Review: Following a recent sell-out London show to celebrate the milestone anniversary of Digweed's iconic and genre leading record label he drops volume 14, and to us it sounds like one of the biggest and best yet. Across the 21 tracks, label favorites get a good showing, with; Pig & Dan's 'Crazy', Guy J with 'Mish Mash', and 'Whispering Leaves' from Marco Bailey. Plus a plethora of new talent coming through such as Maxime Dangles on 'Unsteady Curve'. Check out the tasty Electric Rescue mix of Digweed & Muir collab 'Raise'.. This is an essential for prog heads.
Review: Stelios Vassiloudis has released under various aliases over the last five years, racking up an impressive discography. He has teamed up with Nils Nuernberg, who despite his name is actually from Hamburg and has been around for over a decade, releasing on local powerhouse Liebe*Detail in addition to Mannheim's 8bit and Moodmusic out of Berlin. These guys appear now for Steve Bug's always reliable Poker Flat Recordings with the Chair In Orbit EP. The title track is an immaculate slow burner, sitting somewhere between a slinky late night tech house groove and the emotive/atmospheric mood lighting of classic progressive house. It's then onto some proper dub techno with glacial aesthetics on the epic "Chrome" displaying their diverse range of influences. Dieb Audio mainman John Dalagelis steps up for a remix next which takes the track down a more subtle and cyclical route that stays true to the original's aesthetic
Review: Quality progressive house action from long standing Aussie label Balance Music here. Three time winner of Israel's DJ of the Year award Sahar Z has worked with everyone from Bedrock to Lost & Found, while Stelios Vassiloudis might just be one of the most well-known exponents of emotive house to come from Greece. His impressive resume of releases takes in such esteemed labels like Poker Flat, Ovum, Audiomatique, and Moodmusic. This is the pair's second session of collaboration, and the Crossroads EP is destined to take you to distant places in your mind. Go deep into the exotic on the hypnotic bliss that is the mesmerising title track, the dark energy of 'heads down' number "Black Tears" will draw you deep into the aether while the heavenly and sublime "Front Row" is a perfectly euphoric cut that's ideal to play before they turn the lights on in the morning.
Review: With releases on Dave Seaman's Audio Therapy and Bedrock, there is no doubt that Vassiloudis's star is in the ascent - and Bite Down will only enhance his reputation. In its original form, the title track sounds understated to begin with, but the soaring, symphonic strings that swoop in over the clipped beats mark it out as a big end of night tune. The accompanying remixes are excellent too: Compuphonic and Satoshi Fumi go down the big room techno route, but do so deftly, with soaring chords and spacey synths complementing Vassiloudis's orchestral manouevres. Finally, the One of Them remix is a downtempo version, with woozy synth lines making for an organic finale.
Review: Athens Stelios Vassiloudis returns to Bedrock with his distinct take on the dub techno sound, albeit more slinky, groovy and housier - that's earned him additional releases on labels like Poker Flat and Selador. Lead track "Blinders" is bold and greyscale while "Kitchen Knife" is indeed as sharp as a blade's edge on this cavernous and glacial club expression. It soon proves to be quite a diverse affair, where Vassiloudis proves that there's quite a range in his repertoire with the funky progressive house elevation of "Looking California" and the introverted/understated minimal house of "Zabriskie Point" perfect for taking listeners deep into the afterhours. Impressive stuff as always from the underrated producer.
Review: Silicone Soul's Darkroom Dubs return courtesy of Greek dub techno explorer Stelios Vassiloudis - making his debut on the Glasweigian imprint. Following up a slew of impressive releases recently on Bedrock, Poker Flat and Australian label Balance, the Nero EP is what the label eloquently described itself as a 'deep, dark and beguiling affair'. From the ice cold and glacial emotions of cavernous opener "Doxie #3",to the dub laden and reverb drenched aesthetic continuing on the entrancing groove of "Error" and the afterhours inspired minimal funk of "1MDB" using TB303 acid in tandem with yet more sublime dub chord action - this release is indeed dark music for dark times.
Review: Vassiloudis, who is best known for his work on Bedrock, follows last year's Crossroads EP on Balance with this immersive affair. "Building Better Worlds" is an atmospheric but driving track that resounds to layered textures and chiming melodies. Meanwhile on "Supermodel", he drops the tempo to deliver dubbed out drums and a brooding bass that provides the basis for dreamy synth lines. "Tunnel Vision" sees Vassiloudis focus more on this downtempo approach, as slow-motion beats are fused with shiny melodies and robotic vocals. The Greek producer's journey into the home listening realm continues on "Manual", where cosmic keys and guitar licks are fused with a chugging groove.
Review: Athens based Stelios Vassiloudis first appeared on our radar earlier in 2017 with the super impressive 'Chair In Orbit' EP for Hamburg powerhouse Poker Flat, in collaboration with one of the city's finest: Nils Nuernberg. This time he hooks up with Tel Aviv veteran Sahar Z (a known collaborator with local hero Guy Gerber) with an impressive two trackers for the infamous Bedrock imprint - and you can bet that there are some atmospheric, dub-inflected tech house experiments on offer. There's the hypnotic cyclicality of "Nagasaki" with its cavernous stomp and delay drenched aesthetics that will prove to be a worthy tool for a serious DJ's set. Second offering "Osaka" is more in line with John Digweed's label on this slinky and melodic progressive house epic. Its immaculate production and evocative feel throughout is sure to create some true euphoria wherever it gets played.
Mono Electric Orchestra - "Neutral Density" - (8:37) 126 BPM
Fairmont - "Brothers Keeper" - (6:50) 123 BPM
Jimmy Van M & Juan Hansen - "Kobalt" - (6:55) 121 BPM
Edu Imbernon - "Indenait" - (9:37) 121 BPM
Quivver - "On & On" - (6:57) 124 BPM
Alan Fitzpatrick - "Vibes" - (8:03) 128 BPM
Reude Hagelstein - "Chromapark" - (6:55) 123 BPM
Review: John Digweed looks back on a terrific year that was 2018 - not to mention the 20th anniversary of his Bedrock label. This last year saw him serve up the Bedrock XX box set, team up with good mate Nick Muir on the terrific "Crazy Diamond" in addition to his awesome Live In Tokyo mix CD - so there's plenty to celebrate. Featured here are some of the year's highlights and exclusives alike by heroes of deep tech house such as: Booka Shade with their moody cruiser "Rosebud", Belgian veteran Jimmy Van M appears several times but is most on-form on "Cobalt", Systematic head honcho Marc Romboy with his impressive sci-fi epic "Cosmo" and the return of trance legend Oliver Lieb on the riveting "Epoxi".
Review: Overseen by house legend John Digweed, this collection of ten fresh new Bedrock tracks sees the label gearing up for Miami's Winter Music Conference in style. Names like Stelios Vassiloudis (following up his debut album for Bedrock from last year) as well as Dean Demanuele, Wehbba, Guy J and Dosem drop a sparkling set of progressive tech jams, with Guy J's "Nightstalker" and Robert Babicz's frozen "Echo From The Past" just a couple of our early favourites.