Review: Catharsis is Sven Väth's first artist album since 2002's Fire. As the vocal on the acid-tinged opening track "What I Used to Play" outlines, it does indeed reflect his 'musical footprint from different decades'. "The Worm" is the kind of bass-heavy minimal track you'd expect to hear during one of Vath's epic sets, while "Mystic Voices" is an intense techno banger, powered by a grinding low end and chain mail percussion. At the other end of the spectrum, the album reveals less documented sides to the Cocoon owner's palette. "The Inner Voice" is a dreamy electro jam, "Being In Love" is a mellow break beat workout and the title track sees Sven indulge his predilection for Asian influences, resulting in a loose percussive jam.
Review: Ahead of his long-awaited new artist album, Sven Vath provides a taster of what to expect. "Mystic Voices" rides a pulsating groove and throbbing bass, with a ponderous male vocal intoning the track's title. Shot through with evocative synth lines, it draws on the Cocoon boss' long trance and techno heritage with style. "Butoh" is quite a different proposition; inspired by the veteran DJ's travels to Asia, it sees him fuse layer upon layer of traditional percussion with a malevolent, acid-laced rhythm. These elements provide the basis for Cana Hatsushiba's ethereal vocal contribution. Both tracks set the scene for one of this year's most anticipated techno long players.
Review: The lockdown meant that Sven Vath had the opportunity to spend time in the studio, making music instead of playing it. Now the first fruits of the Cocoon owner's Covid production period are available. Feiern, which appropriately enough is the German for 'celebrate', provide a taster for an imminent artist album. It is also sure to dominate dance floors. Powered by an ominous electronic bass and a mysterious vocal narrative, it's exactly the kind of rousing techno you'd expect Vath to spin. On the dub version, the absence of vocals serve to accentuate those moody bass tones, while the radio edit offers a condensed take that could well cross over into the mainstream - even more reason for Sven to celebrate.
Review: Call us old school (or show offs) but we can remember the edition of Sven Vath in the mix back in 2002, where the German techno icon went back to back with legend Richie Hawtin. for an epic mix that's still talked about. The man from Frankfurt is still going with the series and once again carefully curating the very best in contemporary techno flavors - and mixing it altogether with his distinct Midas touch as always. Highlights not limited to: Life & Death affiliate Joseph Ashworth on the epic dancefloor drama of "Trooper", the ever reliable Swede Dorisburg doing his idiosyncratic style of deep tribal trance on "Internet Tension" and the surprising addition of Salon des Amateurs resident Charlotte Bendiks who goes into sublime mesmerizing territory on "Pasco". On the harder end of the spectrum, there are top shelf bangers from the likes of ROD ("Cambodia"), Inigo Kennedy ("2c3d2") and Detroit legend Robert Hood with "Reflector".
Sven Vath In The Mix (The Sound Of The 19th Season Part 1) - (1:16:32) 125 BPM
Sven Vath In The Mix (The Sound Of The 19th Season Part 2) - (1:08:51) 127 BPM
Review: It's hard to believe that it's been almost two decades since Sven Vath's Cocoon night and label decamped to Ibiza, bringing techno to the island's masses. Of course it was never that simple, and as the 19th instalment of Vath's annual mix series shows, there was always a deeper side to Cocoon parties. This is articulated in the form of DJ Ease's remix of his own Nightmares on Wax project, Love Over Entropy's beautiful deep house / techno track "9576" and the spine-tingling piano keys of Adam Port's "Do You Still Think of Me?" That said, Vath still has his finger on techno's pulse as the building "Dark Commodore' by Fabrice Lig and the rolling, filtered and aptly named "Cocoon" by Ilario Alicante demonstrate.
Review: It's been almost two decades since Sven Vath's Cocoon party started its mission to redefine clubbing in Ibiza, and the latest compilation provides a glimpse at how it has achieved this. From the outset, the veteran DJ pushes the limits of house and techno, with offbeat work from Willow and Basti Grub and Eduadro De La Calle's cheeky, Plastikman referencing "The Horus Eye". While relative newcomers like Fort Romeau and DJ Slyngshot make an appearance, Vath also pays homage to veteran producers. This means that Eddie Fowlkes' organ-led house groove, "Twisted Boy" is present, alongside contributions from Aubrey (the warped minimalism of "Clock Funk") and Slam - who drop the vocal-heavy "Clap Your Hands". It would not be surprising if Vath is still preaching the Cocoon gospel on Ibiza in another 18 years.
Sven Vath In The Mix - The Sound Of The Seventeenth Season, Pt 1 - (1:19:07) 123 BPM
Sven Vath In The Mix - The Sound Of The Seventeenth Season, Pt 2 - (1:16:46) 125 BPM
Review: In the summer of 2016, 'Papa' Sven Vath invited the global electronic music community to the Mediterranean island of Ibiza for the seventeenth time. The first part of this double mix compilation guides you into the night with this chilled out mix featuring talents young and old. There's Roman Flugel's legendary remix of Vath's 1986 pop hit "Electrica Salsa" and Detroit legend Eddie Fowlkes with "Oriane". Then you are are ready for the release of energy and passion on the second disc, featuring the likes of New York City stalwart Levon Vincent's A1, Berlin's rising star Adam Port with "Sonnenfinsternis" and the legendary Robert Hood aka Floorplan with the high octane funk of "Spin". Prepare yourself for a wild ride with one of techno's finest on another superb mix compilation.
Review: Salsa was the first time that the world heard of Sven Vath and now on the 30th anniversary of its original release the Frankfurt DJ's label has reissued this mid-80s classic. Henrik Schwarz provides three reshapes; the first dub take fuses the original's quasi-mysterious synths and Vath's deadpan vocals with a snaking groove while his alternate remix is more electronic sounding and focuses on the Cocoon boss' rapping. There's also a radio edit from Schwarz which is led by a rolling steely rhythm and has a menacing EBM undercurrent. Roman Flugel's take is far slower and deeper. like one of his own acid house tracks pitched right down. And then there's the original - still a timeless paean to the mid 80s period when synth pop and proto-techno coalesced.
Review: Papa Sven's "An Accident In Paradise", the legendary trance anthem from the early '90s gets an absolute belter of a remix by Bulgarian hardware maverick KiNK; retaining the gnarly 303 acid lead and haunting vocal refrain from the original but given a good a proper revision for modern audiences. The remix of "Robot" taken from 1994's The Harlequin - The Robot And The Ballet Dancer is given a tough and funky tech house makeover by Danish star and former Ink & Needle main man Kolsch, which has all the right elements of dancefloor drama featured, particularly when the main groove drops out leaving way for that dark atmosphere to build the suspense.
Sven Vath In The mix The Sound Of The Sixteenth Season Pt 1 - (1:15:14) 125 BPM
Sven Vath In The mix The Sound Of The Sixteenth Season Pt 2 - (1:19:26) 126 BPM
Review: Few DJs can lay claim to enjoying such a long residency as Sven Vath and on this release cele-brating his sixteenth year in Ibiza, the storied German spinner mixes it up with considerable aplomb. The basis for Vath's selections are split between European and American-influenced variations on house and techno. On Europe's side there's the deep, druggy "XTC" by DJ Koze, Jacob Korn's mushy, organic house grooves and the brittle rhythms of Ricardo Tobar. Ever conscious of elec-tronic music's history Vath includes the booming, pulsing Carl Craig take on Kevin Saunderson fea-turing Inner City's"Till We Meet Again", Deetron's techy house and Alden Tyrell's banging ware-house remix of Geeeman's "Wanna Go Bang". Another season, another masterful Vath mix.