Review: Off! This Kill The DJ label just keeps on hitting new grounds, and this new collab between Car and Red Axes is further proof of just how exciting this collective really is. Car has already featured prominently for the label, but Red Axes has been churning out beast after beast for labels like ESP Institute, Hivern Discs and many others of the same calibre. Although we have labelled this as cold wave, because is does indeed transpire feelings of chilly melancholia, the EP is basically a collection of mindful techno tunes for the more explorative of DJ's. From "Incognito" through to "2040", there is a feeling of pensiveness and true romanticism, the sort you don't often hear anymore and one that we're always on the hunt for. A heavy artillery of remixes come demo Il Est Vilaine, and Tom Furse with two mighty versions. TIP!!!
Review: The Needs imprint, which fundraises for a variety of charities, follows the Peggy Gou / Juju & Jordash EP with another quality split release. First up is Dj Normal 4 aka Tim Schumacher with "Return Of The Hooligans", a slinky break beat house groove laced with acidic belches and eerie electro undercurrents. Next up are Red Axes, who have released on labels like ESP Institute and Dark Entries. "Treacksheni" is a pared back groove that supports Middle Eastern string instruments and organic percussion, making for a heady fusion. Last but by no means least on this altruistic release is Hodge, whose "Signal" is a cavernous drum track, weighed down by dubbed out undercurrents.
Review: Swiss eccentric Robi Insinna seems to be having something of an identity crisis. This sixth solo full length is credited to both Headman - his now familiar alias for coursing, punk-funk influenced dancefloor attacks - and his given name. As if that wasn't enough to baffle the easily confused, 6 also includes contributions from an impressive array of guest bands, producers and vocalists, including Hiem's Bozzwell, Red Axes, Brassica and The Emperor Machine. Musically, it's business as usual, with the ten murky but stylish tracks variously fusing coldwave synths, punk-funk basslines, dub disco grooves, spiralling electronics and a smidgeon of acid house into wonky and entertaining new shapes.
Red Axes - "Waiting For A Surprise" (Kris Baha remix) - (7:19) 110 BPM
Bal5000 - "Kids" - (7:41) 114 BPM
Review: (Emotional) Especial heralds its 30th release with a killer package from an all-star cast that takes in label regulars and newcomers alike. The vibe starts heated and heavy with modern acid champ Roy Of The Ravers taking a blunt instrument or two to Junior Fairplay's "End Of Love," firing off the kind of bludgeoning b-line and fizzing drums that makes his direct approach to the dancefloor so potent. It's somewhat surprising to see Freeform Five pop up on this 12", but Jamie Paton's remix of "Throwing Stones" sounds utterly natural in the habitat - a brooding, simmering trip shot through with noirish synths. Kris Baha gets busy with Red Axes' "Waiting For A Surprise," twisting out an exotic bubbler perfect for the low tempo chugging crowd, and then Bal5000 wraps things up with the gorgeous electro-disco delights of "Kids".
Review: Over the course of numerous albums and Eps, Laurel Halo has made a name with her experimental, uncompromising take on electronic music - can she do the same with her DJing? Listening to this, the 68th instalment of DJ-Kicks, the answer is a resounding 'yes'. It moves from the abstract chimes of her own "Public Art" to the bruising rhythms of Stallone the Reducer and Red Axes' low-slung electro into the next-wave Detroit techno of Fit Siegel and the bleary European sound of Dario Zenker, representing here with "Koraimer Bro". However, Halo is also aware that to understand where electronic music is going to, you must first understand its past - and the inclusion of tracks from Jeff Mills' Final Cut band and Blake Baxter's catalogue showcases her deep knowledge and passion.
