Review: Keinemusik is turning 10 years old in 2019: and as the label stated themselves it has been a decade of successful releases, priceless memories and of doing things hand in hand. Therefore this celebratory release simply needs to carry this name. All the label's staples contribute here: Rampa kicks things off with the sexy and melodic bliss of "For This" featuring the breathtaking vocal delivery of one Chiara Noriko, Reznik gets low slung and funky on his deep disco jam "Schuhus Groove" and the ever dependable Adam Port hands in a wicked edit of by Ede Lulu Quim Manuel O Spirito Santo - proper soulful/spiritual afro house vibes.
Review: After the recent longplay joint venture of all the Keinemusik crew and a hot bunch of remixes, here's a new two-tracker from label staple Adam Port. The Berliner throws down a truly emotive effort on the bittersweet "Do You Still Think Of Me" with its sombre piano melody, hypnotic arpeggios and restrained rhythms all working in perfect harmony. This is backed up by the polyrhythmic and very funky Afro influended DJ tool "Roots Edit".
Guilt Trip (Johannes Albert remix) - (7:03) 121 BPM
Bumper (No Work All Play remix) - (6:44) 125 BPM
Review: Rampa, Adam Port and &Me have gone a little remix-crazy of late, commissioning all and sundry to interpret tracks by their Keinemusik-released collaborative project. Last month, Gerd Janson and Solomun served up their interpretations; here, three more talented artists get their mitts on tracks from the trio's You Are Safe album. Chicagoan star Honey Dijon steals the show with a wonderfully heavy, throbbing revision of "Operator" full of breathy stabs, Afro-tech percussion and sleazy analogue bass. Elsewhere, Johannes Albert turns "Guilt Trip" into a twisted, arpeggio-fired fusion of mind-altering acid lines and dreamy, ethereal chords, while the All Work No Play remix of "Bumper" is a sparse but heavy, acid-fired slab of early morning dirt.
Review: Following on from Black Coffee's remix of Keinemusik, the house music trinity of Adam Port, Rampa and &Me draft in two more high-profile remixers. First up is Diynamic boss Solomun getting to grips with "You Are Safe". Under his studied guise, it turns into a mesmerising, pulsating groove, punctuated by crashing drums, dubbed out effects and an epic, vocal-led build. Underground but accessible, it is destined to introduce the trio's music to a wide audience. Next up is Running Back boss Gerd Janson, who reinterprets "Lover". Opting for a different tact, he serves up dreamy vocals, rolling 80s snares and a melancholic, electronic bass - making for an emotive but effective re-work.
Review: Late last year, the producers behind the Keinemusik label came together to pen an album under the same name. Now the German label and the Keinemusik protagonists - Rampa, Adam Port and &Me - have commissioned remixes of tracks from the long player. First up is Life & Death boss DJ Tennis, who is tasked with reworking "You Are Safe". Using eerie synths, clattering drums and electro bass pulses, he turns the track into a hypnotic house track. For the second remix, Frankey & Sandrino take to the controls. The pair's version of "Guilt Trip" is slower and more understated, but the atmospheric textures and subtle pulses are as memorable as the DJ Tennis remake.
Review: Keinemusik is a collaboration between Rampa, Adam Port and &Me, who have all individually released music on the label that shares the Keinemusik name. Now the trio turn their efforts to this project with an excellent debut album. "You are Safe" and "Cafe des Schickasals" are stunning pieces of mood music, with half-heard vocals and atmospheric textures making them sound suitable for movie soundtracks. There is a similar mood on "Civilist" and "MuyA", where pulsing bass lines underpin eerie undercurrents and tinkling piano lines, while on "Guilt Trip" and "Up & Down" the trio introduce gloriously soulful vocals to their offbeat rhythms. Equal parts techno symphony and left field pop visions, You Are Safe is a highly impressive, unusual work.
Review: For this new Keinemusik release, Berliner Adam Port is 'sprucing up the image of the guitar.' Port's rehabilitation of the six string instrument comes in the form of "Ganesha Song", the A-side of KM036. Another attempt from Port to merge peak time appeal with experimentalism and refining his method of groove. More guitars on the flip side, but this time merging Mariachi impressions and Angolan folklore. Port uses the source material of Quim Manuel O Espirito Santo while crafting his edit .Two very different approaches to get some feet on the floor, showcasing the mans knack for artistic diversity.
Review: Berlin's Rampa is back, on none other than brilliant local imprint Keinemusik (which he co-founded) presenting the deep and sultry slow burner "The Touch" which is a perfect follow up to the equally sexy hits "Touch Me" and "Spoken For" from last year which featured Hercules & Love Affair's one time frontwoman Nomi Ruiz. Second offering "528 Hz" is a dark and moody journey track which is perfect for one of those euphoric cool down moments for DJs to facilitate a headrush or few before getting into the tougher stuff. Spoiler alert: incredibly wonky Life & Death style synth lead on this one! After great releases recently by Adam Port and &ME, the German label goes from strength to strength.
Review: Having flirted a little with Pets Recordings, Adam Port returns to the loving arms of Keine Musik. In its' original form, "Sonnenfinsternis" is a curious but hugely attractive concoction, with trippy siren sounds, dub effects, spiraling chords and snappy snare fills wrapping their way around a metronomic, Kraftwerk-inspired groove. Regular collaborator Jennifer Touch adds her sweet, hazy vocals to the dreamy tech-house shuffler "Working For It", before Port offers up an extra special treat: a brand new re-edit of his previously overlooked hook-up with jangly guitar band Here Is Why, "Tonight". This new version sounds like a Balearic disco/AOR soft rock classic in the making.
Review: Having been off-grid for the last six months, Rampa returns to action with a four-track blast of ear-pleasing, deep house goodness. The Keinemusik co-founder begins confidently, layering up eyes-closed pads, blissful electronic melodies and Balearic house grooves on the deliciously tactile "Trust". "Entropie" is a hard-to-describe fusion of dense ethnic percussion, marimbas and honking electronic stabs, while "Defiled" is a pulsating chunk of analogue-influenced, EBM style late night darkness (albeit with the instinctive swing of deep house). Finally, he reaches for the woozy male vocal samples and Isolee style rhythm tracks on "Headsup", which is the most obviously Germanic of the four tracks.
Review: NR& is a project uniting &ME (Berlin via Hamburg) and Rampa's (aka Gregor Sutterlin: Keinemusik head honcho) production with the voice of New York Disco-House-siren Nomi of Hercules & Love Affair. "Taste Like" is the sultriest and risque deep house you'll hear this year with its low slung groove supported by Nomi's dirty rhymes and 'that' bassline. "Spoken For" is the more upbeat track on here; a dark journey track that you could imagine Tale Of Us playing at sunrise to a crowd of mad ravers with their hands in the air.
Review: This Berlin-based label celebrates its twenty-fifth release with a collection of tracks from its regular artists. Rampa's "Mod" is a classic serving of minimal German house, its tinny drums and percussive shards riding a buzzing bass, while David Mayer's "Smoke" follows a similar trajectory. On this occasion however, the dense, drummy framework is populated by woozy chords, subtle ticks and twists and the kind of dazed stutter that used to characterize old Grant Dell records. &ME's "Birdland" is a jazzier affair, and the final track makes for a real surprise; Adam Port teams up with '90s UK hip hop act Stereo MCs for a deep house groove full of the rapper's sultry, smoky vocals.