Review: House DJs MYNC offer an exhaustive overview of the tracks that rocked the long-running White Island venue this summer. In the soulful corner, there's the Maxi Soundsystem take on Boris Dlugosch's "Look Around You". Featuring Roisin Murphy on vocals, it does a lot to sweep away the rainy autumn blues. Ten Walls deliver the trancey goods in the shape of "Gotham", which revolves around a belching bassline, but the most notable aspect of Ibiza 2013 is the way minimal producers have come into the house fold. Loco Dice borrows a prog house bassline for 'Detox' and Luciano's "Rise Of The Angel" - remixed here by Andrea Oliva - is a piano-led, wide eyed deep anthem.
Review: With releases to his credit on Diynamic, 2020 Vision, Get Physical and Defected, Spanish producer Uner notches up an appearance on another esteemed label. "Pallene" is a swinging tribal groove with tough beats but a light, jazzy touch. There is also a hint of Luciano's own melancholic sound of yore - especially the approach he favoured on his Blind Behaviour album - as subtle melodies compete for the listener's attention. "Cocoua" is also based on a rolling tribal groove, but again Uner takes the path less travelled, with a sassy guitar solo and a shimmering piano line making it stand out from typical DJ tool tracks.
Review: Luciano's label delivers more of the same drum-heavy, undulating grooves that it is known for. "Bonheur Part 1" is all dense drums and hissing percussion, but the key difference here are the liquid trancey melodies that shimmy in and out of the arrangement. On "La Playa (Part 2)", there are heavier drums, this time accompanied by snappy rhythms and embellished by bubbling melodies and jazzy piano flourishes. But it's on "Detector" that Uner sets himself apart from the tool house pack. The beats are still stripped back, but the textured melodies and emotive series of break downs will remind listeners of deep, Detroit techno-soul.
Review: Spanish producer Uner has been a familiar face on the deep tech-house scene for some time. Since making his debut in 2009, he's released on a whole host of labels, including Visionquest, Cadenza and Cocoon. Here, he returns to his regular home, Diynamic with something of a treat: his debut album. Rooted in his particular brand of tactile, heavily electronic deep house, Tune 342 packs enough undulating peaktime grooves and curious turns to please his growing army of fans. Highlights include the swirling strings and darting synthesizer melodies of "Ubm", the jazz-flecked Seth Troxler style shuffle of "Surfering", and the Floating Points-ish bubble of "Van Hallen".
Review: Thanks to quietly impressive appearances on Diynamic, Visionquest, Cadenza and Cocoon, Uner is widely regarded as one of the deep tech-house scene's most consistent producers. This EP - his first for L.A's hyped Culprit stable - will only enhance his reputation. It opens with a blast of tech-house positivity, "Dancemotive", where trippy electronics, rising melodies and spacey aural textures crowd round a rock solid groove. Steve Bug channels the spirit of the KLF's late ''80s "pure trance" movement on his basement-bothering rework of the same track, before Uner delivers more smile-inducing thrills in the shape of "Lights From The Other Side". The woozier and dreamier "In A Different Plane", with its' bittersweet chord progressions and tactile synth bassline, completes a decent package.
Review: The German label drops a killer release that merges deep house musicality with a more menacing dance floor approach than usual. Icy chords ebb and flow throughout 'Undisclosed', cascading through the arrangement with effortless abandon and underpinned by the ominous swagger of a rumbling sub-bass and grimy acid lines. By contrast, 'LFO' is a more stripped back affair. Maybe it's a nod to the Leeds bleep-masters that the track is named after, but either way the forceful, rolling drums and thick coat of sludgy 303-laced bass licks are about as far removed from polite faux deep house as is humanly possible.