Review: The latest EP in Laut Und Luise's digital-only "Lost In Luise" series comes courtesy of ALICUDI, a debutant artist described by the Cologne-based label as "a mystery best unsolved". There's much to enjoy across the six-track set, from the rising and falling melodies, druggy arpeggio lines and wonky, acid-flecked electronics of "Scirocco", and the impeccable marimba melodies and swelling chords of dreamy deep house shuffler "Levante", to the chiming slow-house pulse of "Grecale" and the drowsy, picturesque and languid pitched-down bliss of "Vapore". "Foen", a kind of mixture of "Computer World"-era Kraftwerk bleeps, ambient chords and sparse beats, is also impressive.
Review: The latest missive on Laut Und Luise's digital-only offshoot Lost In Luise comes from Artuani, a Basel-based producer whose recent musical output has mostly been impressively atmospheric and Balearic-minded. This EP is similarly lucid and dreamy, with the fast-rising musician serving up cuts that bob along at a suitably sedate pace. Our pick of the bunch is title track "Irreality", a hypnotic chunk of weirdo slo-mo house that wraps alien electronics and trippy backwards guitars around a smooth, tech-tinged deep house beat. There's more druggy and off-kilter vibes to be heard on "Magic Wand", where dystopian vocal samples and alien electronics slowly rise above a hushed, mind-altering groove, while both "Dinosaurs and Blunts" and the more pastoral "Without You" are impeccable electronic soundscapes.
Review: Four years on from his last appearance on the label, Constantijn Lange returns to the warm bosom of Laut Und Luise. Musically, it's a curiously inventive EP, featuring tracks that combine elements of various styles in interesting new ways. Check, for example, opener "Power", where Onosizo's spoken word vocal weaves in and out of lilting piano motifs, tumbling synth solos, drowsy deep house chords and slick tech-house beats. Lange's musical magpie approach is confirmed by the accompanying Dub of "Power", which boasts even more intricate touches and jammed-out solos. "Mapleesed Rhinos", meanwhile, sits somewhere between the Afro-influenced deep house/tech-house fusion of Osunlade, the spacey futurism of Motor City techno and the eyes-closed bliss of bespoke Balearica.
That Romantic Scene (feat Onosizo) - (8:36) 121 BPM
Review: Since we last heard from him in 2017, Constantijn Lange has been beavering away in the studio. 18 months on, we finally get to hear the results: an expansive debut album that should win the producer plenty of plaudits. Reminiscent of some glassy-eyed, synthesizer-heavy sets on Balearic-minded imprints such as Permanent Vacation, "Elysian Fields" sees him serve up a range of colourful, melody-driven cuts that variously touch on a wide variety of styles (ambient, nu-disco, deep house, cosmic disco, Balearic beats and, in the case of standout "Aerolite", acid-flecked Italian dream house). Lange's grasp of mood and melody ensures that all ten tracks not only hit the mark, but come together beautifully on a set that fits both sofa-bound home listening and DJ-friendly club spins.
Review: Two Journeys ("Mar Y Tierra"/"Welcome Woodi") by Feathered Sun which is comprised of Berlin legends Acid Pauli, Christopher Schwarzwalder, Jo.ke, NU and the inimitable Raz Ohara. Bringing to mind shores of a deep blue sea, mountain tops with blinding hats and wrapped up greenery in recurring patterns. Three places, two journeys, heavenly lit in gentle warmth by the Feathered Sun. A collaboration of impressive beauty and beautiful impressions. They take us, you, me, Luise by the hand to paint a picture of shifting shapes and scenery.
Review: Jascha Hagen has been relatively quiet of late, with 2017's fine "Simple Brain Dance" EP on Global Warming Records being the Bremen-born producer's last release of note. This first outing on Laut Und Luise is perhaps a little less dancefloor-focused that previous releases, but the quality of the music on offer more than makes up for that. Check, for example, the fluttering ambient motifs and slow-motion drums of hypnotic, pitched-down opener "Moon Prayer", or the slipped drums, sorrowful strings and delightfully blissful electronics of "Lovely Dots". "Sea of Silk" brilliantly fits its title thanks to a heady combination of elomgated organ chords, hushed beats and rising and falling synthesizer lines, while closing cut "Mountains" is deep, creepy and dubbed-out in the best possible way.
