Review: Ralf Schmidt aka Aera is back on Permanent Vacation, with three dance versions from his recent album The Sound Path that was released earlier this year. The new interpretations go straight to your feet and shove you onto the dancefloor. From the shimmering and hypnotic dance mix of "The Dance Will" that injects a whole new form of magic into it than the original. There is also "May Your Heartflame Continue" (Dance mix) which takes a moody, brooding turn optimised for proper dancefloor drama and "Birds At The Lighthouse" going for a deep electro vibe in the fashion of early Carl Finlow.
Review: Following up some fantastic releases on Innervisions, Hivern Discs and of course his own Aleph Music imprint, Berlin based Aera returns with his second full length album since 2013. The Sound Path appears for Munich based Permanent Vacation and is described as his most coherent and personal work to date, incorporating new age, kraut, and ambient influences. Indeed there is quite the variety of moods and grooves featured on this opus: from the deep and contemplative electro of "Flowers Under Water" and "All The Birds" , or the techy balearic house of "Logic & Kindness" through to the straight up, evocative dancefloor journeys the German is renowned for- such as on "The Sun Will" or "Stitch In Time".
Review: Considered the anti-hero of disco music, Argoman literally means 'lazy man', however it's also a combination of three Italian producer's names who started the project about one year ago. Any guesses who they might be? We will leave that to you! The track "Chimicalissimo" is new wave Italo disco at its finest, featuring peak-time dancefloor energy completely produced with analogue synths and drum machines. Philip Lauer and Fabrizio Mammarella team up again as Black Spuma and their remix turns the track into a slow burning disco monster. The dub version gives more space to a melancholic piano melody that culminates through analogue arpeggios to an unstoppable build.
Extra Produktionen - "The Mothership" - (5:54) 122 BPM
Review: Germany's Brontosaurus label, home to such luminaries as Arto Mwambe, Exile Missile, Lauer and Extra Produktionen since the mid 2000s, is calling it a day. To celebrate, Permanent Vacation have produced this celebratory three-tracker featuring two unheard cuts and a 12 year-old classic. The inclusion of the latter, Extra Productionen's organic deep house jam "The Mothership", is reason to buy the EP alone. The other two tracks, though, are equally as good. Arto Mwambe's "Nokout" is a sublime slice of alien deep house - all intergalactic shuffle and wide-eyed bleep melodies, while Exile Missile's "Range" combines the futurism of '80s electrofunk and Detroit techno to mesmerising effect.
Review: Permanent Vacation label head honcho Benjamin Froehlich serves up 22 adventurous dance tracks from the past, present and future here on the Rude Collection. Includes 10 original tracks by Froehlich himself that were released on the Rude Movements EPs in 2016/17 respectively, as well as 12 remixes - four of them being brand new. The tracks featured are a splendid variety of nu-disco ("Holloway"), classic house ("Drawn City") and acid house ("Amos"). The remixes are equally terrific with highlights coming from the Live At Robert Johnson affiliated retrovert Chinaski reworking "Drawn From Memory" in an Italo fashion, Hamburg's Yannick Labbe (ORS/Sonar Kollektiv) remixing "Computer Riot" in slo-mo neon-lit style and Jack Pattern reinterpreting "Spitting Image" into a sludgy EBM slow burner.
Review: "Saturnia" is the first single from Benjamin Froehlich's album titled Amiata, which will be out May 10th. The Permanent Vacation boss serves up a moody and roaring epic here, awash in shimmering melodies, dramatic strings and steely rhythms perfectly crafted for maximum dancefloor drama. The Munich-based producer then taps two current scene heroes for remix duties: London's Kiwi takes the track into even more raw, jacking and brooding territory with his rough around the edges version, while Italian duo Margot go into intoxicating and futuristic minimal territory on their expertly crafted rendition that we particularly enjoyed.
Review: As you'd expect from the co-founder of the on-point Permanent Vacation label, Benjamin Froehlich has assembled a stellar cast of producers to remix tracks from his recent debut album "Amiata". Massimiliano Pagliara's "Telephone Call" mix of "The Big Sun" is a wonderfully cheery chunk of thrusting Italo-disco/nu-disco fusion, while Rhode & Brown's take on "Tivoli" pushes the track further towards hypnotic tech-house/nu-disco-fusion. Pantera Krause channels the spirit of the Pet Shop Boys circa 1987 album "Actually" on a triumphant version of "Memory FM" and Cornelius Doctor fuses Italo, acid and freestyle on a killer revision of "Secret Alphabet". Best of the bunch though is Jex Opolis's remix of the same track, which cannily joins the dots between acid-funk, proto-house and mid 80s New York disco dubs.
