Review: Eight years on from the release of Lost Tapes Volume 1, Aeon has offered up the fifth instalment in the popular compilation series. Predictably, the quality threshold remains high throughout with standout moments aplenty. Check first the opening slab of spacey gorgeousness from rising star Alan Dixon - the intergalactic deep house/punchy electro/acid-flecked nu-disco fusion of 'Space Manoeuvres', before admiring the deep Italo-disco chug of Machinegewehr's 'Call The Shots' and the dark, throbbing, neon-lit dancefloor intensity of Past Futura's 'Viva La Discotique'. We'd also suggest checking out the clips of Alex Virgo's 'Clown Car', a freestyle and Hi-NRG-influenced nu-disco romp that's as bouncy and colourful as they come.
Review: Something of an intrigue within the electronic body music realm of contemporary disco styles, Rees' previous works if you dig hard enough can be found on labels like Nein and Love Attack Records (not to mention the producer's own Paradiso label). Arriving on Aeon with three tracks and a banging Curses remix, the artist's strong analogue sound comes through vividly on "Project Phoenix" with its swift industrial grooves and ear-worming synths that give support to this EPs main theme: "Enter The Realm". Calling upon pumping drum machines, deep, trance-like '90s synths and metal disco energy, "Dutch Willow" sends the EP down a neon-lit gothic route straight into the bowls of power station dance club. And deep in that club you'll find the Curses remix to this EP, that slams with rave-inspired, new beat energy and the mayhem of grungey, industrial extravagance.
Review: Aeon's streak arrives at its 50th release which Alex Niggemann's label decides to represent with a new compilimentary series - Versus. Taking in seven collaborations from a select core of artists, the mini-album of sorts sees Bawrut & Benjamin Frohlich meet with waves of synths in "Kirmes" next to a dubbed-out terror vault of electronic antics in Panthera Krause & Peter Invasion's "Fiesta Hunuku". Power synths combine with UK pop and Euro dance leanings in Darlyn Vlys & Amarcord's "Talking Modern" with Biesmans & Jepe flying the Italo flag proudly through "Fashionably Late". And for your touch of industrial new wave: Kimshies & Futuristant.
Review: Dusseldorf's tried and trusted minimal, tech house and trance producer Alex Niggemann lends his hands to some 80s synth, Italo and electro in this Like A Robot EP. Inspired by the futuristic sounds of the vocoder, Niggemann delivers Aeon its first release of 2021 that goes heavy on the snares as much as it does the synths, inspiring montages for a retro cyberpunk film never written. With slight touches of industrial making it into the lead track, "Shepherds" turns in something more percussive that you could expect from Alexander Robotnic or Amon Duul, whereas "Technology" reflects something a little more I.F. Remixed by the legendary Fabrizio Mammarella all the more, the Italian sends the original into overdrive with space pongs, bubbles and arpeggios to boot!
Review: In the depths of Melbourne's northside once laid a club called My Aeon and coincidence or not this is the type of soundtrack you'd expect to hear there...a futuristic selection of minimal, progressive techno and synth music appealing to the dancer. WIth a slight Italo feel permeating parts of the compilation, arpeggios, electro synths and EBM drums find their way into tracks like Alex Niggemann's "What Can Go Wrong?!" and Alan Dixon 'Love Attack' remix of Kimshies! Trippy tribal sessions are revealed in Ferrari's "Jungle Boogie" next to Rotterdam-style cosmic electro and space rock of Biesmans' "Dr. Electric" guitar. 2020 licks, best of!
Review: Next up on Alex Niggemann's Aeon Audio is London-based DJ and producer Anii with her mystical Magic EP. Since arriving in London from her native Poland, she's earned a solid reputation for playing high quality melodic techno and has appeared on revered imprints including Kompakt and Polymath. She explains that she had been working on "Magic" for the last couple of years and that it's a project she stopped and started again many times. The hard work certainly paid off as this track is a spellbinding expression in dancefloor drama that's builds in suspense and tension, enrapturing you with its hypnotic qualities. MeMeMe boss Man Power's tripped-out remix up next ventures into wacky cosmic territory and ascendant producer Kiwi's rendition of "Trojan Horse" goes for a psychedleic nu-disco terrioty as Red Axes or Moscoman.
Review: The latest release on Alex Niggeman's label comes from Italian pair Speaking Minds and Amarcord, a new producer. By navigating a path that runs between techno, minimal and the more atmospheric end of trance, the collaborators deliver the pumping but still esoteric "Odissea". On "Hit Me", there is a somewhat darker tone. The tribal drums and percussion seethe with an understated menace, an ominous bass soars up through the arrangement and even the trance hooks inhabit a darker dimension. Bawrut, who has released on Ransom Note and Hard Fist, is tasked with reworking "Hit Me". In his hands, it turns into a stripped back percussive affair, with the bass oozing its way through a wiry rhythm.
Review: Danish rising star Denis Horvat has sure made leaps and strides in the last year, with releases on labels such as Innervisions, Exit Strategy and of course Aeon; the imprint run by Berlin's Alex Niggemann that he's fast become a staple of. For his new Lodi EP, the title track is yet more of his unmistakeable brand of deep futurism, with its slow burning arpeggios, minimal beats and emotive synth solos. "Severina" is more straight ahead and adrenalised with a shrieking melody soaring above a tunnelling, hi-octane groove. Finally the dark journey track "The Task" explores his penchant for yet more captivating synth solos, plus a gripping sense of atmosphere on this epic slice of dancefloor drama.
Review: Danish up and coming producer Denis Horvat is back again on Berlin tech house hero Alex Niggemann's Aeon Audio. First track "Exit" is a tunnelling dark techno journey with rusty and syncopated rhythms while "Transparent" and "Moerna" are dark journey tracks with wonky and catchy synth leads plus haunting atmospheres that'll appeal to Life & Death fans. The remix of "Exit" by rising Italian duo Marvin & Guy is super infectious and has a groove that sits somewhere between nu-disco and progressive house and is equally surefire on the dancefloor.