Review: More and more, the Laut & Luise label are positioning themselves as one of the most trusted sources of contemporary deep house and meditative techno around. We love that they have a real consistency to their sound palette, and that they always seem to snap up the finest NEW talents rather than imitating what other imprints are doing. Newcomer Kerala Dust debuts with a thrilling four-tracker, starting with the slow, lounged-out Balearic drift of "Untitled", which is followed by the similar yet more beat-driven charge of "Nevada". "Spiegel" is a sublime minimal techno driver, powered by a deep, wholesome wave of low frequencies, and Another Shade Of DWIG ties the EP off with a vocal excursion to Kerala Dust's original mix of "Untitled". Don't underestimate the power of Laut & Luise!
Review: Leipzig-based twosome Ninze and Okaxy are becoming increasingly popular in their home country, as a quick glance at their bulging list of forthcoming DJ dates will confirm. Listening to the duo's latest EP - their third in total since 2015 - it's easy to see why. With its woozy and trippy chords, mutilated music box samples and hushed rhythm, opener "Lyre" is an impressively inventive deep house workout, while the becalmed and hushed "Constructions" is an ultra-deep, early morning treat. Elsewhere, "Melatonin" sees them add drifting vocal samples and dusty spoken word snippets to a wonderfully chugging and hypnotic groove, while Christopher Schwarzwelder's rework of "Constructions" is breezy, positive and deliciously evocative.
Review: Rapossa has been on our dials for quite some time now, thanks to the artist's sleek and enchanting forms of Balearic dance music. We know, that is always too loose of a term to properly describe any type of music, but it most certainly ticks all the Cafe Del Mar boxes. The opening "Feathers" slaps down a slow, grainy drum machine beat that's woven beautifully into deep and mystical Eastern sounds, while "Theta Waves" subtly shifts into a more glitchy, house-centric sort of experiment. "Karma", on the other hand, is a classic slice of percussive tribalism for the early hours, and "Zaarin" reshuffles the beat down to a stumbling, off-kilter flex that sits more in line with the nu-jazz charts. Recommended!
Review: Laut Und Luise Is a joint effort run between Berlin and Cologne that has had an impressive array of artists presented by them over the years, from the Giegling affiliated Dwig to Dutch trio Yor Kultura and label staple Constantijn Lange. It is now over to Essen's Werner B of Subios Records fame - with some deep and textured house of the dubbier and atmospheric persuasion on the fittingly titled 'Winter Dub' EP. Beginning with the cold and cavernous reflections of "Hart & Sauer" which calls to mind Sven Weisemann's more abstract works, there's also the woozy off-kilter deepenss of "Lakritzraupe" that fuses with a Detroit-ish Three Chairs kind of soul and dustiness. The remix up next by Caterkarlos brings up the tempo a bit more and retains the evocative qualities, but still manages to inject more optimism. Finally "Schaumpilz" delves deeper into the abyss with its glacial, delay drenched aesthetics blissfully drifting away down a trail of reverb.
Review: Back in 2015, Wide Awake impressed with a debut album on Laut & Luise that sat somewhere between the drowsy deep house-pop associated with the Scissor & Thread label and the hypnotic haziness of atmospheric European deep house. This delayed follow-up treads a similar sonic path, softly shuffling between the skewed but metronomic drowsiness of "Rebel City Cats", the spacey and dubbed-out bliss of "Sould Out Ritual", the exotic, World Music influenced dancefloor warmth of "Dollars In The Desert", the late night tech-house pulse of "Eyes Closed" and the near Balaearic slo-mo throb of atmospheric closing cut "Plastic Paradise".
Review: Dutch production trio Yor Kultura are becoming rather well known on the European festival circuit for their dynamic live shows, in addition to releases on a who's who of labels such as Multi Culti , Earthly Delights, Lump Records and Sol Selectas. Now for Berlin based Laut & Luise we have the gorgeous Hypnosis EP and it's a fitting title, as first two cuts "Aurora" and the title track prove. These esoteric and polyrhythmic journeys are optimised for major trance induction - the latter employing a captivating Afro vibe. "Youtan" employs the same sensibilities on this lo-slung effort that is reminiscent of Toto Chiavetta or Bodhi Satva. Finally the lovely "Zagora" goes for a deep and cosmic flavoured vibe, rounding off this EP nicely.
Review: The latest addition to the Laut Und Luise label is Zazou & An On Bast, who deliver the wonderfully melancholic Tunya. On the title track, understated drums, slightly slurred vocals and beautifully mournful melodies unfold to map out a gorgeous, blurry vision for minimal house. Arutani's take serves up an even more measured interpretation on the original version, while the mood picks up on "Moonmoon". There, Zazou & An On Bast deliver a subtle, shimmering nouveau trance track. "Ticogo" brings this unusual EP to a close, with the Polish-German authors using traditional flutes against the backdrop of a lumbering, organic groove.