Review: German producer Engelhardt has been on the radar since he was just 16, but this release is his most accomplished to date. Based on a deep, pulsing groove, the title track features liquid acid tones and the kind of glacial chords, filtered and reverted, that recall the glory days of early 90s rave. Show-B has his work cut out in remixing the track, but his "Chord Dub" manages to retain the original version's musical elements while underpinning it with a stripped back, heads-down rhythm. Engelhardt takes care of the final track, and "Isa" sees him return to the type of deep, musical pulses that made the title track so memorable.
Review: From his recent Stories From Sa Talaia, Diynamic main man HOSH is busy releasing the tracks from it on separate EPs. They come on his own fryhide label, and here is part two with four more essential tracks. The first is a collaboration with fellow countryman Tim Englehardt and is a subtle track laden with emotive synth patterns. Then, "Ocean Data" is an eight-minute deep techno opus with watery pads, a spacious atmosphere and icy hi-hats driving things along as you get swept up in the groove. HOSH then links with Lehar and they come up with the brilliant "O Fratello Mio", a driving track with physical drums and warped synth sounds. It is filled with subtle effects that add dynamics to the moody groove and again features some magical melodic sequences. Last of all, "Fighting the Daemons" is a dark, late night track sprinkled with cow bells. It's for heads down dancing on intense floors and closes out a perfect second EP.
Review: Made in Berlin but with an international focus, Einmusika celebrates 10 years of creative journeys and visions, They asked some friends and highly respected musicians to pick their favourite track from the past decade for a very particular remix - this is the first of two volumes. The legendary Gabriel Ananda delivers an evocative remix of Betoko's "Foreverness", Berlin couple Mira & Chris Schwarzwalder of Bar25 fame turn in a splendid rendition of rising star Budakid's "No Human Is Illegal" and Upon.You head honcho Marco Resmann's version of Piek's "Does Your Love Fade Away" is absolutely perfect for those heads down moments under the strobe light before peak time.
Review: Steve Bug's Hamburg based institution Poker Flat is still going strong and this time they have Tim Engelhardt on deck for the label's next deep house edition. The Westerwald native starts out by coming at you deeply with the lush "Thinking Of You", but there's no more mister nice guy after that; if the dark journey track "Azimute" is anything to go by. The slow burning and emotive title track provides a moment of cooling down, before the brilliant finale "Energy Transfer" provides you with a groovy deep house trip of the more minimalist kind. We're really feeling the tracks of this up and coming producer!
Tim Engelhardt & Leonard Bywa - "Trabant" - (8:53) 123 BPM
Tim Engelhardt & Autm - "Pan" - (7:18) 124 BPM
Review: Westerwald, Germany's Tim Engelhardt has appeared previously on the likes of Poker Flat, Cityfox and Green; so he's not messing about! He appears again on the latter, run by legend Joris Voorn and Edwin Oosterwal with "Trabant", where he's teaming up with Leonard Bywa for a dark and melodic journey track that's just full of moodiness, suspense and yes.. a wonky and killer melody! On "Pan" he teams up with Autm for another sombre and bittersweet excursion through the deeper shades of house. So emotive, with its sweet melodies, evolving layers of pads and tight rhythm.
Review: Westerwald, Germany's Tim Engelhardt is back after some great releases on Cityfox and Poker Flat. This time it's own Berlin institution Ritter Butzke Studio with the excellent Nord EP. The title track is a deep and atmospheric journey track whose hypnotic layers and hazy atmosphere will create a real sense of travelling without moving on the dancefloor. Mario Aureo gets onboard for the remix and does a splendid job indeed; injecting the track with more groove (of the rolling, minimal house kind) funk and energy on a track that's perfect to transition into the peak time slot.
Review: Hamburg hero H.O.S.H. serves up the next edition of his new Fryhide label and it is by somebody other than himself this time: Cologne's Tim Engelhardt. The up and coming producer has had releases thus far on a who's who of labels such as Poker Flat, Innervisions, Green and Cityfox. His new single "Reality" is exactly the kind of evocative dancefloor drama you've come to expect from the man in recent times; with its warm atmosphere, inventive melodies and well executed energy. Second offering "Heart Resonance" goes down a darker route for this slinky, futurist, tech-house groove full of fuzzy hypnotic pads, sleek arpeggios and texturised rhythm patterns.
Kissing Your Eyes (Andre Hommen remix) - (6:54) 125 BPM
Eyes Closed (feat Forrest - Tim Green remix) - (8:40) 122 BPM
Beyond Time (Fideles remix) - (8:01) 122 BPM
Review: Rising star Tim Engelhardt released Moments Of Truth on esteemed Hamburg imprint Poker Flat earlier in 2017 and here come some awesome remixes by some worthy label affiliates. Objektivity's Andre Hommen delivers a soulful and emotive rendition of "Kissing Your Eyes" which reaches near tribal moments. "Eyes Closed" (feat Forrest) goes deeper to show something more sonically evocative - but we wouldn't have expected anything less from virtuoso Tim Green on the remix. Finally, Italian duo Fideles who are fresh off releases for hot labels such as Afterlife and Exit Strategy deliver some hypnotic and futuristic dancefloor drama on their remix of "Beyond Time" which could have equally been at home on tastemaker label Innervisions: and it is exactly the kind of track that Dixon or Ame themselves would drop during one of their epic sets.
Review: After a series of Eps for Poker Flat, Engelhardt puts out his debut album on the label. It's an assured but bleary affair, littered with lush instrumentation and off centre pop influences. It starts with the lush woodwind and strings on the title track, before the German producer leads the listener down a path that includes the slap-bass, stripped back house of "Solitude" and "When the Distance Disappears", the frosty trance on "Kissing Your Eyes" and the pulsating, tripped out "Azimute". Clearly, Engelhardt has an eye (and an ear) on moving beyond the dance flop and Moments also includes a series of home listening tracks like "Eyes Closed", which features Forrest's slurred vocals and layered, textures.
Review: With a considerable catalogue that includes releases on Poker Flat, Tim Engelhardt now debuts on another German dance music institution, Watergate. In keeping with the melodic sound that the sister Watergate club champions, "Rhy" is a wonderfully esoteric affair. Supported by crisp kicks and tight percussion, Engelhardt lays down hypnotic synth riffs, accompanied by a throbbing low end. It's exactly the type of track that will resonate at the Berlin club. On the flip, "When The Sun Illuminated Her Eyes" is a more woozy affair; led by rickety drums, it sees the Cologne producer conjure up a beautiful, hypnotic synth melody.
Tim Engelhardt & Leonard Bywa - "Chymera" - (7:55) 122 BPM
Tim Engelhardt - "Ida" - (8:13) 123 BPM
Review: Tim Engelhardt gets together with a new name, Leonard Bywa, for this emotive release on Cityfox. Given that Engelhardt has put out material for labels like Poker Flat and Joris Voorn's Green, it's no surprise to hear that the prevailing sound on this EP is musical and atmospheric. The title track revolves around a rumbling minimal groove, led by atmospheric synths and warbling acid lines. It's a subtle affair that sees the pair weave in low frequency tones and heavy bass stabs. On "Ida", Engelhardt flies solo and ups the tempo - this time the groove is more driving but the use of tripped out acidic squiggles, intertwined with woozy chords, means that the German producer doesn't lose his musical focus.