Review: Berlin native Andreas Henneberg has been working behind the scenes since the mid '90s as a producer, label owner and mastering engineer. He's also been a prolific producer over the years with releases on Areal, Kiddaz.fm and Heinz - in addition to running his own SNOE, Cascandy and Voltage Musique labels. His riveting new effort "Duff Trip" will hypnotise you into submission with its sublime melodic arrangements over its driving minimalist groove that is reminiscent of late 2000s glory days of German minimal. The heads down reductionist bounce of "Equal To Each Other" is much more functional for DJ use, while the full throttle energy of "AHAP" or the dubby and intoxicating tones of "Nomades" are indeed also worthy reliable arsenal for DJs.
Review: Dave Angel has been releasing electronic music for over 20 years, so it doesn't come as a surprise that his latest release is less frenetic than his jazz-techno records of yore. However, "Voodoo" is not short on the UK producer's signature techniques. Snares build and crash, smoky trumpets sound out in the background and a buzzing bassline provides the all-important backing. On "Tomahawk", the beats are stripped back and tough, but Angel can't resist adding musical elements and soon enough, it veers into hypnotic chord sequences. Finally, there's "Give it Up", which revisits his 39 Flavours of Tech-Funk mix thanks to its insistent percussion and dubby beats.
Review: David Angelico Nicholas Gooden, or simply known as Dave Angel, is a British house and techno legend, that's just a fact. The man has been going string since 1990 and has appeared on everything from the mythical RCA, to London's very own R&S and his own Rotation imprint, of course. In 2015 he joins forces with John Digweed, another British dance music legend, and released an EP for the man's Bedrock institution. "Progress", as the name impartially suggests, is a classic progressive house monster for the big room, where hypnotic waves of sound are carried forwards by militant drums and percussion. "Stand Strong" carries more swing and its melodies are hidden deeper among the kick-snares, a rather memorable collection of sounds once they're freed from the depths of the mix.
Review: After releasing on labels like Poker Flat (who can forget "Love Dose"?) Bpitch Control and Cadenza, Greek techno sensation Argy is welcomed to the Bedrock stable. This two-tracker sounds like he was always destined to release on Jon Digweed's label and is his most musical release to date. On "Belen", gushing, expansive chords and insistent filtering unravel over a system-levelling bass pulse, while a similar approach is audible on "Alfredo". There, the bass purrs powerfully and dramatic chords shimmer and gradually climax in a dramatic crescendo. It's not hard to imagine either track causing serious damage on Ibizan dance floors.
Review: For their first single of 2015, John Digweed's Bedrock label has turned to Romanian producers Atapy (best known for his appearance on Get Physical) and BOg (previously of Crosstown Rebels and Fumakilla). The twosome are more than up to the challenge, and here deliver a contrasting pair of tracks that perfectly fit Bedrock's emotion-rich, atmospheric ethos. Opener "Strung" - all heart-stopping strings, tactile grooves and bittersweet chords - is particularly impressive, and packs more beauty into seven minutes than many would think possible. Virtual flipside "Despair" includes similarly evocative strings, but goes deeper and darker in search of spine tingling late night thrills.
Review: Following on from his awesome 'Dragon Man' album, Belgium's leading electronic artist returns with a truly spectacular EP. Lead track 'Faint Hope' is a real moment of beauty for Bailey, very laid back and with 'end of night' tune stamped all over it, it is something excitingly fresh from the superstar talent. 'Sa Trinxa' and 'Bom Bang!' are more down the line of his typical sound, while completely the hefty package is a rocking new Dave Angel remix of 'Rubber Band'. Quality EP not to be missed!!
Review: Bedrock have fired off from all cylinders to launch into 2012, and here drop a killer new EP from the ever consistent Marco Bailey. It's another dose of outside the box progressive and tech house across four tracks, following on from his acclaimed Dragon Man album. The lead track 'Lotus' is the most floor focused of the lot, driven by a techno groove and flickering melodies sparsely splashed. 'K4West' is all about the old school vibes of the main riff, while our pick of the pack is the pacier 'Oriental Disco', which will rock it in a spectrum of sets from progressive warm-up to peak-time techno.. Check this out!!
Review: We all know by now that John Digweeds Bedrock bring the heat to the floor, and over the past year they have been at their very best. This latest release is a real gem with two of our favourite forward thinking producers coming together. Belgian techno don Marco Bailey hot on the heels of his 'High Volume' album, locks horns with fellow countryman Filterheadz for two wicked tech-meets-prog smashers. First up is the dark and twisted 'Mansion' with a throbbing bottom end and eerie fills, while 'Avenue' in perfect contrast is lighter and funkier with a relentless techno rhythm and the Filterheadz trademark tribal vibes flashing through. This is a partnership that most definitely works, more of the same please!
Review: Bog's "Drawing Board" kick starts this collaborative release with Jonas Saalbach in suitably epic mode. Haunted, hypnotic vocal tones are married to epic synth stabs and a pulsing groove for a more electronic take on Bedrock's signature sound. That trademark style is audible on the pumping house of "Abrial", which is also characterised by its floaty synths and major breakdown, while Bog veers off into more Get Physical style minimal house for "Amarna". However, the biggest shifts in sound occur on the collaborative efforts. "Indie Rubels" is a pumping techno groove with Middle Eastern undercurrents and "The Prince" is a dreamy, melancholic affair, more introspective and delivered without the typical Bedrock bluster.
