Review: To celebrate notching up 50 releases, Uncanny Valley offered up a septet of colour-coded EPs featuring never-heard-before cuts from its growing roster of artists. With that campaign finished, they've now collected together all of those tracks on one suitably epic compilation, All Colors Are Beautiful. It's a pleasingly positive, life-affirming and kaleidoscopic collection all told, with the likes of Lauer, Jules Etienne, Johannes Albert, Cuthead and Basic Soul Unit taking it in turns to deliver cheery, synth-heavy cuts that variously join the dots between deep house, nu-disco, synth-pop, proto-house, jacking acid, crunchy electro, Motor City techno, ghetto-tech and glassy-eyed late-night sleaze. The results are uniformly excellent, making this one of the most essential compilations of 2020.
Review: Uncanny Valley hits the magic 50 mark with this diverse four-tracker. It starts with Chino's "Forbidden Voices", a tough analogue banger, replete with spiralling acid and bruising metallic riffs. Johannes Albert's "Vision Utopia" also draws on steely sounds, but on this occasion, the focus is on staccato percussion and brooding synth lines. Lake People, who has released on labels like Permanent Vacation, also drops an electro-style jam, "Roaming The Streets", but it's deeper and more reflective than Albert's contribution. RVDS rounds off the split release with "Moon Operator", a slinky, stepping workout that spirals off to the cosmos with some gloriously trippy 303 lines.
Review: Hamburg Elektronisch is the ultimate ode to the German harbour city's rich musical scene and heritage. A massive compilation comprised of a whopping thirty tracks by the city's legends (Boris Dlugosch, Lawrence, DJ Koze) and young guns (Tilman Tausendfreund, Joney, RSS Disco) alike. There's just so much great music on here but for our money, our picks are Christopher Rau with his sensual and ultra deep "RG En El Casa", Dial affiliate RVDS with the sexy late night groove of "Catwalk", local heroes Smallpeople on "Cricket Orchestra" (ultra deep, this one!) and the undisputed master of the dark journey track Oliver Huntemann with his comeback track "Kiez" that shows us that long before Tale Of Us or Mind Against: it was all about this guy!
Review: Hamburg is known for many things, but now German label Hafendiscko want it to be synonymous with it's cutting edge electronic musical output. So much so in fact, that it's released two compilations in order to get the point across. In the latest instalment, dubbed 'from House to House', we get a staggering 24 house-influenced electro tracks to chose from. Highlights include Suburb's deep and stabby "The Kid', the weird Afro-house of Viktor Marek's "My Favourite Thing", the electro-pop of RSS Disco & Sugarwater's "Lovebird", the spiky diva funk of "Don Harp" by Hish and the creepy grooves of "This Tune Is Unemployed" by Remute.