Review: Since surfacing with a terrific debut EP for Matias Aguayo's Comeme imprint in 2009, Mexican maverick Rebolledo has been on a fast track to the top. This long awaited debut album expands on his peculiar but invigorating take on house and techno, offering up a selection of tracks that veer from the raw and brutal to the cute and cuddly. In between, there are collaborations aplenty (most notably with Superpitcher and many of his Comeme label mates), Mungolian Jetset-ish vocal outings, Krautrock-inspired weird-outs (check the hypnotic "Aire Calliente" and its two-minute beatless intro), a dash of dubbed-out South American synth pop and even a brutal electro-fisco workout inspired by a high profile US car brand. Deliciously bonkers.
Review: Rebolledo's brilliant 2016 album Mondo Alterado gets the remix treatment, with an impressive selection of production talents taking it in turns to tweak the Mexican's work. There's much to admire throughout, with highlights including a thrusting, low-slung and trippy revision by Maceo Plex, a deliciously woozy and loved-up interpretation from Superpitcher (think Balearic-meets-post-punk-meets-Teutonic tech-house), a thrillingly percussive take on "Pow Wow Wow" by occasional Optimo Music sorts The Fantastic Twins, and a pair of next-level rubs from Mike Simonetti, whose acid-flecked "Discotico Simonettico En Panico" version could well be the best of the bunch. Throw in a smattering of typically heavy and eccentric Rebolledo originals, and you have an essential, floor-friendly selection.
Review: Taken from Rebolledo's excellent mix CD of the same name, this sampler works its way through a dizzying array of sounds over the space of just three tracks. Rebolledo's "Windsurf, Sunburn & Dollar (Raw Version)" is a sleazy, teased out disco groove which sounds like a druggy take on Bear Funk's back catalogue. Next up is Slove's "Flash (Pachanga Boys' Hippie Dance)", where whooshing, atmospheric sounds complement a spacey techno groove and sleazy acid lines. Neither can compare to the madness of Rebolledo's remix of Red Axes' "Caminho de Dreyfus". Over a heavy, pulsing bass Rebolledo cuts up freakish vocals and chopped to shreds percussion that have echoes of glitch house at its most experimental.
Review: One half of the Pachanga Boys delivers a mix that's as ambitious as Michael Mayer's Immer series. Momento Drive starts with the bluesy rock of Wally Gonzalez' "Wally's Blues" before veering into the lopsided, quirky house of Barnt's "Is This What They Were Born For". From there, the mix makes a move of sorts to the dancefloor with the repetitive typewriter rhythms of Wolfgang Voigt's "Du Musst Nichts Sagen (Fanfaren mix)" and the Gothic, new wave workouts from Rebolledo and Christian S' excellent "Jagos". From there, it's only a short journey to the typically off-beat techno that Kompakt specialises in, courtesy of Gebr Teichmann and Sebastien Bouchet.
Review: According to those behind the label, Toy Tonics' Mushroom House compilation was inspired by "the new wave of weirdo house" that's inspired by "ethno, Afro and psychedelic music". The collection's 15 tracks include a swathe of new or previously unheard cuts from the likes of Auntie Flo, Daniel Avery & Justin Robertson, Daniel Haaksman, Hyenah and Drrrtyhaze. With such a strong line-up, it's no surprise that the music is uniformly excellent. Highlights include, but are not limited to, DJ Koze's superb Hudson River Dub of WhoMadeWho's eccentric "Keep Me In My Plane", the epic build-ups and trippy, dubbed-out riffs of Munk and Rebolledo's "Surf Smurf", and the psychedelic acid attack of Massimiliano Pagliara's remix of Barotti's "She Once Knew".
Review: Berlin based imprint Toy Tonics serve us with a new series entitled Mushroom House which will explore some mutant strains of house music, drawing in a diverse range of influences and boy are we excited! Starting out with the legendary Danish trio WhoMadeWho with the deep and smacked out DJ Koze remix of their track "Keep Me In My Plane". Also on offer is Australian act and the Sonar Kollektiv affiliated Jad & The Ladyboy who offer us the jagged and exotic latin flair of "Gervinho", the dark dancefloor drama of Berlin/Mexico collaboration by Munk & Rebolledo "Surf Smurf" (Rebolledo Short version) and Italian duo Alien Alien with the emotive Detroit techno influenced "Uhura" for something a bit deeper and futuristic.