Review: Berlin tech house favourite Alex Niggemann has managed to remain impressive since emerging on the scene eight years ago and now appears next for Sasha's well received new imprint Last Night On Earth which is really on fire at the moment. First up "Siyawa" is as dark and as tunnelling as it gets for some effective dancefloor mystery of the druggiest kind. But "Ace Kwela" is more uplifting; what with its epic layers of symphonic strings and lush melodics that will push any dancefloor to transcend beyond all this Summer.
Review: Listening to Colors, it seems likely that the passage of time has seen Ambivalent mellow out as a producer or the prospect of releasing on Sasha's label has prompted him to delve deep into the melodic side of his psyche. In stark contrast to mid to late-00s minimal gems like "R U OK?" "Ceruleo" is all shiny melodies and full-bodied, rolling rhythms. The same approach is audible on "Zafiro", where trance synths unfold over a more swinging rhythm, while "Azurito" sees Ambivalent return to a more recognisable techno sound, albeit with the path illuminated by chiming, fluorescent bells.
Review: Leeds-based likely lads Audiojack have been in great form of late, with singles on Hot Creations and Crosstown Rebels introducing them to a new generation of DJs who may be unfamiliar with their earlier work on 20:20 Vision. "Spirit" is typically electronic, with much use of raw synths and crunchy drum hits, but also pleasingly tuneful thanks to rising and falling melody lines. The track's inherent cheerfulness and chiming synthesizer parts are emphasized further on Fort Romeau's stunning remix, which feels like one long sloppy French kiss under the influence of potent happy pills. To round things off, the Yorkshire duo gets back to basics on "Equilibrium", wrapping Red Zone style riffs and arpeggio melody lines around rolling deep house beats.
Review: American producer Reed Kackley aka Baile is up next on Sasha's Last Night On Earth label. The original version of "Amae" is a pop-inflected, mellow and sensual listening experience for those chill-out moments led by Felicia Douglass' gorgeous vocal performance. It receives two remixes by label chief Sasha: the first "Sasha Fabric1999 mix" was used on his recent Fabric mix and indeed - like its name suggests - channels the vibe of pre-millennium tension. The "Sasha Fabric2099" mix is more typical of Christopher Coe ,on this absolutely evocative progressive house anthem engineered by one of the true masters of the style.
Review: Sasha's Last Night On Earth presents the promising upstart from Tillburg Netherlands: Budakid aka Kevin Huizing. He has had previous releases on Einmusika and All Day I Dream. Here he teams up with Formel on the dark and slinky tech house groove that is the title track, before "Confused" sees him go solo for some emotive progressive house that builds up slowly and is perfect for the early evening or afterhours alike. The spacey cruise control of "Never Leave Your Shuttle" is up next and is perfect for those cool down moments on the dancefloor, until finally the Olaf Stuut remix of "Creatures" goes for an oddball form of tribalism that will take you straight into the stratosphere.
Review: Newcastle's Christoph is on a roll right now with releases on a who's who in tech house such as as Circus, Warung and Knee Deep In Sound who presented his brilliant 8 Track LP in 2016. He now appears for Sasha's esteemed Last Night On Earth imprint for some moody and atmospheric progressive house on the Eleven EP. The title track is deep mood lighting for the early evening with its slinky groove, supported wonky synth leads, epic organs and all round head rush inducing aesthetic. "The Upside Down" is more straight ahead and is perfect to lead in to the peak time with its Reese bassline, shimmering arpeggio and dark strings transporting you into the void: all with perfect dancefloor drama in mind. Afterwards, "The Upside Down (Darker Dub)" does exactly what it says in the tin on this fierce version, which distilled down right to its aesthetic and will allow for some sinister moments similar to grooves n Adam Beyer's Truesoul.
Review: Geordie tech house hero Cristopher Costigan is back on Last Night On Earth, following up 2017's scorching Eleven EP. Taking up where he left off last year, "The Duel" demonstrates Christoph's fine knack for slinky and hypnotic tech-house: that's equal parts groove and suspense to boot. "Revolver" exercises more restraint on this melodic and moody serving of dancefloor drama that's perfect for when they turn the lights down low, while "Tremble" hammers the message home in style on this cyclical and etheric tool that's perfect for DJ's to transition in our out of the peak time shift. Following up some terrific releases of late on Pryda, Suara and Bedrock, Christoph continues on with his winning streak.
Review: Spanish duo Depaart are the latest act to sign to Sasha'a label. The title track brings together a multitude of different styles: there's the stripped back, minimal beats; bass that oozes menace and the somewhat apocalyptic sounding trance riffs. "Column Dance" is more understated; building on low-key drums, Depaart add in some throbbing low end before dropping an epic break down. It's exactly the type of track one could imagine Sasha himself playing. In stark contrast is the abstract "Watered, Cooked, Recycled", where the pair use deconstructed drums and a low-slung bass to create a new vision for minimal house. Factor in a deep, dubbed out take on the title track by A Friend of Marcus and Animal Picnic's tripped out take on "Column Dance" and you've got a hugely impressive debut on Last Night On Earth.
