Review: Backwards EP is the first collaboration between Moodmusic head Sasse and Maurice Aymard. Backwards is a fresh take on house music with touches of disco, electronica and techno mixed in to the equation forming a beautiful mixture of forward thinking club music with a hands in the air factor. Athabasca forms a perfect companion to Backwards, taking a more disco approach to things and letting the steam build up before dropping into deep house territory. Remixed comes courtesy of Massimiliano Pagliara and Luvless.
Review: While its releases have so far been sporadic, Hamburg's Room With A View has an impressive pedigree. Under the watchful eye of owner and A&R man Phil Dairmount, the label has proved a constant source of quality house and techno over the last three years - as this 15-track retrospective neatly shows. There's much to admire, not least Dairmount's overriding passion for machine soul. Everything here is touched by raw, electronic beauty, be it spine-tingling vocal techno (the wonderful Sebastien San/Aaron Carl collaboration "Faces"), Larry Heard-ish Chicagoan deepness (Motor City Drum Ensemble), melancholic futurism (Sasse, Basic Soul Unit) or smooth deep house (Art Of Tones).
Review: Sasse's "1983" first made an appearance on Moodmusic's 2014 Miami Winter Music Conference sampler, and was something of an undisputed hit. Here, the sinewy deep house gem - all warm, rolling grooves, undulating strings and twinkly melodies - gets the remix treatment. The original appears in "rerub" mode (similar, but apparently 'retuned' by the Berlin-based Fin), alongside fresh interpretations from a trio of talents. Dosem's version chugs along in a typically Germanic tech-house fashion before surging forwards following a soaring breakdown, while Siarra Sam's remix bubbles along on a wave of darting electronics, early Orbital bleeps and shimmering melodies. Finally, Sasse rounds things off with a Beat Those Drums mix that delivers a tougher, dubbier take on the sumptuous original.
Review: For a rare trip away from his own Moodmusic label, Sasse tries his hand at drifting, stargazing disco. While this shouldn't come as much of a surprise given his fondness for nu-disco, "The Solaris Conspiracy" is still markedly different from anything he's released before. There are drifting strings, cascading pianos, warm guitars, live-sounding drums and oodles of nu-Balearic atmosphere .It all adds up to something rather special, and certainly his strongest disco effort to date. Remix-wise, check the formidable Francis Inferno Orhcestra rework. Sounding not unlike the ever-reliable Deep Space Orchestra, the Australian producer offers a delightful deep house makeover that's more robust than a shoulder charge from a burly bouncer.