Review: "Ham The Monkey" is German producer Jimi Jules' third EP for Innversions, following up 2019's "Fool" and "Karma Baby". A concept EP, Jules tributes the music here to Ham the Astrochimp, a chimpanzee and the first hominid launched into space. In 1961, Ham flew aboard the Mercury-Redstone 2 mission, part of the U.S. space program's Project Mercury. From the evocative feelings of opening cut "Don't Take It Personally" which is very much in the Innervisions aesthetic, late night mood music is catered for with the sensual deep house of "Grumpy Monkey" while the seething energy of closing track "Tinnitus" is the typical style of dancefloor drama you've come to expect from Ame & Dixon's label.
Review: Petros Manganaris is one in a clutch of artists pushing their way to the top through the Innervisions label, with his Echonomist project highlighted in recent times next to the likes of Nandu, Mike Steva and Aera. Having released the six-track Virtuality EP to acclaim last year the Greek artist swiftly backs it up with Night Versions. With emphasis on the techno and synth pop inspired "Our Last Night" (with additional Radio Edit) it brings with it a sound that combines contemporary German pop held together by indie and electro - thik Digitalism. On the flip you'll find "Different Versions Of Your Love" that sees a jungle rhythm set to progressive sounds of trance, new wave and UK bass.
Review: As Innervisions looks forward to its 100th release in 2021, its new 'Limbo' various artists compilation marks a change within the label, club culture and the music industry at large, signifying how it will continue to evolve and adapt. Featuring ascending Bavarian Innellea on the evocative breaks of "The Invention Of Flying", Danish dancefloor drama expert Denis Horvat in fine form as always on "Unikum", Lake People, the alias of prolific Leipzig-based producer Martin Enke, with a typically ethereal outing titled "Divergence" and the ever reliable Aera with the serene futurist electro beats of "Shallows". To quote label boss Dixon regarding the release: 'The world is in limbo and going through a transition. So is Innervisions, building a bridge between how we have done things in the past, and how we want to do things in the future'.
Review: After an appearance on the label's Secret Weapons Part 12 compilation, Danish producer Rasmus Vincentz Jensen aka DJ Nandu returns to Innervisions to present his proper debut in the form of 'Forever In Our Favor' - an entire EP of melodious techno and house. From the eloquent bliss of the ttile track with its incredible attention to details, things take a slightly darker turn on the future deepness of "Distorted Balance" and closing it out with the glassy-eyed and bittersweet mood music of "February Silver Lining". Following up some other great releases of late on Scat City and Connected - DJ Nandu surely is one to watch in 2021.
Review: The veteran of challenging, cross-genre experimentation and collaboration, Innervisions staple Henrik Schwarz returns to the Berlin-based imprint. The 'Together' EP heralds the third decade of the millennium and a collaboration with SelamX studio. Features the high tech soul epic "Come Together" with its life-affirming chord progression and stunning operatic vocals that are altogether geared for some glassy-eyed and bittersweet moments on the dancefloor, followed by the uplifting deep house of "Omnibus" that's awash in a stunning tapestry of lush melodies and glistening pads. Another terrific effort by a true master.
Review: From his longtime association with Osunlade's Yoruba Records imprint, Melbourne, Australia based DJ/producer Mike Steva delivers yet more of his spiritual, world music inspired grooves for deep house institution Innervisions with 'The Sound Of The Sun' EP. From the soulful and meditative opening track "Dawn Of A New Day", to the mesmerising and heads-down vibe of "The Sound Of The Sun" to the utterly hypnotic polyrhythms and vocal mantras on the elevating energy of "Baba Himalaya" - feel the vibe on this collection of arcane delights.
Review: Petros Manganaris aka Echonomist follows his recent contribution to Dixon's Transmoderna compilation with this distinctive and varied debut for Innervisions. The title track resounds to the electronic bass sound of Italo, while at the other end of the spectrum, Manganaris conjures up a bleak-synth led electro arrangement in the shape of "Planeless Sky". In between these two extremes, there are rough, glitchy house tracks like "Belfast Sun" and "Portamento", while on "MS20101", he takes influence from Carl Craig to deliver a synth-heavy techno track that is underpinned by his rough, fragmented rhythms. Changing approach once again, "Daydreaming" features mournful synths and a disco groove.
