Review: On the debut album of Aparde (aka Paul Camillo Rachel), he certainly took his liberties in regard to his musical output. He consciously limited and aligned this series of songs which originated between the end of 2015 and mid 2016. Each one is said to have gone through a lengthy process of development. The album was finalized in early summer of 2017, in an old cottage upon a lake in the north of Germany. Featuring lead single "Mouth", the album as a whole is sombre yet wholly evocative and features even more stunning highlights. From the dramatic opener "Siren" which sounds like freefall in motion, the jagged "North" which is reminiscent of a Life & Death style journey track that's been deconstructed, plus the lush deep house of "Sand" which provides an adequate momentum at a time when the LP benefits from it.
Review: Almost 12 months on from its release, Christian Loffler's Mare album - an impeccably atmospheric drift through slow-burn downtempo soundscapes and hushed deep house - is given the remix treatment. Naturally, there's more of a focus on the dancefloor, with Atavism, Zimmer, Frejka, Vilette and Loffler all delivering sumptuous but heavy interpretations that touch on deep house, tech-house and early morning techno. That said, it's still the more downtempo and experimental reworks that really sparkle. Check, for example, the breath-taking synthesizer arpeggio lines and eyes-closed majesty of Tiger Lou's version of "Neo" and Max Cooper's superb neo-classical takes on "Haul" and "Vind".
Review: In recent years Christian Loffler has offered up remarkably few singles, instead preferring to explore his light-touch blends of deep house, melodic electronica and downtempo movements on a sequence of delightfully soft-focus albums. "Noah", his new three-track EP, is therefore something of a rarity - even of its opaque musical palette is very much in keeping with his recent work. "Noah" itself is drowsy, dusty and hazy, with simmering electronics, dewy-eyed chords, enveloping pads and yearning vocal snippets clustering around a languid post-dubstep downtempo beat. Josephine Philip hook-up "The End" is a ghostly, string-drenched shuffle through ultra-deep slow house territory complete with a stunning lead vocal, while closing cut "Versailles" is a little bolder in its warming fusion of melodic electronics and tactile, tech-house influenced grooves.
Review: On their new EP, Fejka wants to show 'the development process of dream music into dance music.' Whereas the first two songs are chilled out and slow, "Moonlight" and "Ghostlight" respectively represent a certain state of hypnosis and trance. The key song "Twilight" is a unique combination of both worlds and said to be really important to the producer because it perfectly describes their musical taste. It took me a long time for Fejka to to complete the project but in the end very happy to have created music which combines everything in absolute purity of musical perception.