Review: Oliver Huntemann's Senso Sounds label out Hamburg drops its best frequencies of the year for its annual round up. Large, heavy and progressive as f***, Andre Winter & Heerhorst go deep in "Time-Out", next to the likes of Marco Resmann, Citizen Kain and Timo Maas! The always groovy Timid Boy lands with the stripped back "The Force 2020" alongside Carlo Ruetz' synth heavy "Purple Sky" and Maksim Dark's bassline-centric "Energize". Huntemann himself turns in a minimal beat turned arpeggio-driven epic in "Tranquilizer 2.0" with Raul Facio, BOHO and Frankyeffe keeping it real with their stadium/club-ready numbers. Hats off the kick drum of "Maximizer". Sens-sational.
Review: Timo Maas has been busy lately, and this release on Senso follows a series of EPs in 2020. For this release on Oliver Huntemann's label, the veteran producer opts for a heads-down approach. The title track is a dark, pumping affair that is powered by an ominous bass and bleak synth lines that swirl to the surface. It makes for a mesmerising, rousing club track. On "Supercharger", Maas opts for a more stripped back approach; the rhythm and drums reverberate with more subtlety than force, but these elements underpin a throbbing low end percussive layers that build gradually into a wild crescendo.
Review: German producer Basti Grub hails from Frankfurt and runs the Hohenreglar imprint, in addition to appearances for Exploited, Desolat and Mobilee. He has also produced German legend Timo Maas in recent times, so if that doesn't prove that his star is on the rise - then what more proof do you need! Here he presents the 82nd edition in Wuppertal based Faze Mag's legendary mix series featuring top tracks such as Frankey & Sandrino's "Wega", George Morel's "Yesterday Made Today" (Basti Grub Remix) [Feat. Lady Jxne] and Moscoman's "Song for Bourdain". Not to mention several exclusives by the man himself in one continuous hi-octane mix that will knock your socks of!
HECTOR - "Sound Of BPM Festival" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:22:44) 124 BPM
Review: Mexican producer Hector has sure come a long way. From his humble beginnings in London's underground scene, working the counter of London's infamous Phonica record store and becoming a regular at popular London haunts of the time like fabric and T Bar (R.I.P.) he has gone on to international stardom, playing the word circuit and launching his Vatos Locos imprint: the very label which launches this compilation and credited to the highly popular Playa del Carmen festival that he has since become a regular guest at. Highlights on here (and there's many!) not limited to: the hi-tech soul sounds of Carl Craig with his classic "Sandstorms" or Martin Buttrich with his classic from 10 years ago "Full Clip". More recent classics such as Loco Dice's remix of Carl Cox's "Family Guy" and Nicole Moudaber & Skin (of Skunk Anansie) with their explosive "You Like This" getting a rolling rendition courtesy of Paco Osuna. The VL Recordings head honcho appears also, with a bunch of new exclusives: the best being his track "L.A. Kr3w" getting a makeover by Detroit boss man Stacey Pullen.
Romano Alfieri - "Everybody Loves Fonzy" - (6:20) 125 BPM
DOP - "Be The Beat" (instrumental) - (7:47) 124 BPM
Romano Alfieri - "Mission To Juno" - (6:02) 124 BPM
Review: Muna Musik has been successful by offering EPs (and one double-CD compilation) that gather together high quality tracks from a variety of artists. This fourth label missive retains this approach, offering up no less than six solid club cuts. DOP serves up two mixes of the deliciously wonky and off-kilter late night house work out "Be The Beat" (one containing some quirky, soul-flecked vocals, and the other without), while Ezekiel impresses with the skewed, bass heavy tech-house/deep-house/hip-house fusion of "Save The Children". German veteran Timo Mass drops the throbbing, bass-heavy pulse of big room chugger "Heaven Is Hell", before Romano Alfieri delivers two EP highlights. There's the strutting, bassline-driven disco-house funk of "Everybody Loves Fonzi", and the warehouse-friendly stomp of "Mission to Juno".
Review: Timo Maas is the latest artist to appear on Sasha's label. The title track is sure to surprise those who thought that the amiable German DJ / producer was all about throbbing progressive house. Its rolling rhythm floats and swirls against the backdrop of a fragile, ghostly melody. In common with a lot of Maas' work though it has an infectious, almost commercial edge to it. The same cannot be said about "We Are One". A dense, droning groove littered with interference and found sounds, its lone bleeps cut through the sonic fog like a white strobe light. It's a real 'down the rabbit hole' track from one of prog's great talents.
Timo Maas offers 760Mb of tech house sounds including 47 deep & subliminal bass loops, 139 drum loops, 50 music loops, 236 Rex2 files, 104 drum hits, 28 fx shots, 29 texture noises, 37 bass hits & more