Review: Permanent Vacation co-founder Benjamin Frohlich is enjoying a productive year so far, with The Joy of Repetition following hot on the heels of rock-solid outings on Live at Robert Johnson and Optimo Music's Digital Danceforce offshoot. Frohlich has previously proved to be a master at blurring the boundaries between genres, and much of the material on show here follows a similar blueprint. Opener 'One More Time' sits somewhere between hypnotic tech-house, stirring deep house and lilting nu-disco, while 'Repeat After Me' fixes hazy, dub techno style riffs and chords to a rolling, peak-time house beat. Elsewhere, 'Again and Again' joins the dots between dub house and dub techno, while 'Acid Routine' combines attractive musical features with jacking drums and mind-bending TB-303 motifs.
Review: Italy's Alessandro Parlatore and Marcello Giordani, better known as Marvin & Guy, describe themselves as "engineering a cosmic bridge between the heritage of disco and Italo towards contemporary techno," which gives you a good idea what to expect here! The EP's four tracks, presented in six mixes, couldn't be much more redolent of 1980s Europe if they tried, and will go down a storm on specialist floors; the lower-tempo remix of 'Migration' could also find its way into deeper prog sets, while the Dance Mix of 'Badlands' has overtones of the Motor City, aping the kind of early techno that was partly inspired by Italo-disco in the first place.
Review: Over the course of the last decade, long-serving German producer Philipp Lauer has become associated with a colourful, wide-eyed style of electronic music that seems to draw just as much influence from glossy 1980s synth-pop as turn-of-the-90s Italian dream house. His latest album, Answers 2 Trouble, largely explores similar sonic territory, though there are far more nods towards 1980s new wave and Bobby Orlando style synth-pop than vintage deep house. For proof, check the Bobby O-meets-Spandau Ballet flex of 'Ghost (featuring Jesnau)', the Pet Shop Boys-with-extra-acid vibes of 'Switec' and the mid-80s Euro-pop goodness of 'Make It Stay'. Elsewhere across the album, highlights include Italo-meets-Balearic house gem 'SNNO', throbbing Fabrizio Mammarella hook-up 'Atalenati' and the early Human League style synth-clang of 'Fait Accompli'.
Review: Remaining a pioneering force in new age disco music, Permanent Vacation outta Munich welcomes Drumpoet signee All Is Well to their imprint with a three-track single: One For Florian. Led by "Late Night Romantics" - the track takes on an ambiguous guise of cosmic electro, future Italo and B-boy semantics that romanticise the memories of a parallel dancefloor somewhere in Rimini. Given a deeper yet somehow poppier version by remix maestro Lauer, its B-side number "NUMB3RS" drifts somewhere into Egyptian Lover territory with its drum machine workouts cushioned by mad scientist atmospheres and a subdued melody line to boot.
Review: Tom Mangan AKA Tee Mango has been in fine form over the last couple of years, with recent EPs on Aus Music and Delusions of Grandeur further enhancing his reputation. He's in fine fettle on this tasty two-tracker, too - his first for long-serving Munich imprint Permanent Vacation. 'You Are The Sun' is available in two versions, each tailored to fit a specific time and mood. The 'Sun Up' mix that kicks off the single is glassy-eyed and melodious, with warming female vocal samples, twinkling piano motifs, looped synth stabs and electric guitar flourishes wrapping around a chunky groove. In contrast, the 'Sun Down' mix sounds perfect for early evening outdoor dancing thanks to its alluring mix of flutering synthesizer motifs, squeezable synth-bass and deliciously dreamy chords.
Review: During the first stages of lockdown in Berlin, Luca Venezia AKA Curses decided to make some music inspired by years spent as a dedicated teenage raver. It's these tunes that feature on The Future is Waiting, his first release under the alternative Venice Arms alias. We're particularly fond of title track 'The Future is Waiting', a throbbing chunk of rolling electro wrapped in twinkling pianos, rave style stabs and pulsating, machine-gun bass, though the NYC freestyle inspired late night bounce of 'Fearless Love' and rushing, glassy-eyed 'Vortex (Feel The Love)' also impress. Venezia naturally dons his more familiar Curses alias to remix 'The Future is Waiting', re-imagining the track as a jangly, guitar-laden chunk of '80s synth-pop nostalgia.