Review: Comeme showcases an evolution in the label's history, on the soon to be released volumes of Solidarity Forever. Introducing new artwork, a new logotype and most importantly of all - new music by new artists. The title refers to their motivation as a label and the reason behind their everyday actions - acting as a reminder of why they do what they do. The first volume features label head honcho Matias Aguayo, with the jagged and angular tropicalism of "Selvagem", some deep down and dirty punk-funk from the magnificent pairing of Daniel Maloso X Red Axes on "En La Oscuridad" and Medellin based newcomer Gladkazuka with the sludgy lo-fi techno of "Futuro Caos" providing something a bit more hard hitting.
Review: Given the quality of their respective releases, you'd expect this first collaboration between Moscoman and Red Axes to be rather good. Predictably, it is, with both tracks offering the perfect balance between weary late night atmospherics and intoxicating dancefloor shuffle. Opener "Dikembe Manatu" builds the action around a foreboding bassline and dense African percussion, with metallic melodies and druggy electronics expertly layered atop. Virtual flipside "Rage In The Cage" takes a different approach, with sleazy, late night electronics and throbbing analogue refrains contrasting neatly with the trio's unfussy, cowbell-laden percussion. Both tracks sound primed for dimly lit basement spaces and intimate parties the World over.
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: A double dose later and we're welcomed into a Red Axes latest Trip, a multimedia project at large that's giving cross platform to music, film and travel documentations that seeks out far-flung collaborations from the countries they visit. Finding themselves in India for this EP (following excursions through Vietnam and Africa), the epicly charged, psychedelic-tinged and acid-dubbed burner "Pad Yoga Raga" delivers arguably the best track in the series (at 11-minutes long). Keeping it in the mangroves still is "Little Prince (Bangalore Rave version)" with its continued panpipe influences and vocal morphing techniques while the EP finds its clubbiest passages in the percussion-concussion of "Mumbai Syndrom". And for the real deal, Beatles and Ravi Shankar fans alike, all roads lead to "Delhi Little Prince". Please come again!
Review: Red Axes continue to roam the world, stopping off in studios and colleges in far-flung locations to collaborate with local musicians and pass on advice to students. This time they're in Vietnam, offering a second volume in their "Trips" series packed full of exotic, cross-cultural treats. They begin with the spacey dub disco shuffle of "Ho Chi Min", where ear-catching Vietnamese vocals and South East Asian string instruments ride a chunky groove, before stripping things back on the bass-heavy late night exoticism of "Hanoi". "Phu Quok" sees them brilliantly chopping up, mangling and manipulating vocals and snaking solos over a druggy groove, while "Hue" is warm, deep, groovy and almost Balearic in its' deliciously loved-up way.
Review: Tel Aviv's Red Axes duo have been snapped up by !K7 Records, and this is no surprise to us given the quantity - and quality - of material that they have released to date...names like ESP Institute, Dark Entries and Permanent Vacation coming to mind. This new EP focusses on tribal aesthetics from the first moments, with "Abidjan" rolling out a gorgeous groove of poly-rhythms and tropical sounds, with "Addis" heading further East thanks to mystical flutes interlocked with locked percussion groove, and "Musica Electronique" getting down with a much grittier bass attitude. Some ethereal business, right here...
Review: By their usual standards, prolific Tel Aviv twosome Red Axes has enjoyed a relatively quiet year. In fact, this four-track EP on Life & Death contains their first original material of 2017. As usual, it's an eccentric collection of tracks. Compare, for example, the cowbell-rich, wonky house hustle of chiming opener "Calacol", which manages to be both funky and weird, and "Vego Gam", where surf guitars and alien synth lines surf an eccentric, post-punk house groove. The dancefloor eclecticism continues with the Italo-disco/dub disco fusion of "Round" makes way for the undulating tropical drums, pots-and-pans melodies and glassy-eyed vocal snippets of "Sami".
Review: With Tel Aviv duo Red Axes' ode to the sun still running strong; one and a half years after its release: here comes the heavyweight remix package. German wunderkind Konstantin Sibold takes the original into afro rave territory with voodoo percussion and a haunting bassline that will be hard to escape from. Fango from the Italian label Degustibis continues his string of strong remixes as he turns the original into a rough beat version: just drop the melody in the break for maximum dancefloor mayhem. And last but not least the Axes themselves come up with a tropical house version that works any time any place. And thus the sun continues to shine.
