Review: Marc Romboy's label has a potential big tune on its hands with 'Sonntag'. Like many of the best tunes, it's relatively straightforward, with a jacking rhythm underpinning an acidic bass that gulps, splutters and stutters all over the arrangement. That said, "Red Lips" is just as impressive; its breathy groove flows unhurriedly, revealing sensuous vocal hooks and lush melodies. Systematic has also chosen its remixers wisely; Rodriguez Jr's take on "Sonntag" balances functionality with melody as rolling tribal beats underscore breezy filters, while the KiNK version is all about rock solid beats and a whooshing chord sequence. The best remix however comes from Pezzner, with jazzy licks and warbling 303s providing the ideal summer soundtrack.
Review: The title track does all of the things that you'd hope for from a Robert Babicz track. The bass rumbles along in a menacing manner, aided by insistent percussive ticks. Ice cold synth stabs threatened to cave in on themselves as Babicz pushes the track into a delayed breakdown, and later on the bass menace turns to outright aggro as a throbbing low end sequence provides a fitting climax. Meanwhile, "Red Valve" offers listeners the opportunity to discover the other side of Babicz. Over a more understated backing track and a stuttering vocal, he delivers an irresistible chord progression and the kind of soul-drenched strings one would automatically associate with Derrick May.
Review: Don't worry if you weren't able to get to hear veteran DJ and Bedrock co-founder John Digweed's recent set at Treehouse in Miami's South Beach, because its all here for you to enjoy. There are a whopping 41 tracks included, spread over three mixes and also provided in their individual form including such gems as Agoria's moody synth-drenched reworking of Damian Lazarus' "Vermillion", the fuzzy Fairlight fancy of Solaris Heights's "Nightfall" and Digitaria's Art Of Noise-style electro jam "Little Boy".
Review: Following a recent sell-out London show to celebrate the milestone anniversary of Digweed's iconic and genre leading record label he drops volume 14, and to us it sounds like one of the biggest and best yet. Across the 21 tracks, label favorites get a good showing, with; Pig & Dan's 'Crazy', Guy J with 'Mish Mash', and 'Whispering Leaves' from Marco Bailey. Plus a plethora of new talent coming through such as Maxime Dangles on 'Unsteady Curve'. Check out the tasty Electric Rescue mix of Digweed & Muir collab 'Raise'.. This is an essential for prog heads.
Review: Guy J's progressive house roots shine through on this first contribution to the Balance series. It's not just the sound - occasionally downtempo, always atmospheric and sometimes deliciously dreamy - but also his choice of tunes; each of the 13 tracks has been reconstructed or re-edited by the experienced Israeli producer. While this would be seen as self-indulgence in others, it gives the mix a coherence and fluidity that's never less than attractive. Wisely, he mixes it up throughout, flitting between dreamy deepness (Juan Deminicis), trippy dancefloor intensity (his edit of Radio Slave's version of APM 001's "Migrants"), picturesque goodness (Nevar's "Phases of Grief") and darting, melodic techno (Echomen).