Review: Aleph music chief Ralf Schmidt aka Aera is back on the esteemed Innervisions imprint with the Prana EP, which is imbued with the instincts of a storyteller across six sonically different yet interconnected micro-worlds. From the dreamy and sublime vibes of "Way Out" where tech house and 8-bit elements collide, to moments of cleverly crafted and emotive futurism that we've come to know and love from the German producer - which can he heard on riveting journeys like "Turning Machine" and "Little Smasher". It wouldn't be an Innervisions record without a bit blissed-out and melodic deep house, would it? "Brackets" has you covered on that front.
Review: Henrik Schwarz, the veteran of challenging cross-genre experimentation and collaboration, returns to the Innervisions imprint. With his first EP for 2020, he heralds the third decade of the millennium and their collaboration with SelamX studio across two powerfully emotive tracks. From the life-affirming epic "Together" and its dramatic choral refrain and elevating chord progressions which are all geared for some perfect dancefloor drama. Second offering "Omnibus" shows more restraint but it's equally as evocative, once again demonstrating the German producer's talent for soulful hi-tech sounds.
Review: Second time around for South Sudanese musician and political activist Emmanual Jal's "Kuar" single, which first landed on Innervisions a decade ago. That time, there was a lot of heat around Henrik Schwarz's headline-grabbing remix, which re-imagined Jal's traditional Sudanese track as a tech-tinged chunk of Afro-house brilliance rich in bold bass, trippy electronics, layered percussion and rave-ready late night riffs. That fine rework is given another airing here alongside a previously unheard Schwarz mix subtitled "Don't Let Your Vote Be Fake Newsed". This revision strips out much of Jal's vocal, instead offering a pumped up, riff-heavy variation on Schwarz's original remix.
Review: With his strong penchant for emotive and euphoric dancefloor narratives as heard on Exit Strategy, Afterlife and Aeon - it was only a matter of time until Denis Horvat's sound became appreciated by Berlin imprint Innervisions. Since appearing on the label's Secret Weapons compilations a couple of times in the past, the rising Dane now makes his debut proper for the label - for the third and final installment of this trio of EPs. From the reflective mood music of opener "Tajna", to the soulful and evocative dancefloor drama of "Fragmental" or the moody futurist groove of "Pure Distance" - hammering the message home with that bit of power.
Review: The ever reliable Frank Beckers and Sandrino Tittel (better known as Frankey & Sandrino to their Mums) return to Innervisions with with yet more of their epic dancefloor narratives - and taking up where they left off on 2017's Wega EP. From the emotive and melodic techno soul of "Mercury" to the deep sonar transmissions of "Gamma Ray" that will hypnotise the listener into submission with its complex arpeggiations this is some of the pair's finest work. Finally making way for "Zeta" to complete the package: a slow motion expression in minimalism that features classical musical motifs with linear synth sequences that were reminiscent of Robert Hood's earlier work.
Review: Innervisions head honchos Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann (aka Ame) released their ambient/Balearic styled opus 'Dream House' much year to much acclaim. And after two volumes of terrific remixes by some of the scene's top names in house and techno - we now have the third terrific instalment. Features Wiedemann's cohort in side project The Howling Ry 'X' Cuming - who delivers a rework of "No War" which gets into moody and atmospheric territory, "Gerne" feat. Berlin post punk legend Gudrun Gut gets a typically tripped-out and hypnotic perspective by Frankfurt veteran Roman Fluegel, and Irish deep house hero Mano Le Tough goes for yet more evocative dancefloor narratives on the sublime vocal led pop-inflected cut "Oldorado".
Review: This second remix package of tracks from Ame's Dream House long player features dance floor remixes to suit a range of moods. At one end, there's the atmospheric Fango take on "No War", where the original version's woozy chants and dreamy synths are underpinned by rolling back beats. At the other end, there's Marcel Dettmann's version of "Hellikonia", which sees the Berghain resident drops a steely, metallic rhythm that gradually spirals into a heady climax. By contrast, Dettmann's take on "Gerne" is less dance floor focused; a breathy, down tempo number its moody electronic undercurrents effortlessly accompany the original track's mysterious vocals.
