Review: La Mancha-based duo Lopezhouse, named after founding member David Lopez, returns to Bedrock (alongside partner in crime Carlos Cruz) to follow up last year's riveting Sunburst EP with these slinky and hypnotic journeys - again delivered in their inimitable style. The moody low slung swagger of "Vostok" certainly signals a change of direction from the pair with its dark disco style - but we're definitely liking it. Second offering "Redstone" is something more familiar from the duo; a more evocative progressive house affair with its euphoric and elevating chords playing centre stage, backed by a rushing and bass-driven groove.
Review: Guy Mantzur and Khen are undoubtedly two of Tel Aviv's most respected progressive house producers. They joined forces for a collaborative two track EP titled Where Is Home last year on John Digweed's legendary Bedrock label - which they've now decided to revisit via the remix route. The track in question receives an emotive rendition by Hamburg deep house hero Mathias Meyer; the Watergate resident harnessing the life-affirming energy of the original, yet taking the power of the groove onto the main room dancefloor. Next up rising Dutchman Kasper Koman (Anjunadeep/Mango Alley) gets onboard for the 4AM remix of "My Golden Cage" which draws the track into moodier territory with its foreboding bassline, clipped rhythms and murky atmosphere.
Review: More forward thinking progressive sounds as always coming from Bedrock HQ, with this new EP by EdOne: a DJ and producer based in Spain that has released music on labels such as Innervisions, MoBlack, Stil vor Talent and more. Be enthralled by his latest main room exciter "Cramp" featuring the most mesmerising melody you'll hear this year, backed by a rich sonic tapestry of dreamy sounds. The twisted, almost dystopian sonic narrative of "Freedom" is quite reminiscent of his exploits on Dixon & Ame's label recently, and closing it out with the cerebral and introspective epic "Ruled By Inept".
Review: Lopezhouse are a duo consisting of David Lopez and Carlos Cruz from La Mancha, Spain. They return to John Digweed's esteemed Bedrock label after some great releases recently on Hafendisko and Sincopat. Their new Sunburst EP features the strobed-out and entrancing title track, which will entice you onto the dancefloor with its slinky aesthetic, the tech house vibe continues on the infectious minimal bounce of "Midnight Sun", the slo-mo chill house of "Strumming Bridges" and closing out this wonderful outing is the evocative mood music of "Pinksauce" which is perfect to hear as the morning sun comes shining through the windows.
Review: Bedrock takes one step back and three steps forward with this great remix package. Originally released back in 2013, the Japanese Popstars' collaboration with Green Velvet gets first reworked by Coyu. Underpinning Cajmere's vocals with tough drums and a pumping rhythm, the Suara boss delivers a big room re-rub. OC & Verde have done two versions - the pair's remix is an acid-soaked affair with the vocal sample on repeat, while their dub take strips out the vocal and puts a focus on the fusion of acid and eerie synths. The final remix comes from the The Japanese Popstars themselves, with a ravey take on the original.
Review: Celebrating their 150th digital release in true label style, John Digweed's Bedrock serves up another stellar release from the all star quartet Knives Out, which features industry veterans Sasha, Barry Jamieson (Evolution), Dave Gardner (Cosmonauts) and Dennis White aka The Static Revenger/Latroit. The resulting effort is the slinky and hypnotic bliss of "Sugarcoat", awash in entrancing melodies, ethereal layers of pads and complex rhythm programming - prepare to lose yourself in this one on the dancefloor. The remix sees the aforementioned Sasha working his magic as always, with the Last Night On Earth boss taking the track into mesmerizing and anthemic territory.
Review: Little is known about the producer known as Knives Out, but we can say for certain that this mysterious act is helping Bedrock to mark its 150th release in style. The title track is a subtle affair that builds and breaks in an understated fashion, its irresistibly frosty melodies accompanied by a clicky, stripped back rhythm. Fittingly, Jon Digweed's label has tapped Sasha to remix "Sugarcoat"; the storied DJ picks up the pace by building a throbbing, pulsating arrangement, while reverberating vocals slice their way through spaced out melodies. It's a delectable remix, the icing on the top of this special release.
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: Liverpudlian Steve Parry returns to Bedrock with his new epic "Dont You Ever Stop". A moody and hypnotic venture down into the void, powered by soulful vocals and shrieking acid inflections - this one is sure to get proper tunnel vision happening under the strobe light. Label head honchos John Digweed and Nick Muir then get stuck into a rework of up next, which by contrast is much more positive and euphoric, with its elevating chord progression and roaring bassline. With over two decades of experience behind the decks and running SMP3 Music - as well as Selador Recordings alongside Dave Seaman - you're in good hands with this progressive house veteran.
