Review: Constant Sound welcome a true stalwart of underground UK house and techno, the one and only 100HZ. Lee Renacre has been delivering distinctive club tracks with an ear-snagging kink since the early '90s, and he's sounding as inspired as ever on this new release. "Jive" skips and swings with urgency, but the synths soar like the loftiest Motor City anthems. "Honkey (Crazy Hats)" is a more obscure affair that uses subtle inflections of rhythm and texture to create an immersive trip anchored to a steady kick. "Ochos" is a dreamier cut that places the emphasis on melody and atmospherics rather than straight up beats, creating a beautiful slice of machine soul in the process.
Review: After kicking off their label in style with Burnski's 'Your Love' backed up by remixes from Trus Me and Steve O'Sullivan, Constant Sound use their second release to showcase a pair of up and coming producers from Newcastle., A Scott & Richard Rowell. 'Mrs J' has been burning a hole in Burnski's bag for some time now, waiting for the right opportunity to get unleashed on the public good and proper. This time around, the choice of guest remixers shows the true digging nature of the Constant Sound team, as cult German production duo Cab Drivers are invited up to do their thing. With a multitude of aliases running since the mid 90s on their own Cabinet Records imprint, Daniel Paul and Jens Augustowsky have received praise from high places for their finely honed, crisply executed house and techno. Leonel Castillo meanwhile brings a hypnotic South American touch to 'Mrs J', as the Argentinian producer draws upon more than a decades worth of experience releasing on labels such as Aux-Rec, Airdrop and Sushitech. That leaves it to label bosses Burnski and Jon Woodall to team up under their shared Constant guise, giving the collaborative project a debut airing with this sleek and strutting reinterpretation of A Scott & Richard Rowell's original track.
Review: Italian producer Benjamin Taylor (real name L. Constantino) is up next on Burnski's ever reliable Constant Sound, following up some great releases for Resopal Schallware and his recently launched own BT Records. Taylor proves himself quite competent in the art of dub techno here: from the delay-laden and bass driven groove of "Polarized", the icy and cavernous deep atmospherics of "Another Work" to the smooth glacial bounce of "Another Planet" which will work a treat at the cool down moments guaranteed. A solid collection of back room dubs bound to do the trick during the warm up or the afterhours alike.
Review: Active as a record releasing producer for a decade, James 'Burnski' Burnham has credits for a wide variety of labels in his discography, gracing everyone from Boe to Hot Creations. Constant Sound is a new label from the man, set up with Jon Woodall, Burnski's production partner as Constant. Music from Cab Drivers, Kris Wadsworth, A Scott, and Richard Rowell is promised over the coming months but it's a solo record from Burnski that kicks matters off with Your Love. A collaboration with vocalist Beckford, "Your Love" is one of those insistent, driving house cuts with dashes of acid to it and it's complemented by remixes from Prime Numbers man Trus'me and Mosaic boss Steve O'Sullivan who take the cut in markedly different directions. A solid start for Constant Sound!
Review: Leeds tech house hero James Burnham aka Burnski helms the Constant Sound imprint which has given us some tight grooves by Laura Jones, Paolo Rocco and Diego Krause of late. Here he serves up this new Lost In Translation EP but in our opinion there's nothing to take the wrong way here. On the contrary, opening track "Circuits" is tough and sleek Ibiza ready tech house that packs a punch, "X" is rough and raw house music that's stripped back and as tracky as you like it, "Flight 723" is deep and slinky tech house executed in the same style as Dusky, Huxley or any of the Aus Music crew while the title track is the deepest not to mention darkest offering here with a generous serving of 303 acid for good measure.
Review: Burnski's debut album DNA dropped on Constant Sound last year, and now the label have called upon a strong cast of characters to do the remix duty on some of the LP's key tracks. Parisian trio Mandar bring a heart-melting tone to "Another Source" without losing their insistent shuffle, while Diego Krause strips things down with a functional broth of minimal minded business. The original mix of "Another Source" gets a fresh outing, and very fine it sounds too. That leaves it to Laura Jones to twist out a hypnotic electro version of "I Like You".
Review: Burnski's Constant Sound label keeps on trucking with this prime cut of crystalline tech-house for the more discerning heads. Lead track "Faith" is a feisty little groover, threading a wealth of field recordings and playful synth flourishes in between the fundamental rhythm section. "Get Up" has a freakier micro house bump to it that harks back to Burnski's Trapez days, while "Vertigo" does a marvelous job of spinning ones head right out with all manner of quivering synth tones. "Daydreamer" takes things a touch deeper to finish the record off with some crafty percussion, woozy melodic swells and immersive chord throbs in the lower register.
