Review: Making for a great entry into K7's always essential DJ Kicks series, German electro-house duo Digitalism aka Jens Moelle and Ismail Tufekci pick out some interesting selections from amongst their peer group. WhoMadeWho's shuffle beat disco ace "The Sun" finds a welcome home amongst a new mix of The Rapture's "Sail Away" and an edit of Gai Barone's "Alicudi" from the Digitalism pair. However special props have to go out to the quite-stunning waves of pitched-up chords that make Kulsch's "Lorely' an instant classic. Available as individual, unmixed tracks or as a continuous DJ mix.
Review: Last year, Kapote joined forces with regular home Toy Tonics to release Teutonik Disaster, a compilation of his own re-edits of late '70s and early '80s, "German new wave funk". 12 months on he returns to the same label with a new collection, Mushroom House, which boasts a mixture of Balearic, Afro and cosmic-influenced cuts from the imprint's vaults. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the rubbery, dubbed-out Afro-house bounce of Ponty Mython's 'Slippin' Into Darkness' and the dusty Afro-disco haziness of Munk's 'Nigerian Jam', to the intergalactic electro trip of the Asphodells' killer remix of 'The Circular Path' by the Deadstock 33s, and the deep space Italo-disco chug of Baldelli's sparkling 'Phobos (2020 Version)'.
Review: Compilation mixer Mar-T, Ramon Tapia and a host of others deliver a fair share of toolish, tribal house on Amnesia Ibiza Electronica - but that's only part of the story. The compilation also features the deranged, woozy horn sound of Betook's "Rusty Trombone"; the aggro, abrasive house of Danny Daz's "Ghetto Fab" and the excellent, shuffling 808 drums and resonating bass of Audiofly's "No Props". Techno is also catered for, with Antonio del Prete dropping a spine-tingling big room groove and Kabale Und Liebe & Lauhaus dropping a stripped back take on Alexis Carbrera's "Wherever", while the rumbling bass and detached vocals of DJ T's edit of Tensnake's "Around The House" sounds like an alternative summer anthem.
Review: Berlin-based DJ/producer Gregor Sutterlin aka Rampa heads up the Keinemusik imprint, alongside local veterans Adam Port and &ME - an ever reliable outlet for deep, sensual and emotive tech-house. This style of aesthetic makes him no stranger then to revered local imprint Innervisions, who first welcomed him into the fold back in 2017 on his Hall Of Violence EP and his latest offering for Dixon and Co. features just as much dancefloor drama as heard on the gripping futurist epic "They Live". Heartfelt and glassy-eyed moments in the middle of the dancefloor are well catered for on the powerful "Tell Me Are We" featuring the unmistakable vocals of Whomadewho's Tomas Hoffding, and ending with the hypnotic Afro infused minimal of "Lavender Boogie"