Review: Dream House was released last year by acclaimed German duo Kristian Beyer & Martin Wiedermann aka Ame to much acclaim. The splendid tracks that comprised this evocative home listening journey are now remixed by some of the scene's top names and aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor. On Part I, we have Berlin-based artist (and Keinemusik main man) Rampa take "No War" deep into the exotic, in dreamy and majestic fashion, while Diynamic chief Solumun delivers two versions of "The Line" - Frank's Vote being a vibrant neon-lit perspective with an '80s influence, while Kristian's Vote has a more ethereal deep house vibe full of sweeping layers of arpeggio.
Review: Toto Chiavetta returns to Innervisions after last years' Harmony Somewhere with another cosmic 12-inch. The title track revolves around a low-slung tribal groove that builds to the sound of an atmospheric synth and a frazzled bass. It's a potent combination that sounds like a halfway house between DJ Harvey and Giallo Disco. "This Does Not Happen Where The Sun Rises" is even more off centre and sees the Italian producer deliver a dubbed out groove that resounds to slightly ominous vocal samples. "Metrica" is more frazzled as Toto picks up the pace to deliver a cavernous but grinding groove. However, it's only a temporary divergence as "Dedication to all the Mothers and their Moons" revolves around Middle Eastern percussion and hypnotic North African vocal samples.
Review: Berlin-based DJ/producer Gregor Sutterlin aka Rampa heads up the Keinemusik imprint, alongside local veterans Adam Port and &ME - an ever reliable outlet for deep, sensual and emotive tech-house. This style of aesthetic makes him no stranger then to revered local imprint Innervisions, who first welcomed him into the fold back in 2017 on his Hall Of Violence EP and his latest offering for Dixon and Co. features just as much dancefloor drama as heard on the gripping futurist epic "They Live". Heartfelt and glassy-eyed moments in the middle of the dancefloor are well catered for on the powerful "Tell Me Are We" featuring the unmistakable vocals of Whomadewho's Tomas Hoffding, and ending with the hypnotic Afro infused minimal of "Lavender Boogie"
Review: Jimi Jules has released material on Watergate and Defected, but his debut EP on Innervisions sounds removed from those labels. There's the buzzing, frazzled electro of "End of the World", while on the title track, he slips into deep, dubbed out techno. Clearly, Jules is a master of re-invention and on "We Out Here" and "Future Is Now", the Swiss producer veers into the kind of twitchy, stripped back house sound that Innervisions is more synonymous with. However, this is not a typical release, and "Last Muuh Before Paradise", with its live bass, sonorous brass and micro beats is an unusual foray into left field house.
Review: Los Angeles-based Brit Chris Barratt returns to Innervisions, after appearing on their X compilation a little while back, in addition to appearances on Bedrock and Sapiens. Imitations Of Life is most likely named after his solo imprint Art Imitating Life, and much like that - the tracks here are in the same kind of vein. From the melodic dancefloor drama of ,,Sketch 7", the soaring synth leads taking centre stage on the evocative "Sketch 17" or the glassy-eyed and heartfelt style of deep house that is a perfect fit for Ame and Dixon's imprint on "Sketch 1".
Review: Well it is that time again: revered Berlin imprint Innervisions presents the 11th installment in the acclaimed Secret Weapons series, and as always does exactly what it says on the tin. Expect the very best in emotive house and melodic techno as curated by Ame and Dixon - who stated quite succinctly themselves as "to create vivid moments, be it after hours or peak-time.' Highlights coming courtesy of rising Spaniard Pablo Fierra on the folk-inflected/sunkissed vibe of "Tel Aviv To Casablanca", the return or veteran British producer Thomas Gandey (Cagedbaby) who teams up with Santiago Garcia on the spooky dancefloor drama of "On Two Strangers", Israel's Yotam Avni who continues his impressive run of tracks into 2019 on the utterly hypnotic "Regis Is For Regisford" while label staple Denis Horvat gets into some properly futuristic groove action with "Vetiver".
Review: Released on Belgian institution R&S Records back in 2016, Alex Smoke's album Love Over Will signalled a new phase of deep artistry for the stalwart Scottish producer. Two years on we get treated to a couple more special remixes (a first volume was released a couple of years ago) courtesy of Dixon & Ame's Innervisions out of Berlin. Italian power duo Tale Of Us deliver another awe-inspiring expression of dancefloor drama with their spellbinding rendition of "Fall Out", while similarly Maeve co-head Mano Le Tough brings on the sonic theatrics and narratives with his rendition of "Dust" - a deep and druggy techno journey into the later hours.