Review: Tel Aviv-based duo Guy Mantzur and Khen deliver a hard hitting masterclass in pure progressive house vibes. These lifelong friends have both had successful individual releases on John Digweed's legendary Bedrock label - so this was a logical progression really. Features the slinky and hypnotic freefall of "Where Is Home" that's sure to elevate the dancefloor to a higher state of consciousness. Going down a slightly moodier route is the atmospheric minimal tech house epic "Golden Cage" with its mental arpeggios and clipped drum patterns sure to enhance any state of tunnel vision rather effectively on this magical slow burner.
Review: Veteran Berlin producer and sound engineer Hannes Bieger returns to esteemed progressive powerhouse Bedrock, following up his debut EP "Stars" which was met with huge critical acclaim at the tail end of last year. Since stepping into the spotlight as an artist in his own right in 2017, Bieger has focused his bounteous energy on producing his own music and creating an unforgettable live show. Now presenting the tunnelling and strobelit acid inflections of "A Million Souls" featuring the stunning vocals of Francesca Lombardo, and yet another example of his spine-tingling electronic wizardry in the form of "Echelon" - a more upbeat and groovy affair on the tech house tip that is reminiscent of his recent work on Hamburg's Poker Flat.
Review: Since his acclaimed release "Gazebo" on Border Community back in 2005, Toronto-based producer Jake Fairley aka Fairmont has displayed an ability to fuse well crafted songwriting with powerful electronic attitude. Following up his last appearance on BEDDIGI123, his eagerly awaited follow-up, the Scropulus EP, unveils another immaculate track collection. From the seething and dirty EBM-influenced pulse of "Frozen In Glass", the similarly noirish arpeggiations creep their way into the hypnotic progressive house journey of the title track and all culminating with the atmospheric minimal house journey that is "Terminal Z" harking back to his sound in the mid noughties and closing out one killer release.
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 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: Veteran American DJ/producer Randall Jones made his Bedrock debut way back in 2003 on The Pathwork EP. A return to the label has been long overdue and his new 53 Stickup EP sees his first solo release in over a decade. The title track is a dreamy and melodic tech house cut, awash in intricate rhythms and a dazzling array of melodies - the sort of track you could imagine Lee Burridge playing at a Los Angeles rooftop party this summer. Label co-head Nick Muir steps up for a remix that injects the track with more energy and dancefloor dynamics, and a second original offering in the form of "Lucky Charm" a moody and atmospheric epic with a menacing razor sharp bassline. An edit follows by Jones' old Philly-based posse Tigerhook, which hones in on the darker and dubbier elements of the track.
Review: Quivver (aka John Graham) is a true musical innovator: a legend in electronic music circles, renowned since the early '90s as being one of the scene's most essential creators and whose musical palette is intensely inspired and musically diverse. His contributions to Bedrock such as "On & On" and "Mumbo Jumbo/This Was" were chart-topping, critically acclaimed highlights - and his 2019 return to the label with the One Darker EP is yet another exceptional artistic statement. The slinky and hypnotic title track slithers through the subs with its razor sharp bassline, seething atmosphere and intricate rhythmic arrangements. Graham then dons the Skanna alias for a darkside drum 'n' bass/techstep rework that sounds straight out of the late '90s.
Review: Originally released way back in 2010 on Bedrock, John Digweed and long-time production partner Nick Muir's "Satellite" now gets reworked by Oxia, an artist the duo has long admired. The French producer takes the pair's big room sound and makes it even more impactful. The beats are stripped back but steely and effective, while the synths swirl in menacingly overhead before dropping on a few occasions. While Digweed and Muir are known for their big room style, the Oxia reshape retains this sensibility but also catapults the pair into the techno domain. Expect to hear it in underground clubs over the summer season.
Review: Philipp Straub is a successful DJ/producer with more than 26 years experience and one of the leading lights of electronic music in Austria. With releases over the years on Recycled Loops, 8bit, and more recently Ovum and Knee Deep In Sound, he has proven that it's all about quality not quantity - and this new one on John Digweed's esteemed Bedrock testament to the fact. The Seperated Togetherness EP features equal parts emotion, tension and suspense for the late night, beginning with the epic dancefloor drama of "La Aperture" (with Fe Vargas) powered by its monster Reese bassline and shimmering array of melodies, the deep tribal tech house of "Jericho" and the absolutely mesmerising/hypnotic progressive vibe of "Collecting The Stars" (featuring Nilseus).
Review: With an newfound interest around the work of Frankfurt trance legend Oliver Lieb, it's fitting that his latest release comes courtesy of John Digweed's Bedrock imprint. The label head honcho has been a loyal follower of the German's releases for three decades, and who can forget the moment that "Netherworld" by L.S.G. (one of Lieb's more well known aliases) came tearing through on his seminal Northern Exposure 2 mix with sidekick Sasha back in 1997. Lieb's production expertise and knowledge of dancefloor dynamics are on fine display once again on the raw energy of "Red Phosphorus" a seething epic with the most all consuming bassline you'll hear this year, and a sublime array of melodies. This is backed up by the reduced and blissed-out tech house action of "Black Phosphorous and full throttle hypnotic techno banger "Violet Phosphorus".