Review: After her contribution to the Permanent Vacation 5 compilation last year, this is Chloe's first full length EP for the label. The prolific Parisian DJ, producer and label owner presents her latest concept entitled Mars 500, based on a social experiment that simulated a Mars journey with six people in lockdown for 500 days - and the effects that it caused. From the ethereal deep house of "Hugger Mugger" which is right in line with the label's sonic aesthetic, to the sleek and sexy minimal house of "Like This" and closing it out with the evocative "Where It Began" a neon-lit nu disco journey propelling you directly into the cosmos.
Review: If the name Invisible Temple means nothing to you, there's a good reason for that: it's a brand-new project from Permanent Vacation co-founder Benjamin Frohlich and label regular Bostro Pesopeo. Self Hypnosis, the pair's debut collaborative outing, successful sets the tone for the project by showcasing mostly slow-motion workouts that variously mix and match elements of deep electro, wayward synth-pop, early '80s horror soundtracks, creepy ambient, electronic dub and trippy, bass-heavy chuggers. It's an undeniably atmospheric and sofa-friendly affair, with Pesopeo and Frohlich often making intriguing and off-kilter musical choices whilst retaining an element of hazy melodiousness. The project certainly has legs and, if this fine first outing is anything to go by, should be one to watch in 2021 and beyond.
Review: Munich-based Permanent Vacation perform their usual yearly ritual by serving up a bunch of essentials, with their seventh edition here including a whopping 25 tracks. Kicking things off in style is Madrilian producer Pional's uplifting anthem "Tempest", label chief Benjamin Froehlich appears with "Drawn From Memory" which receives an evocative rework by French legend I:Cube, while German nu-disco heroine Perel is on point as always with the neon-lit "Angelika". Elsewhere, Irish duo New Jackson present the glassy-eyed and bittersweet "Romancecar", label co-head Tom Bioly gives us the deep Italo vibe of "Night Heat", label staple Fort Romeau shows off his usual knack for emotive dancefloor drama on "Heaven & Earth", plus the worthy addition of Terr's dark disco delight "Have You Ever" (Dub Version).
Review: Eagles & Butterflies producer Chris Barratt has been rather quiet of late, with last year's acclaimed appearance on Innervisions being his last major release of note. It's therefore good to see him delivering a superb suite of interpretations of 2019 Woolfy vs Projections album track 'Destination Hell', a woozy and warming chunk of off-kilter, Balearic pop drowsiness. He first re-imagines it as a sharp, freestyle-influenced chunk of mid-80s Euro synth-pop-meets-house heaviness (the opening 'Main Mix'), before dreaming of saucer-eyed mornings in his native Ibiza via a swirling, synth-heavy 'Sunrise Mix' full of fizzing sounds, hazy vocals and cheery melodies. Most startling of all though is the closing 'Unplugged Mix', a delay-laden, beat-free concoction built around Woolfy's original bassline and snippets of echoing male and female vocals.
Review: Since deciding to pack in his day job to follow his music production dreams last year, Tee Mango has released some of his most impressive, interesting and well-produced music to date. This fine run of form continues via a Permanent Vacation label debut that's notable for both its variety and quality. He begins by reaching for woozy electric piano chords, tech-tinged deep house beats, twinkling lead lines and colourful synth flourishes on the rather relaxed and beautiful 'Don't Let Slip', before offering up some organ-heavy house retro-futurism via 'She Never Looked Back'. Arguably best of all though is 'What You Want', a tactile and occasionally fuzzy affair rich in undulating synth-bass, snaking sax solos, memorable organ stabs and his own high-register vocals.
Review: More ominous and dreamy deep house by Fort Romeau. The Berlin-based Brit debuted for Permanent Vacation last year with the terrificHeaven & Earth EP and is fast becoming a staple of Munich-based imprint, going onto remixes for artists such as Lauer and Kauf. His new offering "The Mirror" is an evocative and sensual piece of mood music that's quite reflective of the strange time we are currently living in. "A Far Reaching Light'' takes on another style of dancefloor drama on this slinky and hypnotic journey, and lastly he takes you further down the spiral on the chugging, textured sonic tapestry of "The Wind As It Took Her". Like his Dada EP on Correspondant last year, this is 'paranoid music for paranoid times' yet again by Michael Greene.
