Review: "Our Time Our Place" came out mid last month as a taster for this, much anticipated third artist album from Phonique. As sophisticated and melodic as the single was, it could have never have hinted at the diversity and musicianship that awaited us in the album proper. Kissing Strangers is a diverse record that draws influence and inspiration from seemingly everywhere. Most of the tracks also feature guest appearances including production work from Gui Boratto, H.O.S.H. Pupkulies & Rebecca, Abyss and Kiloo whilst vocal additions were made by Ian Whitelaw, Berlin-based soul singer Georg Levin, Nadesdha and Louie Austen whose rat pack styled vocals add a vintage shine to "Endless Love". Other highlights include the inimitable cabaret-jazz strut of "A Change Receives the Blessing" and the driving club collaboration with Boratto, "Blindfolded".
2 My Jungle (Daniel Steinberg remix) - (5:17) 122 BPM
Divertimento (original mix) - (6:57) 121 BPM
Review: Having previously impressed with some quietly impressive deep house, Phonique switches focus on this latest missive from Germany's Systematic imprint. "2 My Jungle" is hard to categorize musically, featuring as it does beats and riffs that boast the swing of Chicagoan boompty and the icy sparseness of German techno. It is, though, very good fun. Daniel Steinberg provides a more fleshed-out remix that benefits from some fidgety percussion and rolling acoustic guitar chords, while bonus cut "Divertimento" - arguably the best thing here - is luscious deep house for classic Balearic sunsets. Good stuff... as always.
Review: Released February 2017 on his own Ladies and Gentlemen imprint, Green Supreme was the fourth studio album from house music veteran Michael Vater aka Phonique. Now he's seen it fit to release an addendum of remixes and it features the creme de la creme of the scene at present. The man from Jena and staple of the Freude Am Tanzen label Douglas Greed turns in a nice rendition of "Vincent Price" (feat LazarusMan) which is a slow burning and emotive serving of deep house. "Grass Is Greener" (feat Antonia Vai) gets the remix treatment by Hamburg's finest Kruse & Nuernberg which is exactly the kind of tech house we like: smooth and slinky. Elsewhere, Montreal duo The Black 80s hand in a soulful rendition of "Something Special" (feat Ian Whitelaw) and Greek house hero Argy is always a welcome addition: his makeover of the album's lead single "Something To Remember" (feat Stee Downes) is an absolute late night monster with its gnarly grime style bassline throughout.
Review: Berlin tech house legend Michael Vater aka Phonique returns to Marc Romboy's Systematic to unleash his third contribution for the imprint. Renowned for his outstanding remix skills, he is fresh off the release of his recent album on the Ladies and Gentlemen imprint in addition to releases for Pokerflat, Souvenir Music, Great Stuff Recordings and many more. Starting off with the melodic deepness of the title track, the driving arpeggiations of "You Want It" channel that Innervisions style hi-tech soul kind of aesthetic. The deep tribal house of "Pulsate" is great for the afterhours and is quite reminiscent of The Mountain People until finally we get treated to a remix of the title track by Berlin legend Smash TV.
Grass Is Greener (instrumental mix) - (7:28) 124 BPM
Grass Is Greener (radio edit) - (4:53) 124 BPM
Review: Michael Vater aka Phonique is no stranger to subtle injections of jazz and soul in deep house music and, in fact, it's the space in which he thrives. The veteran German producer is back on our charts this week, coming through with a four-tracker on his own Ladies & Gentleman imprint. There's four mixes to "Grass Is Greener" to choose from: the original cut is, indeed, swung into motion by 4/4 house beats, but the tune is a pop revelation thanks to Antonia Vai's vocals; the club mix naturally opts for less lyricism and more beat centricity. There's also an instrumental mix for the tech-house folk, and a radio edit for quick playback on your next road trip.