune on the latest edition of the Full Body Workout mix. This time, the German label has entrusted the controls to remixer Julian Ganzer - who counts Booka Shade's "Darko" among his reworks - and Javier Logares, who has put out releases for Get Physical and Bar 25. Between them, they steer the mix through reflective, evocative sounds (Doomwork's "DNA"), into tripped out, stripped back house and techno from Mikael Stavosstrand & Cesare vs Disorder and Fabio Giannelli and into the kind of dramatic house that the label is known for, articulated here by the orchestral flourishes of K.E.E.N.E. & Robosonic's "Waters".
Review: La Fleur is on a roll; having worked with Sasha and completed an Essential Mix, she now turns her attention to a release on Kompakt's Speicher offshoot. "Tears" is based on a bubbly groove and tumbling drums, with a melody unfolding over these elements. If you listen close enough, it's possible to discern a vocal sample buried deep in the arrangement - marking "Tears" out as a truly evocative pieces of music. On the flip side, John Monkman teams up with James Monro for "Pesto Funk"; a slinky slice of tripped out techno funk punctuated by sonic belches, it's in stark contrast to La Fleur's melancholic approach.
Review: Here we have a love of disco and good times coming from Saint Petersberg's Kim & Buran. The Starfall EP sees the pair re-edit a host of vintage cuts with the overall vibe very much evoking Sea Hunt-era Patrick Cowley. First up, Roger Webb's "Flying Objects" gets tweaked and edited into a five minute space-boogie odyssey, complete layer upon layer of warm 70s production love. Next, the clavinet is dug outta the attic and dusted off for some fat, groovy 70s funk on Eolika's "Starfall" and lastly Francis Monkman's "Getting Ready" is a slow and sensual orchestrated groover.
Review: The German label is 12 this year, but as it faces into its teenage life, it retains the same hunger for new music. Get Physical owner DJ T delivers one of the compilation's highlights, a stab-heavy techy take on John Tejada's "Timebomb". Like a slowed down take of Dave Clarke's "Red 2" infused with disco riffs, it sets a high watermark. Nonetheless, T faces stiff opposition from The Martinez Brothers, whose "Issshhh" is all tough percussive volleys and insistent chords, like a tough take on Levon Vincent. Elsewhere, new acts like Siopis and Gorge impress with drum-heavy tools, while old hands Tiefschwarz deliver a spaced out, bleep-heavy version of John Monkman's "Follow Me".