Review: Desolat has decided to reissue a number of EPs and compilations from their long-running X-Sampler series, which initially appeared on vinyl in limited numbers. This edition dates from 2010 and features some seriously essential cuts. For proof, get your ears around the jazz-flecked tech-house swing of Martin Buttrich's 'Roads', the percussion-laden late-night weight of Guti & Audikofly's locked-in 'Speechless Theory 11', the typically booming, big room-friendly hypnotism of Locodice's 'Don't Make Signal' and the evocative, atmospheric deep house haziness of Franck Roger's rather terrific 'Egotrippin'. DJ Sneak's 'No Challenge', a driving, muscular and bass-heavy beast with Latin overtones, is also exceptionally good.
Review: Since the late noughties, Desolat's X series has delivered exclusive treats for vinyl-lvong DJs. Happily, the label has now relented to public pressire and decided to offer-up some of the series' numerous highlights on digital download. This second EP in the series begins with the extended mix of Loco Dice's 'Pimp Jackson is Talking Now', a kind of druggy, minimalist take on tech-house that has received plenty of plays in Ibiza over the years, before switching to a looser, more percussive and melodious, South American-influenced sound via Premiesku's 'Equinox A'. Eva's 'Fresca De L'Agua' is a tough, chunky and mild-altering peak-time number rich in deep bass and trippy spoken word snippets, while Den Ishu and Arado's 'Uganda Express' is a drum-heavy Afro-house number tailor-made for sleazy late-night parties.
Review: Bristolian tech house hero Eats Everything takes time out from his ever reliable Edible label to serve up this tasty treat for Desolat. These are three massive tracks that really portray the giant personality of the man behind them. He stated that a series of happy accidents resulted in the first track ''Lickal Rolla". A track full of old school rave energy, he knew immediately that it was a tune that would fit on Loco Dice's label. 'It's really nice when you make something that a label you really respect is into" he has said. This is followed by the bouncy big room acid funk of "LLR" and the deep druggy afterhours shenanigans of "Smartypants" which welcomes back the signature squelch of his trusty 303.
Review: Following up some terrific grooves for Robsoul, Kwench and Music For Freaks of late, Toronto's Kevin Dennis Pierre aka Demuir continues his fine recent run of form with a thrilling three tracker on Loco Dice's Desolat label. The Mindset EP is some of the most fiercely energetic music we have seen from the producer yet, as proven on the punchy high octane techno of "Mindset - Progress Waits For None", he throws down some groovy jackin' disco loops in the vein of hometown heroes like Nick Holder and DJ Sneak - the latter also used the same hook once upon a time on "Disco Ain't Jack" and there's more of the same on the smooth Rhodes action of "Yuh Chat Too Much".
Review: Swiss tech house hero Andrea Olivia is back, after some killer releases on Hot Creations, Relief Records and Cuttin' Headz. This new stomper has found a fitting home within Loco Dice's esteemed stable Desolat, and it is named "Rosa".With its tough rolling and intoxicating groove thats unanashamedly sdriven by a fat bassline, this one is enough to make even Claude Vonstroke and Co. stand up and notice. Remix duties come from ascendant German producer Adriyano who gives the track and rough and dusty makeover that has fast become the signature of his popular sound.
Review: Loco Dice's recent third album, Love Letters, was packed with typically tough dancefloor grooves and, more surprisingly, a string of high-profile collaborations. "Out of Reach", made alongside fast-rising Dutch producer William Djoko, was amongst the finest of these. For this single release, the duo has served up two similarly inclined takes. First up is the strobe-friendly original version; a skewed and trippy chunk of sleazy early morning funk that places Djoko's half-sung, half-spoken vocal above a backing track overflowing with mind-altering sub-ass, trippy riffs, mangled electronics, swirling samples, vintage Fairlight stabs and bustling beats. The bizarre but brilliant intricacy of the backing track can be heard in all its wonky, funk-fuelled glory on the accompanying vocal-free Instrumental mix.
