Review: There's nothing more powerful in electronic music than a great bass. From Suburban Knight's cubist tones to the desolate subs of No U-Turn, the low end has the potential to be a producer's deadliest weapon. It certainly seems to be the case for German artist Oliver Huntemann. While he rose to prominence during the noise-fixated electro house sound, his bass sounds are never messy and fuzzy, favouring instead a brutal, streamlined approach. Both "Schwarzlicht" and "Filmriss" contain little more than oppressive and sleek basslines. Granted, they are anchored in metallic rhythms and cold beats, but it's Huntemann's bleak low end that prevails on both occasions.
Review: If you were expecting floor-friendly electro house, then you have probably come to the wrong place. German producer Oliver Huntemann is known for making grungy bass and soaring melody-led big tunes, but this release opts for a different tact. While "Melbourne" does feature an enveloping filter and an epic breakdown, it does so against the backdrop of a skeletal, minimal techno groove. "Tasmanian Tiger" represents a more radical rethink. The bass is murderous, its subs having more in common with 90s jungle than modern electro house, while its lithe claps and pointillist trance riffs provide the basis for subtle kicks and a stepping rhythm. It sounds like Huntemann wanted to escape the sound he is associated with, and on Play! 04, he has succeeded.
Review: It's hard to believe that Sven Vath's empire has been in existence for 11 years, but what's easier to comprehend is the label's unerring knack of releasing killer club techno. This compilation gives some of Vath's favourite artists - like Roman Flugel and Steve Rachmad - as well as newbies like Patrick Kunkel, who also provides a DJ mix, a chance to rework the catalogue. From Visionquest's murky but driving take on Dinky's "Acid in My Fridge" through the abrasive, jacking Flugel remix of Martin Buttrich's "Hunter", Carlo Lio's tribal take on Dubfire vs Huntemann's "Diablo" and the fist-pumping, big room techno of Paul Ritch's interpretation of 2000 & One's "Tropical Melons", there can be no doubt about this compilation's dance floor credentials.
Review: Senso boss Oliver Huntemann is back with one of the label's most intense releases yet. "Nordpol" resounds to one of his typical growling basslines, but it's the building wave of electronic noise that will propel the track into the stratosphere. On the flip side, the German producer delivers a less dramatic but equally effective workout; building gradually, it moves from one of his typical bass-led grooves into a shrieking siren-led monster that keeps building and building, its intensity rising at every few bars. It's hard to imagine a more distinctive - and devastating techno record being released all year.
Review: We can always count on Senso Sounds for some of that moody peak time techno, and label chief Oliver Huntemann's Propaganda Remixes will sure give you that fix. Originally released back in late 2017, the album still really packs a punch - and featured are these remixes by scene heroes like Fur Coat and Olivier Giacomotto - but it's the ones by label staples that are optimised for maximum dancefloor impact. From the tension and suspense of Andre Winter's brooding rendition of "Momentum" or Shaded's tunnelling and strobed-out Dark Stab remix of "Malaria" to Berlin veteran Marco Resmann's woozy and disorienting take on "Doppelgonger". Finally, the always reliable Distale's sustained and minimal re-execution of "Trick 17" takes it all the way to the edge. This collection of sonic weapons is surefire artillery for serious DJ use.
Review: Propaganda is Oliver Huntemann's fifth studio album, and sees him expand his sound and range over the course of 12 tracks, without losing his signature style. "Taktik" and "Poltergeist" see the German producer flirt with slower tempos, but the bass is so menacing on the latter track that its intensity is unstoppable. The pace picks up on the insane filtered builds and rolling snares of "Egoist", while recent single "Rotlicht" is classic Huntemann, all spiralling foghorns, insistent percussion and the darkest sub-bass this side of late-90s tech-step. Propaganda does contain some real surprises - like the down tempo sound scapes of "Anonym" - and the eerie electro of "Momentum", but its unifying theme are bass lines that are uniquely malevolent and multi-layered.