Review: Madrid-based duo Guille and Fran Zaragoza, better known as Depaart, release their second EP here for Sasha's ever reliable Last Night On Earth imprint. The Tortilla and Fluido residents are in fine form on the Migrate EP, with the slinky and hypnotic title track leading the way with its soothing vocal and evocative vibes, followed up by the moody and elevating progressive house jourtney "Malvats" and the sombre yet bittersweet dancefloor drama of "Sunk". On the remix front, British producer Alex Warren aka Kiwi (Correspondant/Cin Cin) delivers an absolutely thumping electro bass rendition of "Migrate" that really packs a punch.
Review: Following his recent release on Odd Even, Dubspeeka now makes his debut on Last Night On Earth. "Torn434" sees him at his most reflective, with tranced out chords unfolding over a stripped back groove. It makes for a haunting, evocative deep techno arrangement. On "Torn392", the UK producer picks up the pace, with dense drums and tight claps underpinning dreamy textures; as the arrangement drops, brittle break beats are introduced to mark the transition. "Torn334" is the most ominous track; with its billowing chords and spaced out, filtered kick drums, it'll appeal to techno fans who might not normally gravitate towards material on Sasha's imprint.
Review: Hailing from the Spanish city of Valencia, DJ/producer Edu Imbernon teams up with fellow countrymen Delmar Dos Santos and Alvaro Munoz aka Los Suruba (Nazca / Sol Selectas / Tale & Tone) to deliver their brand new EP. Having previously collaborated on a number of occasions, the trio once again seamlessly combine emotive, melodic techno sounds with spiritual undertones and tribal desert vibes on the absolutely epic "Balear". Afro house hero Hyenah then follows through with his spiritually enchanting rework. Second original offering "Mehari" is a slinky and hypnotic tech house excursion which explores the power of atmosphere, with Fell Reis then offering up their remix of the track in absolutely evocative and life affirming fashion.
Review: Ireland's Ejeca returns after some killer releases on Aus, Bpitch Control and 2020 Vision with this new one for Sasha's Last Night on Earth entitled Dizorn EP. The title track is a dark and brooding effort which packs in a nasty stomp beneath its seething 'Reese' style hoover leads and wonky synth stabs. "Tajmahal" is a more restrained and atmospheric cut with its sonar bleep techno style melody and minimal rhythms creating a sense of suspense and tension throughout. Netherlands based young gun Budakid also gets onboard to deliver a remix of said track which takes it down a much more progressive house style vibe and with even more elaborate production values: very impressed by this one.
Review: Having recently collaborated with revivalist house hipsters Bicep, Ejeca's profile has risen considerably in recent months. This latest solo EP for Last Night On Earth should see his stock rise further. It continues to build on the "Nu House" style he's made his own, sitting somewhere between US garage revivalism, nu-prog (see the early Sasha vibes of "Hi Rollin") and fluid late night pump. "Neva 2 Far" recalls late nights spent dancing in abandoned warehouses sometime in the mid '90s, while the lush, long builder "Nassau Storm" - all sparse, dubby rhythms, enveloping chords and spacious ambience - could have been made by Pete Namlook or Orbital (circa "Snivilisation").
Review: Garry McCartney aka Ejeca returns to Last Night on Earth with a hypnotic dance floor EP. The title revolves around a brooding bass and hollowed out kicks, which he uses as a basis for uplifting melodies, tropical forest samples and haunting tribal chants. On "Your Mind", he ups the pace to deliver a pumping club rhythm that resounds to repetitive vocal samples and crisp claps. "Artmeis" sees him veer back towards a tranced out route, led by shimmering synth lines and dubbed out kicks. Finally, "Diskord" sees Ejeca display his techno credentials, with a pumping groove underpinning the kind of churning chord sequences that prevail on classic Force Inc releases.
Review: With deep house stalwarts Kruse & Nuernberg currently on hiatus, Florian Kruse has been pursuing a techier, more melodic path in his solo productions, with this EP for Sasha's Last Night On Earth label a case in point. Opener 'Zog' has the same deep beats and luxuriant feel you'd expect from a K&N production, but topped with proggy synths that throb away throughout. Julian Wassermann's remix turns the dark up a little, making this the pick for those 4am eyes wide shut moments, while closer 'The Tide Is Turning' again starts with Kruse's deep house roots showing before big, dramatic synths sweep in - perhaps inspiring the EP's title?
Review: Gheist is a Berlin based conspiracy. The project was founded at Riverside Studio during the last years and based on a deep friendship between the members. The goal is to connect the sound and vibe of an electronica band and the clarity of an energetic DJ set. Appearing here for Sasha's Last Night On Earth imprint, they start the EP off in great style with the moody and evocative dancefloor drama of "Rufos" and then get into the nine minute long epic "Final Chords" causing some tunnelling moments with its darkly hypnotic groove assisted by some wonky Life & Death style synth leads. Finally "Man In The Tree" saves the best for last on this Innervisions style serving of hi-tech soul that's sure geared for some life affirming moments on the dancefloor.
Review: After outings on both Kompakt and Dynamic, among others, the Italian pair that is Hunter Game pop back to Last Night On Earth for a cheeky episode of minimalistic deep house. "Utopia" is straight-laced but nonetheless fiery and militant when played loud and proud, while "Dystopia" enters the wormhole thanks to its full-bodied percussion chops and hypnotic melodies. Last but not least, "Paradigm" goes for a beatless approach, preferring to deliver gorgeous twists of watery ambience instead of club-ready beats.