Review: In recent years, Permanent Vacation co-founder Benji Frohlich has really ratcheted up the production pressure, in the process serving up a swathe of well-received singles and an epic compilation of archive tracks. Even so, "Amiata" is arguably his most significant release to date: a nine-track debut album that amply showcases his growing confidence in the studio. Beginning with the Balearic dub shuffle of "Forty Trees", Frohlich successfully turns his hand to synth-laden deep nu-disco ("Secret Alphabet"), Tuff Little Kids style retro-futurism ("The Big Sun"), blissful electro positivity ("Tivoli"), tactile house ("Pompei Raiders"), drowsy vocal warmth (Dreamcast collaboration "Last Night"), low-slung club cuts ("Cicada Dub"), rushing synthesizer soundscapes ("Memory FM") and fuzzy, hard-wired wonkiness ("Saturnia").
Review: Permanent Vacation co-founder Benjamin Frohlich's debut album "Amiata" was an eclectic, undeniably stylish affair, so it's little surprise to find that this remixed edition is equally varied and open-minded. Across the 16 reworks on show you'll find glassy-eyed Balearic nu-disco (Johannes Albert's revision of "Tivoli"), Italo-disco revivalism ("The Big Sun" re-imagined by Massimiliano Pagliara), freestyle-meets-proto house squelch (Jex Opolis version of "Secret Alphabet"), jacking symphonic tech-house (Margot's mix of "Saturina" and David Koch's take on "Cicada Dub"), and late night, trance-inducing club hypnotism (Fort Romeau's "The Big Sun" re-frame). Highlights include Chloe's icy and ghostly version of "Late Night" and Panthera Krause's wonderfully emotive mix of "Memory FM", which sits somewhere between Balearic synth-pop, deep Italo-disco and sun-kissed piano house.
Review: New remixes from Benjamin Froehlich's 'Amiata" album are ready. It's been almost a year since the LP's release, and the Permanent Vacation co-head gathers a great bunch of personal favourites, friends and heroes to enter the ring and remix some tracks. There's Fort Romeau's tranced-out and euphoric perspective of "The Big Sun", some bittersweet dancefloor drama to be felt on Marcus Worgull's remix of "Last Night" feat. Dreamcast, while Chloe's deep and hypnotic rework of the same track is equally as worthy of your attention. If that was not enough, label chief Tom Bioly also contributes a moody nu-disco rework of "Forty Trees".
Review: Munich's Benjamin Frohlich is back on his own beloved Permanent Vacation imprint which he founded back in 2006 with Tom Bioly. On the Rude Movements EP he gives us four servings of wonderfully deep nu disco. On the A side is the soaring and cosmic sci fi odyssey of "Holloway" with its glorious arpeggio. Also "Spitting Image" gets that classic early 80's Chicago proto house sound happening with a pure booming 808 workout that makes a wicked DJ tool. On the flip "Amos" is a sick and gnarly acid house grinder which is perfect to up the ante at 3 AM and get the kids dancing.
Review: Permanent Vacation boss Benjaimin Frohlich is back. The man in Munich now presents the remixes of his fab 2016 release Rude Movements and gets an all-star cast to lend their deft hand at a remix. First up is the imitable Lauer; king of all things neon-lit and retro who delivers the goods (as always) with his rendition of "Amos", while fellow Frankfurter Shan stays true to the classic house aesthetic on his deep late night groove: "Holloway" is injected with spooky analogue synth leads, chunky analogue arpeggios and rusty rhythms with the good ol' clap on the kick for good measure. On the flip, it's all about the sludgy and tape saturated "Spitting Image" reinterpreted Jack Pattern (actually a Swiss trio, would you believe) where their slow motion EBM mutation calls to mind the work of Slugbug or L/F/D/M. Wicked!
Review: Benjamin Frohlich has been at the helm of Permanent Vacation for the past decade, but has only put out a handful of records on the label. However, as Rude Movements 2 shows, he is an adept producer. "Dream City" features some evocative synth riffs that sit atop a jerky rhythm, while "Drawn from Memory" represents a more robust take on this combination. Meanwhile, on "Computer Riot", Frohlich drops a frazzled electronic groove, that is kept in check by ticking percussion - but it's all about the deeper side of house and techno on this release, and the warm purring bass and jittery synths of "Ethereum" will melt even the most cynical, coldest heart.