Review: Following up his down and dirty "Roots" earlier this year, Desolat head honcho Loco Dice returns with another stack of tough grooves on his new long player. Love Letters is the Dusseldorf native's third album, following up Underground Sound Suicide a few years ago. He claims that unlike working around a specific concept like on his previous albums, the music came first - the tracks being a collection of recent jams where he found his comfort zone after completing the aforementioned "Roots" (which just happens to be included on the album) alongside collaborations with silver tongued German MC Serious Klein on "Selflove", Amsterdam scene stalwart William Djoko on "Out Of Reach" and first wave Detroit legend Eddie Fowlkes on "D Town Playaz".
Review: Next up on Loco Dice's esteemed Desolat imprint are the UK's kings of peak time tech house: none other than Jon Kong and Chris Aidy aka Leftwing & Kody. They head up the wicked Lost Records, in addition to appearances on top labels Viva Music, Hot Creations and Knee Deep In Sound. The tough, rolling and funky "Snap Back" features a euphoric drop or two and is a right thriller. "The Hills" gallops along fiercely - this intense drum track and DJ tool features the signature boom and crack of the TR-909 throughout. Finally they save the best for last on the absolutely mental "Want It" (feat Avon Shay) this is exactly the kind of jam that'll have the kids going bananas on The White Isle this Summer, we'd count on it!
Review: Desolat head honcho Loco Dice finally takes the reins again, with his new groove entitled "Roots" which follows up top releases by Alvaro AM, Francisco Allendes & Pablo Inzunza. This is a crunchy, stomping, lo-fi tech house excursion that shows another side to this legend's musical repertoire. Moreover, it sees the him reflecting on his musical foundations and his connection to his proud hometown Dusseldorf, as well as Detroit and beyond. Think of this as a taster of his brand new long player entitled Love Letters, which will be released later in 2018. Dice's recent past has seen the master of robust house and techno funk serve up killer remixes of Moby's classic "Go" and his eclectic Underground Sound Suicide full length
Review: Next up on Loco Dice's esteemed imprint are current scene favourites: Madrid's Danny Serrano (Circus / Moon Harbour / Knee Deep In Sound) and founder of Clarisse Records: Mendo from Geneva. Tough rolling tech house that is defined by rhythm and funky as hell on "Ramon Ramon" (feat Andre Butano) while "Grush" utilises ghetto house aesthetics into a dirty sexy people mover - with Summer on The White Isle brazenly in mind! The dark, late night tech house of "Confessions" is mood lighting for the club before the DJ leads in with the heavy artillery later: a useful tool. Desolat had a stellar year in 2017, with great releases by the likes of Francisco Allendes, wAFF and Danny Ocean to name but a few.
Review: Francisco Allendes has a long association with Desolat that stretches back five years. For his latest release on Loco Dice's label, he teams up with fellow Chilean Pablo Inzunza. Fans of Desolat's sound will find much to love here: the release opens with the dusty drums, shuffling rhythm and reverberated claps of "Caligula" - which gradually segue into a vivid acid line. It's followed by "Super 8", which puts a focus on tracky, percussive elements, while on "Ripples", the pair opt for a filtered, rolling groove that resounds to doubled up claps, a niggling 303 line and spliced up vocals. This theme continues on the closing track, the raucous, disco-tinged "Dogo".
Review: Loco Dice's label has always had an adventurous A&R policy - and this time is no different. Desolat has tapped an upcoming producer, Alvaro AM from Madrid, for a minimal house release with a twist. "Dominator Bell" features hip-hop scratches, vocal samples and the well-known rave stab from Dominator. On "Cook it Up", the Spanish artist does exactly what the brash vocal in the track claims - "I'm gonna cook it up" - with disco stabs, rolling snares and a cacophony of strange vocals in the background. "So Close" sees more unusual influences brought into minimal house, with spacey filters and snare rolls coming together over a gristly bass, while "Rhythm Maker" resounds to rolling drums, hiccuping vocals and squelchy bass tones.
