Review: Praised for his multifaceted style, AFFKT is a purveyor of melodic techno and contemporary electronic music. The Spanish rising star is back with a three track EP for Sasha's Last Night On Earth imprint entitled Your Story Is Part Of Me. It features the slinky and hypnotic tech house of "Assault", the evocative and similarly mesmerising bounce of "Penjoll" and the glassy-eyed and bittersweet slow burner "Ippon". The Valencia-based producer runs the Sincopat imprint and has served up releases on labels as diverse as Stil Vor Talent, Mobilee, Disco Halal and Needwant over the last few years.
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: 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: 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: 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: It has certainly been a big year for German veteran Steve Bug, who celebrated 20 years of his famed Poker Flat label and the recent release of "Mantis On The Moon" with UNER. Collaboration is clearly his thing, and once again he's made the right choice of studio partner, this time in the form of Koelsch wunderkind Tim Engelhardt - himself a Poker Flat staple - they both stare directly into the "Eyes Of The Python" here for Sasha's ever reliable Last Night On Earth. From the slinky and hypnotic sensuality of "River Of Babylon" which offers up something more uplifting, to the sinister atmospherics of the title track which is perfect for those heads down moment during the warm up set - or the end of the night alike.
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.
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: Berlin-based Polish sensation Vonda7 returns to Sasha's esteemed Last Night On Earth imprint, with more bold and stylish tech house moves on the French Express EP. She's not messing around either, getting into the very direct Berliner way of style of things on "Simple & Direct" - indeed this straightforward banger with savage acid inflections gets the job done in functional fashion. The streamlined heads down tackle is equally catered for on the title track, utilising some sophisticated melodic structures, while closer "Tropfchen" sees her polish up on both her command of the local language and her precision studio skills on this slinky and hypnotic progressive house journey. It is perfect to lose yourself in its magic on the dancefloor. More terrific stuff by the art-werk records boss.
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: For over a decade London-based John Monkman has been part of the international electronic dance community, releasing records on some the world's biggest and most cutting edge labels including Kompakt, Get Physical, Anjunadeep, Suara and Rebellion. His new one comes courtesy of the ever reliable Last Night On Earth imprint run by scene veteran Sasha. "Delta Ray" is a euphoric and elevating trip full of razor sharp synth arpeggios and spitfire rhythms that's geared for properly trancing out under the strobe. This is followed by the glassy-eyed and bittersweet emotions of "WARP" that is best played as the sun comes up - just wonderful!
Review: After almost eight years as a platform for label chief Sasha's own productions, as well as new and established artists: Last Night On Earth is a global success. LNOE 100 honours both the artists and the fans who have made the label an industry leader, with each featured artist selecting others to remix and inspiring new collaborations throughout the compilation. Highlights not limited to: head honcho Sasha's inaugural release "Cut Me Down" reworked by Rekids' Radio Slave into an ethereal epic, Brit electronica hero Max Cooper receives an awesome rendition by the Hotflush affiliated Locked Groove on "Careless" (feat Get People) while ascendant Bristolian Dubspeeka gives his signature moody treatment to Ejeca's "HiRollin". Finally, label newcomer Baile channels the the vibe of legends Boards Of Canada on his mesmerising rework of GHEIST'S "Somerset".
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: Well isn't this quite the pairing - progressive house legend Sasha teams up with established Berlin DJ La Fleur (Watergate) for an awe-inspiring collaboration on the former's esteemed Last Night On Earth imprint. The result is "Forbindelse" a swing-fuelled and emotive expression in deep house that employs classic and timeless elements all the way for definite dancefloor euphoria. The Berlin based Swede La Fleur then flies solo on the terrific "Rooned" a woozy and hypnotic tech house cut that mixes elements both driving and ethereal to wonderful effect.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Zoo Brazil has been a familiar name in the European tech-house scene for almost 20 years, but Moments is his first outing on Sasha's label. That said, it's not hard to understand why the storied Dj chose him to release on Last Night on Earth. The title track starts off with a lean, techy groove, before gradually morphing into the kind of epic, synth-led affair that Sasha is synonymous with, building and dropping before building again. "Mentor" features a similar approach, as Zoo Brazil moves quickly from a stripped back, minimal track into a pulsing, menacing arrangement. Closing out this long overdue debut is "Socialism", where the Swedish producer opts for a pulsating groove that'll appeal to those who prefer a more electronic sound.
Review: It's been over a year since Sasha released new material on Last Night on Earth, so expectations are high for what he will deliver on "Singularity". On the title track, he strips back melodies and removes his love of textured breakdowns to deliver a driving, acid-tinged workout. It only starts to move into the storied UK DJ's epic sensibility after a good four minutes, but even then the break down is more frosty and menacing than usual. It sounds like Sasha has found a kindred spirit in the shape of Baile. The US artist is tasked with reworking "Singularity", and does a fine job, fusing melancholic guitar riffs with the seemingly disparate but in reality cohesive combination of menacing low end and warbling, high end melodies.
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: 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: 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.