Review: Melbourne's Jamie Stevens has long been a stalwart of the global progressive house scene nigh on three decades. A legendary DJ on his local scene, in addition to his success in live outfit Infusion in the early noughties, plus his output under his own name, Gentle and Monument over the years. He really cements his reputation here with a release on John Digweed's prog institution Bedrock. On his new offering "The Beneficiary" we see the Australian deliver an ethereal and hypnotic sonic journey that delves deep into the exotic, fuelled by African percussion and emotive layers of strings. While the slinky and hypnotic tech house of "A Bird In The Hand" works more with rich tapestry of melodies to work its spell on you.
Review: Los Angeles-based DJ Tara Brooks is a resident for Desert Hearts and Subtract Music, with a steady flow of productions and remixes appearing on the likes of Akbal, Kindisch, Balance Series and Exotic Refreshment - with that in mind her future is most definitely looking bright. She regularly warms up for Bedrock boss John Digweed at his US shows, so it is rather fitting that she debut's on his revered label with this EP. Eunoia (from ancient Greek, literally meaning 'beautiful thinking') features the slinky and tunnelling trance-induction of "Conscious Dream", plus two versions of the title track: a collaboration with renowned local yoga teacher Andrea Restivo. The first being a deep and hypnotic journey, while the second is an acid- inflected journey down the rabbit hole, filled with tension and suspense.
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.
Mono Electric Orchestra - "Neutral Density" - (8:37) 126 BPM
Fairmont - "Brothers Keeper" - (6:50) 123 BPM
Jimmy Van M & Juan Hansen - "Kobalt" - (6:55) 121 BPM
Edu Imbernon - "Indenait" - (9:37) 121 BPM
Quivver - "On & On" - (6:57) 124 BPM
Alan Fitzpatrick - "Vibes" - (8:03) 128 BPM
Reude Hagelstein - "Chromapark" - (6:55) 123 BPM
Review: John Digweed looks back on a terrific year that was 2018 - not to mention the 20th anniversary of his Bedrock label. This last year saw him serve up the Bedrock XX box set, team up with good mate Nick Muir on the terrific "Crazy Diamond" in addition to his awesome Live In Tokyo mix CD - so there's plenty to celebrate. Featured here are some of the year's highlights and exclusives alike by heroes of deep tech house such as: Booka Shade with their moody cruiser "Rosebud", Belgian veteran Jimmy Van M appears several times but is most on-form on "Cobalt", Systematic head honcho Marc Romboy with his impressive sci-fi epic "Cosmo" and the return of trance legend Oliver Lieb on the riveting "Epoxi".
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: Deep, dark grooves are the order of the day on this latest from the mighty Bedrock, served up with the label's usual flare for all things melodic and epic. Lead track 'Stars' kicks into life with ominous synth sweeps and a throbbing two-note lead line, before a wistful, indie-ish male vocal arrives. That's accompanied by a Dub and the similarly crafted but vocal-free 'Scoria', while the EP's completed by 'Titan', a more stripped back and eyes-down variation on the theme. With something of a John Carpenter-esque feel at times, if you're looking for tracks with plenty of big rooom drama you've come to the right place.
Ernesto Romeo - "Kobalt" (feat Jimmy Van M & uan Hansen - Synthwork) - (6:28) 121 BPM
Kobalt (Anormal rework) - (7:12) 121 BPM
Review: Bedrock deserves praise for releasing music by Juan Hansen. In his native Argentina, he has impressed with his live performances, and now he teams up with veteran DJ Jimmy Van M to finally release some music. The title track is a squelchy, moody house workout, with Hansen's vocals rising up dramatically over the throbbing low end. On "Madin", the pair focus on an acid-laced groove that builds and builds on the back of rolling snares to reach a dramatic crescendo. The release also contains two fine alternate versions of "Kobalt": the Synthwork take is deeper and pulsating, while on the Anormal rework, a wonderfully dubbed out version prevails. Presumably this is not the last we'll hear of Hansen.
Review: Jake Fairley's Fairmont project has graced well-known underground labels like Traum and Border Community, but now his move towards the big time continues with a follow-up release for Bedrock. While the title track contains all of the usual Fairmont / Fairley signatures - throbbing bass, trance hooks and psychedelic undercurrents - the vocal sample and spiralling builds are sure to appeal to a mainstream audience. On "Parrish", Fairley reverts to his deeper, electronic sound. Fuelled by a pulsating bass, glitchy percussion and dark, mutating riffs, it provides fans of Jon Digweed's label with a glimpse into the inner workings of one of techno's most idiosyncratic artists.