Review: Burnski brings it on home with a new drop for his label Constant Sound, showcasing that chunky, dynamic tech house sound that he's made his own for decades now. From the driving immersion of "Process" to the skeletal machine funk of "Systems" and on to the rabble-rousing jack of "Long Train", this is Burnski doing what Burnski does best. He switches stance for EP closer "Effect", which brings a beautiful dub techno variation to this classy EP with the inimitable voice of Paul St Hilaire ringing out amidst the metallic chords and subby bass.
Review: Dutch producer Chris Stussy has been seriously busy in the past couple of years dropping slick and slender tech house on labels like Eastenderz, Rutilance, Djebali and Moscow Records. Now he appears on Constant Sound with yet more sophisticated dancefloor gold. "Take A Leap Of Faith" leads the charge with a driving yet delectably dubbed out take on peak time tech house, peppered with vocal slices and a cheeky acid rub. Relic offers up a remix that straps a sharp, swinging garage house beat to the track with excellent results. "Point Loma" is a funky workout with some cracking slap bass hits, and "Limerence" gets a little quirky without losing the immersive atmosphere of the lead track.
Review: There is no rest for Constant Sound as the label quickly follows up top tracks and remixes from the likes of Paolo Rocco, Nail and Steve O'Sullivan with this new offering from Constant, aka the boss men themselves, namely Jon Woodall and Burnski. It also comes with remixes from Blackhall & Bookless, S.A.M and A Scott.
The Constant pair are well versed in house music in all its guises, both as DJ and producers, and it shows once again here. Their first cut, 'Dub Life', is a slithering, slippery and frictionless house roller with tunnelling percussive patterns, restless drums and myriad synth smears that really pull you down into a seductive groove. Subtle vocals add character and ensure this one will keep 'floors locked for days.
Acclaimed London based, Geordie raised duo Blackhall & Bookless then step up. As well as running their own night and label under the Jaunt banner, they play all over Europe and Ibiza so are well travelled talents. Their remix is a fired up, peak time techno leaning bomb with barreling kicks, ravey stabs and Detroit referencing pads that really grab your attention.
The S.A.M. reshape then offers up elastic, spaced out deep house vibes with airy hi hats, lots of height in the drums and plenty of feeling in the slithering synth lines that lace up the track. Closing out the package is a remix from returning label artist A Scott, who appeared on the second EP alongside Chad and once again impresses here. His fine remix is a lovably flabby and cavernous track with oodles of reverb, rattling train track like grooves and atmospheric pads that swirl all around you as you drift in his air beats. It rounds out another assured and accomplished package from Constant Sound.
Review: Berlin tech house hero Diego Krause returns for the Abyss EP on Constant Sound. The title track is a fitting title for this tunnelling and trance inducing dub house cut, which rolls along nicely. Things lighten up considerably on "Realms", this is more of a soulful and sunny tech house cut that you could have imagined Krause rinsing at open air parties this past Summer in the German capital. Finally 'Archetype" gets all tracky and subterranean again with the dubby aesthetic making a welcome return on this surefire DJ tool for the late night.
Review: Romanian producer Iuly.B has been turning out his wares on all the right labels, from Visionquest and Claque Musique to Memoria and Fuse London, and now he's been tapped up by Burnski's Constant Sound label to unfurl a vision of minimal house in 2018. At this stage the influence of early deep techno is as powerful as any kind of modern stripped down house sound, and that comes through in abundance on the shimmering, ambient-tinged "Spaceport". "Meditate" draws upon some of the more familiar tropes of minimal house.
Review: The next drop on Constant Sound sees Josh Baker and Alfie Jack team up following their excellent joint outing on Aesthetic earlier this year. We open up with a seductive blend of minimal tech beats and plush, trance-licked synths on "Conquest Of Time", which is promptly followed up by the leaner, heads-down grooves of "5am Club" for the deeper dancefloor contingent. "Shake Effect" is a feisty offering with a bassy strut, snappy samples and lashings of atmospheric FX, and then "Devon Break" flips the script with a rolling breakbeat number peppered with acidic blips and bloops.
