Review: Claus Casper and Jean Philips have been collaborating on singles since 2009. Following releases on Sorry Shoes, Nite Grooves and Emma Music, they seem to have finally found a settled home on No Brainer Records. The duo's latest missive for the German label is packed with playable positivity, from the drowsy deep house chords, rolling beats and life-affirming disco samples of "A New Beginning", to the filter-sporting, head-in-the-clouds bliss of tasty disco-house workout "Cherish". Sandwiched in between the two you'll find "We Fell In Love", a stomping and percussively punchy house revision of an energy-packed disco-funk cut.
Review: Malente's Berlin-based label No Brainer prefers to call itself a state of mind rather than simply being a label. Here they've recruited Claus Casper and Jean Philips for a very entertaining two-tracker indeed. "Shameless" must be the zillionth tune to rework a classic Motown jam, but Shameless is a warm and percussive deep house joint in its own right - only using the barely recognisable essentials of the original for extra umph. Malente hooks up with Lars Moston for a livelier, thumpin' and pumped up rework. Elsewhere another original, the breaks-heavy boogie house of "Take Control", completes the set.
Review: Already gaining hype from everyone from Roska to Sinden, No Brainer producer Costello drops some seriously gonzoid grimy techno in the form of "Kross" - which works up a funky mix of almost Dutch rave-style warped bass and minimal clicks and pops. Another Costello original - "Circle" - keeps up the lean and intense tech vibes, while mixes from Roby Howler, I Need? and Dunjinz all add some equally tasty perspectives.
Review: Moscow-based Erudith made his production debut on Deep Bear this time last year, delivering a bouncy, single-track salvo rich in joyous piano riffs and crispy house drums. Here the Russian producer makes his bow on No Brainer with a two-tracker that explores a different range of influences whilst retaining the same giddy sense of fun. Up first is "Freedom", a thrusting and throbbing, arpeggio-driven chunk of nu-disco/Italo-disco fusion peppered with disco cowbells and a multitude of sweaty vocal samples. Almost as impressive is "Satisfy", a warehouse-ready chunk of saucer-eyed retro-futurism rich in acid-fired old school riffs, ricocheting vocal samples and swirling chords last heard on the 1988 version of KLF classic "What Time Is Love".
Review: Electro house heroes Malente and Zero Cash continue their productive alliance with a new five track EP on No Brainer Records. "Without Out You" looks back to the days of raw, hair-raising house including stomping beats house-nation/jackmaster-style vocals and of course good old piano stabs. "Jail Babe' is best described as 'laser-house' as the intense rhythm track pound while an industrial alarm repeats and um, laser sounds goes off everywhere. "Turning Beds" combines disco-synth lines with galloping tribal house. The title track is also remixed by Ego Troopers -a deep and dubby affair- and Vin Sol & 5kinAndBone5, who conjure up the spirit of Lil' Louis to killer effect.