Review: Berlin-based DJ/producer Hyenah is a Watergate club resident and founder of its monthly RISE events. With his latest Watergate 27 mix, he has carefully selected and curated a vibrant house mix that touches all corners of the genre and refreshingly showcases artists outside the normal European hotspots.This is the second various artists EP taken from the mix with the individual track selections. Featuring Monaberry bosses Super Flu on the slinky and hypnotic tech house of "Effretikon", South African house hero Floyd Lavine delivering some super spiritual life music on his rework of Kerri Chandler's "Think Of Something", Frenchman Manoo (a former guest at RISE) with the evocative mood music of "De's Lullaby" and Casablanca's FNX Omar with the sublime deepness of "Minuit".
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: 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: 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.