Review: Autoreplys aptly named After Hours edition sees Ben Rourke subtly create a sonic landscape in which every note matters, and reminds us that techno can indeed be a deeply emotional form of music.This is the kind of EP you wish would magically start playing during the taxi ride home from Berghain or some other temple of techno; its music to soundtrack personal reflection; deeply introspective and atmospheric.Blue features shuffling synths bouncing off delicate keys and deep scrapes that appear unannounced alongside ethereal vocal snippets.Pier Buccis remix utilises the title tracks subtle instrumentation and takes it up a notch. Its beautifully constructed and textured ? just as we have come to expect from the Chilean producer ? with the trademark hint of South American flavour.The three-track EP is rounded off with Rourkes Squareb, which is possibly even more introspective and thought-provoking than Blue.
Review: Autoerply returns with yet another trailblazer, here we introduce Athens based DJ & producer Fog. His crisp, tight productions have been finding their way into the boxes of Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, Motorcitysoul & Markus Fix to name a few. Remixed by Australia's #1 ambassador for Techno - JUG.
Review: James Kumo may have a small back catalogue, but he can be relied on to produce tracky, hypnotic techno. "Indigo 2.0" is a perfect example of his ability to deliver streamlined grooves. A rolling bass-heavy affair, it features subtle filtered builds primed for the floor. "Indigo 1.0" is more haunting, as evocative synths lap up against a dub-infused slamming rhythm, while Kumo explores a different approach with the title track. Like "Indigo 2.0", "Snakes" is also based on a rolling groove and veers into darker territories, with a menacing, growling riff combined with doubled-up reverberating claps. The EP ends in more reflective mode, with building acidic bleeps interspersed with slivers of metallic percussion on "Cloned One".
Review: Autoreply label owner OCH invites Kashawar into the fold for their 16th release, following the rising German producer's breakout releases for underground imprints Project London and Soul.on Records. For his Autoreply debut, Kashawar presents Moments and Lost Memories (Parts 1 & 2) which covers all bases of his production palette. Kicking off with "A Feeling" you'll instantly get a "Hi-Tek Jazz" flavour before moving onto "Broken" - a playful yet refined ten minute contemporary minimal work-out. Flip the disc for "Over" and the tension starts to build before the release climaxes with "Flos" a speaker shaking dub work-out of the highest order. With collaborations with Steve O'Sullivan on Mosiac plus Pluie/Noir appearances approaching, it's clear Kashawar is a special young talent!
Review: Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed Whalesong EP for Trelik, OCH returns with another equally crucial deep club orientated two tracker. "Sophisticated Animated" contains a level of funk and energy that is often lost in today's house music. Being constantly inspired by the US pioneers of the genre, OCH presents stripped back Chicago grooves alongside heavy analogue bass and jacking percussion, teasing with a sprinkling of 303 acid and a sparse yet deadly piano solo. Up next, "Moonlight Sonata" is OCH's deepest work to date, incorporating dubstep inspired drums and ambience with lush old-school synth chords which build and modulate before the track climaxes into a thundering four to the floor workout.
Review: Four deadly cuts of timeless, jackin' house and deep techno professionalism. OCH returns to his Autoreply home with a new series of split releases. OCH opens with "Deltic" which sets the mood with tough yet soulful Chicago vibes. His second contribution is "Freeze-Thaw" showcasing a deep, hypnotic groove alongside powerful sub-bass, lush female vox with dreamy analogue pads that bridge the gap between artistic creativity and memorable club versatility. Next up it's Romanian all-rounder, The Model, who has previously graced premium labels such as Traum Schallplatten and International DJ Gigolo. Here he delivers two ultra-phat workouts in the form of "Dungeon Man", an infectious chord driven floor-burner and "Stancuto" a stripped back, percussive take on the same theme demonstrating his emerging new warehouse sound with just the slightest salute to Echocord or Dehnert.
OCH - "Scammell" (Jay Bliss remix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
OCH - "Scamell" (original mix) - (6:35) 120 BPM
Jay Bliss - "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" (OCH remix) - (6:46) 124 BPM
Jay Bliss - "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" (original mix) - (7:18) 123 BPM
Review: OCH has a strong pedigree of collaborations with fellow underground stalwart Jay Bliss the latest to share space on a Autoreply record with the label boss. Bliss should be known to many as the co-owner of Electrique Boutique alongside Markus Homm, for a long time the only vinyl outlet in Romania, and his discography makes for impressive reading these days. Recent times have seen Mr Bliss share record space with the likes of Skudge and Petre Inspirescu on respected imprints like 20:20 Vision, All Inn, Hudd Traxx and Fear Of Flying. AUTO 015 kicks off with a bouncy rework of OCH's "Scammell" from Bliss featuring sub-aqua sound-scapes and sonar blips on an instantly playable US inspired groove. OCH's original has a distinctly liquid approach possibly referencing the work of LTJ Bukem and Good Looking over techno framework. Jay's main offering "Men Are From Mars" is controlled acid which OCH shifts up a gear for peak time floor play layering the original TB303 patterns to a thundering climax.
Review: Following on from his 2012 Autoreply debut The Model steps up again with a precise, deadly and effective two tracker. As a producer he can never be pigeonholed, serving up his mysterious blends of deep, robotic, space- funk across labels like Traum Schallplatten, Crosstown Rebels and his own Adult Central imprint . "Night Time's The Right Time" finds the Romanian in fine form, laying down punchy drums with pulsating bass, persistent chords and analog synth-tension. Flip the disc for "Wolf" and you get a darker, dub-driven take over the same infectious, floor-shaking beats.