Review: Israeli duo Red Axes has produced some of the most interesting left-of-centre dance music of recent years, delivering essential releases on Hivern Discs, ESP Institute, I'm A Cliche and Correspondant [sic]. Happily, this latest outing - their first for Permanent Vacation - is another must-have EP. With its' cowbell-heavy tribal percussion, drifting flutes, throbbing bassline and exotic marimba melodies, opener "Sun My Sweet Sun" is particularly potent. "Way To Neptune" pushes dreamy, sun-kissed organ melodies to the fore, with hazy vocal harmonies emphasizing the duo's effortlessly Balearic vibe, while "Cockroach" dreamily joins the dots between blazed dub-disco, experimental '80s pop and yearning Californian psychedelia.
Review: Tel Aviv's Dori Sadovnik and Niv Arzi have been making music together under the name Red Axes for four years now, and freeform blend of electronic expressionism has seen them release on everything from Klasse Recordings to Hivern Discs. This month they return to the I'm A Cliche imprint, and they've conjured four mystical dance tunes that fall on the edges of disco. "Shem" is an ominous ballad made of dreary electronics and a tick-tock percussion, and "Oh Key" is similarly clown-like in its choices of odd sonics - a truly singular piece of instrumentation. "Sweet John Gang" is a nu-school boogie kind of monster, whereas "More More & More" is a fuzzy house jam with a delicious blend of dubby melodies. Out there tunes!
Review: Tel Aviv duo Red Axes continue to make a name for themselves after releases on I'm A Cliche and Hivern Discs. This time they're doing their thing for Thomas Von Party's Multi Culti out of Montreal and it's not bad at all! "Waiting For A Surprise" is cheeky indie house with some catchy vocals and a fine groove guaranteed to pack a dancefloor. "The Metal Bender" is on a more cruisy and atmospheric vibe, sounding like something on Kompakt and perfect for the after-hours. On the flip is "Hope" which merges said indie sensibilities of before with a minimal house vibe which is on the more sinister and druggy tip, showcasing their knack for a variety of grooves in their arsenal.
Review: If you've seen Comeme selector Lena Willikens in the dance over the past few months, you will probably have come away wondering what one track in particular is. Reminiscent of a train going full pelt to the sound of a limber xylophone player, the impossibly catchy "Pil Sagol" from Red Axes has been a secret weapon for the Salon Des Amateurs resident for some time, and is finally available for public consumption thanks to Hivern Discs. You should know Dori Sadovnik & Niv Arzi from their work for I'm A Cliche, Highlife Edits, Relish and more but the three tracks here might be their best Red Axes material yet. 12 minute lead track "Todum Todum" is stripped back techno at it's trippiest, especially the mid point deviation into Vangelis territory, whilst "Ma & Abra In Ruanda" presents a breezier, looser side to the Red Axes sound. What else to say about "Pil Sagol" other than it's possibly one of the B sides of the year!
Review: Last year's Ballad of the Ice LP for I'm A Cliche seemed to open quite a few doors for Tel Aviv pair Dori Sadovnik & Niv Arzi with Red Axes appearances on Kompakt, Highlife, and Relish. The commencement of a new Shem series of records brings the Red Axes back to Cosmo Vitelli's label with a remit being tracks geared towards the dancefloor but always retaining the one-of-a-kind approach that it distils in all its productions. The four tracks on Volume 1 set the tone nicely, be it the Delia Derbyshire does cavernous acid house vibes of "Na Da" or the spectral "Balma" which features the Portuguese crooner Abrao. Best of all however is the effervescent jack track "Nu" which really exemplifies the talent of Red Axes to make club-ready tracks out of organic elements.
