Daniel Stefanik - "Dots & Pearls 3" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:05:35) 125 BPM
Review: The legend from Leipzig Daniel Stefanik helms the third instalment of Dots & Pearls for Frankfurt institution Cocoon. The long time affiliate of the Leipzig's famed Distillery club has been on the scene for over a decade, with releases on the likes of Moon Harbour and Mobilee so you can trust the DJ on this one.. For this edition (said to be a retrospective of sorts for the label) it will come in a continuous DJ mix with some brand new and unreleased tracks. Stefanik will also include four of his own edits including Guido Schneider & Andre Galluzzi's "Mario" and Luca Ballerini's "Impressions Of A Dawn" and "Orizzonte".
Review: Green is only in his mid-20s, but has already released for respected labels like Trapez, Dirtybird and now Cocoon. Like his previous releases, "Lemon" is based on rolling, tribal grooves, but it's the small details and smart production touches that set it apart. The title track for example is unforgettable thanks to its stuttering vocal sample and insistent piano stabs. "Jimmy Rave Up" meanwhile is darker and more eerie, with rave riffs inhabiting Green's dense rhythms. Finally, "Dodjo" sees him somehow strike a balance between the light and darkness, with seductive, dreamy melodies cosying up to raucous siren stabs.
Review: Bristol-based rising stars Jaymo and Andy George are regular collaborators. Here, they join forces again to launch Moda Music offshoot Moda Black with a compilation of previously unreleased material. For those interested in the new wave of British and European house, it should be an essential purchase. Some of the duo's own Bristol pals make an appearance, with strong contributions from Lukas (the darting "Best In Show") and Eats Everything & Idiotproof (an excellent, peaktime-friendly remix of The 2 Bears). Elsewhere, highlights include a grandiose new cut from the duo themselves, an organ-heavy garage-meets-cocaine house banger from Disclosure, and a cacophonous rinse-out from Hot Since 82.
Review: Sebastien Leger's record label, party series and clothing line Lost Miracle returns, following up terrific outings by the likes of Israeli ascendants Khen, Shai T and Roy Rosenfeld. They now look to veteran producer Tim Green, who follows up last month's terrific 'Vacation for Life' EP on the similarly minded All Day I Dream. The 'Moho' EP sees the London-based producer team up with Leger for a sublime two tracker,, which features the sublime and hypnotising melodic deep house of "Embre", followed by the slinky and seductive journey into the exotc that is the title track. Wonderfully visceral sounds here.
Review: London's Tim Green originally made it big in the mid noughties minimal boom, releasing on Trapez and Dirtybird but has since developed his sound recording for top labels such as Get Physical, Get Weird and of course Cocoon - that he's had a strong rapport with for close to a decade. "Echo" features all the ethereal and evocative elements you come to expect from Green, supported by strong rhythms, hypnotic melodies and brooding strings. Second offering "They Want Us To Fall Down" allows for more tension and suspense on the dancefloor, with this deeper and more atmospheric vibes that pays respect to the melodic sounds of the heyday he came up in - in particular that of Mathew Jonson or Ame.
Review: Over the past decade, Tim Green has been responsible for clubby techno and house on high-profile labels like Trapez, Dirtybird and Get Physical, but for his debut album, released on Cocoon, he opts for a more conceptual approach. Supposedly written as a score for 'a film that doesn't actually exist', it sees the UK producer deliver the evocative piano-led "New Life"; the sprawling, brass and off beat drums of "Colliding" and the mellow, luscious ambient of "Same Life". While Ghost does see Green deliver dance floor material - the beautifully weighted, bass-y title track being one such example - it is in a more refined form than usual, and the sensuous woodwind and dubby groove of "The Opera" is one of the finest deep house tracks of 2018.