Review: This is the first EP of Keinemusik co-founder Adam Port for Hamburg powerhouse Diynamic. Taken from the Berlin based producer/DJ's archive (from a time when the label was still in Wedding's revered Stadtbad) "Planet 9" is a deeply emotive groove - one that was specially selected by label boss Solomun for his Grand Theft Auto V mix. This is followed by the sensual and mysterious roomtone of "November" which is sure to take you deep into the exotic. Following up a terrific EP by Israeli indie dance hero Moscoman and ascendant Ukranian duo Artbat - Diynamic continues bring the goods!
Review: Hanseatic heroes Diynamic present the next installment in their Picture series, with the local duo Adana Twins showcasing their rich palette of styles - on six productions ranging from laid-back house vibes to vibrant techno. From the emotive pop inflections of "My Computer" featuring Glowal's moving vocal performance, to the majestically hypnotic "Maoa", the epic dancefloor drama of "C3Po" and the moody neon-lit nu disco vibe of "Little Karlo" - this release sees the pair at their very best. Breaking through in 2012, with first-class releases on Exploited and Watergate - where they hold a residency and released their much lauded edition of the in-house mix CD-series, Benjamin Busse & Friso Traas have remixed for big names such as Fritz Kalkbrenner, WhoMadeWho, Kaiserdisco and Nic Fanciulli along the way.
Review: By their prolific standards, Zurich's Adriatique had a quiet 2013. Here, they attempt to rediscover their best form for regular home Diynamic, following previous outings on Cityfox and Wolf + Lamb. Fans of their particular blend of dancefloor dreaminess - think European tech-house and deep house meets woozy futurism, with occasional nods to classic progressive house - will find much to enjoy here. While lead cut "Mcreasy" - all Arabic influences and Innervisions-ish melodies - will probably get the most attention, we're enjoying the deeper, intoxicating "Lophobia" and the spiraling "Glyfada" - all chugging rhythms, dreamy pads and far-sighting electronics.
Review: Adriatique are a duo from Zurich who make slick, disco infused electro-house. A perfect match then for esteemed house label Diynamic. "Deeper Love" is a driving, melodic stomper with a muted guitar riff, analogue keyboard melodies and vocal chant heavily indebted to early 80s electro-funk. Electro disco workout "By Your Side" keeps things uptempo with dreamy pads and more soulful vocals. Things get moodier on "Motions" courtesy of the deeper, slower groove and John Carpenter-esque analogue synths. The EP's 80s influences blend into the 90s for the title track which is a perky retro house number complete which cheeky vocoder.
Review: London based veteran producer Alex Metric teams up with rising homeboy Ten Ven again for this hot new release - their first for Hamburg institution Diynamic. Their productions are not unheard of in the label's orbit, as label chief Solomun has been supporting them heavily in his sets throughout recent months. From the euphoric and stadium sized euro-trance vibes of "The Q" that's reminiscent of those dance sounds of the mid '90s (so timeless), "Nebula" with its brooding bounce and elaborate construction of melodies and some sexy late-night nu-disco on "Plates" that's just as neon-lit as you like it.
Review: Italian Producer Andy Bros hails from Caserta (near Naples) and presents his second release for Hamburg house institution Diynamic, following up last year's well received Essenza EP. Starting off with the dark and moody journey track "Midnight Love" which is guided by a razor sharp arpeggio shimmering away beneath all the eerie pads and adrenalised rhythms. Next up is some evocative mood lighting in the form of "Family Ritual" which features some impressive orchestral arrangements. Finally "Hilltop Town" further demonstrates the classically trained musicianship that this producer possesses, featuring some impressive piano parts and lush strings over this gradually building progressive/ tech house groove.
Review: Diynamic keeps on with its recent explorations of big room tech house with newcomer Andy Bros who serves up some surefire dance-floor fodder on the Essenza EP. The title track is a right stormer with its doomy Carl Craig style horns, humming bassline and white noise washes. Ticks all the boxes really! He ups the ante on "Vino & Faggotini" however a day at a Italian trattoria this ain't; more like a wild rollercoaster ride through pre-peak time clubland! This is one of those dark, Life & Death style journey tracks and you'll love it. Finally "Pleiadi" picks up on the same vibe as the first track with those horn sounds making a return plus some elevating strings and melodics, pretty epic too!