Review: The Berlin-based duo Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier aka Booka Shade return to Bedrock to unveil their second EP for John Digweed's imprint. Following up last year's Rosebud EP., the Get Physical staples and Blauefield Music bosses open this new EP with the moody yet evocative dancefloor drama of "Understanding" complimented by some passionate female vocals. This is followed by the slinky and hypnotising tech house cut "Somus" powered by its ethereal melody and razor sharp bassline. Ending with the powerful peak time cut "Retox" with its adrenalised arpeggio that takes it all the way home.
Review: Berlin tech house heroes Booka Shade deliver their new EP for John Digweed's Bedrock imprint this November, featuring three electrifying cuts. The Blaufield Music founders Booka Shade have long been respected figures in the contemporary electronic music scene, having racked up a handful of crossover cuts amongst their regular output aimed towards more underground realms - here we see them focusing on the latter. "Rosebud" sees them employ their idiosyncratic style of melodic and emotional groove, while the hypnotic and entracing "Lust 2.1" allows for more introverted moments under the strobelight. Finally, they lunge straight for the jugular on the moody and epic dancefloor drama of "Velvet".
Review: An exciting new year for electronic music swiftly kicks into gear, as John Digweed's Bedrock label unveils the highly creative new Buraki project. We are not exactly sure who is behind the mysterious project just yet - but whoever it is sure has the label's distinct aesthetic in mind! It has resulted in these three lush cuts. From the slinky and hypnotic "Silk" which is sure to get those strobed-out moments of tunnel vision on the dancefloor, through to the glassy-eyed and evocative "Into The Light Mix" with its humming bassline and rich tapestry of melodies and chords - all building up to an epic climax. The Into The Dark Mix on the other hand is just like the name suggests and ventures into much moodier and atmospheric territory that's perfectly suited to the later A.M. hours.
Review: Carassi is a relatively new name, but he has already made his mark with releases on Drumcode, Harthouse and Sleaze. This outing on Jon Digweed's label will do his reputation no harm. "Hungexpo" is a firing, percussive affair, its jagged hats and tough kicks providing the basis for an abrasive acid segue. "Vection" is just as powerful. The Italian producer's love of hard-hitting percussion is audible again, this time thanks to some driving snares, while the billowing Mike Dehnert-style chord sequence and concrete beats will endear Carassi to fans of German techno. Fachwerk and its owner had better watch out!
Review: Laurence Blake aka Citizenn had been named DJ Magazine's Breakthrough DJ of 2013. He was only just getting started. Following up great releases on the likes of Crosstown Rebels, W&O Street Tracks and 20:20 Vision, he now the presents this brilliant three tracker on John Digweed's mighty Bedrock. He's sure come a long way since the New Jersey house sound he was smashing out a few years ago; as heard on the epic progressive house euphoria of "Confide". "U Cant Rel8" is another sleek and slinky groove reminiscent of early noughties progressive house, while the EP finishes with a right bang in the form of a tribal tech house stomper that's equally nostalgic: think back to the deep and moody grooves of late nineties tribal tech house by Hipp-E & Halo or Tyler Stadius on "To The Enlightenment"
Review: With the likes of Dave Angel on it's books, John Digweed's Bedrock label is known more for the tech side of tech-house, so new additions Coyu and Ramiro Lopez fit right at home. Having said that, they do touch on a variety of styles over the course of the four tracks here including the hissy thump of the title track, the eerie, Popof-esque "Requiem For The Crazyness" and the sparse and raw voodoo-tech of EP winner "Tolio".
Review: Cristoph has released on some of house music's most high-profile labels - Truesoul, Circus and Sasha's Last Night On Earth - while Olander's Vivrant imprint is consistently home to chart-topping progressive house tracks. It's no surprise then that their debut release for Bedrock sees them in fine, melodic form. The title track is an epic, pulsating groove that resounds to rich, epic strings tranced out synth builds and a rumbling bass - the perfect combination to ensure big room euphoria. "Dimensions" is somewhat more subdued, but its fusion of a rolling groove with crystalline melodies means that it will have the same effect as "Last Dance".
Review: Christopher Mohn and Reagan Denius are Dance Spirit, a Los Angeles-based duo. The combination of Reagan's formal music and computer programming training, with Chris' burning passion for dance music and DJing has created a unique coupling of true creative synergy that has been key to their success - with a new album nearing completion and the launch of their new Communion label and party brand. The mesmerising "Raver Etiquette" is a statement about the ever evolving scene and how they identify with the culture pertaining to their roots. Also on offer is the blissed-out minimal acid of "Candy Flip", the slinky and tripped-out early morning tech house journey of "Going Strong" (which again displays their elaborate use of melody and atmospherics) and the moody descent into the abyss that is "Speaker Freaker".
Review: It's not like Bedrock have ever been off their game over the past decade, but it has to be said of late they have once again raised the bar and are rocking at their very best. Check out this brilliant five track EP from buzzy artist Maxime Dangles (behind last years 'Sante' smash). 'Hold Up' kicks things off nicely with a dark and intense vibe yet carrying plenty of energy and an infectious groove (which becomes the staple across all five tracks). 'My Boo', in perfect contrast is a lighter affair, while 'Spagetjack' and 'Transparence' go back to twisted club sounds.. You need to be packing this in your music collection.
Review: Aside from a number of influential releases for the likes of Belgium's R&S and Tronic, among other quality stables, Dave Angel has been at the forefront of John Digweed's Bedrock label over the last few years. He's back on it this week and he means business as usual; it's driving, effective house licks on "Scorpion", a chord-heavy club thrasher with the perfect crescendo, while "Orion" goes deeper and nastier, bringing in more sci-fi influences to the equation and plenty more percussive action to carry your feet on till the early morning.