Review: Betoko is Beto Cohen, a Mexican producer based in London who has previously appeared on Get Physical, Exploited and OFF Recordings. He now appears on Berlin haven of hedonism Kater Blau's in house imprint Kater Mukke with the Solarium EP, where he teams up with Frenchman The White Shadow. The title track is a dark and melodic journey track with all the right elements that's sure to cause some peak time headrushes at all Berlin's clubs this Summer. "Soony" is more uplifting but still mysterious and emotional with those wonky synth leads working a treat. Finally "Moony" gallops away like a dark horse through the darklands with another killer synth lead which growls away nefariously throughout; you won't forget this one!
Review: German duo Blond:ish are back with more slinky tech house grooves to burn up the dance floor, courtesy of Berlin institution Katermukke. They've been fairly quiet on the production front since their debut album on Kompakt a couple of years back entitled Welcome Back To The Present. However, they have been doing well on the remix front, with some terrific renditions last year of DJ Pierre, Sabo and Monkey Safari. Here they present the booming and heavy "Colocada" which is rather atmospheric and features some crunchy saturated rhythms and furious bass tones. "Cruising" however is the most straight ahead offering here - a woozy and hypnotic cut to take the crowd even deeper into the late night.
Review: Daydreaming is Niklas Worgt aka Dapayk Solo's first record since 2016 - but it has been more than worth the wait. The title track is an intoxicating mixture of detuned minimal house rhythms mixed with flowing, evocative melodies. It's unusual and distinctive, like vintage Mobilee fused with Boards of Canada's bucolic sensibilities. How can the German producer top this? On "Warm Inside", he manages to scale the same artistic heights, but with a different approach. Instead of the stripped back rhythm, he deploys a flowing, undulating bass. Combined with muffled vocal samples and more wide-eyed melodies, it makes for one of Dapayk Solo's best records to date.
Review: Granha, who runs Aegyptia Recordings and has released on Noir, steps up for an EP on German label Katermukke. The title track is a classy slice of tech house, revolving around a pumping, insistent bass and a rave-led break down and build up. "Aphantasia" is less immediate and sees the Spanish producer diverge from a straight kick drum sequence in favour of stepping beats and a rumbling sub-bass that builds and drops. On a totally different tact is "13A", the concluding track. Moving into more mellow territories, Granha delivers a deep, laid back groove that sits in stark contrast to the chugging title track.
Review: Berlin's Kater Blau is doing great things with its in house label Katermukke, bringing the soundtrack of weekend (or weekday, let's be honest!) debauchery in the German capital to dancefloors worldwide. Up next for the label is local Hero Dirty Doering again, with a bit of help from studio buddy Cawa on Trinity Is Still My Name. Whether this is a reference to the character in The Matrix trilogy, we aren't sure, but we'll let the music do the talking. Things get off to a great start on the opener "Bud"; a slinky tech house journey with some spangling synth leads and stabs going off about the place, while "Terrence" is definitely more indicative of the Kater sound: bumpy, catchy and fun loving/tongue in cheek! Finally "Hallelujah" throws down the mandatory dark journey track on this release: dancefloor drama indeed!