Review: Mikael Nordgren has a long list of releases on respected labels like Ibadan, Nite Grooves and Liebe Detail to his credit, but this outing for Audiomatique could well be his biggest release. "Back to Detroit City" and "How We Feel" are textbook examples of Nordgren's sound, with rolling tech-house rhythm tracks and tight claps underpinning icy chord builds. However, it's "AH-64" that is sure to get the most attention. Over a stomping techno backing, Nordgren unleashes an ominous siren riff that keeps on building and building. It's the biggest moment of his career - expect to hear it everywhere soon.
Review: Stockholm's Tiger Stripes is definitely one of the hardest working producers in techno, whose output in the last 11 years has been quite prolific. Returning to Adam Beyer's platform for funky techno, Truesoul, Mikael Nordgren presents us with the Body Shake EP. The title track is all that, with chopped up and jacking vocal samples over a restrained yet ferocious groove that's sure to bang the party. "All Night" featuring the Prince like vocals of Lee Burgess lend a nice edge to this slinky yet booming tech house cut that could appeal to deep house DJs too to add a bit of oomph to their sets. Finally the groovy and percussive "Ego Express" is summery, White Isle style business that'll appeal to fans of Gruuv or Saved.
Review: Mikael Nordgren has always gone down the less travelled road, and this is apparent on his latest Tiger Stripes release, Glorified. Featuring raw, loopy beats fused with a surging, walking bass, the combination sounds close to incompatible, but Nordgren's deft arranging makes it work. By adding clipped drums and a tripped out vocal talking about 'glorifying' an unspecified individual, the busy elements sound perfectly ordered and placed. Rodriguez Jnr opts for a different tact with his version: starting with loose break beats and a swampy bass, he builds a woozy, out there mood by swathing the arrangement in dense chords.