Review: Drunken Kong follow their 2017 debut album The Signs Within with this fine follow up. It starts off in tranced out mode on "Certain Reason", which sees a pumping groove and pounding kicks underpin evocative synths and mysterious vocals. Meanwhile on "Live & Create", a drum-heavy track provides the basis for dramatic filter sweeps and "Toro", their collaboration with label owner Christian Smith, sees them deliver a pounding, linear club track. At the other end of the spectrum, "This Is" sees the Japanese pair put their focus on electro and synth pop, with catchy hooks supported by rumbling 808s, while "See You Again" is a dreamy ambient piece.
Review: There's no prizes for guessing the direction that this split release on Monika Kruse's label takes. Right from the get-go, Joyhauser sets the pace with the dark, rolling "Killer Queen", a heads-down affair led by a buzzing bass. On Patrik Berg's "Galactica", a more frenetic tempo prevails, with the Terminal M artist delivering a master class in warbled acid builds, which make for an intense peak time affair. In contrast, Teenage Mutants & Moonwalk draw from the legacy of electronic disco to help shape the epic synth-led builds of "Urania", before Skober brings the release to a rolling, hardcore riff-sampling climax on the aptly-named "Raving Ethos".
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: Not to be confused with a certain kids' movie, German producer Kristian Samujlo aka Teenage Mutants delivers a storming release for Stil Vor Talent. "Palais" is a deep, rolling affair, powered by a rich, acidic bass and dramatic strings that call to mind classic Fnac / F Comm techno, while a ponderous male vocal comes in midway through. "Couer" meanwhile, sees Samujlo dispense with melody in favour of a swaggering, cavernous techno groove and ear-piercing analogue riffs - it feels like being sucked into the middle of jet engine. Speaking of jets, the release also features "Concorde" a collaboration with newcomer Heerhorst. It revolves around a heavy, grinding bass, razor sharp percussion and a robotic vocal that screeches 'je t'adore' every few bars. It's a fitting finale to this brooding release.
Review: German producer Teenage Mutants returns on Definition Music after releases on top labels such as Stil Vor Talent, Suara and Katermukke. For Swiss imprint Definition Music we have the powerful techno groove that is "Pigalle", a powerful exercise in dancefloor drama with a groove that sits somewhere between Drumcode's hard hitting aesthetic and with all the suspense and tension of a Life & Death track. Those Inner City style chords that make an intermittent appearance just add to the rush. He teams up with homeboy Sezer Uysal on the moody and atmospheric "Dominate" up next, which brings on the adrenaline levels in fine form: courtesy of its steely rhythm patterns, menacing bass pulsations, headrush inducing risers and hypnotic vocal loops. Rather fierce stuff on offer here. The label is headed up by Definition, but he is not to be confused with the equally popular Several Definitions - also Swiss and a regular on the label.
Review: Mainz duo Teenage Mutants team up with Spain's EdOne for Chapter Two, giving us four servings of dark house for Oliver Koletzki's famed Berlin imprint. Starting out in fine form with the fierce and moody energy of "Alive" which will appeal to progressive house fans while "The Question" is a brooding journey track that would make even Jonas Saalbach stand up and notice! Proving there is more diversity in their arsenal yet, "Unchartered" is a rather stomping and direct techno banger that is more suited to Tresor than Ritte Butzke, if you catch our drift?