Review: Berlin native Oliver Koletzki has cited his hometown as a main point of reference and inspiration throughout his career. His last two albums are said to be 'wholehearted tributes' to the German capital and its importance in the current climate of electronic music. The label's aesthetic - right down to the cover art is testament to this - featuring photos of local landmarks and graffiti adorning his fair city. There are little to no corners in the city that haven't brought a spark of inspiration into the mix and the eighth instalment of the Schneeweiss (English translation 'white snow') compilation series, is said to be a tribute to the many aspects or 'particles' consolidated as a series of carefully curated tracks. There's so many highlights on here and we're only going to name a few, but they're not limited to: hometown hero and one time Terranova member Rampa's brooding dance floor drama on "Fluke", Frankey & Sandrino bridging the gap between tech-house and nu-disco ever so gracefully again on "Solaris", Cologne's finest Andhim lend their deft hand on a remix of Leipzig figurehead Matthias Tanzmann's "Coffee Clouds" and the man from Mannheim Ray Okpara who's still going: his track "Satin Curtain" getting a smooth remix by the legendary Kevin Yost.
Review: Several Definitions, despite what the name may insinuate; is not a group rather one lone Swiss producer known as Jeremy. Appearing here for esteemed Berlin label Still Vor Talent, he presents four servings of tech house goodness on the You Are Not Alone EP. The original version of "Alone" is a dark and melodic journey track packed with the right amount of suspense and drama that'd make even the Life & Death camp up their game. The remix by Hatzler stays true to the original, but just gives it that extra amount of 'oomph' to play at the peak time slot. "Esmeralda" is also worthy of mention; this swirling and hypnotic trance odyssey is reminiscent of a more classic dance music style and is surefire magic on the dancefloor.
Trust (feat Goldsun - Short edit) - (3:52) 120 BPM
Learn To Feel (feat LaMeduza - Short edit) - (3:44) 120 BPM
Review: Several Definitions aka Jeremy Viera delivers his debut album and it's an impressive affair. The Swiss artist has previously released on Knee Deep in Sound, but nothing could have prepared his fans for Reborn. The title track and "Pontceard 32" are cinematic, ambient techno pieces, while on "Trust", he cleverly brings together sensuous vocals with trance-techno influences for a stirring piece. The pulsating groove of "Senility" is more in line with Stil Vor Talent's signature sound, but Reborn is full of unexpected twists and turns, and Viera is equally at home making down tempo pieces like "Learn to Feel" and the Italo/electro melancholy of "Modular Spaces".