Review: Given her current popularity, it's no surprise to see all-conquering house hero Maya Jane Coles mixing the latest instalment of !K7's long-running DJ Kicks series. The diminutive DJ/producer is in fine form, too, mixing up typically atmospheric house cuts and clandestine deepness with saucer-eyed late night faves and forgotten B-sides (see Bozzwell's surprisingly emotional "In My Cocoon"). As a mix it's as deep, melodic and groovy as you'd expect, with a strong vocal theme running throughout. As it progresses, it tiptoes further into bleary-eyed darkroom territory, via stand-out cuts from Marcel Dettmann, Caribou (his thrilling remix of Virgo Four), Gerry Read and T Williams. Available digitally as individual tracks or one continuous mix!
Review: The 50 Weapons farewell continues in style with this release from Marcel Dettmann and the Zenkers. The MDR boss has been quiet this year on the release front, but "Activator" shows that he hasn't lost his ability to craft hypnotic techno, as stripped back, stepping beats underpin a wave of hypnotic, 'caught in a wind tunnel'-style sounds. The Zenker Brothers' "Namuan" is more indebted to 90s techno; insistent drums and percussion clatter and clang like iron bars flung on a concrete floor, as chords surge and climax in the background. There are just three releases left now and it will be interesting to hear what Modeselektor come up with next.
Review: The Zenker Brothers manage to cover such a wide range of styles on this EP, which says a lot about their growing production prowess. Better still, they take influence from more established artists without sounding like copyists. The broken metallic beats and mysterious effects of "Vamp Like" sound like a more playful version of Surgeon, while "Thirty-Who" is all reflective, dubby chords and introspective synths, reminiscent of Basic Channel. But it's the title track which delivers the killer blow; linear and slamming, it features a humming bass and a siren riff that replicates the sound of a freight train careering down the rails.
Review: Hot on the heels of their well-regarded debut album, Immersion, Germany's Zenker Brothers pop up on Index Marcel Fengler with four more tracks of dancefloor-focused techno. Opener "Night Hustler" has a surprisingly bumpy feel, with expertly programmed cymbals working in unison with a rising and falling refrain. The unflinching "Bias" - all dense drums and early '90s riffs - has an altogether ravier feel, while Philipp Von Bergman hook-up "Karma Lounge" pairs up high octane rhythms with a restless melodic motif. Finally, the duo doffs a cap once more to the early '90s with the hands-in-the-air riffs and pounding percussion of "Neunkeu".
Review: Richard For set up the RFR label last year and its split series has already played host to Skee Mask and Jichael Mackson. For the third Bavarian Stallion instalment, For pulls out the stops and welcomes the Zenker Brothers, who deliver the noisy, distorted "Schwirbler". Newcomer Jelly 3000 also focuses on techno, but ups the pace and covers the high-speed arrangement in hypnotic chords. In contrast, Kessel Vale's "Stroke" is a busy, broken beat affair that revolves around disco stabs and sharp, rolling drums, while Steril rounds off this third Bavarian Stallion release with the fragmented, vocal-heavy IDM meets electro of "Subsonic".