Review: Red Rack'em is a name you will frequently check in the coming months. The Nottingham based producer wowed the likes of Todd Terje and Prins Thomas with his Hot Coins Disco Edit series in 2005/6. Danny Berman has since been called on to provide epic re-rubs by ace imprints such as Tirk and Hometaping, as well as putting out EPs for Auttodiscoteque and the Detroit imprint Undertones (which included the awesome "Nightshift") This EP, the debut release for Shift London, is Berman's deepest release to date. "Underground" sees a dubbed out Detroit groove teased out over a driving bass line and understated kick drum. "Exhalt" tunnels even further into the machine functions of ever so warm deep house, with the quirkiest of synth lines arising in unison with a kick drum from the electronic ether to smile inducing results.
Review: After releasing a swathe of edits between 2004 and 2006, Red Rack'Em has persistently kept up an impressive output of interesting electronic music. The title track on his latest EP, "If Only The Past", plays tricks on your inner rhythm with its loose percussion, Detroit driven pads and a deep vocal injection. The bassline and the kick drum work in conjunction with an immersive bass tone, enveloping you in low-frequency hypnosis. "Alone Always" is a sluggish yet fiercely moving house jam. A well placed medley of samples, startling pads and sharp chords punctuate a penetrating beat - best suited to an early-morning, sub-level sweatbox.
Review: Danny Red Rack'em returns on his Bergerac imprint for more reliable deep house joints of the lo-slung variety. This can be heard on the hazy and disjointed swagger of "Place For Me" featuring a hypnotic disco bass beneath loopy vocal refains and dusty drums- all filtered to absolute perfection. There is something more straight up on second offering "Exhalt", taking its cues from the early sounds of Chicago acid house - this one is absolutely euphoric and sounds like something you may have heard loved up at one of those infamous parties under the M25 motorway, back in the day. Devoted almost solely to his own work, Danny Berman has been running Bergerac since 2010 and it has been a fine year for the label - earlier in 2017 he released his second ever full length entitled 'Self Portrait' alongside recent releases for Nsyde, Nettles and Classic.
Review: Given the success of Red Rack'em's hard-to-beat "Wonky Bassline Disco Banger", we were initially skeptical of this remix package. Happily, all involved have done a good job in offering a fresh slant on one of the club hits of 2016. KiNK steals the show with a version that strips out much of the original's disco flavour, instead combining Rack'em's wonky electronics with trippy new noises and freakishly druggy elements. The result is a fine chunk of heavyweight weirdo-house. Classic chief Luke Solomon joins forces with the mighty Eats Everything and Lord Leopard on the virtual flipside, serving up a skewed version that veers from loose disco-house warmth to brain-melting electronic wonkiness, and back again.
Review: British house hero now based in Berlin Red Rack 'Em returns for his always impressive Bergerac imprint with some properly deep and funky house jams on the Tomato Pope EP. Starting out with the dusty and choppy syncopations of the stomping title track, there's more quality to be found on "Ocaj" with its woozy and hilarious vocal cut ups over a slow and rusty stomp with hazy wah wah guitar. Finally "Rhodes House" does exactly what it says on the tin with this short but sweet exercise in deepness that takes its cues from the imitable Moodymann. Following up some great tracks recently for the likes of Nettles and Nsyde, Danny Berman's on a roll at the moment!
Review: After years slaving away at house music's coalface, Red Rack'em is now big news. Given the runaway success of "Wonky Bassline Disco Banger", now seems an opportune moment for Danny Berman to release his second full-length under the alias. Predictably, Self Portrait is an assured, confident and hugely enjoyable set, effortlessly slipping between hazy house (check Rick Wade hook-up "The Music"), analogue-rich deep tech-house jams, loose, jazz-flecked workouts (the ace "Mad House"), disco-tinged fare ("Kos Mich"), and hard-to-describe weird-outs ("Sel", "You Used To Make Me Feel"). Naturally, it also includes fine versions of his 2016 anthem, and killer recent single "Tomato Pope".
Review: If a week is a long time in politics, then a decade is the equivalent of a lifetime in dance music terms. It's for this reason that so many labels are keen to mark their tenth birthday with a special release, just as Wolf Music - one of the UK's most reliable deep house imprints of recent times - has done here. Instead of opting for all new material, the imprint has decided to gather together some of their favourite "Wolf slammers" - cuts that have always done the business on the dancefloor. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the loopy R&B/disco/deep house fusion of Fantastic Man's "Look This Way" and the fabulously analogue Chicago retro-futurism of KRL's "Nothing You Can Teach Me", to the sample-heavy, riff-happy bounce of Red Rack'em's "Do Or Die" and the bass-heavy stomp of K98's warehouse-ready revision of Thrilogy's "Heaven".
Review: Chillout hero, Kenneth Bager (aka Dr. Baker & The Kenneth Bager Experience) is a man on a mission - running his Music For Dreams label and forever searching for, and releasing, the finest downtempo beats on the international Balearic scene. His Sunset Sessions series is hugely popular, and here we have the fifth instalment. Highlights of the 28 tracks(!) featured include the quirky synth pop of "Thank You Wally" by Ruf Dog, the deep acoustic tech of "Night Wind" by Islandman and the sunkissed 80s disco vibes of "So Elvissa (RunSQ mix)" by Blank & Jones feat Mike Francis.