Review: A label that's established itself over the past five years with continuous run of disco, coldwave and synth to deep house and baerlic music, it gives rise to DJ Magija, a new project from BarumBarum's Andreja Salpe and Galatheia. With two originals and remixes, Dawn sees tracks like "Sjaj" go oceans deep into melodic electro with Dan Wainwright's version an experimental, almost ambient and percussion lead voyage to a space beyond. "Dawn" on the other hand looks to something less aquatic with more of a horizon while whistling synths and breathy vocals give the track a melancholic touch and landscape feel to be funked out post-punk style by Middle Sky Boom. Cracking Dawn.
Review: Circumventing a sound that sits somewhere between techno, disco and epic, the Nightnoise label founded out of Amsterdam and Geneva have their finger on the pulse when it comes to delivering new shades of experimental electronic music. Mass Density Human is a new project on the scene that debuted earlier this year with the Dancing In Space EP which now makes way for the equally massive Out & Back. Sporting a sound that's vast and wide, MDH goes the distance in merging trance and techno with contemporary approaches to subsonic sound design and synthesis. A record that should appeal to Stranger Things fans as much it does labels like Houndstooth or Wolfgang Voigt's GAS project, Out & Back is the equivalent of being strapped into the front loader of a hyperspeed-cruiser: face-melting.
Review: Night Noise Music has decided to start a compilation series. Enitled "Night Noises" (we see what they did there), each volume will offer up previously unheard cuts from label stalwarts and guest artists they admire. There's plenty to set the pulse racing on this launch edition, from the gently bubbling acid lines and glistening guitar riffs of Tuiloxi's chugging dub disco opener ("Winter Afro Acid") and the druggy Italo-disco/proto-house flex of "Quirked" by Aimes, to the weighty and exotic disco pump of Jack Carel's Bollywood-inspired "Eastern Journey" and the throbbing cosmic disco psychedelia of Roe Deers' dark and pulsating "Prince". Superb stuff all told.
Review: We are always keen to hear anything new on Night Noise - the Amsterdam/Geneva based imprint that pursues new directions in noirish electro/disco pop. Fans of Nein, Days Of Being Wild or Roam Recordings - look no further! The label's new thriller comes courtesy of Parisian Michal Dabrowski aka Must See, who delivers some 'new' new-romantic seduction on the tres chic "Crocodile Tears". This is followed by a lo-slung/punk-funk rendition by Mexico's Inigo Vontier, as well as a retro dreamwave rework by AWITW. "Waste Of Time" sounds rather reminiscent of early Benny Benassi or Whirlpool Productions - which was cool - but we preferred Andrew Claristidge's bouncy remix.
Review: The Nightnoise imprint has become synonymous with quality electronic experiments, particularly of the balearic category, and they're known for pushing out new talent on the regular. Tales Of Voodoo is their latest catch, a producer who clearly has a vision in mind for what he wants his music to be - "Sun Cymbals" is a joyous, almost tribal groove that sways left to right, from house to something altogether undefined; "Moon Rituals" is the darker, more percussive evolution of the track heads way out into the ether. There's two remixes, Jose Manuel's starry-eyed revisioning of "Sun Cymbals", and Yarni's hyper-space-deep-house rework of "Moon Rituals". Fly.
Review: Pino is Konstantin Kandelaki: a popular DJ on the Tbilisi, Georgia circuit with previous releases on Roam Recordings and Logical out of Madrid. This new one is on the impressive Night Noise of Amsterdam, where he presents a collection of sleek neon-lit grooves for the late night. From the brooding and Carpenter-esque melodies of "Doppelleben" (and its even spookier minimalist rework by Amsterdam's Sinci Collective), "Thorn" is a bouncy, darkwave nu-disco workout that's perfect for when the smoke machine comes on. It too gets the remix treatment by Germany's Freudenthal (Nein/Roam Recordings) who gives the track an added dose of funk and bounce.
Review: The latest missive on admirable Amsterdam institution Night Noise comes from an unfamiliar artist, San Francisco's Dance Station. In fact, the outfit is a collaboration between old friends Layne Fox (member of long-running dub disco collective 40 Thieves) and former Leng artist Josh Praus. Title track "Sirens" is an absolute doozy, all told - a cosmic, deep space dancefloor excursion influenced by the arpeggio-driven throb of Patrick Cowley, sleazy Italo-disco and ricocheting, delay-laden proto-house. The duo hurtles further towards the stars on "Beige & Yellow", a spacey chunk of acid-fired cosmic disco straight out of the top drawer. LA Decadense reworks "Sirens" and adds a fuzzy dub disco flavour, while "Roliva" delivers a wonderfully psychedelic take on "Beige & Yellow" that's probably capable of making perfectly sober people hallucinate vividly.
