Review: Emerging artist Anna rounds off a remarkable year of releases - including an EP on NovaMute - with this second EP for Kompakt's sub-label. Like her fellow Brazilian artist Gui Boratto, "Remembrance" sees Anna fuse euphoric neo-trance hooks with a searing, epic bass and a stepping rhythm. The "Alt" mix is even more effective than the main mix thanks to its euphoric break down and wild, psychedelic build. The Barcelona-based producer shows a different side to her musical canon on "When I Am Only a Dream". Tougher and more stripped back than "Remembrance", it sees drop the kind of searing, acid-soaked minimal track that will slay big rooms and smoky basements alike.
Review: It was always going to be a hard act to follow the heavyweight line-up of label founders and main artists that featured on Speicher 100, but Anna has not been outdone. The Brazilian-Spanish producer's sound is at the harder end of what the storied Kompakt sub-label usually releases, but it's still of the highest quality. "Hidden Beauties" is a big room, acid-heavy workout powered by a grungy bass and massive break downs and builds. On "The Dansant", the mood is even bleaker; Anna drops an evil, belching sub that provides the back drop for rolling snares and a visceral, filtered riff.
Review: Recent Kompakt signing Anna Miranda teams up with Miss Kittin for this frenetic, visceral ode to raving. In its original format, "Forever Ravers" resounds to a grinding bass, peak-time rhythm and Kittin's own unmistakable vocals about being eternal ravers. On the flip side, there's a fine reshape from Anna; the 'Raving In Space' remix sees her deliver a peak time arrangement, this time with wave upon wave of cold bleeps building up to an unforgettable climax. It's great to see Miss Kittin back releasing music, and Speicher 112 also provides the platform to showcase the production skills of her Brazilian collaborator.
Review: Christian Nielsen is a surprising choice for the Kompakt Extra series: the label would say so themselves!. But they love to surprise your ears and have enjoyed, for some time, his 'outsider approach' to music. In particular with "Hard Times", a peak time melodic monster that bridges the right transitions for when you need it. ?Belgian artist, the Hotflush and Afterlife affiliated Locked Groove presents "Dawn", one of those magical tunes that loop along but evolve with every listen. Intricate drums balance well with lush, minimalistic melodies. The Speicher series is approaching its 100th release. Where it goes, only they know, so savour the flavour while it lasts. ?
Review: A double header from Kompakt Extra, "Speicher 67" lets fly into breathless techno. Frenchman Maxime Dangles's "Bras De Zil" is raw techno that intensifies and then withdraws before Steve Moore takes us in darker, more menacing techno on his "Bayern Kurve." With plenty of energy throughout, this is one not to be missed.
Review: Miami's Danny Daze has successfully sustained his career since 2011's breakthrough hit "Your Everything", the pop inflected house anthem which propelled him to stardom overnight. Fast forward to 2016, Speicher 91 for esteemed German imprint Kompakt sees his style develop and mature furthermore particularly on "Swim" a dark journey track whose simplicity and restraint excels marvellously. While on "Machine" things get a bit more ferocious, fusing techno, electro and house impressively with its mix of dark sub-bass, vocoder and rusty vintage drum machines.
Review: Almost 18 years on from its debut release, Kompakt Extra is just months away from notching up a century of releases. For EP number 98, Kompakt's club-focused offshoot has snapped up a pair of heads-down, late night delights. Danny Daze and Shokh join forces, laying down a pulsating chunk of trance-like dancefloor hypnotism whose power derives not from thunderous percussion (though the drum hits are solid enough), but rather restless arpeggio lines, spacey electronics and some mind-altering melodies. Then it is Patrice Baumel taking an altogether different approach, slamming down a formidably heavy chunk of bass-heavy techno wonkiness smothered in the sticky humidity of an unlikely jungle rave.
Review: Kompakt Extra release Datenzauber's latest electronic retro vibes on "Speicher 66". Influenced by a range of music stretching from the 70s to today, his sound is ultra modern but with a clear appreciation of the past. Here, he fuses a rock-like beat with a minimalist disco sentiment to provide a track that sounds fun, fresh and interesting.
Review: It's fair to say Mr Danny Daze is enjoying a fine 2014 with this debut on Kompakt's Speicher series arriving in the aftermath of two superb releases for Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic and Maceo Plex's Ellum Audio. There's a sense of prestige that comes with a Speicher release and the two powerful productions from the Miami-based Daze hint he's fully worthy of his placement in the Kompakt extra annals of fame. Lead track "Freeze (Frozen Mix)" sees Daze focus on detail, keeping the drum programming to a minimum so an accompaniment of synth washes, machine noise and muted horns can have full effect. Those wanting something a bit more marauding will be all over "Speaker Language" which pairs a powerful snare rattling groove with some treated vocals.
Review: Following up a powerful EP in the series' last edition by Brazilian superstar ANNA, Kompakt's Speicher imprint returns with more surefire techno to energise the dancefloor on edition 102. Longtime friends turned studio companions, Enzo Elia (of Balearic Gabba Soundsystem fame) and Musumeci join forces for the first time on "Gothic Safari" and indeed it's quite the nefarious journey, full of tension and suspense and perfect for dancefloor drama. Newcomer from Grenoble La Marine delivers the hypnotic minimal tech-house of "Flash," calling to mind the sounds of Dominik Eulberg or Andre Kraml from the mid-noughties. More mysterious faire awaits you on Animal Print's "The Last Night Of Laura Palmer" - a dose of brooding, Bolivian darkwave theatrics, borrowing from EBM, Italo and techno all at the same time.
Review: Arne Schaffhausen and Wayan Raabe aka Extrawelt follow last year's Unknown album on Cocoon with this killer EP for Kompakt's sub-label. In keeping with their trademark sound, both tracks on Speicher 110 are gritty and distinctive. "Pink Panzer" centres on a low-slung groove and dusty drums that provide the backdrop for searing, building electronic riffs. "Argonaut" is more pacy; the duo drop a bruising, stepping rhythm that's powered by a thundering bass and populated by wild, unpredictable acid lines. Both tracks underline Extrawelt's unique approach to electronic dance music and their appeal to a wide range of DJs.
Review: Between them, Florian Kruse and Julian Wassermann have released on high-profile labels such as Poker Flat, Stil Vor Talent and Sasha's Last Night On Earth, but Orust is sure to propel them to even greater heights. Issued on Kompakt's sub-label, it features the kind of shiny trance melodies that one comes to expect from releases on Extra. However, what really sets this track apart from others is the throbbing, pulsating groove, white noise builds and doubled-up thunderclaps. When combined, these elements add up to a dance floor killer that is sure to cause mayhem on underground floors and big rooms alike.
Review: The 72nd installment of Speicher marks the first release by Ostgut boss and Panorama Bar resident Nick Hoppner for the Cologne operation. Thankfully, his contribution has been well worth the wait, and "Ipso Facto" is a heavy, pulsing groove, where spacey synths wash in and heavy claps provide the basis for a series of more subtle bursts of percussion. It's the kind of woozy but robust techno and house that characterise Hoppner's DJ sets. On the flip, Auntie Flo aka Glasgow producer Brian D'Souza drops "Sun Ritual", a loose tribal groove, underscored by seductive, oriental bells and chiming guitar riffs - a more laid back alternative to Hoppner's approach.