Review: This release is the second in a series of ten records that Dutch label and festival promoters extraordinaire Dekmantel has planned for 2017 to celebrate its first decade in business. Call Super's "Fluenka Spoke" is an understated affair; over a stripped back, clicky groove, the UK producer adds in whirrs and ticks, birdsong and tropical effects. It makes for a heady affair. On the flipside, Dekmantel have tapped Shanti Celeste and her contribution, "Hinoki", doesn't disappoint. Over a rolling, rickety rhythm, she adds in beautiful, billowing chords and breathy vocal samples - an intoxicating vision of Detroit techno, routed through Bristol and interpreted in great style.
Review: 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Shanti Celeste, the unofficial first lady of Bristol house music. The Chilean-born producer has been in fine form of late, and here delivers another killer 12", this time for Secretsundaze. There's naturally much to admire throughout, from the techno-tempo, synthesizer-heavy deep house shuffle of "Golden" - also available in an extra-percussive, extra-eccentric Dub remix form on the flip - to the bumpin' beats, ethereal pads and dreamy freestyle vocals of "Nu4him". Arguably best of all, though, is "Sun", whose inherent dreaminess is countered by punchy drum machine hits and twisted, alien electronics.
Review: Make Time on Kowton's Idle Hands label arrives just in time for the summer. The title track is an evocative affair that will remind its audience of care-free nights and early mornings spent dancing beneath the stars in fields and on beaches. Celeste draws influence from hard-core's benign side as well as the blissed out house of flotation tank lovers The Beloved and skillfully and seamlessly weaves together tumbling break beats with watery samples and mournful piano lines with dreamy vocal utterances. "Thoughts" is slower and features teased out acid squiggles, but it's the title track that is sure to be played continuously over the coming months.
Review: The Annual Fundraiser courtesy of Scottish imprint Craigie Knowles is back! They've recruited another bunch of heavy hitters to light up the clubs, with a cause to lighten the burden of war that's placed on the shoulders of children. Kiwi duo Chaos In The CBD throw down the Afro influenced, spiritual life music of "Natural Taboo", BRSTL's finest Shanti Celeste gives us the booming electro-funk of "Dolphin Chant" and Den Haag's legend Legowelt gives us the shimmering analogue soul of "At Delphi". Elsewhere, UK hardware maverick Neville Watson throws down the rather first wave Detroit sounding "Hazing" while the Going Good and Lovers Rock affiliated Yoshinori Hayashi serves us a wonderful, Erased Tapes style classical ambient journey titled "Pogado Tower"
Review: A true staple of the Amsterdam scene, the Rush Hour affiliated Yuri Boselie aka Cinnaman takes up the reins for local institution Dekmantel's extended tenth birthday celebrations with this mastermix. It takes in the entirety of the 10 volume edition - what an effort. What may seem as an outrageous challenge - what with the compilation's genre diversity and wide rage of tempos - it's a success, for they've certainly found the right candidate. Cinnaman plays a wide range of styles anyway, and is never afraid to mix the known with the unknown - he has a reputation for his remarkable combinations and transitions. From moments of sublime ambience (Italian ambient legend Gigi Masin with the utterly evocative "Maja") to bass heavy electro bounce (courtesy of Egyptian Lover or Syracuse & Epsilove), right through to techno bangers of the cerebral variety (by Donato Dozzy & Peter Van Hoesen or local hero Talismann) and stuff by Bufiman or Tony Allen - it's a solid effort here by one of Holland's finest selectors.
Grape - "Up The Dubs" (feat The Wino Boys) - (5:25) 84 BPM
Raica - "Makmba" - (3:54) 82 BPM
Beautiful Swimmers - "Primo" - (5:44) 99 BPM
Edy Alta - "First Sign Of Artifice" - (6:17) 136 BPM
Protect-U - "Krums" - (6:00) 132 BPM
Jeremy Hyman - "Machine Stops" - (5:37) 132 BPM
Shanti Celeste - "Strung Up" - (5:43) 129 BPM
Dawit & Dolo - "Knowledge Body" - (6:37) 133 BPM
Steve Summers - "Shimmer" - (1:56) 81 BPM
DSR.MR - "Crystal Jungle" - (6:19) 128 BPM
C'est Life - "New Years Day 2013" - (4:43) 120 BPM
Review: Originally released in 2015 on wax but now finally available on digital, Future Times expanded the sound and vision of the label with part three in their compilation series. It's an all star cast on here, with the compilation opening with the dynamic killer "Junk Funk" by DC newcomer OV then Israel's finest Juju & Jordash with "Soggy Bottom" next where they get their hypnotic piano throb on. Label boss Max D's "Octopus" follows with an improvised, kinetic bang. Elsewhere label stalwarts Beautiful Swimmers serve up "Primo", a thick chunk of industrial pop for the freaks and of course BRSTL boss Shanti Celeste and her monster cut "Strung Up", a savage tune for the deejays that mixes a bit of her home town with classic electro.
Pauline Anna Strom - "In Flight Suspension" - (7:45) 106 BPM
Review: Shanti Celeste is your selector for this third instalment in the compilation series from the Croatian festival of the same name. The eclecticism of the Bristol native's DJ sets is renowned and that's more than adequately reflected here, with cuts ranging from the footwork/electro of Paco Pack's 'Slap That Bass' to the slo-mo, lo-fi electronica of Seekers International's 'FurdaMurda', and from the spaced-out disco-house of Fade 2 End's 'Feel The Magic', via the lavish Detroit techno of Cari Lekebusch's 'Output 2.1', to near-ambient closer 'InFlight Suspension' from US 80 synth-botherer Paulina Anna Strom. One thing's for certain - you're not going to get bored!