Review: Amsterdam/Geneva based Nightnoise are back with Zakmina. The Cosmic Polo EP features two new tracks from the emerging Lithuanian producer, who has most recently been heard on Berlin's Nein Records. The title track is a sexy Italo disco influenced number, that gets an adrenalised injection via its soaring 303 acid leads. The second track, "Come Here Vladim" is a saucy/neon-lit nu-disco number. Additional remixes come from K-Effect and The Soviet Union, who both provide brooding EBM renditions of the respective tracks - both will surely bring out the inner goth in you!
Review: Having previously released on a wealth of labels including Marco Dionigi's Quantistic division and mighty Dutch imprint Bordello a Parigi (the latter in cahoots with legendary producer Alexander Robotnick), it would be fair to say that Tulioxi is one of the rising stars of contemporary cosmic disco. Further evidence to back up this theory can be found on the Italian producer's latest EP, from the rubbery bass, wild electronics and mind-altering effects of Baldelli-esque opener "The Outside", to the alien electrofunk madness of "The New Acid Funk", which reminded us a little of DC Recordings sort Arcadian. Spacey Italo-disco throb-job "You Are Bad Luck" is backed by two remixes, of which the bouncy, echo-laden Younger Than Me re-fix is our pick.
Review: Amsterdam imprint Nightnoise's latest recruit, Roliva, has previously released music on Nein Records and Phisica, suggesting a love of trippy cosmic disco and psychedelic electronics. These twin musical obsessions are evident on EP opener "Bajas Frecuencias", whose combination of chugging cosmic disco bottom-end, jammed-out Clavinet lines, crunchy electric guitars and chanted vocals reminded us of Daniele Baldelli's recent productions. They can be heard, too, on the cosmic disco/cosmic rock fusion of "Ruido Capital", which also includes some killer jammed-out electric piano riffs. Damon Jee remixes the same track, upping the psychedelic electronics and lifting the tempo with typically mind-altering results.
Review: Amsterdam's Night Noise are back with their sixth release this year, this one comes courtesy of newcomer Kairos: a DJ and producer from Barcelona. He's had previous releases on Maleante out of Mexico and Germany's Emerald & Doreen. Disco Nebula features four tracks that skilfully merge Chicago house and Detroit techno to wave and disco.
From the slo-mo Italo antics of the title track, the strobe-lit tunnel vision of "Lost In Orion" with its soaring acid legato or the sexy neon-lit nu-disco of "Omega Style" which demonstrates just how much diversity there is in this talented young producer's repertoire. Expect to be hearing more from this young gun in 2018!
Review: The Sinchi Music collective open the Nightnoise account for 2018 with this wildly diverse but inspired release. The title track is a pulsating, electronic disco groove, led by a pumping bass and mysterious synths. On "Hyperborea", the collective sticks to a similar path, only this time the synths are more epic and the melodies exude mysterious qualities. Nightnoise's mission is to navigate a path through disco, electro and techno: on the Rigopolar remix of the title track, this artistic intent results in a swing towards rumbling tribal techno and reverberating claps, while the Rollover version of "Hyperborea" concludes the release in a hail of warbling acid.
Review: The latest instalment on Nightnoise comes from the mysteriously named ID_UA, a project from an emerging Ukrainian producer. The title track, which refers to a district in the country's capital, Kiev, is a teased out, pulsating slice of techno, with chimes and rolling drums providing the backing for eerie textures and some trippy, pitch bent sounds. "Guitar" is a radically different proposition, with ID_UA bringing waves of warped guitar and screeching sounds to bear over a rolling groove and muddy bass. However, the release quickly moves back down the hypnotic techno rabbit hole, as Sinchi turns "DVRZ" into a filter-heavy, mid-tempo track that'll appeal to fans of Mike Parker and Rrose.
Review: The latest Nightnoise release comes from Ivan Fabra, an underground producer who shares the label's disdain for strict genre boundaries. Across the four tracks showcased on Disco Estelada, you'll find largely mid-tempo club workouts that slickly combine elements of rubbery deep house, bubbly nu-disco, life-affirming, sun-kissed Balearica, electrofunk and fizzing, Clavinet-fired disco. For peak-time plays, we'd suggest taking a listen to "Disco Estelada", where a fantastically elastic bass guitar line and rolling drums are peppered with attractive disco flourishes, though the lilting, dewy-eyed deep house bliss of closer "Vintageve" provides a fitting conclusion to a rock solid EP.
Review: International Peoples Gang are Martyn Watson and Ric Anderson-Peet who have recorded sporadically over the last 20 years. They team up with Crazy P main man Sean Todd aka Hot Toddy from Nottingham on "Slow Motion Cowboy", which was originally released back in 2016. These killer remixes come courtesy of the revamped Sean Dickson of The Soup Dragons: now known as Hifi Sean with his Big Beat Boutique sounding version. Indeed it's a throwback to the late '90s. The EP's highlight comes courtesy of Reverso 68's Pete Herbert who comes in with a sexy and slinky nu-disco rendition. Finally we get treated to a tidy 2017 remaster for fans of the original. All killer no filler right here, dig it!