Review: Tel Aviv duo Red Axes seem to be fans of 1980s Factory Records outfit Section 25. There are many artistic references to the Blackpool band on this belated debut album, with their atmospheric, occasionally maudlin blends of post-punk, new wave and leftfield pop merely the most obvious (see also the similarities between the album artwork and the cover of Section 25's 1984 set From The Hip). Of course, there's much more to Ballad of The Ice than Factory revivalism. Check, for example, the chiming downtempo Israeli pop of "Papa Sooma", the gnarled dub-rock of "Only A Clown Can Catch An Axe" and "Neon", which sounds a little like Cabaret Voltaire circa Microphonies. There's also a fantastic instrumental cover of '80s goth-rock classic Bela Lugosi's Dead.
Review: Tel Aviv-based duo Red Axes is something of a curiosity. While their history lies in the new wave/post-punk scene, since signing to Cosmo Vitelli's I'm a Cliche label they've delivered a series of heavily-electronic tracks that sit somewhere between stylized dark disco, claustrophobic house and Balearic nu-disco. This latest three-tracker continues this trend, delivering tracks that don't neatly fit into any one style. The title track is warm and melodic, featuring sweet synths and strings over a decidedly Balearic groove. "Walk Alone" is darker and chuggier, sounding not unlike a contemporary take on Nitzer Ebb after a few calming spliffs. "Josef Cookies", meanwhile, sits somewhere between ESG and A Certain Ratio - a pleasing sound indeed.
Tour De Chile (Soft Rocks Dark & Stormy remix) - (6:56) 113 BPM
On & On (Bobmo remix) - (4:36) 128 BPM
Review: Red Axes cover a wide range of ground on Chile. The title track teems with robust tribal drums and is driven by a searing bassline, but it's the shimmering synths that set it apart. The Soft Rocks take also features the evocative synths, but on that occasion they are wrapped around heavy claps and a pulsing bass, while the Bobmo version of "On and On" is a jacking, squelchy groove with screeching riffs dive-bombing in and out. However, the release takes a really interesting turn on "Sun Goes Down". There, Red Axes do a fine approximation of Detroit electro as robotic vocals merge with shuffling 808s. "On And On" is also built on the drum shuffle, but its howling riffs call to mind the 1994 classic "Bells" by Hazed on Plus 8.
Review: This time last year Tel Aviv indie dance duo Red Axes made a huge splash with their killer track "Waiting For A Surprise" and now it is time for some equally fun loving remixes. First up Matthew Dear aka Audion steps up to deliver a typically massive rework for the techno crowd, while fellow Israeli homeboy Moscoman follows up and injects some woozy psychedelic rock vibes into it. The man from Vilnius, Manfredas, appears in addition; the Multi Culti tour poster boy going for something on the lo-slung tip and label head honcho Thomas Von Party lends a hand for the boys to remix themselves, for a rather explosive punky/funky conclusion.
Review: There's much to admire on this latest 12" excursion from hard-working Israeli duo Red Axes. On the A-side you'll find two brand new collaborations, the most notable of which is "NYX Tape" - a clandestine, mind-altering chunk of minimal wave drug-chug featuring the distinctive spoken word vocals of original no wave star Gina X (she of "No GDM" fame). Chloe Raunet AKA C.A.R lends her similarly stylish spoken word vocals to the EP's other original production, the acid-fired electro filthiness that is "5 Min". On the flipside you'll find two tasty re-edits of tracks from the Dark Entries catalogue: a dub-tinged, dancefloor-friendly take on Solid Moon's spacey "Destination Moon" and a rolling, club-ready tweak of X-Ray Pop's quirky electronic bubbler "La Machine a Rever".