Review: Here's an unusual release; Frohlich is one of the fast rising producers on Permanent Vacation. The Munich label released "Drawn From Memory" as part of Fr?hlich's Rude Movements 2 record last year and now they have commissioned remixes of it. I:Cube, who recently re-surfaced with new material on Versatile, turns the track into a lush, atmospheric affair, led by steely drums and electronic disco pulses. On Chinaski's re-shape, soft rock guitar squalls and epic sound track synth washes collide before a menacing, Gothic groove kicks in, while Aera turns "Memory" into an epic, proggy house groove, full of epic break downs.
Review: Experienced German producers Daniel Bortz and Sascha Sibler go way back; they released their first collaborative 12" on Tiefschwarz's Souvenir imprint in 2011. They seem to enjoy working together, as their recent EP on Innervisions was one of the best things Dixon's label has put out for some time. "Tomorrow We Start A New Life Again" is another belter, with hissing, Latin-influenced percussion providing sturdy backdrop for a series of sparkling synthesizer motifs, melancholic chords and atmospheric electronic touches. It feels simultaneously hopeful and fearful, which is how most people feel when they start a new life. The flipside, "If Not Tomorrow Then Maybe Someday" is, understandably, a little deeper, with a noticeably bittersweet feel about the undulating electronics and fluid arrangement.
Review: Norway's Boska is making all the right moves as he gets snapped up by Permanent Vacation after a successful stint on Studio Barnhus as well as plenty of appearances on Mental Overdrive's Love OD Communications. His sound sits somewhere between garage and house, and the title track on this latest EP exemplifies that notion perfectly as it rolls and skips with an easy flow, charming melodies riding atop the percussive wave and accented by plentiful vocal chops. "Brute" works a little more rhythmic intensity into the mix with some rapid fire elements that attempt to cut through the relatively murky synths and bass. The overriding focus on this EP though is on delicate harmonies and a clean, bright finish laced with plenty of machine soul.
Review: Permanent Vacation label staple Florian Peter aka Bostro Pesopeo is back. He returned after a long hiatus late last year to remix label boss TB aka Tom Bioly's "This Is Just A Modern Love Song" on his RMXD EP, but the 'Meti' EP is Peter's first release proper since the 'Cheer Up' EP - back in 2013. From the evocative and bittersweet deep house of the title track, to the moody and hypnotic nu-disco journey "Baal" or the downright doom and gloom of "Orias" which is sure to cause some late night dancefloor drama wherever it's played - our favourite label from Munich is really kicking off 2020 in an interesting way!
Review: Alex Burkat's track record over the past couple of years is pretty impressive, with well-regarded releases on 100% Silk, Third Ear and Mister Saturday Night. Here he pops up on Munich's Permanent Vacation with some picturesque, widescreen deep house. The title-track sets the tone, delivering a veritable starburst of flowery synthesizer melodies, dreamy pads, shuffling rhythms, twittering flutes and becalmed harps. Barnt impressively turn the track on its head, retaining the trademark melodies while opting for a far more immersive, stripped back and yearning feel. Elsewhere, "Three Rivers" is loose, organic and jazz-flecked (while also boasting spacey electronics), and "Supermoon" is little more than an intergalactic deep house hug.
Review: So far, outsider Carl Gari has only appeared alongside Abdullah Miniawy, through London's mighty The Trilogy Tapes, Will Bankhead's design-led stable. So far, so good, then. This is his first solo release, and it comes via Permanent Vacation, Munich's pride and joy. Much like his release for TTT, these are dark and sweaty jams with an Eastern influence at their core; Miniawy actually features on the title tune "Shipster", a broken technoid jam with some pretty ethereal vocalism. "Dysfunctional Love" is similarly wayward and off piste, twisting its acidic coils over thick beats, while "Grey Night Goby" flickers a dubby shade of drones into the heart of Gari's minimalistic drum machine beats. Miniawy is back for "Hydra", a supremely loose and visceral cinematic affair, leaving "Capsize" to linger in the stars with its deep, star-studded atmospherics.
Review: Direct and simple, Cologne-based producer Christian S embarks to Permanent Vacation and brings five house-not-house tunes here, such as the wonky groove of "Tannin". Local DJ Korkut Elbay also did some twists on the deep groove of "Dancer", as does Comeme head honcho Matias Aguayo. With Columbian producer Sano, Christian S puts his love for percussive spheres on the table and created a tune that is made for magic dancefloor moments on the polyrhythmic "Ritmo 6".
Review: Warning: do NOT hit the headphone icon on 'Romantics' above... not unless you actually WANT an energetic, infectious little earworm of a keys riff playing in your head all day, that is! Reiterating in different voices including what sounds like a Korg M1, said riff gives the exuberant, nu-disco leaning 'Romantics' the power to drag even the most reluctant onto the dancefloor for shape-throwing purposes; 'Future Of The Free Land', with its fusion of house, Italo and new beat/EBM influences, all topped with a chipmunk'd rave vocal, is perhaps a little more specialist in appeal but just as entrancing.
