Review: This is the first in a series of two mini-compilations on Hotflush and is dedicated to Trevino, who died earlier this year. First up are German pair Glaskin, who drop the techy, stepping "Cosmic Dance Interlude", followed by Or:la with the deep but jacking "B.W.U.W". Ambivalent makes his Hotflush debut under his LA-4A guise to drop the jacking "How I Feel", with Terr's "Find A Way" occupying a relatively similar space. Label boss Scuba unleashes the noisy, primal techno of " Boulahrouz" under his SCB alias and Israeli producer Yotam Avni rounds off the first volume with the stripped back, minimal groove of "Baduk". This first instalment is a fitting tribute to the UK producer.
Review: Spanish DJ and producer Terr returns after a series of fantastic releases on Scuba's Hotflush imprint. This new one for the Munich based Permanent Vacation sees Daniela Caldellas serve up three retro-tinted excursions for the dancefloor. From the neon-lit EBM groove of "Have You Ever" featuring some captivating vocoder styles. Likewise "Memoir" continues with her newfound penchant of grinding analogue arpeggios, rusty drum computer rhythms and all round '80s aesthetics. Finally "Twenty Thousand Leagues" goes back to the spacey and techy vibes of her previous work, with this deep and atmospheric piece of mood lighting for the late night.
Review: Earlier in the decade, Berlin-based Brazilian Daniela Caldellas made her mark via a trio of tasty 12" singles on Hotflush. Here she deviates from her left-of-centre techno path to successfully turn her hand to sleazy disco. In its original form, "Tale of Devotion" is breathy and breathless, with Caldellas adding impactful, headline-grabbing vocals to a throbbing, spacey backing track that wraps razor-sharp disco strings to a thrusting, Patrick Cowley-esque groove. Caldellas' accompanying "Dub" wisely concentrates on the killer groove and intergalactic electronic effects, while Norwegian legend Prins Thomas offers up typically epic vocal and instrumental takes in his usual "Discomiks" style. In practice, that means heavy post-punk bass guitar, krautrock-goes-disco drums and an even more prominent role for Caldellas' strings.
Review: The witching hour has always been popular in disco. It both marks the beginning of a new day and the messy end of a previous one. Terr (aka Daniela Caldellas) is a producer determined to capture that 12am feeling. He does a pretty good job of it too on "Midnight", where driving new wave bass underpins hiNRG synth melodies for a totally 80s inspired dancefloor banger. Elsewhere Tuff City Kids deliver a killer rave influential rework of "Outrun" that features retro hardcore bass lines and machine gun snares and laser blasts. What's not to love?
Review: Next up on Scuba's esteemed Hotflush imprint is Brazilian newcomer Daniela Caldellas aka Terr with the driving and hypnotic techno journey entitled "Misantropicalia", which follows up last years awesome Burn The Past EP. The title track is awash in layers of razor sharp arpeggios; it's quite reminiscent of Croatian legend Petar Dundov in a away, and that's a compliment. On "OutRun" she throws down some griity electro-funk which is no doubt informed by a healthy love of legends such as Dopplereffekt or Drexciya, while "Don't Look Around" goes for something different again on this spacey, neon-lit electro house cruiser.
Donald's House - "Everything Is Fine" - (7:39) 127 BPM
Sedef Adasi - "Tender Trip" - (6:30) 130 BPM
Eliott Litrowski - "Spray" - (4:47) 130 BPM
Hammer & James Shinra - "Navigator" - (5:41) 126 BPM
Patrick Holland - "Doomer" - (7:08) 126 BPM
Review: Since 2006 Permanent Vacation has earned its reputation for releasing some of the best in contemporary house, electro, disco and leftfield music, showcased and celebrated most with their various artist compilations. As lockdown in some parts of the world begins to ease, maybe a sixth Permanent Vacation is in order, which this time introduces a fresh cast to the series with our ears drawn to the abstract dub, drum and rhythm tracks of Bawrut, and Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Rae in the tripped out "The Bukit Have Eyes". Smallville's main man in Paris Jacques Bon turns in a stair-sailing synth number of breezy, uplifting house in "Reverse Flight", with techier drums and club tracks coming from DJ Kuesse ("Tropicana Girl") and the au courant electro sounds of Eliott Litrowski's "Spray", and Sedef's Adasi's "Tender Trip" a highlight too.