Ibicentric - "Strangers On A Train" (Mark Cooper "Coops" Acid mix) - (4:38) 134 BPM
AWITW - "Endless Summer" - (6:08) 105 BPM
Jamie Porteous - "Sic Four The Muse" - (6:20) 128 BPM
Yarni - "Escher" - (6:33) 100 BPM
Review: Night Noise presents its 34th release where they steer clear of the dance floor and in doing so returns to its roots. They seek out unknown artists and provide a platform for artists on it's roster to showcase their talents. For the 'Musa' EP the label asked the artists involved to create a piece that is inspired by the people, places and music that surround them. First up is label newcomer Robert Burbidge's Rubberlips featuring Da,y whose beautiful song "Without The Moon" kicks off the EP. Ibicentric are fronted by former Sham 69 bassist Andy Prince and get remixed by Night Noise regular Mark Cooper. Regular Night Noise contributor Jamie Porteous serves up a dark trap and grime inspired jam on "Sic For The Muse" while cohorts Yarni and AWITW both deliver music that sits somewhere between chillout, balearic and experimental.
Review: Geneva (formerly Amsterdam) based Night Noise serve up a new one by Mark Cooper's Bedford Falls Players: a collective of DJ's heavily influenced and inspired by the early acid house and balearic experience including Terry Farley, Justin Drake, Alan MacKenzie and Rob Webb amongst others. On "Moon: Chapter 1" (Agent Cooper's "Peak" Time Warm Up mix) it's an interesting genre defying one, we must say. Gloomy dub chords soar over cavernous beats and a howling EBM style arpeggio. There's some dark and reductionist Italo business up next on "Chapter: 3" (Agent Cooper's Black Lodge Excursion) which will appeal to fans of the Correspondant sound. It gets remixed up next - they save the best for last with Duncan Gray of Tici Taci's deep and lo slung balearica rendition.
Review: Ian Scott and Josef Wretham aka Buran is the latest act to trip the light fantastic on Amsterdam label Night Noise. Taking inspiration from 90s artists like Emannuel Top, the Manchester duo delivers a four-track EP that is equal parts acid, trance and techno. This seamless fusion is most audible on the title track, where liquid 303s and swirling synths unravel over a pulsating groove. "Hissy Fit" revolves around the interplay between gently building melodies and grainy 303s, while on "Goat Locker" the sound is more stripped back, with Buran starting off with a stripped back groove that morphs into an acidic climax. Oli Warriner's tougher, more tracky take on "Grid Squares" rounds out the release.
Review: This two-track salvo appears to mark the solo debut of TG Soundsystem man Yuki Tosaya. It sees the Japanese producer join the dots between glistening, sun-kissed Balearic house, undulating TB-303 driven acid, and the kind of melodious, synthesizer-heavy positivity that was once a hallmark of the nu-disco scene. With its' bright and breezy piano riffs, rock solid beats, rising acid lines and saucer-eyed Mr YT deep house flourishes, opener "Rise of the Acid Moon" sounds like it was tailor made for al-fresco, beachside dancing. It's a bit of a peach, all told, as is 105BPM shuffler "Quiet Acid Space", where acid lines rise and fall above an undulating bassline, starry chords and Motor City influenced electronic flourishes.
Review: Yarni has been delivering quietly impressive, heavily electronic deep house EPs for Redlight and others since the start of 2014. Here, he graduates to the album format for the first time, delivering an impressively melodious and action-packed debut for Nightnoise. Over the course of 11 cheerful tracks, the Sheffield-based producer gleefully joins the dots between the hypnotic and musically expansive tech-house of Innervisions, tropical electronica, bass-heavy UK house (given his Steel City location, we'd expect nothing less), vintage Italian dream house, stretched out techno, Middle East-inspired dancefloor rollers, spaced-out electronica, new age ambient and bolder, rougher workouts.
Review: Sergio Mateo has long been one of Spain's leading underground DJs. Now he applies that expertise to production. The title track is a wonderfully evocative affair that features a dreamy vocal narrative unfolding over breathy synths. Meanwhile, percussion clicks and a bass rumbles away in the background. On "The Nothing Box", the approach is more conventional, with a stripped back rhythm complementing an electronic bass riff. Nightnoise regular Pina's remix of the title track sees it turned into an epic, atmospheric techno groove that doesn't lose sight of its original, haunting sensibilities. Meanwhile, on the Pino take of "The Nothing Box", the groove is straighter and more linear, as Hacker-esque bleak synths hover through the arrangement, but without any loss of the original version's powerful bass.