Review: Sasha brings us collection of tracks that have featured in his Spotify playlist series of the same name, which is oriented towards midtempo, contemplative but still beats-driven cuts spanning breaks, ambient and leftfield electronica. While much is being made of this "new direction", a more cynical observer might say it's the first CD of 'Northern Exposure' plus drums; all the same, there's much to enjoy here if you're in a laidback kinda mood, with standouts including MJ Cole's haunting, fractured 'Maestro' and Cortese's 'Circles' with its air of restrained menace. The album also includes two fresh cuts from The Man Like himself, 'Corner Shop' and recent single 'HDNI'.
Review: Manchester producer and vocalist Artche makes his way to Sacha's Last Night On Earth label with two originals and the fresh "Siren Chords" collaboration. Next to some solid, rocksteady and trademark Sascha break beats, Laurie Anderson-esque "Oh Superman" vocal expressions add a backing track to the tremolo-effected chorus of Artche lyrics in "Siren Chords". With warping effects and reversed synths pitched alongside the melancholic twist of the track's heavy bassline and trance-centric nature, pure production bliss meets seething nostalgic heat. With booming 808s pumping at full tilt in "Split Open", Artche's vocal here are reminiscent of the aching expressions in Junior Boys hit "Work", while yearning bleeps are furthermore soothed by the crooning tones of Artche's delivery and articulation in "One Who Knows". Mancunian master at work.
Special Request - "Codename Turbo Nutter" - (5:41) 85 BPM
Source Direct - "Vigilante" - (7:25) 113 BPM
J Majik - "The Lost Tribe" - (5:16) 162 BPM
Shackleton - "Drawn And Quartered" - (8:11) 136 BPM
Pinch & Trim - "That Wasn't It" - (2:45) 128 BPM
Daniel Avery - "Whilst We've Got Metal In Our Blood" - (4:02) 145 BPM
Mantra - "Embers" - (5:24) 127 BPM
B.Traits - "Mameya" - (6:08) 126 BPM
Groove Armada - "Wesley Nightshade" - (6:11) 118 BPM
Unkle - "Catch Me When I Fall" (Fabric Club mix) - (10:49) 115 BPM
Review: This second 20 Years Of Fabric compilation presents a new arranged selection of the defining network of artists that have come to call fabric home. Taking in deep and atmospheric loops from Groove Armada to the light and sprinkled chords of Call Super, the sound of the Farringdon trips through the live and acoustic percussions of Margaret Dygas, the devastating hardcore cuts of Special Request and pure strads of drum and bass by Source Direct and J Magick. More recent tracks include the epic classicalisms of B.Traits acid-flecked "Mameya" to the industrial and dubbed out techno from Marcel Dettmann and Imogen. And not to be overlooked of course are bonafide classics from Unkle, Shackleton, Cassy and Sascha with "Comet Chaser".
Review: Berlin institution Watergate Records celebrates its 10 year birthday, with this special 50 track anthology of their favourite records. Over the last decade, the imprint has set a standard for captivating electronic music from across the house and techno spectrum, successfully mirroring the club's booking policy. Now up to over 60 releases including a remix of the Josh Wink classic "Higher State Of Consciousness" by residents Adana Twins, and the 26th installment in their acclaimed mix series by Danish legends Whomadewho - this compilation presents some of its most memorable cuts since its inception in 2008. Highlights come from: label staple Mathias Meyer - the Hanseatic hero presenting several tracks including "Love Letters From Sicily" with Ryan Davis, local legends Tiefschwarz on "Fire It Out" feat. Ruede Hagelstein, resident La Fleur getting remixed by Detroit legend Kenny Larkin on "Nightflow" and rising duo Adriatique's 7am remix of "The Spirit" by the ever impressive Butch (featuring Hohberg) amony many others.
Review: Following on from his joint release with K?lsch earlier this year, Sasha now flies solo with "Ripcord" on his own label. As one might expect from the master of deep, progressive house, his latest release is a long, drawn-out affair, that starts with a moody, growling bass and stripped back beats. Gradually however, the storied DJ introduces frosty, tranced out synths, otherworldly blips - and what sounds like an airplane landing - all set to driving percussion. As one would expect from the master of seamless, long mixes, it's designed to be played at maximum volume in a dark, sweaty room.
