Review: Alex Pletnev hails from Vilnius, Lithuania and has thus far released on some pretty credible labels such as R&S diffusion imprint Meda Fury and German retroverts Bahnsteig 23: where he served up some wicked indie-dance shenanigans on BAH035. There is more of the same on "St Bones", a punk funk groove geared for some proper dancefloor drama in the vein of Khidja or Autarkic. There's then some trippy and lo-slung balearica on the very suave "Devil's Logic". The aforementioned title track gets a couple of awesome remixes, but if we had to wax lyrical on one: it would have to be his homegirl Inga Mauer's re-interpretation. A churning, gyrating and acidic EBM mutation that is totally weird and wigged out as you like it!
Review: Lithuania's Alex Pletnev is a hard-to-pigeonhole artist who blends influences from cosmic/Italo disco, experimental electronica and African music, and the two tracks presented in a total of five mixes here are arguably his most 'out there' work to date. In its original form, 'Voranto Bros' is a midtempo piece with African percussion and squelchy synth bass. It's accompanied by a fairly self-explanatory Drum Mix and the Discodromo Mix, a druggy Italo chugger that's by far the best bet for dancefloor play, while the EP's other original, 'Hope They Won't Come Back', is another Afro-inspired percussion piece, accompanied by the far pacier Lion's Drums Remix.
Review: Leftfield vibes in various shades abound on this two-track, five-mix release from Germany's Le Temps Perdu label. In its Original form, 'Solidify' is an Afro-infused cosmic disco affair, with organic percussion sounds galore and breathy flute by way of a lead line, providing an elegant contrast to the electronic bassline and menacing, techno-esque male vocal. The Zombies In Miami Mix takes us into techno territory with a hint of acid, while the digital-only Concrete Mix is a lower-paced, druggy groove. 'Scratching The Surface', meanwhile, is a wonked-out, Middle Eastern-flavoured, sax-laden jam complete with a much mellower Christian S Remix.
La Nouvelle Epoque (Autarkic remix) - (7:41) 120 BPM
La Nouvelle Epoque (Jamie Paton remix) - (7:12) 120 BPM
La Nouvelle Epoque (Fred Und Luna remix) - (6:50) 120 BPM
La Nouvelle Epoque (Jamie Paton The Bells Epoque remix) - (6:31) 120 BPM
Review: Next up on Lemmy Caution's Le Temps Perdu imprint is the mysterious V with "La Nouvelle Epoque". The 0300 mix an irresistible serving of neon-lit synthpop and reminiscent of early New Order complete with a 'Hooky' bassline: this is indie-dance music exactly the way we like it. Comes with a set of awesome remixes which are equally worth your while: man of the moment out of Tel Aviv named Autarkic appears with one seriously hazy cosmic-exotic trip you'll never forget, while One half of Cage & Aviary - Jamie Paton (Bahnsteig 23/Emotional Especial) delivers a brooding rendition bridging the gap between Italo and EBM aesthetics. If that was not enough, he also serves up his "The Bells Epoque remix" which goes for a darkwave electro vibe. Another great release for this promising imprint and follows up some great releases by the likes of Lithuania's Pletnev and Multi Culti's Dreems.
Review: Compiled by head of programming Vidmantas "B" Cepkauskas, Opium of the People is the first compilation from Lithuania's infamous Opium Club. It's a druggy, off-kilter and decidedly trippy affair, with Cepkuskas wisely choosing to showcase cuts from artists who in some way have helped shape the sound of the label. Expect to hear tracks that touch on EBM, new wave, new beat, bleep techno-influenced deep house, mutant disco, mind-altering techno and skewed acid house, with highlights - and there are certainly plenty scattered throughout the compilation - coming from the likes of Sharif Laffrey, Kris Baha, Lauer, V and Von Party.