Review: The Berlin duo drop a series of fine remixes on DJ T's label. The Tiefschwarz brothers are first up; opting for a jacking, minimalistic approach, they use stuttering vocals and waves of warm chords to stamp their mark on the track. Coyu's version is more off the wall, with a garbled, nonsensical vocal tied to woozy chords and the sound of ringing, slightly detuned bells emerging through the discordant noise and leading the climax in style. Finally, the Strip dub sees a move towards an ultra-reduced sound. The beats are microscopic, the acid squelches larger than life and the 'how the fuck' vocal sample borders on the deranged.
Review: Berlin legends Smash TV are still at it and you'd best know are sounding better than ever on some of their more recent releases. "LFO My Ass" is such late noughties minimal it's not funny, but they get away with it by sounding fresher than ever. With its ping pong delay melody and rolling reductionist groove. "Ram" is an intergalactic peak time thriller, sounding somewhere between classics by Seuil and Reboot: have a listen and you'll know which ones! Wicked stuff!
Review: The team behind Zurich?s infamous Hive Club return with another release on their own Hive Audio imprint but this time with another two tracker by Berlin electroclash legends Smash TV. They seem to be still at it, releasing in the last few years on Get Physical and Souvenir and showing no signs of slowing down. The title track ?Todesstern? is a dark slow burning tech house number with a gnarly sub bass and buzzing melody that Stephan Bodzin would stand up and notice. ?Carpenter? is more upbeat with its bouncy melody and tighter house beat, perfect for fuelling pre-peak time dancefloors.