Review: Thomas Von Party's always reliable Multi Culti imprint presents Moon Faze II featuring a selection of his label's current roster. Tel Aviv's favourite nu-disco/rock crossover act Red Axes are back and boy are we happy about that: they appear here with "Boosha Gdola" a sleazy and slow burning groove with a bleep bassline and soaring synths that create some serious dancefloor movement, guaranteed. Label favourite, Australia's Dreems also appears joining up with Peret Mako for a sleek acidified remix of Zsou's "Admiral Byrd". Label head honcho Von Party himself steps up to it on the exotic and esoteric slow-mo groove of "Cobra Kush" featuring Naduve. Finally DJ Ground offers up the dreamy and mesmerising "Dolmenzoo" with its hazy, African inspired journey that will appeal to Crosstown Rebels fans equally.
Black Spuma - "Cuori Strapazzati" - (6:12) 122 BPM
Axel Boman - "Moon Street" - (8:55) 125 BPM
Fort Romeau - "Another Dymention" - (7:59) 125 BPM
Llewellyn - "True Stories" - (6:16) 124 BPM
Review: To the Robert Johnson club, Andrew Weatherall was one of the Frankfurt institution's most beloved residents. 'Lifesaver 4' is a compilation dedicated to the memory of the veteran DJ, featuring young talents and seasoned companions that have paid their musical tribute in order to commemorate the club's 21 year anniversary. Highlights not limited to: Perel's psychedelic off-kilter opener "Feuer & Wasser", the low slung sunset sounds of Panorama Bar resident Massimiliano Pagliara on "Before I Let You Go", club mainstay Gerd Janson delivering a typically neon-lit rendition of Portable's "Unity", the surprising addition of nearby Offenbach-based talent Cedric Dekowski on the afterhours minimal funk of "Livius" and Fort Romeau delivering his idiosyncratic style of hypnotic house on "Another Dymention". "Fail we may, sail we must".
Review: Cardini & Co. glance over the last few years of their discography over at Correspondant, serving up a finely curated selection of their trademark brand of dark disco on 'Collection Vol 1'. It features all the modern classics you could possibly need compiled in one package: from Gerd Janson's low slung remix of Yovav's "Caribbean Zen Mode", Julian Stetter's utterly mesmerising epic "Bushwick" and the neon-lit glory of Krystal Clear's reinterpretation of Terr's "Neuromancer" to more recent additions to the catalogue like Fideles' balearic tinged nu-disco groove "Brain Machine". Elsewhere, there are some proper anthems that couldn't possibly have been overlooked, such as Damon Jee's awe-inspiring "Charmaniac", Maceo Plex with the moody "Mutant Disco" (feat. Maars) and eclosing it out are label staples Red Axes with the very track which set them on course for success seven years ago - "Caminho De Dreyfus".
Review: It's been twenty years since Sven Vath's Cocoon operation set up in Ibiza; since then the label's annual alphabet-themed compilations have also come to define techno's stylistic twists and turns. According to S, 2019 clearly saw the re-emergence of trance in its various forms, from Love Over Entropy's wide-eyed abandon to Stimming's more musical approach - audible on "The Gift That Never Stops To Give". Musicality is also a common theme on the house and techno that features on Compilation S, with Emanuel Satie's "Planet XXX" resounding to melodic chord stabs and Giegling artist Edward's "End Days" favouring chattering samples and a soaring bass - inspired by E-Dancer with a modern, Teutonic twist.
Review: We delve into the undergound sound of Leszno here, as Poland's Exotic Refreshment serve up Chapter 4 in their 'Time Traveler' compilation series - pretty impressive given that Chapter 1 only landed in May! With 13 cuts coming mostly from up-and-coming artists (Badin Brothers, Luca Bacchetii and Red Axes being better-known exceptions), it's quite a wide-ranging selection, but generally speaking we move inexorably from slow-moving, experimental deep house cuts like Ulises's 'Pewunguen' and Dandara's 'Y Bot', to more overtly floor-friendly jams, often - as in the case of Enoo Napa's 'The Eclipse', Shimza's 'All Alone' and Mozaik's 'Clerka' - with a proggy/melodic twist.