Review: Although there's always been some subtle variety within Innervisions' output, Dixon and Ame's imprint has become known for a particular type of grandiose, tech-tinged house. Props to them, then, for releasing this EP of arpeggio-driven, 1980s style Italo-disco created by contemporary Italian producers. Muscemi and Phunkadelica kick things off, first layering exotic Middle Eastern synthesizer melodies over druggy arpeggio lines on "Babilonia", before slowing the tempo a little via the ghostly tunefulness, robotic vocals and chugging bottom-end of "Velluto Blue". Stereocalypse then takes over, serving up two more killer cuts: the long, bold chords, slap bass and rush-inducing melodies of "Lone Solo Drummer", and the Rimini '84 pomp of the arguably superior "The Cunning Man".
Review: The title of Ame's debut album could sum up their entire output to date, and in many ways, Dream House is the ultimate statement from the German duo. However, it is not solely focused on the kind of lush, tranced out melodies that they made their name with on "Rej", but it does features collaborations from Gudrun Gut, Roedelius and Planningtorock. It also moves from the hypnotic chants of "The Line" - a track penned with Herbert - into the hollowed-out break beats of "Deadlocked", the Roedelius collaboration, and into more reduced grooves like "Queen of Toys". On "Gerne", Gut delivers a breathy, sensual vocal over a grinding rhythm, which is far removed from those breathy grooves that Ame first rose to prominence with. However, echoes of this hypnotic aesthetic is never too far away, audible on the droning, Dinosaur L-style guitars of "Positivland".
Review: It's that time again: Berlin institution Innervisions returns and rounds up this year's melodic techno futurists on Secret Weapons' tenth edition. Indeed it's a big one, but not with the usual suspects, would you believe. Take for instance Marc Romboy: the German tech house legend behind the respected Systematic imprint appears with the spacey and euphoric dancefloor drama of "Infrared", rising star of the Berlin scene Nitam (previously on Ostgut Ton sister label Unterton) appears also with the seething, late night adrenaline of "JS/42" which nails that Panorama Bar vibe so nicely. Elsewhere, the always impressive Southern Italian duo Underspreche make a welcome appearance with "From The Exotism To The Future" yet another example of their contorted take on Afro house, while minimal don Marc Houle reappears, with a nifty rework by German power duo Frankey & Sandrino on the epic journey of "Paligama"
Review: More than a few eyebrows were raised at Junodownload HQ when we first heard this fine EP from Marcus Worgull, which marks his return to Innervisions after a three-year absence. While the title track is in some ways typical of the label's output in recent years - think Balearic guitars and passionate Americana vocals over a slick and hypnotic tech-house beat - the other two tracks are a notable departure. Both explore the sub-heavy swing of authentic dub-house, with alluring, speaker rattling, delay-laden, percussion rich shuffle of opener "Skango" particularly impressive. "Seen", where dub bass and rolling deep house beats are encased in bubbly electronics and smile-inducing synth riffs, is also impressive.
Review: Thanks to recent releases on Hotflush and Stroboscopic Artefacts, Yotam Anvi is a producer on the rise. Here the Israeli DJ/producer makes his debut on Dixon and Ame's Innervisions imprints, suggesting his place in the big time is secured for some time to come. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of lead cut "Midas Touch" is the track's intoxicating late night atmosphere, a mood created via the use of drifting Middle Eastern vocal samples, psychedelic acid lines and a thrusting, low-slung tech-house groove. Anvi's Arabic influences once more come to the fore on "Jorniel", where exotic melodies and gentle acoustic guitar solos weave in and out of another bustling, bass-heavy rhythm track.
Review: Few Portuguese producers can boast as strong a track record as Trikk, whose high reputation was founded on fine singles for the likes of Optimo Trax, Hypercolour, ManMakeMusic, Lossless, Pets Recordings and, most recently, Innervisions. Here he returns to the latter with his most ambitious project to date: a debut album rich in tribal drums, exotic synthesizer motifs, humid electronics and all manner of global musical influences. Naturally there is a number of bespoke, floor-friendly tech-house and deep house cuts to enjoy, but the album's genius primarily lies in the producer's devotion to mood and melody. There may be plenty of tracks that would sound good in DJ sets, but it also works as an album to listen to from start to finish: something that can rarely be said about house albums.