Review: The 57th release from Loco Dice's esteemed Desolat imprint comes from Ecuadorian talent Carloh. He is said to be influenced greatly by the musical styles of South America: his uncle and his father who were also DJs. After several trip to Europe where he experienced a thriving club culture first hand, he came back inspired and with a burning desire to produce. Fusing pre-Columbian musical instruments of Ecuador, he also throws hip hop, Andean music and house into the mix: which all come together in great harmony on the Selva Magica EP. It was made using bare elements: a MIDI keyboard, TR900 and old cassette and vinyl samples culled from his father's music collection. Highlights like "On The Way" that have that rolling, main room at peak time vibe that's sure to be a hit on The White Isle this Summer, as will the epic acid techno odyssey "Dancing Crazy" which will the kids peeking in no time! Homegirl Claudia Trujillo then joins the party to co-produce two tracks, in particular the druggy and tunnelling hypnotism of "Recalling The Paradise".
Review: The Hot Creations affiliated Jon Wafer aka wAFF is up next on Loco Dice's long running Desolat imprint. This guy is all the rage in tech house at the moment and apparently moonlights as a Reiki healer when not living the life of a globetrotting DJ: fact. For the Hanzz Sup EP he presents four tough and rolling cuts for the main room and you can expect to hear the absolutely explosive title track a lot this Summer: at open air parties from the White Isle and Croatia or beyond. "Hypnotised" or "Inception", on the other hand, offer up some restrained yet precisely functional techno for dark warehouse environments that has seen him release on the likes of Drumcode previously.
Review: Loco Dice's label has always been supportive of underground artists and the release of The Watcher is no exception. The work of the mysterious Chuckie, the title track was supposedly recorded back in 2009 and appears to have been signed by Desolat back in 2015. This makes it even more impressive, as it sees Chuckie conjure up a rolling, hypnotic dance floor track that touches on the rolling dynamism of techno, the steely precision of minimalism and electro house at its bass-heavy grittiest. "Watcher" swings and grooves its way through a series of filtered break downs - no wonder then that it has been a secret DJ weapon for Loco Dice.
Review: Getting 2017 off to a fine start, Desolat have again called upon the services of Cuartero, the DJ and producer whose profile is on the rise following releases on Hot Creations, Moon Harbour and Viva. The Spaniard's sound sits somewhere between house and techno and the Nosy Neighbours EP is no exception. The title track gets down with some funky and rolling main room business after the massive drop but "Multiverso" is more stripped back and functional, not to mention soulful: this one is reminiscent of Joris Voorn's Detroit influenced work. "Who Put The Bomp" is definitely going to appeal to DJs looking to rock The White Isle this summer and will catch fans of Audiojack or Leftwing & Kody.
Review: Next up on Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich's esteemed Desolat imprint is Ibiza based DJ/producer Francisco Allendes with the Efisena EP: four fine cuts of heavy, booming, amped up tech house. The rolling and stripped back title track is functional enough for serious DJ use while the high-octane, peak time techno of "Zularic Beats" could equally appeal to Berlin's dark warehouses. On "Cavatuna" the Spaniard goes for a deeper and quirked out minimal house groove for the after-hours but then closes out the great EP with the slow burning, cruise control of "Tacedillo" with its swelling bass tones and hypnotic rhythms geared for proper dancefloor madness.
