Review: This Berlin label has put out a series of excellent house records, but don't worry, On Board One isn't full of standard tools. The only nod to this sound comes on Funkwerstatt's "Nachtschwaermer", but this has a looseness to it that most rigid tools lack. By contrast, The Glitz's "No, No" is all glitchy percussion, blasts of white noise and a walking funk bass. But it's the musical offerings that really impress here. Kollektiv Ost's "Duebel Okay" features plaintive piano keys and a warm electronic bass, while Soukie & Windish's "Unbemannt" is a beautiful composition. Featuring trancey chords, its dramatic key stabs will prove unforgettable from the first listen.
Soukie & Windish - "Would You Swallow Your Thoughts?" - (6:50) 124 BPM
Breky - "O Zi De Mai" - (8:22) 121 BPM
Jan Mir - "Love Face" - (7:20) 110 BPM
Review: Dedicated to forging links between Hamburg and Berlin artists, it now seems that URSL is casting its gaze further afield. This split release seeks to explore outer space, a task that it commences in relatively low-key form with the mid-tempo acidic pulses of Ninze & Okaxy's "Apollo". The Innellea follow with a more foreboding contribution, "Ivy", which boasts a faster pace and and a bleak, ebm undercurrent. The space exploration mood changes again on Soukie & Windish's "Would You Swallow Your Thoughts?" as the URSL act probes the kind of spaced out deep techno groove that one would expect from Future Beat Alliance. Breky's "O Zi De Mai" is in a similar vein, albeit with a sax solo in the middle, while Jan Mir's "Love Face" is a slow-motion electronic disco workout.
Review: Livingroom Techno is an interesting concept. As the title suggests, it's Connaisseur Recordings' choice of "techno" records (think tech-house, deep minimal and tech-tinged deep house) that they think are particularly suitable for home listening - not just lounging on the sofa, mind, but also shuffling round your living room like a modern-day house lover. This fourth instalment in the series is as sumptuous, sinewy and sensual as previous instalments, variously delivering breezy sunrise goodness (Chymera), bubbly tech-jazz (Koett), melody rich groovery (Lake People's delicious "Stepwise") and Latin-tinged deep carnival fare (Ian O'Donovan).