Review: With summer fast approaching, Suol has decided to get ahead of the game with an EP chock full of sweltering, sun-kissed deep house treats. Atjazz kicks things off with the rich chord progressions, lilting synthesizer melodies and bouncy drums of sunset-friendly shuffler "Programme Sunlight", before label regulars Chopstick and Johnjon serve up the similarly positive and breezy "Last Night". Elsewhere, Matthias Vogt cranks out the languid, life-affirming pianos and blissful electronics on Balearic house gem "Chanterelle", M.Ono delivers a loved-up twist on loopy disco house, and Carlo drops a chunk of bumpin', bass-heavy goodness blessed with sun-bright guitar flourishes. Best of all, though, is Meggy and Tigerskin's "Bygone Eras", a slick and sultry chunk of sun-bright modern soul.
Review: The common factor on this split release is a love of electronic melodies. It's clearly audible on Estroe's version of Examine's "33 Stand Alone", where crystalline synths and layered breakdowns are powered by a sinewy groove and heavy claps. Qbical's dub version of Tigerskin's "Morons We Are" is even more infectious with catchy vocodered vocals underpinned by filtered synth lines and incessant percussion. Meanwhile, Daniel Zuur trades on nostalgia with "Future Memory". Although based on a stripped back rhythm, the melodies are inspired by the heyday of 90s European trance, and are guaranteed to emit a spine-tingling response from veterans and first-timers alike.
Review: With a name like Jack Jenson he was sure to be in the spotlight somehow! The Salon zur Wilde Renate regular now appears for fellow Berlin institution Kater Mukke for the Full Of Acid EP in collaboration with the tech house hero Tigerskin and it's pretty good! The title track gets its 303 wobble on in good and sleazy fashion after the creepy sampled movie dialogue and white noise washed drop. "Stable Dance" goes for more of a restrained and hypnotic vive with its whirling arpeggio and tight rhythm supported by odd violin improvisation. Finally "Make It Work" rocks one of those Derrick May style synth-funk melodies over a rolling bass driven groove for some impressive dancefloor dynamic.
Review: Ex-Phonique producer Tigerskin makes his debut for Dessous with the groove-focused three tracker, "Matters of the Heart". The title track combines super funky, nu-house beats with a soulful musicality and a powerful vocal performance from Zoe Xenia. Perfect for summer, the lead track also comes with the deeper and more reflective "Carlos' Thoughts" and the Tigerskin ass-shaking styled "Eyewitness" that comes peppered with horn stabs, spooky atmospherics and dramatic crescendos.
Review: Alex Kruger shows the depth and range of his sound on Sticky Cow. Although it only features three tracks, it feels like the Berlin producer is racing through a catalogue of sounds and nuances. The title track is a dubby, driving affair that occasionally veers into a stepping, buzzing UK bass path and then ends up in jacking mode, led all the way by clanging bells. On the sublime "Jankowski", those bells are swapped for alpine bells that could have belonged to a stray cowherd. A bigger change however is the stylistic shift, with sensuous strings and a gloriously warm disco groove featuring. Finally, "Kord" sees Kruger veer into seductive vocal house.
Review: Alexander Kruger is still going, in a career that has spanned over a decade and showing no signs of slowing down. From releases on Morris Audio to Highgrade and Moodmusic, he's back with another one for Berlin's Dirt Crew. Starting off with the steady groove of "Faint" he soon gets down to business on the blissful hands in the affair that is "Descent" and the funky groove of "Hippies". However there's some deeper moods and grooves on tracks like "Stay" and "I Miss Chris".
Review: It sounds like Alex Kruger immersed himself in disco house during the recording of Dortmund. While tribal drums and atmospheric synths power "Magic Mood", it's the drunken askew horns that make it so distinctive. On "Foxgod", Kruger integrates sensuous strings into a filtered groove. While "Searching" marks a return of sorts to his electro house past, as a grinding bassline underpins a dreamy vocal, there is no doubt that the closing track, "Back On Yesterday", will gain most of the attention. Kruger again uses a breathy vocal line, but this time underpins it with an uplifting, rolling disco groove that is destined to become an anthem!
Review: Forms & Figures is a fresh Dirt Crew offshoot dedicated to releasing, in their words, "restored and re-mastered classics, lost tracks and new music by Alexander Kruger AKA Tiger Skin". The imprint's debut release kicks off with a freshly re-mastered version of 2008 classic "Peter's Secret Weapon", a typically Berlin-style chunk of deep house/tech-house fusion blessed with an undulating rhythm track, rising chords and short, manipulated guitar riffs. Near 10-minute epic "Platin" (another 2008 cut) follows, beguiling via a looped and chiming melody line and dreamy pads, before Krueger offers up the near impossible to find original mix of "The Beach" - a deliciously positive, sunny and glassy-eyed saunter through deep house/tech-house fusion that's arguably amongst the producer's most beautiful dancefloor cuts.