Review: Following releases with Tiga and Michael Mayer, the latest collaborator with Kolsch on his IPSO label is Sasha, the legendary DJ. In its original format, "The Lights" is a hypnotic slice of tech-house that resounds to shiny synths and atmospheric melodies unfolding over a bouncy groove. It's exactly the type of melodic track that you'd expect to hear in one of the veteran DJ's own sets. There's also a dub version included, which sees the pair bring the solid bass to the fore, but those spine-tingling melodies, a seamless fusion of Germanic iciness and the tripped out aesthetic of UK tech-house, remain at the core of the arrangement.
Review: After almost eight years as a platform for label chief Sasha's own productions, as well as new and established artists: Last Night On Earth is a global success. LNOE 100 honours both the artists and the fans who have made the label an industry leader, with each featured artist selecting others to remix and inspiring new collaborations throughout the compilation. Highlights not limited to: head honcho Sasha's inaugural release "Cut Me Down" reworked by Rekids' Radio Slave into an ethereal epic, Brit electronica hero Max Cooper receives an awesome rendition by the Hotflush affiliated Locked Groove on "Careless" (feat Get People) while ascendant Bristolian Dubspeeka gives his signature moody treatment to Ejeca's "HiRollin". Finally, label newcomer Baile channels the the vibe of legends Boards Of Canada on his mesmerising rework of GHEIST'S "Somerset".
Review: Well isn't this quite the pairing - progressive house legend Sasha teams up with established Berlin DJ La Fleur (Watergate) for an awe-inspiring collaboration on the former's esteemed Last Night On Earth imprint. The result is "Forbindelse" a swing-fuelled and emotive expression in deep house that employs classic and timeless elements all the way for definite dancefloor euphoria. The Berlin based Swede La Fleur then flies solo on the terrific "Rooned" a woozy and hypnotic tech house cut that mixes elements both driving and ethereal to wonderful effect.
Review: Last Night On Earth chief Sasha takes control on the label's 93rd edition and displays yet again his talent for atmospheric dance music that is balanced by ethereal tension and suspense on the sublime "Smoke Monk". On the remix is Berlin based up and comer Vonda7, who appeared on the label earlier in 2018 with the Together EP. The 6am Flight remix takes the track into hypnotic and tunnelling territory, fuelled by mentalist 303 acid lines and all-consuming layers of pads above its restrained groove. Following up some terrific releases in recent months by Christoph, Jody Barr and Baile - LNOE continues to deliver the goods.
Review: It's been over a year since Sasha released new material on Last Night on Earth, so expectations are high for what he will deliver on "Singularity". On the title track, he strips back melodies and removes his love of textured breakdowns to deliver a driving, acid-tinged workout. It only starts to move into the storied UK DJ's epic sensibility after a good four minutes, but even then the break down is more frosty and menacing than usual. It sounds like Sasha has found a kindred spirit in the shape of Baile. The US artist is tasked with reworking "Singularity", and does a fine job, fusing melancholic guitar riffs with the seemingly disparate but in reality cohesive combination of menacing low end and warbling, high end melodies.
Review: Earlier this year, Sasha - arguably the original "superstar DJ" - made his live debut at the Barbican, delivering a set to an adoring crowd that blended his recent ambient and soundtrack-inspired work with new interpretations of classic, progressive house-era material. Refracted: Live documents that performance, offering a thoroughly atmospheric trip that gradually moves from chilly, synthesizer-heavy soundscapes and moody downtempo grooves to peak-time dancefloor debauchery. Along the way, there's plenty of impressive musicianship, a pleasing variety of synthesized drum patterns, spine-tingling moments aplenty and a healthy dose of soaring, progressive house style euphoria. Long-term fans will particularly relish the life-affirming re-makes of "Bellfunk" (his 1999 riff on Orbital's "Belfast"), 2002 single "Wavy Gravy" and all-time-classic "Xpander", which fittingly draws the album to a close.