Review: Prepare to indulge in your darkest disco fantasies courtesy of Correspondant's second collection of greatest hits and near misses. Featuring a stellar cast of indie-dance favourites, all serving up bold and stylistic electro-noir across 20 tracks. Black Merlin's dark ambient intro "Sub Conscious" sets the tone from the get-go that this is a largely brooding affair, just like on Bird of Paradise's knackered house epic "Brothel Drummer" from a few years back, and there's even moments of oddball IDM as heard on Borusiade's "Not Harmed". A duty of care was taken to highlight more recent offerings to the labels' catalogue too, such as The Juan Maclean's new beat influenced "Manthony", dark disco heroine Terr's wicked rendition of Fort Romeau's "DADA Pt. 1", and Irishman Cyence's strobe-lit "Slave" (Eurodollar Dub) which ventures into hypnotic techno territory.
Review: Cardini & Co. glance over the last few years of their discography over at Correspondant, serving up a finely curated selection of their trademark brand of dark disco on 'Collection Vol 1'. It features all the modern classics you could possibly need compiled in one package: from Gerd Janson's low slung remix of Yovav's "Caribbean Zen Mode", Julian Stetter's utterly mesmerising epic "Bushwick" and the neon-lit glory of Krystal Clear's reinterpretation of Terr's "Neuromancer" to more recent additions to the catalogue like Fideles' balearic tinged nu-disco groove "Brain Machine". Elsewhere, there are some proper anthems that couldn't possibly have been overlooked, such as Damon Jee's awe-inspiring "Charmaniac", Maceo Plex with the moody "Mutant Disco" (feat. Maars) and eclosing it out are label staples Red Axes with the very track which set them on course for success seven years ago - "Caminho De Dreyfus".
Review: House, techno, disco and Italo collide on a five-track EP that would doubtless be causing havoc on a wide range of dancefloors this summer, if only we were allowed to get to any! In their original form 'Thrills', 'Antiheroe' and ''Kronos' (in Wild Mix form) look to Italo and EBM for inspiration: see, for instance, the title track's throbbing bassline and distorted, spoken vocal. The three remixes, meanwhile, give the tracks a more contemporary makeover, with 'Kronos' getting a technoid refix on the Chaman Mix, and 'Antiheroe' and 'Thrills' dragged into dark prog territory. Your living room disco awaits...
Review: British deep house hero Fort Romeau presents his debut on Corespondant with more 'paranoid music for paranoid times' on the Dada EP. Existing in two distinct forms, the first version is a tunneling and hypnotic epic, which chugs along with a locomotive syncopation. Its sinister whistling melody reaching near acid-like moments, while a restrained rhythm section supports it from beneath. The second version goes deep into the jungle on this atmospheric raindance, entrancing you with its powerful tribal polyrhythms. Two remixes follow: Brazilian producer Terr's neon-lit rendition bridges the gap between, techno, trance and nu-disco, while ascendant Israeli producer Niv Ast delivers a lo-slung indie-dance rework - one that channels the distinct Tel Aviv vibe.
Review: Bordeaux's Jerome Da Silva aka Damon Jee is one of the most consistent, respected yet understated artists in electronic noir, and has been sculpting his psychedelic signature for years - mainly for legendary Canadian imprint Definitive. On his scorching new EP for Berlin's Correspondant, we have the moody disco growler "The Drifter" complimented by its suave bluesy guitar riffs (vaguely reminiscent of the Scatt Bros classic "Walk The Night") followed by the elevating and strobe-lit euphoria of "Keeper".
Man Power/Xen - "The Zen Of Xen" (Parts I & II) - (12:54) 125 BPM
Man Power - "Heart For Yes Like For No" - (4:51) 127 BPM
Man Power - "Hubris" - (6:38) 125 BPM
Review: Following up great releases recently on My Favorite Robot, DFA and Calypso, the mighty Geoff Kirkwood aka Man Power returns to Correspondant. The Mexico based composer makes a welcome return with these three truly singular trips. From the spooky, technoid tunnel vision of "The Zen Of Xen - parts I & II" featuring the seductive vocal talents of feat Xen, Kirkwood continues to impress by way of "Heart For Yes. Like For No"a neon-lit and adrenalised EBM/nu-disco mutant, while the powerful closer "Hubris" brings on those euphoric desert rave vibes - the Arp chords throughout will no doubt elevate you to a higher state.
Review: The latest artist to join the Correspondant fold is V aka Vidmantas Cepkauskas, the producer who runs the Le Temps Perdu label. This debut on Jennifer Cardini's label starts with the atmospheric, spaced out "1995", before moving into the tweaked acid and flailing drums of "2017". The Lithuanian producer then focuses his attention on another approach for "2001". Underpinned by a doom-laden bass and woozy filters, he delivers a spaced out but still menacing workout. Correspondant has tapped another respected underground name to remix "2001", and Fabrizio Mammarella from Italy delivers a frenetic, ebm-fuelled take on V's original version.
Review: It was only a matter of time before Hinode aka Matteo Chisari and Mario Resta released on Correspondant. After all, Jennifer Cardini's label excels at signing artists that inhabit an unspecified world where electro, minimal and techno all mutually co-exist - and Magnetic Field teems with all of these qualities. Both "Be Near Me" and "Toxic Hill" lead with distorted kicks and muffled, mysterious vocals as the Berlin duo carve out mechanical rhythm track. Meanwhile, "Render" is influenced by West Coast-style electro. with Hinode hammering out a bleep-laden groover and, clearly mindful of Correspondant's musical aesthetic, deliver the snaking, sexy disco of "Broken Shells".
Review: Stetter has released on a Kompakt compilation before, but now Correspondant boss Jennifer Cardini give him a full six-track EP as a platform to articulate his production skills. Another starts with the teased out, building groove of "Chorus", before the German artist dips into a more clubby direction with the ghostly vocals and grinding, building bass tones of "Bushwick". This release shows that Setter is in no way confined to dance floor techno and "Day 2" sees him slide with ease into chiming guitar chords and a moody, drawn out rhythm. Proving that he is a truly diverse, wide-ranging producer, Stetter's "BS" and "Sin" are wide-eyed ambient workouts.
Review: This is Mexican pair Zombies In Miami's second release on Correspondant, and it sees them get the balance just right between moody bass grooves and eerie melodies. The title track, with its powerful, prowling low end, rolling percussion and bleakly atmospheric synths underpinning robotic vocals, is exactly the kind of track that label owner Jennifer Cardini would play out. On "Last Gun", a more tripped out sound prevails, with a pulsating bass supporting a dubbed out guitar and synth combination. There is an alternate remix of the title track from Simple Symmetry, led by cowbells, a low-slung bass and mysterious guitar playing, but it's all about the original material on this dark, classy release.