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: 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.
Tower Of Ants (feat Simon D'bell) - (5:46) 120 BPM
Die Wirren Der Traumer (feat Nicolas Ford) - (6:29) 124 BPM
Ich War Voll Im Modus - (4:39) 114 BPM
Sommerbad Pankow - (6:26) 119 BPM
Mein Gluck - (5:26) 120 BPM
Gib Ihnen Die Katze - (5:49) 122 BPM
Weed, Wein & Wobbelwurlie - (4:23) 109 BPM
Escape To Infinity - (5:52) 120 BPM
Door To Door (feat Blindsmyth) - (8:44) 121 BPM
Strategien Gegen Die Endlichkeit (feat Nils Hoffmann) - (4:38) 114 BPM
Review: For the first time in two years, Frittenbude member Jakob Haglsperger serves up a solo album. It's his third in total, and could well be the most polished and accomplished of the lot. The 12 songs are pleasingly hazy, melodious and entertaining with the German producer combining attractive synthesizer motifs and soft-touch house grooves with some sneaky samples and musical elements variously influenced by glassy-eyed Balearica, nu-disco, ultra-deep synth-pop, revivalist Itallo-disco and slick Euro tech-house. Highlights include "Mein Gluck", the Nicholas Jaar style goodness of "Weed, Wein & Wobbelwurlie", the disco-inspired cheeriness of "Der Song Mit De Trompet" and the Innervisions-esque warmth of "Escape To Infinity".
Review: Russian producer Vlad Kurdyavtsev started his career in the mid 2000s, releasing curious electronica albums on a variety of digital-only labels. He's now graduated to Cologne-based imprint Ki, and here delivers his most accomplished set to date. Like his previous releases, it delivers a set of tracks that are devilishly hard to pigeonhole. There are forays into bright electronica, crystalline IDM, snow-flecked deep house and the kind of garage-influenced experiments usually associated with Sepalcure, Boxcutter and Hyetal. While the nine tracks that make up Saints perhaps lack a little of the punch associated with those acts, there's no denying that it's a gorgeous listen.