Review: Gavin Herlihy is a stalwart of 21st century tech house, with an impressive run of labels under his belt from Cadenza and Culprit to Crosstown Rebels and Leftroom. His Karousel alias pops up from time to time too, this time on Burnski's unrelenting Constant Sound label. "Angel" kicks things off with a light, subtly off-kilter mood. "In Somnium" has a luxurious acidic rub to it thanks to the nagging monosynth bassline coursing throughout, but this rave-baiting trope is balanced out by airy pads and a sleek tech house beat. Completing the set, "Come Inside" is a more knotty affair, using all kinds of organic samples and a more detailed sound palette to whip up some dancefloor magic.
Review: Kepler has already been on a barnstorming run over the past 12 months with key drops on Pleasure Zone, Hoarder and Discotech amongst many others, not to mention his killer garage excursions as 0113. Now he shores up on Constant Sound with some fizzing, energetically charged techno that packs a punch and dazzles on top thanks to an acute sense of melody. DX7 organ basslines collide with cosmic arps and a thumping rhythm section on "Contact", while "Afterglow" takes things a little deeper without dropping the tempo. "Movement" revels in a cascade of interwoven synth lines, while "Pulse" takes a leaner, clubbier route without losing that up-for-it rush around the upper 120 BPM range.
Review: Gottwood residents Krywald & Farrer have been slipping out some choice club wares for a fair few years now, not to mention running the Persies label among many others. But now they make their first appearance for the mighty, prolific Constant Sound. "Landing On Mars" blows open the creativity of these two fast-rising producers in spectacular style, fusing taut drum machine propulsion with loose percussion and cosmically charged synths. "Olympus" is a fair contrast with its gnarly acid line and peppy tempo, while "Pulverise" makes use of a breakbeat to weave something spooky and sinuous in equal measure. "Bump Strasse" finishes things off with some tasteful, dusty deep house for the late morning crew.
Laura Jones - "Crystalline" (original mix) - (6:00) 126 BPM
Laura Jones - "Nothing Lost" (Endian remix) - (7:44) 127 BPM
Stephen Brown - "Concave" (original mix) - (5:39) 130 BPM
Stephen Brown - "PV" (original mix) - (8:38) 130 BPM
Review: Burnski and Jon Woodall's Constant Sound label continues to reach skywards following the formers essential DNA album, welcoming the ever-reliable Laura Jones and Stephen Brown into the mix with a collaborative effort that matches club precision with machine soul in equal measure. "Crystalline" works around Detroit motifs to great effect, while "Concave" ramps up the swing factor for a spacey number that gets fancy with the FX. "PV" too does a fine job of making the synths ping around the mix with a jammed-out feel, while Endian delivers a remix of "Nothing Lost" that leans on Berlin techno dynamics while injecting some colour into the situation.
Review: The crisp tech house machinations of Constant Sound continue apace with this excellent transmission from the ever rising Michael James. "The Story Unfolds" leads the way with a set of slick and slender rhythms locked into a quintessential minimal house swing, with plenty of subtle micro sampling bubbling away between the beats. "VSHL" has a chunkier disposition, using bolder percussive strokes that punch in unison with the wobbly synth lines. "Perseid" is a trippy affair loaded with zippy effects and dubby effects, and then "H15" rounds the EP out with a resolutely deep 4/4 meditation.
Review: Burnski's Constant Sound imprint continues its fine run of form via a rock-solid EP from prolific Romanian duo NTFO. Continuing the vibe of the pair's original recent releases, opener 'Metodic' sits somewhere between driving European tech house and chunky, melody-rich deep house - all restless bass, spacey aural textures, reverb-laden lead lines and crispy drum sounds. 'Adjuvant Register' opts for a warmer but no less impactful or hypnotic blend of tech-house and deep house elements, while closing cut 'Candva Cumva' is a forthright and funky take on the more intergalactic end of the tech-house spectrum.
Review: Following on from his debut Pakzad release last year, Justin Pak returns to the Constant Sound roster for more tripped out techno. "Clutch" is a mid-paced roller that resounds to moody bass and tight break beats. Meanwhile on "Correlation", he puts his focus on a more atmospheric sound, with understated kicks, eerie synths and crisp, shiny percussion prevailing. It's like an amalgamation of Lost Trax-style electro and UK bass. However, the most dance floor-friendly cut is "Timeless", where Pak delivers a rolling, acid-flecked groove that'll appear to DJs who like understated but effortlessly effective club music.
