Review: Swiss deep house hero Ripperton leads the way on this split 12" from Character. "I'm Gonna Make You Love" is trippy, dreamy and epic deep house smothered in layers of mesmerising strings and pads and some soulful male house vocals. Detroit legend Niko Marks is back too it seems; he's teamed up with Carlos Nillmns on "The Night Not To End" featuring the the thought provoking spoken word poetry of Keter Darker (the new Gil Scott Heron some Chicagoans say!) over a seriously dusty deep house jam. They also offer us "Dark Ages" which goes for the classic, late nineties filtered disco house vibe.. and done damn well!
Review: Character is a relatively new venture from Switzerland's foremost purveyor of straight-up tech house goodness. Deetron is commonly found hanging around Music Man but he's started this new operation as a direct outlet for his music, and he follows up last year's Theory Of Light EP with the surefire party-starting attack of "The Believer". Both in its original and dub form, the chunky square wave bass notes and harmonising string notes hit with that channeling of Motor City magic that Deetron has made his name on. As an added bonus, "Dexterity" offers a completely different proposition made up of minimal drum lines and edgy bleep tones.
Review: Sam Geiser aka Deetron serves up a 5 tracker on his label Character. They are the producer's take on house music from the viewpoint of an accomplished DJ of nearly twenty years. Having carved a long standing reputation in both the techno and house worlds, Geiser exposes another side of his personality here. Utilising soul, funk and hip-hop production techniques, the tracks are built on sampled material, much in the vein of his earlier and heavily charted tracks. "I Got To Have You" starts off the EP in fine form, this soulful number having the same energy as previous anthems like "I Cling". He then gets down with some superb hi-tech soul on the stylish "Take Me Higher" while loopy latin house gets its turn on the infectious "Supper In Casa Blanca"
Review: Over the course of the last decade, Swiss stalwart Deetron has been responsible for a string of impressive remixes. Happily, these - and many others you may have missed - have now been collected together on the decidedly epic Re-Creation: Remixes Compiled. As you'd expect, the 25-track set flits between full-throttle, peak-time friendly techno futurism, bustling deep house goodness and more downbeat explorations that defy his reputation as a maker of killer club cuts. Highlights include the loved-up synth breakdowns and jacking, Chicago-style groove of his Juan MacLean remix, a wonderfully retro-futurist take on George Fitzgerald's "Every Inch", a thrusting, stab-happy revision of Quarion and a lusciously jazzy take on Todd Terje's "Alfonso Muskedender". That said, on another day we could have listed another five or six highlights: it really is that good.