Review: Caserta's Andy Bros is back on Hanseatic powerhouse Diynamic for the third time, following up some top releases of late for the likes of Chapter 24, FFRR and Redlight Music. On his terrific new Dreams EP, he serves up the slinky and hypnotic title track which is awash in layers of shimmering melodies and sounds incredibly majestic. This is followed by the emotive dancefloor drama of "The Crane" which is sure to get a major headrush or two in the main room, and ending with the moody futurist chugger "Diamante Blu" which is optimised for proper tunnel vision when the strobe comes on - this one will appeal to fans of the Innervisions and Exit Strategy sound.
Review: ARTBAT bring their first full EP release to Diynamic Music. The three-tracker "Planeta" starts off with the title track, a rapid-fire techno odyssey that might as well be taken from a relentless pursuit in a futuristic action movie. This is followed by the gloomy "Prometheus". Heavy on percussive elements, the track is divided in half by a cascading synth-break, only to return with more layers of percussion, strings and the hypnotic bassline. Closing out the EP is "Sand In Your Shoes" featuring London based artist Dino Lenny, who has previously worked with Madonna or Wu-Tang Clan and produced remixes for Underworld, Missy Elliot or Timbaland. The collab track is a dreamy deep house tune and a perfectly emotive way to finish the record.
Review: Simon Schmidt, also known as Blindsmyth, is a musical globetrotter and in various bands he explored the sound spectrum - from metal and post-rock to techno. His live sets are a voyage of discovery between deep electronic soundscapes and experimental pop music. He makes his debut here for Hanseatic powerhouse Diynamic. Here he serves up the mesmering dancefloor drama of "Longing", followed by the breathtaking title track full of captivating melodies throught its gripping narrative and the evocative dancefloor journey of "A New Dawn".
Rafael Cerato & Artbat - "Uplift" - (8:00) 124 BPM
Definition - "Pretend To Fly" - (6:53) 122 BPM
Review: Hamburg house heroes Diynamic are back with Four To The Floor 08 where they serve up some tough main room tech house to get your people moving! First up is the Afro futurist journey that is "Zulu" by Brigado Crew & Crisstiano which will appeal to fans of Innervisions or Yoruba Soul. The harbour city's favourite sons Adana Twins serve up the dark journey track "Uncompromising" which will transfix crowds with its sense of dancefloor drama. Rafael Cerato & Artbat's soulful tech house journey "Uplift" had us reminiscing about the Dennis Ferrer sound of old while finally Definition's "Pretend To Fly" is certainly geared for those hands in the air moments; expect a reaction from the crowd when this one drops. Either when that roaring vintage synth arpeggio comes creeping in or the heartfelt vocals alike.
Review: The idea behind Diynamic's long-running "Four To The Floor" series has always been deliciously simple, with each successive EP offering up another collection of club cuts that have been extensively road-tested by boss man Solomun. This 14th edition is naturally up to the same high standard of its predecessors. Bruce Loko kicks things off with the dusty house grooves, chiming melodies and evocative strings of "Dimension (featuring Sebee)", before Laroz charges into sweatier peak-time territory via the bassline-driven, cowbell-sporting warehouse sleaze of "Under Your Skin". Super Flu opts for a druggy, slightly paranoid tech-house flavour on future big room favourite "Acumulee" while Matt Sawyer's self-titled contribution wraps jangling Jew's harp and twinkling piano loops over a heady and exotic, Innervisions style groove.
Review: Catz 'n' Dogz are one of Poland's most prominent electronic music exports. Comprised of Grzegorz 'Greg' Demianczuk and Wojciech 'Voitek' Taranczuk, the now Berlin-based pair head up the esteemed PETS Recordings label, in addition to recent appearances for Poker Flat, Dirtybird and Superfriends. They present their first EP on Hamburg powerhouse Diynamic Music with two energetic tracks. "Ayu" is a bouncy, bass-driven and uplifting groove that's as tongue-in-cheek as you'd expect by the boys from Szczecin. This is followed by the entrancing and mysterious atmosphere of "Sunset" which just likes its namesake is a perfect soundtrack to a balmy and blissed-out summer evening.
