Next up on Bird Of Paradise's Sulk Magic is Lithuanian duo Roe Deers, who have appeared previously on Magic Feet and Nein. "Go" is one seriously neon-lit groove for the late night, featuring shimmering vintage synth arpeggios, shiny FM tones and smashing Linn drums - all the good stuff. "It Takes Two" (original mix) goes for some semi-brooding synth-pop reminiscent of Songs Of Faith & Devotion era Depeche Mode - very bold and stylish indeed. There's a grinding acid/EBM remix by one half of Eskimo Twins and the artist otherwise known as Heretic - Timothy Clerkin. "It Takes Two" (Tecwaa remix) goes for a more slo-mo and chilled out balearica vibe, which we also enjoyed.
It's time for Marseilles label Beat Is Murder to present their new label and its first release comes courtesy of Lithuanian duo Roedeers (Nein/Sulk magic). The slow burning indie dance shenanigans of "Choco" features some nasty warbling bass frequencies over its exotic drums that reach near tribal moments: it will appeal to fans of the Multi Culti or Correspondant sound. Parisian minimal house hero Traumer (Desolat/Gettraum) steps up for a surprising remix contribution, which is just as brilliant as expected. Deep and trippy afterhours shenanigans on the Ricardo Villalobos tip to be enjoyed here. Second offering "Shaker" is a slo-mo EBM journey for dark and smoky neon-lit discotheque frequented by neo-goths. The remix up next by Markus Gibb (Rocktothebeat) is a dark journey track on the tech house tip, that's as atmospheric and esoteric as you like it: will appeal more to fans of the Crosstown Rebels or Einmusik sound.
Like the label's previous release, Ombra International's third EP is an all-star affair featuring contributions from a quartet of artists. Veneno kicks things off with the clandestine, post-punk dub-disco trip "Attencion Especial", before Teniente Castillo blasts off into space via the psychedelic synthesizer arpeggio lines, undulating acid flashes and extended guitar solos of EP highlight "Not That Way". Perel's "Hildegard" does a fine job in straddling the thin line between mind-altering acid house and quirky, off-kilter nu-disco, while former Nein and Magic Feet duo Roe Deers steal the show via the wonderfully weird, loose and eccentric closer "Metal Ants", a track that defies any attempts at categorization.
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