Review: Sicilian hi tech soul merchant Toto Chiavetta returns to the esteemed Innervisions imprint. Recently quite the stalwart of the Berlin based label, Chiavetta turns in an impressive effort on his second LP, described by label co-founder Kristian Beyer as "one of the best records we ever put out. The future of house music comes with a unique sound!" It's hard to disagree with him; the sheer quality of this release is evident the moment you put it on. Opening cut "Hand Made" is the kind of darkly futuristic mood lighting that you could imagine label co-head Dixon playing in one of his epic sets. "Analogue Suite" or "Survival" respectively delve further into late night dancefloor drama on these druggy and tunnelling strobe-lit affairs. There is light at the end of that tunnel though, rest assured; particularly on the uplifting and afro inflected "Nothing Really Matters" (which is more familiar of his usual work) or the trippy, intergalactic techno-soul of "Definitions".
Review: Here's something to savour: a first collaborative EP from long-serving French house producer Manoo and Hamburg-based Ivorian (Mr) Raoul K. Given both producers' heritage and track record, it's little surprise to hear impassioned, West African vocals and layered, tribal-influenced percussion amongst the spiraling synth lines and restless, ever-building grooves. Innervisions boss man provides two typically epic, stretched-out reworks - Vocal and Dub interpretations - that both sound like peak-time anthems in the waiting. While the acclaimed DJ/producer wisely includes some notable breakdowns, it's the driving feel of the groove and gradual increase in intensity that really impresses. Arguably best of all, though, is the Trikk Dub Mix, a deeper concoction that boasts looser tribal drum programming, traditional instrumentation and hypnotic tech-house electronics.
Review: Keinemusik co-founder Rampa rarely makes appearances on other labels. In fact, this Innervisions label debut is only his fifth release away from "home territory" since 2008. The title track sets the tone, with the Berlin-based producer peppering a shuffling, soft-focus tech house groove with ear-pleasing chord progressions and undulating electronic melody lines. Afro-inspired builder "Bimma" is a deeper, woozier and atmospheric affair, with African vocal samples and marimba style flourishes helping enhance the track's sticky and humid mood. Closer "Fluke", meanwhile, is a gently woozy and quietly positive late night treat - all rising and falling electronic melodies, crunchy drum fills and locked-in kick-drum hits.
Review: The original version of "Phases" first appeared on Ninja Tune sub-label Counter, and now Innervisions are putting out new interpretations of it. This is hardly surprising as Howling comprises singer Ry Cuming and Frank Wiedemann, one half of Ame and Innervisions co-owner. The only version that re-appears here is the dub interpretation, where a throbbing low end underscores Cumings' quasi-operatic outpourings. Elsewhere, Alex.Do turns "Phases" into an epic, soaring affair, guided by dramatic organs and a pulsing groove. The other versions, from Toto Chiavetta, explore a less obvious direction. On the "Colour Zero" version, layered drums and an organic rhythm underpin the unraveling vocal, while on the "Colour Two" take, flutes and flowing piano lines make for the most suitable accompaniment to Cumings' vocals.
Review: It's that time again where Dixon, Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann serve up another edition of their Secret Weapons series which always lives up to its name; just they aren't that secret anymore thankfully! As always the Innervisions camp present a real mix up of names from across the board of house and techno and there's some pleasant surprises once again. Starting off with Belgian tech house heroes Raw District with the brooding and suspense filled "From The Inside" which is the kind of track you could really imagine Dixon playing to a festival crowd. Berlin legend Oliver Deutschmann (Falkplatz/Vidab) with the dreamy and hypnotic "Control" was great too. Elsewhere there's Southern German merchant of dark journey tracks Tim Engelhardt representing the new garde (alongside Bog) with "No More Words" featuring some wonky synth leads and minimal techno legend Marc Houle with the cheeky retro EBM jack of "Tomboyz". Honourable mention to the Valence/Delft affiliated GoldFfinch with the tough reductionist techno jam "The Hidden"
Review: German duo Frankey & Sandrino are back again on Innervisions their third release for Dixon and Ame's label thus far. On "Wega" it's a deep and spacey tech house affair, with exotic choral chants reminiscent of Villalobos' "Enfants" used sparingly over a tunneling and entrancing groove. Next offering "Pollux" is the real winner on here though. This darkly minimal house experiment builds gradually into a chill and glitchy house jam with sparse rhythm arrangements and buzzy melodies.
