Review: Dieckmanns is the latest alias from Vinicius Duarte - who is better known as Thingamajicks. On Hues, he shows an ability to tease unusual shapes from existing forms. "Red Suburbia" and "Drifty" are low-slung, acid-heavy grooves that rumble along at just over 110bpm. Similarly, "Sleepin' On" and "Night Dwellers" sees him embrace rattling electro drums, buzzing bass tones and the haunting spirit of hardcore to create two percussive, gloomy workouts. The only conventional dance floor track comes from fellow Brazilian artist Zopelar. Stripping away the frazzled 303s that surround "Red Suburbia", he delivers a bleak, bass-heavy techno track that seethes with menace.
Review: Sebastian Voigt may be a newcomer, with just three Eps to his credit so far, but it sounds like he has been making and releasing music for decades. The title track on this release is an epic electro affair, all flickering strings and robust 808s reminding the listener of classic Detroit-style electro like Lost Trax. On "Lamm", he puts his focus on the dance floor, with crisp beats and clanging metallic percussion underpinning pulsing acid, while on "Rua Ferreira" he fuses high-pitched acid tones with a bubbling bass and blasts of brittle percussion for a techno track in the Speicher vein.
Review: Sphynx is a collaboration between Brazilian DJs Zopelar and Marcio Vermelho. On Mercurio, their third release, they present a fresh vision for electronic music. While rooted in techno, the duo's grooves are teased out and low-slung, shot through with hypnotic synths and melodic Italo influences. On the title track, hazy guitar lines swirl in over foggy pads and a languid groove to form an epic soundtrack. Both "Dinamo" and "Toraxica" are more lively, with the pair adding some disco ball glitter to their love of melodies and the latter's tight claps and crashing drums veering into Legowelt territory. Fellow Brazilian producer Davis closes out the release with a rumbling, bass-heavy take on the title track.
Zopelar - "The Waiting" (Davis edit) - (5:46) 123 BPM
Zopelar & RHr. - "Acid Republic" - (6:54) 130 BPM
Zopelar - "Esquina" - (5:13) 124 BPM
Arica - "Along The Path" - (5:02) 150 BPM
Continuous Mix By Zopelar - (1:01:33) 125 BPM
Review: Following on from a series of EPs, Brazilian label In Their Feelings unveils this ambitious compilation project, featuring some of the country's most promising electronic music producers. Sphynx. who debuted on the label last year, delivers the laid-back melodic title track, while on "M1 Riff", Davis, another close label affiliate, drops a stuttering, acid-soaked break beat workout. A spaced out sensibility underpins Mari Herzer's languid "Narcosis", while on Vermelho's "Toy Boxx", there is a similar aesthetic, this time with wide-eyed synths and bleeps playing out against the back drop of a jacking Chicago track. There is also a tougher edge to In Their Feelings' sound - displayed mainly on Zopelar's gritty contributions - but in the main this is a colourful, flamboyant take on electronic music.
Review: Part of the Muting the Noise collective, Brazilian producer Zopelar delivers a diverse but accomplished release to kick start this new label. The title track is led by hissing percussion and rolling, dry drums, sounding similar to the early-00s classic Basscharger by Masa - until Zopelar drops distorted tones. In contrast, both "Bibing" and "Bonanza" are beautiful deep house arrangements, shot through with flowing piano keys and warbling but mellow acid lines. He rounds off the release with another stylistic shift; "Piramidal" is a rough, stepping affair. Once again, the 303 is present but this time it is coarse and visceral, clashing with Zopelar's heavy drums for attention.