Review: Steven 'Sugar' Harding and Michael 'Milk' Kronenberger set out their soundtrack for this year's WMC - and this selection has all the makings of an unforgettable party. The pair's own "That Body" is a wonderfully soulful house cut, laced with lush vocals and uplifting pianos. On "Walls", Purple Disco Machine pushes that style into an epic, indie vocal-led direction while at the other end of the spectrum, Monolink's "Black Day" veers into a slower, smoked out take on modern house. The pair have dug deep to include tracks from DJ Hal - his "Don't Give It Up" is given the unmistakable disco touch by remixers Full Intention - while Glasgow Underground founder Kevin McKay also features with the big room "Love Rights".
Review: Long standing hero of the Berlin scene and Stil Vor Talent chief Oliver Koletzki steps up to present a fine collection of remixes for his label's next installment. He's been crafting for prolific friends and outstanding musicians for close to a decade, and for Remix Tales Koletzki has now compiled his personal favourites (with some previously unreleased ones too). Features his emotive take on German duo HVOB's "Dogs", Frank 'Ame' Wiedemann and Ry 'X' Cuming's Howling project on "Stole The Night", through to legends such as French Touch pioneers Cassius on "Toop Toop" and NYC electroclash icons Fischerspooner on "The Best Revenge". Keep your ears peeled for his upcoming full length which will be released very soon.
Uone & Mihai Popoviciu - "Escaping The Winter" - (7:03) 119 BPM
The Hawtin Experiment - (8:32) 120 BPM
Jam & Spoon - "Odyssey To Anyoona" (Uone & Jamie Stevens mix) - (8:29) 120 BPM
Monolink - "Sirens" (Uone mix) - (7:23) 120 BPM
Balance Presents Uone (continuous DJ mix) - (2:24:19)
Review: Melbourne-based Balance Music, home to the long-running compilation series of the same name, bring us a debut long-player from local talent Uone that's part studio album, part mix comp, and if you're a fan of the label generally you'll find plenty to enjoy. 'Space Between Love', featuring a Stevie Nicks-esque vocal from Briony Taylor-Brooks, is simply stunning - think Ennie Morricone remixed by Solomun and you're somewhere in the ballpark. But there's plenty more goodness where that came from! Operating in the nebulous zone where deep and progressive house overlap, and borrowing rhythms and sounds from around the globe, this album is an engaging, involving listen that's best appreciated when served whole.
Review: Conceived to celebrate twenty years of the SOS party, this release shows that the event's sound track is deeply eclectic. It moves in mood from Timboletti and Jpattersson's electronic minimal disco into the vaudeville samples on Be Svendsen's remix of Acid Pauli's "Requiem For A Loop", before Mollono Bass and Zigdan Aldi up the dance floor appeal with their atmospheric minimal tracks. Clearly unconcerned about fads or fashions, Jubilaums Compilation also dips its toes in old school techno thanks to Dole & Kom, and sees hard rock guitars mixed with groovy jazz-house on the Kombinat 100 remix of Tito & Tarantula's "After Dark". It goes some way to explaining why SOS has thrived for the past 20 years.