Review: If it wasn't for artists like Trikk, the Portugese dance scene would not be where it is at the moment. The Porto native has rapidly grown in both skill and fame since his first EP for Man Make Music, back in 2012, and a series of fine EPs for imprint such as Drumcode and Optimo Trax have really helped to solidify his version of house music. This new four-tracker comes courtesy of the mighty Innervisions, and we hear Trikk in a slightly more contained mood than usual, leading with the deep tribalism of "Florista", which falls neatly into the sparse, aquatic house medley called "Veneno". "Mozam" is a fine since of dub-leaning micro-house, propelled into gear by fluttering bleeps, and "Wardance Dub", as the name implies, pushes the boundaries of Trikk's house style into more dubwise territories. A sublime EP from the rising artist of Oporto.
Review: Sicilian producer Toto Chiavetta returns after some great releases on the likes of Yoruba and Ibadan. Appearing on labels like such, you'd think hi-tech soul would be his forte; quite fitting then that he appears here for top merchants of the sound: Innervisions. On "Connecting With The Lama" we hear his penchant for futurist Afro vibes, while the title track explores suspenseful, deep house journeys much like label bosses Ame have done over the years. "Finally I've Met You" is a lush deep techno journey featuring steel texture atmospheres, complex polyrhythms and rich uplifting melodies while "Given Brain" goes for something much darker and mysterious with its rusty rhythms and EBM style arpeggio.
Review: Talk about a transformation; former Minus mainstay and minimal stalwart Marc Houle goes from ping-pong beats and hiccuping rhythms to this deep, 80s-referencing house release. " Don't Want To Watch You Read" is a mesmerising affair, centred on a booming bass and featuring a mysterious vocal that is similar to the one that featured on Brian Kage's record on FXHE earlier this year. There is a reference to Houle's minimal past on the rushing sirens of the Golden Filter remix of "Read", but in the main this is a radical departure. The title track is a pulsing electronic disco affair, while the Red Axes remix of "Read" is an epic, EBM-fueled reshape.
Review: Master magician Lorenz Brunner is back as Recondite on Innervisions serving up three perfectly executed dark journey tracks for maximum dancefloor drama. Starting out with the brooding mystery groove of "Osa" whose sombre yet razor sharp melodics guide you down the abyss, he's then on to "Andever" which is a bit more uplifting with some bass driven deepness and haunting bell melodies reminiscent somewhat of the classic sound of German imprint Dial. Finally "Nick" hammers the message home in esoteric and transcendental fashion with its epic and wandering arpeggio backed by trancey atmosphere engineered for total dancefloor bliss.
Review: On German producer and Aleph label founder Aera's latest release, the coalescing of influences from the past forty years of electronic music is audible. From the early electronic-style noises that warble over the bubbly acid pulse on the title track to the deeper than deep house of "Krystal Close" and the Mathew Jonson-sounding micro-trance melodies of "Keeping the Book", Running Hot is nothing if not adventurous and diverse. Innervisions also deserves praise for its choice of remixer; Steve Rachmad is not the most immediate name one would associate with the German label, but he does a fine job here, turning "Keeping the Book" into a deep, pulsing techno track, accentuating the original version's beautiful spacey-ness.
Review: One third of Innervisions, one half of Ame and The Howling and one of the all round modern greats of techno and house music. Under his own name for the first time, Frank Wiedemann unleashes more sure-fire and emotive dancefloor intelligence on The Moorthon EP. Starting out with the soulful tech house bounce of "Moorthon II" he gets more on the vibe you know him for ie: moody and epic with "Kleiner Vogel" with its dark strings, wonky synth leads and adrenalised rhythm. But he saves the best for last on the bittersweet techno-soul of "Moorthon I" featuring some immaculate programming and truly stunning synth textures from a true master of the sound.