Review: Yassine Ben Achour and Martin Buttrich founded Desolat on the success of their now legendary Loco Dice project eight years ago in Brooklyn; just like it says on the tin. Based in Achour's home turf of Dusseldorf ever since, the label has gone on to launch the careers of tech house heroes such as Danny Ocean, Patrick Specke and Guti to name but a few. Their next volume of Desolat X will follow in suit, not only celebrating another successful year in the business but championing the new breed and the exception of a couple of legends, actually. Firstly, west coast tech house royalty Halo Varga teams up with the next generation of California's scene in the form of Harvard Bass on the rolling stomper "Swing City", as well as Germany's The Timewriter who offers up the deep and slinky vocal led groove of "Tenderness". Other highlights include Milan's Proudly People who get a bit of help from Alex Ground on the DJ Rush sounding "Lie To Kick It", Circus Liverpool resident Lewis Boardman with the druggy main room headrush that is "Goblin" and American Caleb Calloway's fine effort "Avion" offering up a bit of smooth tribal house.
Review: Argentina's Guti returns for another killer release for Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich's estemmed Desolat imprint. On the Swings EP, he starts out with the rolling maximal house of "Like The Old Days" which is reminiscent of Romanian styles by the likes of Livio & Roby; we're really digging this! "Rawcid" is the fiercest offering on here and like the name may suggest: this is one raw acid techno trip you won't forget! There's some banging peak time tech house that's perfectly made for Ibiza superclubs on the relentless "Judge Me" as well as some impressive collaborations with Morgan; two in fact. But for our money we'd bet on the funky and lo-slung title track, which throws down something deeper and balances out this fine EP.
Review: Romanian minimal heroes Livio & Roby return for a full length on Loco Dice's esteemed Desolat imprint and believe us when we tell you: it's all killer, no filler! But if their own renowned studio prowess was not enough, Phantom Circle sees them team up with the current who's who of global tech house on each track. Featured guests include Ryan Crosson, tINi, Martin Buttrich and Guti. It's hard to pick just a few highlights, as there were so many, but for our money we'd bet on: their collaboration with Fathers & Sons Productions' Julian Perez on "Reign", their bumpin' and funky joint with Fuse London head honcho Enzo Siragusa "Sn Model" or when they're facing off with themselves; in this case, their alter ego Premiesku as demonstrated on the rolling and hypnotic "Dezarhiva"
Review: They say if it 'ain't broke don't fix it, but with a rave classic such as Moby's 1990 hit "Go" still remaining as relevant as ever over 20 years on, any modern revision of the legendary track is welcome listening. In this case, it's German tech house hero and Desolat boss Loco Dice who delivers a typically storming and energetic rendition that's made to absolutely rock peak time festival crowds.The "Loco Dice Mo' Strings remix" is the version staying most true to the original though, complete with those epic Angelo Badalamenti strings from Twin Peaks backed by Dice's bleepy and drugged out synth stabs and adrenalised beats.
Review: Amine Edge & DANCE are self-proclaimed 'gangster house practitioners' who run their own CUFF label from the south of France. On "'Ruthless" which kick starts their debut on Loco Dice's Desolat waves of trippy acid surface over a primal jacking rhythm - and it sounds like they are channeling Phuture rather than Dance Mania. On "Rage" the pair deliver a coruscating techno track - stripped back and reduced but still deadly effective. There is a similar approach on "1993 TCHN SHT" but on this occasion waves of gritty frequency-shifting tones bubble up and are sure to cause mayhem on the dance floor.
Review: Romanian minimal heroes Livio & Roby team up with good mate George C. in a collaborative project Premiesku that further explores their love of quirky and subtractive bass driven grooves on the percussive tip. Getting straight down to business on the druggy dark beat of "Altitude" with its beastly groans a constant throughout, there's layers of sinister noise that sound like field recordings; curious stuff! The rolling peak time groove of "Bucur" is absolutely fierce: a well-executed DJ tool that will crossover nicely into a variety of other techno sub genres. On the flip "Neo" is more typical of the Romanian minimal sound with high definition sound design, a good groove injection, hypnotic as hell and above all: exotic!
