Review: The idea behind Diynamic's long-running "Four To The Floor" series has always been deliciously simple, with each successive EP offering up another collection of club cuts that have been extensively road-tested by boss man Solomun. This 14th edition is naturally up to the same high standard of its predecessors. Bruce Loko kicks things off with the dusty house grooves, chiming melodies and evocative strings of "Dimension (featuring Sebee)", before Laroz charges into sweatier peak-time territory via the bassline-driven, cowbell-sporting warehouse sleaze of "Under Your Skin". Super Flu opts for a druggy, slightly paranoid tech-house flavour on future big room favourite "Acumulee" while Matt Sawyer's self-titled contribution wraps jangling Jew's harp and twinkling piano loops over a heady and exotic, Innervisions style groove.
Review: Don't worry if you weren't able to get to hear veteran DJ and Bedrock co-founder John Digweed's recent set at Treehouse in Miami's South Beach, because its all here for you to enjoy. There are a whopping 41 tracks included, spread over three mixes and also provided in their individual form including such gems as Agoria's moody synth-drenched reworking of Damian Lazarus' "Vermillion", the fuzzy Fairlight fancy of Solaris Heights's "Nightfall" and Digitaria's Art Of Noise-style electro jam "Little Boy".
Review: Long standing hero of the Berlin scene and Stil Vor Talent chief Oliver Koletzki steps up to present a fine collection of remixes for his label's next installment. He's been crafting for prolific friends and outstanding musicians for close to a decade, and for Remix Tales Koletzki has now compiled his personal favourites (with some previously unreleased ones too). Features his emotive take on German duo HVOB's "Dogs", Frank 'Ame' Wiedemann and Ry 'X' Cuming's Howling project on "Stole The Night", through to legends such as French Touch pioneers Cassius on "Toop Toop" and NYC electroclash icons Fischerspooner on "The Best Revenge". Keep your ears peeled for his upcoming full length which will be released very soon.
Review: Berlin native Oliver Koletzki has cited his hometown as a main point of reference and inspiration throughout his career. His last two albums are said to be 'wholehearted tributes' to the German capital and its importance in the current climate of electronic music. The label's aesthetic - right down to the cover art is testament to this - featuring photos of local landmarks and graffiti adorning his fair city. There are little to no corners in the city that haven't brought a spark of inspiration into the mix and the eighth instalment of the Schneeweiss (English translation 'white snow') compilation series, is said to be a tribute to the many aspects or 'particles' consolidated as a series of carefully curated tracks. There's so many highlights on here and we're only going to name a few, but they're not limited to: hometown hero and one time Terranova member Rampa's brooding dance floor drama on "Fluke", Frankey & Sandrino bridging the gap between tech-house and nu-disco ever so gracefully again on "Solaris", Cologne's finest Andhim lend their deft hand on a remix of Leipzig figurehead Matthias Tanzmann's "Coffee Clouds" and the man from Mannheim Ray Okpara who's still going: his track "Satin Curtain" getting a smooth remix by the legendary Kevin Yost.
Review: Following the release of the arguably overlooked - but rather good - Musik 3 album last year, Teutonic twosome Super Flu returns with their first EP of 2018. They begin with the dense, percussion-rich throb of "Ark", where exotic Indian instrumentation, mind-altering tablas and ever-rising electronics make their presence felt over a foreboding, bass-heavy house groove. The track takes a little time to get going, but just gets bigger, bolder and more rush inducing as it progresses. With its jaunty Balkan string samples, shuffling rhythm and hybrid electronic/acoustic composition, "Dopot" reminded us a little of the work of Kellektiv Turmstrasse. That track is also given the remix treatment by Freerange Records regular Hyenah, who re-casts it as a spine-tingling chunk of heavily electronic late night deep house.
Review: The finest exports from Halle (Saale) return on their beloved Monaberry imprint with some more quality minimal tech-house goodness. Feliks Thielemann & Mathias Schwarz first made a splash around 10 years ago with their inventive takes on house and techno. This will be the pair's fourth album for the imprint and features a dozen or so tracks: the best of them being the collaborations - and there is some pretty interesting ones we must say. With Cologne duo Andhim they create some lovely ambient house/IDM during one of the album's 'interludes' not to mention the absolutely splendid one with German neo-classical hero Hauschka later on. The dubby warehouse techno slow bruner "V13A", the evocative dancefloor drama of "Gausa" goes for that Stil Vor Talent or Jonas Saalbach kind of feel. The tunnelling progressive house journey "Skorr" provides something different again and closes out this fine LP in style.
Review: East German duo Super Flu are still going since making it big in the mid noughties minimal boom and have been running their successful Monaberry imprint for some time now. This is the third prank from the duo, in the form of a new album entitled Musik 3. The result is a space trip that Feliks Thielemann and Mathias Schwarz have survived, but their colleagues (including reknown pianist Hauschka) have been transformed into an extraterrestrial form of life in the laboratory. Super Flu debuted in 2010 with Heimatmelodien and three years later followed their ode to their hometown: Halle Saale.
Review: Halle Salle's favourite sons return on their esteemed Monaberry imprint with some sleek tech house shenanigans on the Really Really EP. an afro house-inspired tone titled "Really Really". It's a gloriously paced and busy track that is driven by sharp synths, adolescent African chants and playful production tricks. This is supported by the emotive and spiritual Afro house jam "Panthra" closing out this fine EP.
Review: Last seen on Moon Harbour in the summer of 2019, Super Flu returns to Monaberry with a two-track missive that's well worthy of your attention. Check first opener "Jetendra", a deliciously throbbing and driving affair in which delay-laden South American percussion hits, drowsy chords and Innervisions style melodic patterns dance enthusiastically atop a druggy, arpeggio-driven deep-tech groove. The track's sweaty build-and-release structure is mirrored by the EP's other workout, a similarly percussive fusion of deep house and tech-house that boasts some nagging synth stabs, mangled tango accordion motifs and more cowbells than those drunken lunatics that line tight mountain roads during an Alpine stage of the Tour De France.
Review: Matthias Tanzmann's Leipzig based Moon Harbour are still going strong and presents its second edition of a new Various Artists series showcasing both newcomers and established label acts alike. First up are Halle duo Super Flu who have progressed from their minimal beginnings to finding their calling in proper house music, as shown on "Do Ex". Next up Nico Cabeza delivers the dark minimal techno journey "Rocambolesco" (which will definitely cause a headrush or two) followed by Copenhagen duo Anek who deliver killer groove "Work My Body", after the absolutely massive drop, of course. Finally Frankfurt legends Chris Wood & Meat deliver the infectious tribal groove of "That's Fresh" with its syncopated percussion and rolling bass making it a worthy addition to any DJ's arsenal.