Review: Following on from releasing a brace of EPs last year - including a fine collaborative release with Flug on Drumcode - Dubfire teams up again with a like-minded artist for his first material of 2022. Issued on IPSO, which has already hosted collaborations between Kolsch and luminaries like Michael Mayer, Sasha and Tiga, Ulm is a one-track release that shines majestically. Powered by dubbed out beats and hissing percussive textures, the track's centrepiece is the shimmering synth line that swathes the arrangement in a swirling tapestry of melodies. Working with Kolsch has revealed a deeper side to Dubfire's sound, which he will hopefully interrogate further this year.
Review: Acclaimed Danish producer Rune Reilly Kolsch returns on his IPSO imprint with two new expressions in deep house, both presented in his idiosyncratic style as always. First offering "Hold" is an absolutely epic expression in night time drama, with a razor sharp bass playing centre stage that is underpinned by darkened trance motifs and clipped minimal techno style drum programming. Second offering "Clear" by comparison is a more optimistic affair, a euphoric combination of Motor City strings with Kompakt style melodic progressions combining altogether for a glassy-eyed and bittersweet moment on the dancefloor.
Review: Following releases with Tiga and Michael Mayer, the latest collaborator with Kolsch on his IPSO label is Sasha, the legendary DJ. In its original format, "The Lights" is a hypnotic slice of tech-house that resounds to shiny synths and atmospheric melodies unfolding over a bouncy groove. It's exactly the type of melodic track that you'd expect to hear in one of the veteran DJ's own sets. There's also a dub version included, which sees the pair bring the solid bass to the fore, but those spine-tingling melodies, a seamless fusion of Germanic iciness and the tripped out aesthetic of UK tech-house, remain at the core of the arrangement.
Review: Following last year's collaboration with Kompakt boss Michael Mayer, Kolsch now teams up with another well-known artist. This co-authored release with Tiga starts off in relatively unfamiliar territory: the title track is a fuzzy, chord heavy workout that has an evocative edge thanks to its airy synths. "Still So High" sees the pair revert to type as a buzzing bass supports vocal samples and atmospheric sound scapes, but it's "First Blood" that really captures both artists' style most accurately. A pile-driving rhythm, raw drums and fuzzy, filtered percussive bursts support an 80s synth line that will ensure the latest IPSO collaboration is unforgettable.
Review: Following on from Dogma, his collaboration with Kompakt's Michael Mayer back in 2016, Kolsch now invites Tiga to work with him for the second release on IPSO. It's a great meeting of minds; from the Turbo boss' side, there's an intuitive understanding of dance floor dynamics borne out by years spinning in clubs. It is articulated here by the percussive rhythm that underpins "Hal", while, from Kolsch's side come those frazzled vocal samples and the wide-eyed chord builds. Unite all of these elements and the track is just as powerful as the super computer of the same name from the seminal 2011: A Space Odyssey.