Review: French electronic scene veteran Chloe now makes a surprising appearance on popular Hanseatic house label Diynamic, taking time out from her well received Lumi?re Noire imprint to serve up the Sudden Impact EP. After the recent release of her album Endless Revisions Live, she goes right back out there with the for the Hamburg-based imprint. From the moody and melodic mysticism of "Last Go Round", or the bouncy and uplifting synthpop of "Revolve & Dive" to the intoxicating after hours minimal of "What Will Be" which is a throwback to the sounds she was churning out in the mid noughties - this ia a terrific and diverse EP.
Review: In the decade since it was established, Solomon's label has gone from underground outfit to the home of Boiler Room-leveling anthems. The most notable thing though is that it hasn't lost its identity along the way -and it still puts out killer underground house. Dee Montero's "Halcyon" is a classic Diynamic tune, with soaring, dramatic strings taking off over a building electronic groove. It's exactly the kind of tune that the label is known and respected for. On Thyladomid's "Exit", the mood changes - crashing percussion and underpinning a cacophony of acid-led trippiness, while Raxon's "Nebular" is a menacing, minimal affair, resounding to rolling snares. Closing the release is Lopezhouse's "Dark Place", which resounds to an acid-soaked throbbing groove.
Review: The newly founded Picture series by Diynamic is a document in time, showcasing an artist's current creative output in order to allow the listener to visualise and understand the artist at a certain moment. After previous editions by Moscoman, Lehar and Karmon we have the ascendant Danish producer Denis Horvat taking up the reins. With previous releases on top label like Innervisions, Afterlife and Alex Niggemann's Aeon - this further represents a new height in his production career. From the main-room deep house of futuristic grooves like "Bajka" or "Mousse", through to his now distinct style of melodic/evocative techno as heard on the dancefloor drama of "Devin" and ethereal slow burners like "Targa" (feat Jeppe Kjellberg).
Review: For those inspired by Diynamic Music's trademark brand of European tech-house/deep house fusion, the label's semi-regular "Four To The Floor" EPs are essential listening. Predictably, the latest volume - the 15th in total - is packed to the rafters with high-grade fare. Veteran producer Dino Lenny kicks things off with the arpeggio-driven dark room thrills of "I Lost Appetite" - all electronic bleeps, doom-laden chords and rolling drums - before Doctor Dru offers up the similarly pulsating, trance-inducing heaviness of "Kloeppel". The Organism's "Roast" is a fuzzy and forthright chunk of vaguely panicked electro-house, while Budakid's "1991" wraps moody chords and rushing lead lines around a snappy but tactile rhythm track.
Review: Renowned for releases on DFA, !K7, Rong and Clone amongst others, DJ Kaos has spread his Chicago infused house message to the whole world. Now, on German imprint Diynamic, he drops a deep and grooving electronic workout in "Hard to Earn". Sharing this exclusive release is a special collaboration between Holger Zilske and Daso who turn in a wonderfully unique and twisted number in the form of "Westbound". Finishing the release, Solomun ties in a low-slung, groove-led rework of "Hard to Earn".
Knarhcslheuk Mi Ttinhcsfua Hcon Ebah Hci - (6:29) 121 BPM
Schuhe Und Buecher - (8:27) 126 BPM
Harry - (6:49) 124 BPM
Soll Ich Ein Loch Graben? - (9:41) 127 BPM
Your Name - (7:58) 121 BPM
Spur - (4:02) 129 BPM
Review: Hamburg label Diynamic lauched back in 2007 with a string of symphonic, melodic house releases, and this release by Henning Besser aka DJ Phono sounds like a logical progression for the label. Eschewing for the most part the dance floor, Besser lays down some of the richest, melodic electronic music of 2011. "Spur" is a simple but beautiful piano soundtrack, "Quiz" revolves around lullaby melodies and abstract beats and the strings on "Le Rencontre" are as fragile and beautiful as dewdrops on a grass blade. When it veers into the club domain, as Besser does on on the funk bassline-driven "Knarhcsslheuk" or the 90s trance sounding "Soll Ich Ein Loch Graben", he manages to retain the evocative sensibilities that make the rest of "Welcome" so special.
