Martin Eyerer - "Natamaba" (original mix) - (7:38) 127 BPM
Review: Back in 2009, the Kittball label decided to do something to support the work of the African Children's Choir. Since then, they've released a string of fundraising compilations featuring collaborations between the choir and DJs and producers across the world. This compilation showcases the series' greatest dancefloor hits to date, offering up percussive, bouncy and life-affirming gems that fuse elements of deep house, tech-house and Afro-house with organic African percussion and the choir's distinctive, ear-catching vocals. There's much to admire throughout, from the seriously bass-heavy bounce of Hanne & Lore's 'Bafirisuti', and the slow-building, late-night Afro-tech of 'African Blues' by Aki Bergen & Neuroxcyde, to the deep and groovy haziness of 'Omolo' by Chris Lattner and the picturesque wonder that is Larse's 'Karoo'.
Review: Fresh from slamming down the rather large "Guess Who's Jack" single on Toolroom, Tube & Berger returns to their Kittball label for the first time in two years. "Revolution #4" may be a single-track salvo, but it's a sizable one at that. Building from a hushed start via hissing cymbals, increasingly raw and intense electronic riffs and crunchy drums, the track really comes into its own when the German duo introduces a booming bassline, mangled vocal samples and occasional snippets of bustling, early hardcore style breakbeats. By the time the time the cut reaches its peak through a wave of fizzing new riffs and wild sub-bass, you'll have lost your shit on the dancefloor and be well on your way to launching a revolution of your own.
Review: Get Twisted's Tough Love serve up their new thriller here on German label Kittball, which features a remix from Italian veteran Flashmob. A highly acclaimed duo nigh on eight years now, the London-based pair are long celebrated for having additional releases on Nothing Else Matters and Kenny Dope's Dope Wax. "The Light" is a driving, bouncy and vocal-led house masterpiece that's destined to rock main room dancefloors all throughout 2019 and beyond. Flashmob's rework sees the Hot Creations/Snatch! affiliated artist serve up a deep down and dirty rendition that's roughed-up and swingin' just enough for late night antics.
Review: Cologne's Chris Di Perri is resident at local haunt Solar Elektro. He now shares the stage with big name artists and his productions have been released on Deer Deer, Upon You and CusCus Music - where he and Italian artist Domenic D'Agnelli first collaborated. D'Agnelli should need no introduction, he is hailed as one of the legends of the '90s Munich and Frankfurt club scene. Their latest effort "Bulldozer" is a druggy minimal techno groover, that is perfect for the afterhours - and its razor sharp bassline is twisted! Then Danish female duo Anek (Moon Harbour, Gruuv ,Oblack), remix it with more rollin', bouncy and swing-fuelled flair.
Review: Zagreb born Viktor Simunic debuts his new alias Viktor for Tube & Berger and Juliet Sikora's Kitball Recordings. Prior releases as Restless saw him deliver on Flashmob, Be One, Safe Music, My Vision and Eat and Beat Recordings, and on "Connect Us All" he sure gets one seriously low-down bounce in effect - this will definitely appeal to all the Dirtybird fans out there. Equally as dirty is the bass-driven tech house of "Intergalactic Shapes" while the tough rolling funk of "Resistance" is aimed squarely at main room dancefloors of clubs as far as Leeds, Ibiza and beyond.
Review: Dortmund-based Kittball know how to sign up great talent, and do so here with Sllash & Doppe: a pair of Romanian cousins who are turning out top house tunes. In 2007, Bogdan (Sllash) and Cristian (Doppe) have combined their passion for tech-house over the years. They're currently riding a wave of success after hitting the top sections of various charts with their latest tunes on a wide range of labels from Glasgow Underground to Great Stuff to Toolroom. Expect to be hearing their new hit "Lego" a lot in 2019: this groovy and slinky tech-house cut is engineered for maximum impact on the dancefloor, and full of enough blips and bleeps to indicate a love of minimal - the sound hugely influential on the Romanian capital's electronic music community.