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: Permanent Vacation co-founder Tom Bioly's debut album as TB, A Call For Romance, was well-received when it appeared in stores in 2019. We suspect that this remixed version, featuring revisions from some notable producers, will be met with equally lavish praise. Largely synth-heavy, left-of-centre and hugely entertaining, it boasts a string of highlights. Our picks include Superpitcher's epic and evocative version of 'Release', which boasts the twin delights of spacey synthesizer chords and rumbling sub-bass, Jacob Korn's colourful but deep and dusty re-wire of 'Drop Wet Gorgeous', a decidedly druggy and chugging spin on 'Street Beat' by Wolfsford, and fellow Permanent Vacation founder Benji Frolich's throbbing, Pet Shop Boys-go-Moroder style rework of 'Lace Yourself'.
Review: After EPs for Bordello A Parigi, Love On The Rocks and Renate Schallplatten, Longhair present their first full length EP for Munich's Permanent Vacation. The duo is composed of some veteran DJs and producers: you may know Benedikt Bogenberger of Peak & Swift/Salon zur Wilde Renate fame, while Marko Pelaic produces as Home Boy and Bechari among other aliases. The Space Time EP features some properly neon-it nu-disco euphoria, as heard on "Rhythm Activity" and "Ten To The Third" (which we're big fans of), while the title track's sun kissed balearic bliss is the perfect way to farewell the summer of 2020.
Review: Still reeling from their split release with The Juan MacLean, Mexican pairing Zombies in Miami reveal that Permanent Vacation have earned the rights to release the duo's debut album! It follows a stream of EPs and singles that date back to 2011 with releases for Internasjonal (think Prins Thomas), Correspondent (think Jenifer Cardini) and Bordello A Parigi, to contributions on Running Back compilations and remixes for Jori Hulkkonen. 2712, then, highlights in full the project's bright, rhythmic and synth-driven sound that combines house and techno hybrids with disco drums, balearic vibrations and future-retro Italo themes. They live!
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: They don't make disco epics like they used to, do they? Or at least, that seems to be what Zombies In Miami must have been thinking when they decided to put together this 6.5-minute beast that just never seems to stop evolving. Underpinned by a throbbing, vaguely Yello-ish bassline and topped with all manner of eerie sci-fi/Italo synths, 'Disco Nostalgia' draws on the tradition of classics like 'Magic Fly' or 'Human Nature'. And like those tracks, it's one that'll be best served a little later on, once the dancefloor's properly warmed up, because what it lacks in instant pop appeal, it more than makes up for with an infectious, almost hypnotic energy.
Review: A single-track offering here from Permanent Vacation. 'Drop Wet Gorgeous' is taken from Tom Bioly AKA TB's 2019 debut album 'A Call For Romance' and blends elements of deep house, nu-disco and progressive/melodic house into one shimmering, spangly concoction that was surely built with summer dancefloors in mind. Opening with hefty 4/4s and tizzy hi-hats and underpinned by a nice squelchy 303-style bassline, the track builds and builds throughout its duration, making it an ideal choice for raising the crowd's energy levels just before you drop that sure-fire crowd-pleasing anthem.
Review: Thanks to a string of rock-solid releases on Toy Tonics and Slam City, amongst others, Rhode & Brown has proved to be one of the most reliable deep house duos of recent times. Here they prove their growing eclecticism via a superb EP for Permanent Vacation. Opener "Aku Aku" is superb, with the Munich-based duo cannily combining dreamy female vocal snippets, undulating acid lines, stirring chords and bubbly bass on a track that blurs the boundaries between deep house and Afro-house. Elsewhere, "Not My Mind, Not My Planet" is a rushing chunk of arpeggio-driven piano house/Italo-disco fusion, "Break 2 Break" is another rushing retro-futurist peak-time workout laden with rave style piano riffs, and "Cliches & Romantic Arguments" is a Tuff City Kids style chunk of synth-heavy Balearic house warmth.
