Review: In a bid to celebrate 16 years in business, Mallorca-based Garito Cade Bar has joined forces with the like-minded souls from Sweden's Local Talk imprint. The result is a collection compiled and mixed by resident DJ Nacho Velasco, featuring both well-known and previously unheard gems from Mad Mats and Tooli's well-loved label. While many people will have some of the better known material here - think Fred Everything's excellent "Brothers & Sisters (PM Atlantic)", HNNY's "Fr The Very Forst Time" and Kyodai's "Something Special" - it's the previously unheard selections that make it Music Joined Us worth investigating. Of these new cuts, it's Tommy Rawson's lusciously loose "7 Days" and Jesse Futerman's smouldering "Life Is A Gamble" - smoky soul re-made as Latin-tinged deep house - that stand out.
Review: Given his nu-jazz background, it's perhaps unsurprising that Tim Vita and Oliver Gehrmann's "Jazzclub" - the lead track on this EP of collaborations - appealed to Local Talk co-founder Mad Mats. It's arguably the release's most striking moment, and sees the German duo lacing murky spoken word samples and blasts of original jazz atop a sweaty, hissing, bass-heavy jazz-house groove. There's a loose jazziness, too, to Gehrmann's "Street Sounds", which expertly shuffles between piano and vocal samples atop a bumpy, loose-limbed house groove. There's more jazzwise fun on "Blessed Munchkin", where Vita and Gehrmann are joined by Xavier Hirsh. With live Rhodes keys to the floor and deliciously swinging deep jazz-house beats, it sounds like a European take on the classic Moodymann sound.
Review: If Ibiza-ian tech house was a genre then Kling Klong's "Ibiza Not Ibiza" would be its defining soundtrack. Martin Eyerer has compiled no less than 29 tracks commissioned from his label Kling Klong, which also includes a continuous DJ mix by Rainer Weichhold. Weichhold's other contribution comes via a Steve Mac remix to his and Boundzound's "Jerk Chicken". Dutch Messrs Bart Skills and Anton Pieete supply remixes for Nicole Moudaber and Tony Dee, while Martin Eyerer's own work receives two classic remakes from Bushwacka and Steve Lawler, as does Tim Xavier courtesy of Fabrizio Maurizi and Joel Mull. Other names to be assigned remix duties include Alli Borem, Daniel Stefanik, Douglas Greed and Sante. The compilation also commissions tracks from up and coming names such as DJ Simi with "Big Rip", Jaceo's sketchy "Baby Bottle" and Solo with a funky Plant 74 remix to "Cringe" by Tripmastaz.
Oliver Rosemann - "Then We Will Fight In The Shade" - (5:57) 130 BPM
Review: Since the 90s, Par Grindvik's label has been following an unpredictable path and this is audible on its latest split compilation. Patch Two starts with Z.I.P.P.O's dreamy "Fabula", which features the wispy vocals of Gabriella Vergilov. By contrast, Laval's "Spitshine" sees the release veer towards the dance floor, resulting in a thundering tribal affair that revolves around heavy kicks and a dark, tranced out riff. Z.I.P.P.O changes gear on the firing rhythm and relentless, dense hi hats of the Rob Hood-style minimalism of "Cycle", while on "Incoming Goods", Jeff Rushin takes down the tempo but maintains the moody atmosphere thanks to some menacing bass stabs and eerie tonal bleeps. Rounding off this brilliantly off centre release is the thundering, Polygon Window-sounding techno of Oliver Rosemann's "Then We Will Fight In The Shade".