Review: Ombra International is a Berlin based indie-dance label run by Luca Venezia aka Curses (formerly Drop The Lime) featuring artists from around the globe sharing a mutual love for post-punk, new wave and other weird guitar and synth sounds. What's more, they're united by lust and fury and alone.. together! Commencing with the hazy and slow-burning cosmo-psychedelia of Bordeaux based enfant terribles Bagarre Perdue with "Cowboy", Sutja Gutierrez' "Great Chain Of Being" will take you deep into the exotic with its enchanting west Asian musical aesthetics. On the flip, more cosmic rock for fans of legends like Can courtesy of Frenchman Mondowski while Russian act Seven Knives channel the early '80s vibes of Neue Deutsche Welle on "Wires Go Golden".
Review: Edu Imberon dips his toes into the waters of pop music on "Inside". The bassline is lazy but somewhat malevolent and is supported by thundering claps and a sweeping synth that divebombs in over the arrangement like a hungry flock of seagulls. Yet despite this resolutely underground backing, Imbernon makes space for Triumph's breathy, androgynous vocals and a trippy synth that oozes melodies. The remixes push "Inside" to a poppy place; Kellerkind's version contains a fluid electro bassline and some spacey synths, with the vocal turned into an effortlessly narcotic experience, while the Niko Schwind version has a distinctly 80s flavour thanks to its 808 drums and new romantic synths.
Things I Do (Teenage Mutants & Lars Moston remix) - (7:12) 120 BPM
Things I Do (Los Suruba remix) - (6:18) 123 BPM
Review: Edu Imbernon comes from a house background, but has often presented his work in a pop context. "Things I Do" is your classic electro-house as defined in the mid-noughties post electroclash era. In other words it's electro-pop, only deeper and more housey - with Sutja Gutierrez's breathy vocal laments wafting over dreamy synths and a driving 4/4 beat. Remix-wise, Teenage Mutants and Lars Moston provide a tingly, touchy-feeley retro house version, while Los Suruba represents the often forgotten minimal house contingent.
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.
Curses - "Her Violence Beauty" (Younger Than Me remix) - (6:16) 118 BPM
Justine - "Happy House" - (4:27) 114 BPM
Review: For Relish's seventh compilation style EP, Headman has gathered together a particularly strong set of tracks for those who like their disco grooves to come with a big dash of post-punk attitude. Sample-obsessed studio bod Sutja Gutierrez leads the way with "I'm Wild, Oh I See", an undeniably hypnotic mid-tempo chugger rich in intoxicating musical elements and foreboding, end-of-days noises. Milanese newcomer Younger Than Me drags the dark Italo and twisted new wave vibes of Curses' "Her Violence Beauty" further towards thrusting peak-time dancefloor territory, while French vocalist and producer Justine lays down a fantastic, minimalist new wave synth-pop cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees' classic "Happy House".
Review: Ten months on from the release of the first Rotten Citizens collection, Rotten City Files delivers the follow-up. This time round, they've chosen to mix things up, accompanying their usual chugging, mid-tempo fare with a smattering of up-beat floor-fillers. In the former category, you'll find a pair of baggy, indie-tinged Balearic shufflers from DYOR and Sutja Gutierrez, and a mid-tempo acid chugger from Iron Blu and Rock Sterling. If you're looking for a little more energy, head for the eyeliner-clad, Nein-ish disco-chug of "Vengeance" by Curses, the throbbing weirdness of Dos Attack's "Masa Madre", or the blissful, floor-friendly positivity of Elvis LA.
Review: Currently celebrating their second birthday, Madrid's Rotten City Files are marking the occasion by presenting this collection of back catalogue remixes. It's a tasty set it must be said, with seven tracks specially reworked for 2017. Highlights include Wolfstream's brooding electroclashy remix of Iron Blu's "Sweet Redemption", Days Of Being Wild's raw, Bobby O-style version of Curses' "Vengence" and the menacing arpeggiated techno-disco of Holographic Planes' reboot of "Masa Madre" by Dos Attack. Top-notch electro, good to hear this sound coming back strong.