Review: Although only a few months have passed since Constant Sound was first minted, the label run by Burnski and Jon Woodall is now ready to unleash its fourth EP. Entitled Raw Moments, it features a hot original by Paolo Rocco and is backed with accomplished remixes from the legendary Nail as well as boss man Burnski. The title track is built on rock solid kick drums that bounce and bobble about as curious bird sounds and gloopy synths dart about next to cow bells and hi hats. It's expertly lively and robust.First to re-imagine the track is Burnski, who injects some seriously fat bass, a subtle sense of shuffle and infectiously crafted grooves laden with dub motifs and rich reverb. It's perfectly designed for no frills and non stop dancing, frankly. Last to remix is DIY Discs man, Classic Music Company associate and all round house tastemaker Nail. His Smoke Dub is a bulky house jam with buffed metal melodies, squelchy drums and sci-fi synth sounds that is deep, stays low and is perfect for back room basements.
Review: Constant Sound continues to press ahead as one of the most productive entities in the minimal scene, and they're sounding as on-point as ever with this collaborative EP from Per Hammar and Okain. These two stripped back tech house champs bounce off each other perfectly, creating the kind of limber workouts that will sink under the skin of the after hours crowd with ease. Look out for closing track "Double Brew", which folds some gorgeous dub techno inflections into the mix with stunning results.
Review: Constant Sound is back to the program, following up some great releases of late by heavyweights such as Vinyl Speed Adjust, Iuly.B and boss man Burnski himself. Next up is mysterious newcomer Public Housing who serves up three scorching tech house jams. First up we have the smooth and dubby DJ tool "One Handed Dancer" which is followed up by a cavernous and glacial remix by label alumnus Benjamin Taylor. For something a little different, he offers up the sweltering tribal rhythms of "Taken To Task" which will certainly hypnotize you into submission.
Review: Taking inspiration from the film Aliens, Pvt Vasquez sends in three dubbed out techno bombs with none more undeniable than "What I Mean". It's been a while since we heard this classic formula dublicated so well. For the housier option there's "Salt" which does away with saw waves for classic rhode stabs and deeper house reverb to match. The Heavyweight title goes to "Outliers" with its warehouse reverb, industrial atmospheres and squashed grooves. Deep deep in dub.
Review: Making his first appearance on Constant Sound, Subb-An comes correct with the deadly breaks flow of "Access" that pivots neatly between bass music and the minimal house blueprint. "Rewire" is a much lighter affair thanks to a classy chord sound that modulates at the core of the track, bringing a melodic hook into the mix to wonderful effect. Burnski and Michael James then team up as Relic to deliver a remix of "Rewire" that's heavy on the funk, doing a great job of tweaking that chord line and pouring some serious heft into the lower regions of the frequency range.
Review: Next up from the Constant Sound team they welcome the warbling wonders of Tom Frankel, who lands a very impressive four track creation, jam packed with old school garage goodness. We begin with the subtle sub textures and minimal drum movements of the title track 'Vagabond', before 'Sordid' lets loose a barrage of shimmering hi-hat patterns above a wavy bassline below. Finally, the skippy textures 'Multitude' combine bubbling drumwork with hard hitting sub-tones to give us a final injection of ravers energy, before Pvt. Vasquez delivers a breaksy rethink to call time of proceedings. Awesome!
Capricorn Meet Leo (original mix) - (6:48) 124 BPM
Capricorn Meet Leo (The Persuader remix) - (6:12) 123 BPM
Review: Completing a quick fire trio of new EPs, Constant Sound hits release number six with a pair of new tracks from VRSION that come with a dance floor friendly remix from Persuader. VRSION is a German producer who has already made a big impact with his release on Craig Richards' excellent The Nothing Special label. Following up that in fine style is the opener here, 'Torn', which is a hurried and urgent track that sits on the divide between house and techno. It is driven and slick, rubbery and hypnotic but has plenty of nuance and funk in its well programmed drums. Some occult sounds and wordless vocals embellished the whole thing and it really is the sort of track that blows dance floors apart and will stand out in any set. 'Capricorn Meet Leo' then toys with kinked drum patterns, rattling percussion and fathom deep bass that sucks you right into VRSION's world. It's a restless place where harmonies ride up and down the scale, cause claps come at you from odd angles and dark vocals add a sense of paranoia. Remixing this one is Persuader, who does so with a stripped back sense of restrain. he retains the original's weirdness, but layers in serene pads and tripped out atmospherics that really make it ripe for playing at 4am. This is the most adventurous release yet for Constant Sound, and is sure to prove one of its bets as a result.