Review: Oliver Huntemann is one of the few electronic music artists with a unique sound. It's audible on his latest release, Poltergeist. On the title track, an oppressive bass swaggers and blusters its way over a rickety rhythm that breaks down before correcting itself. It almost feels as if the German producer's subs are overpowering the backing track, causing it to fracture. Russian producer Maksim Dark sounds like he was heavily influenced by Huntemann, but that doesn't stop him from delivering his own, distinct take on "Poltergeist". The rhythm is more linear and less complex, but again it's all about the bass that throbs and pounds relentlessly.
Review: Issued on his own Senso Sounds label, Rotlicht is a taster single for Oliver Huntemann's new album, Propaganda. It suggests that his fifth long player could be the German's best yet. Populated by shrieking sirens, morose, tone-shifting stabs and some of the most oppressive bass notes that electronic music can offer, the title track swaggers in a particularly menacing fashion. There is also a less intense interpretation from Raxon. Centring on a woozy, out there riff and a loose rhythm, it still contains a punch, albeit in a more tripped out manner. If you are looking for maximum impact though, stick with Huntemann's bruising original.
Review: Pioneer of the Bremen sound and mid noughties minimal techno legend is back. And what better moment than now given his trademark dark journey sound has come full circle, with producers like Mind Against reviving his and close associate Stephan Bodzin's unmistakeable aesthetic. First track "Pech" features dark and sinister atmospherics and ping pong delays, all supporting a massive wonky bassline that will prove to be a one way ticket towards dancefloor hysteria. "Scwefel" features an absolutely massive drop and white noise breakdown that soon gives way to a chugging and tunnelling groove, burning away slowly beneath a dreamy melody and razor sharp bassline. Massive!
Noir/Victor Ruiz - "I Am" (feat Cari Golden) - (8:15) 126 BPM
Veerus - "Mind Awake, Body Asleep" - (6:44) 125 BPM
Julian Wassermann - "Neurose" - (6:58) 125 BPM
Review: Senso Sounds is Oliver Huntemann's label for underground electronic music, based out of Hamburg and already racking up an impressive back catalogue of releases. Kickstarting a new series of EPs with exclusive tracks from various artists, Senso Sounds Level 01 ventures further into the abyss with four brand new killers from the roster. Starting off with boss man Huntemann and the brooding and adrenalised dancefloor drama of "Kamikaze", Denmark's Noir teams up with Brazilian Victor Ruiz on "I Am" (feat Cari Golden) and Italian Veerus delivers the druggy main room stomper "Mind Awake, Body Asleep". Finally Munich's Julian Wassermann serves up the EP's finest moment on with the devilish minimal tech house killer "Neurose" featuring the most razor sharp bassline you'll hear this year!
Review: Hamburg deep house institution taps four of the Harbour City's finest for a few luscious auditory journeys. First up, the legendary Oliver Huntemann: the man who alongside Stephan Bodzin created some of the very first dark journey tracks is back doing what he does best on "Kiez" while local trio (featuring Jacob Seidnsticker) Wareika deliver the drifting and tripped out atmospheric ride that is "Teufelsbrack". Carsten Meyer aka Erobique delivers the raw analogue machine workout "Teknomusi" which truly defies categorisation and local hero Remute serves us with "Summer Slump" which keeps on with the tough and gritty analogue vibes: a driving, funky and truly wacky techno jam that's worthy of a listen!
Review: More moody and brooding main room techno excursions from the ever reliable Senso Sounds camp. Matter of fact, It's harbour city sorrow all the way on 5Y, under adopted Hamburger Oliver Huntemann's careful curation - celebrating a a strong half decade in the business. Surrender to the void on label staple Andre Winter's sub bass snarler "Carte Noir", Maksim Dark from Russia truly signals the end of days on "Mega Pulse", Shaded who traded the sunny shores of Los Angeles for the black beach is on form with the slinky hypnotiser "I Got Haters" or trance out to the bleak mentalism of Carlo Ruetz' "Thunder" while Distale's "Hooka" will get your tunnel vision on with intoxicating style.