Review: Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich's Desolat is back with another breakthrough artist release which you can count on to deliver some surefire tech house. This time it's in the form of Chilean Francisco Allendes. Starting out with the jacking hysteria of "Agility Queen" (featuring DJ DMC), it then launches into "Groundhog Day", a peak time roller which retains the jacking vibes of the last track but with a razor sharp and bumping bassline. There's also the bleepy and hypnotic slow burner named "Flea Allergy" which flirts with a fascination with Sahko or Sleeparchive perhaps. Finally "Aroa Leon" takes things down a more minimal street, just focusing mainly on a tough 808 rhythm and, you guessed it: jackin' vocals!
Review: St. Petersburg's Tripmastaz has come a long way. Releasing on the who's who of labels, from m_nus and Cecille to DJ Sneak's I'm A House Gangster. If that wasn't enough, he runs his own imprints Plant 74 and the new Tripmastaz vinyl series. But this time it's some surefire grooves for Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich's Desolat. Starting with the dusty and steady bleep grooves of "Wax Mania" and "Taped Chrome", he proves he's a got a knack for creating some superb hypnotic house. Love those claps on the kick too! He ups the ante on "Till Melted", a rolling main room techno cut that you could imagine Richie Hawtin thrashing out at .ENTER, while "Ride Heights" closes the EP out with the sound more typical of Desolat; minimal and funky tech house with the right amount of dancefloor dynamics.
Review: UK tech house legend Jamie Anderson is back on the scene, teaming up with Owain for some smooth late night deepness for Steve Bug's Dessous; a fitting home come to think of it. ?Just A Groove? is more than that; a tough drum groove with the right amount of shuffle is balanced out by some dreamy and mesmerising chords. ?Edge Of Infinity? takes things down a notch or two for something more typical of the label; slow burning and sexy house executed well. ?Throwing Shapes? no doubt references everyone's favourite pastime with a floating tech house journey into dancefloor oblivion while ?Nightscanner? gets a bit darker and mysterious with its killer bassline, sparse Rhodes stabs and intermittent haunting chords.
Review: Daniel Muller and Martin Stroter are back and on form with this tasty EP featuring the vocal talents of Black Soda and some killer remixes too. The title track "Take Away" is smooth tech house on the darker tip that's perfect for those after hours sets. The Desolat boss himself, Loco Dice, gets on board for a remix and he's still got that mid-2000s minimal sound which he lends his talents to on this. Also of mention is the "Pablo Bolivar Club Version" which is the real highlight here; proggy as hell with its rolling bassline and shimmering arpeggio, but just wait for that drop! Oh there's an instrumental version of the original too, nice!
Review: Ever since Dubfire's legendary "Ribcage" tune back in 2007, Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich's Desolat label has become synonymous with minimalistic techno and tech-out house beats. Aside from the duo's own successful productions, the label has seen a vast amount of material released by both established artists from Europe and a continuous flux of newcomers. The 28th outing of the label's "X" series comes from Chris Wood and Meat, who team up after their recent collaborative appearance on Moon Harbour. There are seven floor smashers on here, starting with the woozy bass tones and morphed vocal samples of "Birds"; we're also vibing to "We Want You To Dance", a jacked-up house tool with rolling toms and a grainy percussive flex, and also the eerie melodies circling around the beats of "Bones". You also get a continuous mix of all seven licks, blended for your playback use in the house party. Effective, as always.
Review: Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich's Desolat imprint are still the go to guys for reliable, big room peak time techno as shown on lastest signee Adapter's Gain EP. The intense steel drum workout on the title track is the perfect party starter not to mention "Boomshake" which takes things down a darker route, albeit with a slightly Latin vibe reminiscent of Carlo Lio's style of production, and just wait for that drop! There's more of the same on "Check it out" with its pitched down vocals, huge bass and sultry rhythm being just the thing that Richie Hawtin or Steve Lawler could utilise to thrash dancefloors this summer. "Knockout" goes for a more of house vibe with its killer handclap workout, razor sharp bassline and very simple but catchy vocal hook. After making a name for himself over the last few years, this young producer from Berlin by way of Naples is certainly on to big things if this release is anything to go by!