Review: Cooper Saver is based in LA, but on the evidence of this release, it sounds like his spiritual home could be Rimini or even Holland's West Coast. This is largely due to "The Search", a pulsating slice of Italo disco that features the breathy vocals of Indra Dunis from US space dubsters Peaking Lights. The title track is also suitably ethereal, and it sees Sav-er lay down a gentle synth solo over warbling pulse, like Vangelis jam-ming with Giorgio Moroder. "Hypnotic Beat Tool" is the only divergence from this theme, but its skeletal drums and percussion are supported by a soaring electronic bass.
Review: Newly transplanted to Australia, Greenskeeper don James Curd demonstrates he's lost none of his knack for crafting deliciously danceable electro funk grooves with his latest offering on Permanent Vacation. "Open Up Your Mind" is the first of hopefully many collaborations with vocalist Devin Byrnes, whose spoken word delivery is the perfect foil for a vertical glam house throb from Curd. There's a tongue in cheek menace to the darkly lysergic melodies that you'd expect from Curd, but it's matched by an inherent infectiousness. This is probably his best work since the ubiquitous DFA single a few years ago, and there's even an instro version for those who prefer their house music sans chatter.
Review: Bortz has mainly released on Pastamusik, but appeared once before on Permanent Vacation, together with Sascha Sibler. Now he makes his full debut on the German label with a diverse EP. As its title suggests, "Glide" is a euphoric, tranced out techno track that could have come from Dominik Eulberg's studio. By contrast, on "Irie", he visits the kind of murky, distorted bass-heavy dub techno sound that Peter Grummich excelled at. "Faces" sees yet another shift in approach, with Bortz focusing on dreamy, cinematic break beats. "Suffering" is the final track on the EP and revolves around detuned riffs and down tempo beats as Bortz reveals yet another facet to his considerable production skills.
Review: Album #2 here from Ausberg, Germany-based slo-mo house/nu-disco producer Daniel Bortz. If you've checked for previous releases on Suol, Pastamusik and Permanent Vacation you'll have a good idea what to expect already - what's most notable is that the 11 tracks featured are a little pacier than much of his previous output, operating mostly in the 125-130bpm region (albeit three clock in at a mere 80). If you haven't, then laidback, heavily electronic grooves with a leftfield twist are the order of the day, with standouts including 'On A Boat', which sports a very familiar "sensemillia... marijuana" reggae vocal whose source escapes me right now, and 'Isolation', which fuses Italo-style synths with, surprisingly, fierce rave/jungle breakbeats.
Review: When it comes to disco reversions, remixers don't come much bigger than Metro Area's Darshan Jesrani. Here we find him slicing up intriguing new synth pop act Disco Double. The main mix rolls with a delightfully playful analogue bassline that complements every second the falsetto vocals. For something a little deeper head for the spit-roast dub where the drums are stripped back to a more tribal flavour and the synths are dubbed out to perfection. Release your "Demons" within today!
Review: If you multiplied the slices of toast you've consumed your entire life by a hundred it might come close to the vast array of aliases undertaken by ED DMX in a career that spans over fifteen years and releases on imprints as disparate as Rephlex, Turbo and Soul Jazz. A relationship with Permanent Vacation which began with the German label reissuing Ed DMX's "Come To Me" back in 09 is further cemented with these four tracks of original material from the producer. The title track is here in two forms, both of which have a decidedly Cold Wave feel (an aesthetic that is clearly echoed on the cover art) and sees Ed's own distinct tones punctuated by a heavy synth backing sat atop punchy drums. It's a really strong look and you could easily mistake the Dance Mix for something from the early 80s. Complementing this on the B Side are two instrumental disco boogie jams heavy on the analogue arpeggio hits with "Disco Theme" impressing in particular.
Review: It's a surprise to see DMX Kru land on the Permanent Vacation imprint. After all, the legendary artist has pretty much focused on bold-faced acid antics for most of his illustrious career, but it is true that electro has also been a core component of his output. This style of electro, however, is much gentler and more dreamy that the usual industrial lashings that he churns out, making Nu Romantix a wonderful LP for lovers of both synth-pop and pure rave music. In fact, most of these tunes are hybrid in form and shape, rendering them effective in a multitude of situations, both on and off the rave-hall. The title is more than apt, too, with many of these tracks containing a clear 'nu-romantic' feel at their core, shaped by modern technology - hence the 'X' factor.