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: 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: 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: 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: Issac's debut release for Last Night On Earth has all of the elements that will appeal to fans of Sasha's label. The title track sees this upcoming producer fuse jittery back beats with dreamy synths and sublime, neo-classical melodies. On the original version of "It's An Extreme Life", Issac loops tranced out hooks and chiming bells over a straighter groove, while on the dub take he opts for a somewhat leaner, more streamlined rhythm as a backdrop for his shimmering musicality. Of all his tracks however, it's the bubbling rhythm and slightly epic melodies of "Rimel" that will endear him the most to Last Night On Earth's fans.
Review: A few weeks ago you may remember us asking if James Burnham ever finds time to sleep? Clearly not! The Middlesbourough native and Constant Sound main man takes time out from the Burnski alias and is on a roll as James Solace, following up a terrific efforts for Hot Creations and Knee Deep In Sound. His new hit prediction is "Ghost Town", a rolling funky house tool which is sure to cause a stir in the clubs, not to mention the energised and tranced-out euphoria of "Universal" and the utterly hypnotic prog house epic "Spectral" which will work a treat under the strobe lights. Finally, the Afro house influenced "Thoughts" provides emotive and spiritual vibes.
Review: Portable Minds boss and a stalwart of James Zabiela's Born Electric imprint, British rising star Jody Barr makes his debut on Sasha's Last Night On Earth with a massive new EP. This follows up a the terrific "Amae" by New York City's Reed Rackley aka Baile last month. The London by way of Berlin-based Barr demonstrates he's quite confident at creating sturdy straight-up techno like on "Filtered Images" as he is at making sleek and bold acid house like on "Marlon Brando".
Review: London's John Monkman is back again, after some stellar releases in recent times for top labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Noir and Suara. His latest offering for Last Night On Earth (Sasha's progressive-house powerhouse) has you all sorted for evocative and suspense filled dancefloor drama guaranteed. On "Mad Hatter" prepare to be hypnotised by the track's epic, Recondite style melody and brooding atmosphere. There is more of the same on the emotive epic "Make Noize" featuring nefariously mechanical sound design and eerie textures to create an element of tension throughout. This one will accentuate all those strobe-lit moments of truth on the dancefloor! Finally "INAWIO" demonstrates once more how this talented producer has mastered his craft within the studio with a composition packed full of evocative elements and tightly engineered production values. Monkman is one to watch for sure in 2018!
Review: As a producer, Mancunian Joseph Kindred's records have been played by Jackmaster, Dubfire, Joris Voorn, Maya Jane Coles and countless others. To top that, he's released across labels such as Acid Test, True Romance, VIVa and now this brand new scorcher on Sasha's Last Night On Earth. Mind the dramatic title, "By Love They Will Quench The Fires Of Hate" is quite a fitting one for this epic serving of dancefloor drama - equal parts tension and suspense. This is followed by the slinky and hypnotic journey down the spiral that is "Forgotten Angel" (original mix) which also receives a stellar rework by Lossless boss Mathias Schober - his Bass Tool remix optimised for DJ use and goes properly deep.
Review: Set up to shine a light on exciting new producers as well as his solo productions, Sasha's Last Night on Earth label has earned kudos as an emerging underground label. Certainly, the addition of Joel Mull to the roster will do its reputation no harm. On "Pale Reich", a track produced with Sasha, the Swedish producer unleashes wave upon wave of loopy drums before tranced out synths take hold. The rest of the release sees Mull fly solo; "Sending Probe" is a drum-heavy track shot through with dubby hiss and interference, while "Never Dwell On That " takes that sound to its logical conclusion with its heavy drums and razor sharp claps. "The Last One" sees Mull return, albeit in solo mode, to the dreamy tribal sound of "Pale Reich".
Review: UK progressive house legend Sasha returns from the depths of the underground with a stunning new two-tracker for Last Night On Earth. The original mix of "Ether" is a classic Sasha head-spinner boasting a bumping bassline and some killer atmospherics for total dancefloor domination, while the intro mix deeper, more spaced-out and almost free of any kick. They're both prime and ready for any DJ set, on any floor. Warmly recommended.
Review: Last Night On Earth chief Sasha takes control on the label's 93rd edition and displays yet again his talent for atmospheric dance music that is balanced by ethereal tension and suspense on the sublime "Smoke Monk". On the remix is Berlin based up and comer Vonda7, who appeared on the label earlier in 2018 with the Together EP. The 6am Flight remix takes the track into hypnotic and tunnelling territory, fuelled by mentalist 303 acid lines and all-consuming layers of pads above its restrained groove. Following up some terrific releases in recent months by Christoph, Jody Barr and Baile - LNOE continues to deliver the goods.
Review: Dance music legend extraordinaire Sasha returns on his own esteemed Last Night On Earth imprint with a hot new track entitled "Rivaldo", a slinky and hypnotic tech house journey with liquid elements and looped vocals supported by a subtle rhythm arrangement: it works really well! Who better to get a remix from than Lebanon's reigning queen of techno Nicole Moudaber, who delivers a whopper rendition that's tunnelling, hypnotic and noisy: perfect to get some hysterical moments on the main room dancefloor. Following up great releases by Marc Romboy and Rufus, this label is totally on fire at the moment!
Review: Following on from his joint release with K?lsch earlier this year, Sasha now flies solo with "Ripcord" on his own label. As one might expect from the master of deep, progressive house, his latest release is a long, drawn-out affair, that starts with a moody, growling bass and stripped back beats. Gradually however, the storied DJ introduces frosty, tranced out synths, otherworldly blips - and what sounds like an airplane landing - all set to driving percussion. As one would expect from the master of seamless, long mixes, it's designed to be played at maximum volume in a dark, sweaty room.