Review: Hanseatic heroes Diynamic return with another powerful edition in their Four To The Floor series and like the name suggests - this handful of sonic weapons are made to play guaranteed to burn up the dancefloor. Kicking off with a right legend of the scene: American legend Dubfire, whose "The End To My Beginning" serves up some more moody yet eloquent dancefloor drama There's more quality on here from Brooklyn based brothers Tom and Pete Cuppernull aka Anden with the melodic/hypnotic "Void" and rising Italians Voon with the blissed-out and emotive "Rose In Japan".
Review: Next up on Hamburg imprint Diynamic is celebrated homeboy Alexander Ridha aka Boys Noize under his new Elax alias. He debuted on the Four To The Floor series back in August with is Reaktor EP and returns with his new scorcher named "Sueno". Unlike the high octane productions under his usual alias, Ridha proves that he is a versatile artist on this epic serving of dancefloor drama that creates an emotive atmosphere by its use of elaborate melodic chord progressions. Second offering "Rhumba" uses a familiar hook from the acid house era reinterpreted brilliantly for modern dancefloors on this sleek tech house cut.
Review: Elax is a new alter ego of Hamburg's Alexander Ridha - better known as Boys Noize. Following up his debut EP for local powerhouse Diynamic earlier this year, here is the Bescio EP - which sounds like the favourite summer festival weekend you wished for. The title track is a groovy and low slung affair, full of raw synth energy, exciting percussive solos, a hypnotic bassline and disco drums. Next up is "With Lou" where you see the last rays of sunshine on the orange horizon on this bittersweet and glassy eyed number. This is perfect to play on the drive home from the festival, down the autobahn with your sunroof down - of course!
Review: Rising Russian duo Far&High are seeing their first ever EP released on Hanseatic powerhouse Diynamic entitled 'Not Alone'. Features the slinky and hypnotic mood music of "Alone" which is perfect to build up the vibe in the early evening, not to mention its very cynical monologue condemning the perils of modern technology. They then bring the power on the female vocal-led dark disco epic "All I Say" (feat. Annett) that will surely appeal to fans of Damon Jee or Terr, and finally the massive drop on the strobe-lit euphoria of closing track "I've Got The Powder". A very impressive debut by the St. Petersburger's - certainly ones to watch in 2020.
Review: With releases on flagship labels like Innervisions, Kompakt and Drum-poet Community to their credit, Frankey & Sandrino are among modern house music's most respected acts. It's no surprise that they have been snapped up by Diynamic to put out a record. "Sirius" is a gloriously un-derstated affair, using a prowling bass as a basis for tripped out synths that shimmer and soar effortlessly. While it is also based on a powerful low end, "Lambda" is more dance-floor focused, with the pair firing off bleeps and tranced out melodies into the arrangement. It makes for an-other effortless EP from this high-flying pair.
Review: Following on from last year's Connecting The Dots album, German producer HOSH aka Holger Behn gets remixed by some high-profile names. Canada's Misstress Barbara has been out of the spotlight for some time but her soulful vocals feature on "Finally Mine". Remixer Gorge retains the part that sees her intoning 'open my heart', and fuses it with a pulsing, acid-flecked groove and dramatic breakdowns. Ost & Kjex don't divert from their chosen script, and their take on "Hamburg Night" is based on squelchy, stripped back rhythms and out there vocal samples. Finally, Poker Flat's Steve Bug proves why he's one of the most consistent producers out there, with a soaring bass and eerie organ-heavy take on "Antonelli Screaming".
Review: Diynamic have been pushing the boat out for crew member Holger Behn's Forever Young series, pressing up limited 10" singles, making videos and generally pushing the concept (each track is apparently meant to represent a different fragment of a child's dream). This third installment (of four) sees Behn in typically melodic form, with lead cut "Dancer" delivering a warm, fluid and jaunty fusion of chiming electronica, shuffling nu-disco and dreamy deep house. "Disc Jockey" moves further towards disco territory, building the action around hustling beats, an addictive funk organ loop and a jumpy bassline. It's effortlessly groovy, with more than enough hooks to keep a dancefloor working.