Review: Wherein the Israeli producer documents a new direction - Aber has previously flirted with deep house and Basic Channel-style dub techno, but all of these elements come together on Rough Steps. The title track is a drum-heavy groove, its sinewy bass providing the impetus and the dissected vocal samples referencing classic house. "Golly Moses" also features vocals, but this time they are slurred and indistinct with Aber laying down a stuttering rhythm track. "Overture" operates in a similar albeit more extreme field with rolling rhythms supporting churning filters and buzzing riffs. The only exception to Aber's focus on tracky elements comes on "Greys", where summery keys unfold over a US-style house groove.
Review: It's endemic of electronic music's globalised nature that Israeli producer Shlomi Aber and Chicago veteran DJ Sneak are working together. What's even more notable is the fact that Aber's take on "After Touch" is more Berlin than Tel Aviv. In fact, if you were to close your eyes while playing this at a high volume, it would be easy to imagine it emanating from the Ostgut / Berghain stable, as firing, snappy percussion and dense drums underscore an insistent, surging bass. On the other hand, Sneak's version disproves the globalised theory; while it too has a driving feeling, he can't resist peppering the arrangement with disco filters. Some things are just mean to stay local.
Review: It's hard to believe that Loco Dice's label has been around for so long - or more surprisingly that it covers so much ground. While much of the label's focus remains on toolish, tribal house, 5 Years also covers deep, chiming house, audible on Yaya's "Our Connection" and the driving, vocal-filled groove of Dice's own "Lolopopinho". Of the tribal-styled tracks, the ones that stand out most are the ponderous vocals of Basti Grub's "Drunk & High" and the intoxicating chants of Francisco Allendes' "Platonic Solid". Yet neither can compare to the acid-filled, rolling snares of Horatio's "How Much 909 Can You Take", which sounds like LFO vs FUSE's "Loop" on acid.
Review: Originally released back in 2006, Shlomi Aber's own take on this track has really stood the test of time. Throbbing, gurgling bass licks and tough claps provide the basis for the Israeli producer to lay down a shimmering but surging chord sequence, and turn "Tel Aviv" into a deep techno anthem. Label owner Nic Fanciulli's remix doesn't stray wildly from this formula, but on this occasion, the chords are layered and more menacing and the beats seethe with a robotic feeling. Despite the passage of time, Fanciulli's version sounds only slightly more polished and contemporary than Aber's own 2006 remix.
Review: Israeli DJ/producer Shlomi Aber seems like a strange choice to release on Boddika's label, given his propsenity to release tribal tech-house on Be As One. However, as the title track so impressively demonstrates, Aber has moved into something much darker, meaner and ultimately more interesting. Opening with a mock-horror vocal sample, it moves into tough tribal beats and nagging percussion, supported by a malevolent, rolling bass. "Street Works" isn't quite as menacing, but Aber hammers out a tough rhythm; combined with a wailing siren riff and churning filters, it's about as far removed from his staple tech-house sound as one could imagine.
Review: XY Play is Aber's follow up to Takeover, his 2015 debut release on Non Plus - and it sees the Israeli DJ/producer showcase two different albeit distinctive styles. On the the title track, a pulsing, acid-soaked groove prevails. Supported by doubled-up claps and ticking, incessant percussion, it's a modern, hard-edged interpretation of Chicago house. "Related Sources" is more typically Aber. The drums are dense and move with hypnotic force, as the Be As One boss lays down layer upon layer of dubby textures and frozen found sounds.Hopefully XY Play will serve to consolidate Aber's links with Boddika's label.
Review: The latest release on Odd Even features a change of direction from Shlomi Aber. The Be As One boss is usually associated with hypnotic, dubbed out techno, but he navigates his way through tougher territory here. "Exponent" is a wild acid workout, while on the title track, Aber puts his head down to hammer out a dark minimal techno banger. Although he drops the tempo on "Forum", the arrangement still teems with eerie riffs, while a similar aesthetic applies on "Amox". Led by ghostly synth sweeps and underpinned by bug eyed acid spirals, it is as frosty as a winter's night in Reykjavik.