Review: Douglas Greed was always one of the more interesting minimal house producers, and on Recombinated he shows why he still enjoys that status. "Aenima" starts life as a tribal house groove, but soon slides into a droning, bass-heavy affair, oozing sinister intent. "What Is My Territory" continues in a similar vein before veering into a reflective reverie. Meanwhile, "Schwarzteemagen" in its entirety is a ponderous affair, led by shaking percussion and a bluesy slide guitar. True to form though, Greed keeps his audience guessing till the end, and on "Lopez" brings the EP to a close with grinding, abstract rhythms.
Review: East German producer Douglas Greed is back for Jena institution Freude Am Tanzen, following up great releases on Infine, Gigolo, Kindisch, Lebensfreunde and BPitch Control with some driving late night tech house on "Enemy": the track covered in a nice layer of dust and rust plus that bouncy Juno style bassline works a treat on this dark horse. Elsewhere, "No Talking" dives a bit deeper into more sublime and dreamy territory much like fellow countrymen Robag Wruhme or Roman Flugel can at times. The EP ends in style with "Gdur", a bouncy, uplifting and up tempo groover featuring shiny and erratic arpeggios over skittering hyperaware rhythm patterns plus rolling bass.
Review: Eating Snow are two Freud Am Tanzen mainstays Mooryc Zimmermann & Douglas Greed, who collaborated on their debut self-titled album last year and now it's time for some solid remixes. First up "This Emptiness Is Mine" gets a makeover, first by Andhim, but for our money it's Finnish Berlin expat Kiki whose gutty and grinding EBM rendition rocks harder. "Gravel & Trees" is up for the taking next and in our opinion Kevin Over (Mobilee/Truesoul) delivered the most inventive perspective on this stripped down and dusty deep house remix. Finally, Marc DePulse's remix of "The Cut" gives the track some brooding and atmospheric progressive house flavour.
Review: It's not hard to tell that Mario Willms aka Douglas Greed is an experienced, adventurous producer and this release on the Wighnomy Brothers' label pushes minimal house in new directions. The title track starts off as standard stripped back groove, but soon descends into detuned chord and bassline kookiness. "Play The Game" is the most typical minimal track here, but even it sounds different thanks to its buzz-saw bass and hissing percussion. Best of all though is "The Right Man For The Gob", which takes inspiration from older minimal records and combines the yelping analogue riffs of classic Dan Bell with a predatory bassline.
Review: It sounds like the title track on this release is an ode to one of Underworld's greatest moments. Over rolling, organic drums, Hemmann lays down what could be a trancier take on the central riff from the well-worn chestnut "Born Slippy". However, it would be unfair to suggest that he is merely revisiting former glories. "You Know" is an irresistibly infectious serving of Cologne trance, its floaty chords combined with lazy, hazy vocals that conjure up images of sunny, stoned days and drinking cider in fields. Finally, "Roundabout" is an acrobatic breakbeat workout with a similarly melodic feeling.
Review: Marek Hemmann delivers his first vocal-led release, stepping into the pop infused sphere of dance music with great accomplishment. His clear understanding of pop is merged with his house and techno tendencies, creating a classic sounding song boasting a hypnotic groove and enchanting melody.
Review: As the days get shorter and the autumn nights chillier, it's nice to have a reminder about the lazy, hazy days of summer. As sun-tinged, cider-fuelled soundtracks go, it doesn't get more tantalising than this release. "Tanger" sets the tone for the EP, its lazy mid-tempo shuffle providing the basis for jazzy Rhodes tinkling and sensuous flute solos. "Action 3" is more stripped back and dance floor-focused thanks to its hissing percussion, but the double bass and his'n'hers vocals lend it a quirky character. "Nend" rounds off the release with a wasted-sounding waif warbling seductively over a live drum loop.
Review: After this album's rocket ship intro we're subject to a bevvy of spaced out, trippy beats, liquid basslines and cosmic synths. To a back drop of future music, vocals in "Get Phunky" and "Soulmakers" wax lyrical about the good old days, while tracks like "Rawtone" lets the drums and percussion do all the talking. The smooth tone of Sophie Taylor's vocals offset the screaming synths in "Clarity", while "Wisodom" sees dubbed out piano chords sing a euphoric progression. Get yourself to Berlin and live this music to blood orange sunrise.
Review: While he may have been knocking out largely impressive singles for over a decade, German producer Mathias Kaden is still a little unheralded. This is particularly surprising given the quality of his 2015 album, Energetic. Here, one of the highlights of that set, "Rawtone", gets the remix treatment. The Staygold Remix is rather fine, offering an attractive but undeniably floor-friendly mix of rolling, cymbal-heavy grooves, spooky strings, watery melodies, and impassioned vocal samples. What really makes the remix, though, is the bold and booming bassline, which impressively drives the track forward. Excellent stuff, all told.
Review: Six years since his last album, the Studio 10 LP, the Energetic LP sees Mathias Kaden referring "to both his musical roots as well as his current experiences as an internationally travelling DJ". There are now some remixes from the album available, lead track "Soulmakers" gets three new renditions by Swiss legend Deetron whose main remix injects some trademark high-tech soul into the mix while retaining Zoe Xenias affirmative vocals. The "Bassapella remix" is quite a handy DJ tool too. "Tangerine" gets a dark and tunnelling techno makeover by Spain's UNER while "Wisdoms" gets a sinister and rolling retake performed by Leipzig's king of the groove Daniel Stefanik.
Review: Mathias Kaden is a long time alumnus of the Freude Am Tanzen family out of Jena, learning the ropes from the very best; namely the Wignhomy Brothers. His recent long player Energetic originally came out in mid-2015, but now gets the remix treatment from an all-star cast. "Energie" gets a re-rub from Kompakt main man Michael Mayer, who turns it into one of those dark and melodic journey tracks that will fit into the current status quo of similar tracks by the likes of Life & Death and Innervisions. Dresden dusty house hero, the Uncanny Valley affiliated Cuthead, gives "Korokana" a nice urban flavoured rework and the mysterious Redshape gives "Clarity" his trademark rusty and reductionist sound. Let's not forget Nick Curly's contributions; he gives "Get Phunky" a dose of the Mannheim sound. Its driving, percussive tech house groove is relentless and there's a dub version for those of you less keen on Aquarius Heaven's vocals.