Review: Johannes Albert's Berlin based imprint Frank Music is on a roll right now. Its new compilation celebrates five years in business and what a way to celebrate, drafting NYC deep house legend Fred P with the sublime "Energy Cloud" (which is one of his best tracks of late in our opinion), Berliner Iron Curtis with the ultra-smooth deepness of "Operater 123" (live mix) and the epic dancefloor drama of "Got The Juice" showcasing Freer and Reilling's typical studio magic as always. The most upbeat offering is by Jena's Tim Toh (who has previously released on Philpot and Ornaments) with "Hidden Beauty" a late noughties style journey in the vein of classic Innervisions, Buzzin Fly or Freerange.
Review: Wurzburg's Johannes Albert heads up Frank Music, where for several years he's delivered some top-shelf deep house jams by the likes of Smallpeople, Achterbahn D'Amour, Monosoul and of course a heap of his own jams from his now Berlin based studio. His new Plus 1 EP refers to the collaborations featured and includes the track "Turbo Basmati". While in its original form it is an uplifting and neon-lit Italo disco tribute, Iron Curtis' Thermo mix is a powerful, breaks-driven classic house jam, just like the following "Karen's Piano" which features Mr. Fonk on this old school Strictly Rhythm tribute. Albert proves he's just as able to do deep and emotive house too, as displayed on the sexy mood lighting of "Floating Dub" featuring D.Y.A.
Review: Fresh from a tech-house influenced EP on new label Corp, Johannes Albert pops up on Frank Music with an altogether different proposition. "Giovanni Frizzante" is something of a life-affirming, lose-your-shit peak-time treat, with the German producer brilliantly joining the dots between sleazy Italo-disco (represented by a chugging arpeggio bassline) and cheery Italian house (a range of brilliant piano solos and accompanying positive electronic elements). The track's anthem-like elements are pushed to the fore on Prins Thomas's dizzyingly good remix, which craftily replaces the original's arpeggio lines with rubbery synth-bass and a full tablet's worth of loved-up vibes. The bubbly nu-disco bounce of bonus cut "D-Trainse (No Cure Mix)" is also worth a listen.
Review: Sweating profusely and clutching his favourite dusty old bits of music-making kit, a shirtless Johannes Albert gestures us towards the dancefloor and asks us to dance the "Credit Jive". There's no fancy footwork required, just a desire to lose your inhibitions to a thrusting, all-action Italo-disco workout rich in relentless, arpeggio-style bass, thumping kickdrums, ricocheting percussion hits, jacking drum machine fills and a handful of spacey electronic motifs. Albert can see we need a quick breather, so he offers up "Linn Dreams", a fabulously colourful, Linn Drum-driven bounce through hybrid nu-disco/instrumental synth-pop pastures. It's little less than a rush-inducing palette cleanser.
Review: There's some serious blurring of genre boundaries going on here. This EP from W?rzburg native Johannes Albert, coming on his own Frank Music label, may be sitting in our disco section - as befits the Italo-esque throb of opener 'Wing House' (as remixed by Shan) - but its four tracks could also slide neatly into house and even techno sets. Map-ache's remix of 'Cell' will suit the prog/melodic jocks, Iron Curtis's remix of 'Wing House' has both melodic and tech elements, while the standout Sebastian Voigt remix 'Milieu', with its dark, rumbling bass and clattering breakbeat, harks back to the rave era and as such should have broad, poly-dancefloor appeal.