Review: Three varied reworkings make up this latest salvo from the Audaz camp, which is credited to the possibly entirely imaginary Logik Lee. Opener '3' revisits 'Hollywood Seven', a 1976 hit down under for Jon English (think Australia's answer to David Essex). The source material for the other two remains sadly unidentified, but '71' but does the "looping up a snatch of an old blues record" thing that's been so popular these past few years, while '154' sits somewhere between 303-dripping acid and analogue-tastic Italo-disco, and sports a very familiar-sounding scatted female vocal. All three will do the do but '71' leads the charge.
Review: A fine deep tech three-tracker here from German producer Alkalino, coming on his own Audaz label. In its original form, 'Rechner Z1' is a 4am, eyes-down kinda cut that gets into a groove and stays there, its rolling backbeat married to echoing synths and assorted space/sci-fi/industral sounds. The accompanying 'Rechner Z1.1' gives the track a tribal makeover, while closer 'Try Out' is a moodier, bassier affair with just a tiny hint of acid. Bonus fun fact: the title of the EP refers to the Z1, an early German mechanical computer ('Rechner') built by one Konrad Zuse in the 1930s.
Review: Listen up, cos this one's just a little bit confusing! Audaz released the first of their 'Lolita' re-edit EPs in October 2019; by February 2021 there were 32 volumes in the series, each packing 10 tracks. Now here comes a five-track 'best of' selection credited to label boss Alkalino, who presumably is finally owning up! Reworking obscure dancefloor cuts from AKB, Detroit Emeralds (okay, that one's not so obscure), Radiance, Catherine Miller and Johnny Taylor, the EP will serve as a useful introduction to the series for anyone who's yet to become familiar, even if long-term fans will own all these tracks already.
Review: The ever reliable Alkalino returns on his esteemed Audaz label with a new offering titled the Old Memories EP. As we"ve noticed from recent relases by the Munich-based artist, there's been more of a tech house influence creeping into his work, much to impressive effect. From the hypnotic and bass-driven main room groove of "Rumble", to the sensual late night mood music of the title track - which is top shelf deep house if we do say so ourselves. Finally, he channels that dusty Berlin hip-hop influenced sound, as popularised by Max Graef and Glenn Astro, on the urban vibe of "Pizza Minelli".
Review: Alkalino - aka Portuguese producer Lino Polonio - serves up a three-tracker on his own Munich-based Audaz label. Audaz's catalogue spans both nu-disco and deep house, but we're firmly in the latter camp this time out, with the squelchy, synth-y 'Mariposa' itself getting the ball rolling on a Detroit-y kinda tip before 'Ricochete' takes us on a dubbed-out excursion that'll be perfect for weary 4am floors which are already locked-on and deep in the zone. Completing the EP is 'Formel', which is more uptempo and urgent in feel, with lots of electro-y glitches and bassline nods to the rave daze (think Acen or early 4 Hero).
Review: Audaz boss Alkalino's productions regularly flit back and forth between disco/boogie and deep house, but on this latest three-tracker we find him firmly in the latter camp. 'Hope For The Future' is quite a tuff, pacey affair, and easily identifiable thanks to its familiar Cuba Gooding Jr/Acen vocal sample and warping 90s synth hook. The squelchy 'Kohra' then takes us into the jackin' zone with a spoken male vocal that's vaguely reminiscent of Logic's Strictly Rhythm classic 'The Warning', while finally 'Gimme Some' is a dark, urgently pulsing cut with a little more of a techno kinda feel.
Review: Alkalino is back on his Munich-based Audaz label, with some surefire tech infused grooves. There's the adrenaline-fuelled "Depp House" kicking off the new Warp Speed EP, with its razor sharp arpeggio cutting through syncopated rhythms and roaring gospel vocals. It's a little more familiar of the Portugese producer on the druggy nu-disco of "Ventilator" combined with a minimal techno influence and awash in lush melodies. Closing it out is the seething slow burner "Reproduction" taking things down a left hand path.
Review: Munich machine Alkalino returns on his esteemed Audaz label with the Matcha EP, which carries on with the prolific Portugal-born producer's new pusuit of minimal/tech-house sounds - all infused with his good ol' love of nu-disco grooves. From the slinky and hypnotic mood music of "Pythagoras" which is reminiscent of the Diynamic label's early output, or the aptly titled "Back To Minimal" which funnily enough has more of a dub influence (but still very much worth your while) and - proving that there's yet more in his sonic repertoire - he goes out all guns blazing on the fierce, Berlin-themed techno banger "Ice Cold" (version 2).
Review: Munich machine Alkalino is back, with a brand new piping-hot jam for his esteemed Audaz label. "Growth" is a surprising departure from what we have come to know from the Portugese producer; this sublime and hypnotic exploration in dancefloor drama has more in common with the sounds of Life & Death or Afterlife than disco - but the intermittent diva vocals throughout are a signal that it's still an integral part of his sound. "Growth" (part 2) takes a more sinister turn, going deeper and darker into the afterhours in tunnelling fashion. Finally, he gets his funky groove on with the White Isle tech house party vibe of "Stay Sane".
Review: Audaz boss Alkalino serves up three quite different-sounding cuts on the label's latest EP. 'Anima' is up first, opening with a disco drum beat before bringing in a big ruff-edged bassline that's soon joined by a cascading, metallic synth hook and, eventually, a spoken vocal with a distinctly 80s feel. 'Sing The Blues' is up next, and features the unusual but surprisingly effective combination of house drums, a dub bassline and a nasal male country-blues vocal, while finally 'Watch Yourself' is a dark slab of vaguely disquieting electro-disco. Three cuts that are hard to pigeonhole, then, but thankfully nice n' easy to dance to!
Review: Munich-based Portuguese producer continues to move away from the re-edits with which he made his name, instead offering up regular missives of quietly impressive original productions. There's much to admire on his latest three-tracker, starting with the moody late-night house flex of "Upside Down". The track's addictive power derives mainly from a bold, faintly foreboding bassline and intricately programmed drums, though the hazy male vocal samples employed throughout also plays a significant role. Elsewhere, he updates hip-house via the tech-tinged deep house bustle of "The Password", before wrapping mind-altering electronic riffs and stabs around a booming bassline on "To Be Follow".
Review: Lino Pol?nio aka Alkalino returns to his Audaz imprint to deliver this superb EP. "Mad About Kelly" is a highly distinctive track; underpinned by a clanging bass and powered by rolling drums, it sees the label owner also weave in some infectious vocal snippets over its skipping rhythm. it's like a steel-plated, turbo-charged fusion of underground techno and 2-step. On "Less", Pol?nio changes tact; the rhythm is straighter and led by tribal drums and an ominous bass, but once again, he uses a hypnotic vocal sample that intones the term 'less is more'. In the case of both tracks, this sentiment proves to be correct.