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: Since 2006 Permanent Vacation has earned its reputation for releasing some of the best in contemporary house, electro, disco and leftfield music, showcased and celebrated most with their various artist compilations. As lockdown in some parts of the world begins to ease, maybe a sixth Permanent Vacation is in order, which this time introduces a fresh cast to the series with our ears drawn to the abstract dub, drum and rhythm tracks of Bawrut, and Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Rae in the tripped out "The Bukit Have Eyes". Smallville's main man in Paris Jacques Bon turns in a stair-sailing synth number of breezy, uplifting house in "Reverse Flight", with techier drums and club tracks coming from DJ Kuesse ("Tropicana Girl") and the au courant electro sounds of Eliott Litrowski's "Spray", and Sedef's Adasi's "Tender Trip" a highlight too.
Review: For Californian duo Woolfy Vs Projections, their fourth long player 'Destinations' arrived in 2019, taking their West Coast style of nu-disco down a left hand path. One of the highlights was their impressive cover version of Bananarama's 1984 pop hit "Cruel Summer" that gets a couple of terrific reworks here by Sicilian scene veteran Musumeci. The Engrave Limited main man is known for his futuristic pursuits in deep house for labels like Bedrock and Innervisions in recent times, but his Wax On rework here goes down a mischievous dark disco route. It is packed full of brooding arpeggios, sweeping FM pads, with steely vintage drum patterns as a backdrop to Woolfy's captivating vocals, while the Wax Off version is a handy dub version.
Review: During the ongoing global pandemic, many of us have been daydreaming about dancing the night away at clubs and festivals. When we are allowed to do this again, Fort Romeau's "Fantazia" could well be one of the tracks we here the most. Retro-futurist in tone, blessed with out of this world acid lines and the kind of hypnotic, looped riffs tailor-made to tease you towards euphoria, the track has all the makings of a care-free dancefloor anthem. In contrast, fiendishly fast techno workout "Neuromancer" is much more of a dark room-friendly, heads-down affair, while closing cut "Annadin" - a collaboration with progressive house era outfit Sunscreem - is a similarly stomping slab of late night delight rich in echoing piano stabs, razor-sharp riffs, twisted acid lines and booming bass.
Review: Last seen operating on Internasjonal with the delay-laden nu-disco drugginess of "Space Is The Place", Zombies In Miami pitch up on Permanent Vacation for the very first time. "Frodo" sees the long-serving Mexican duo charging off in a different direction, one that sits somewhere between vintage Inner City, the more crystalline end of the Italo-disco spectrum and the piano-heavy Balearic house revivalism of Tuff City Kids. The edited version packs a punch of course, but we'd suggest checking the full-length mix (track two), where the track's cascading synthesizer lead lines, rushing piano house riffs and bubbly, arpeggio-driven groove rise and fall throughout. The result is a giddy, loved-up workout of epic proportions.
Review: Funke follows up last year's first Genex release with a stellar second volume that draws on his minimal expertise and his intuitive knack for crafting hypnotic melodies. On the title track, those two characteristics effortlessly collide, with the veteran German producer delivering a hypnotic synth-led but stripped back techno groove. "Schalck" sees him drop the pace for a bass-heavy stepper that bristles with microscopic percussion and reverberating effects, while on "Valuta", he drops a sleek, acid-soaked jacker that also draws on his ability to conjure up melancholic melodies. Rounding off this fine release is the low-slung groove and evocative hooks of "Haudegen".
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: Italian disco maestro Massimiliano Pagliara presents his first full length EP for Munich's Permanent Vacation. 'Nothing Stays In One Place For Long' features four tracks that prove that there's a wide variety in the Panorama Bar resident's sonic repertoire: from the steely chord driven techno of the title track, to evocative cosmic disco journeys (more similar to his usual work) as heard on the blissful "Accidentally We Rushed". On the flip, we've got two versions of "Avenue Of The Palms" - the Sunset mix is a serving of sun kissed deep house balearica, while the Night mix is a more upbeat and evocative version that's perfect for the later hours.
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: Philip Lauer's long-running relationship with Permanent Vacation continues with a release that deftly mines 80s influences. The title track sees the storied producer marry cascading Chicago drums and a pulsating bassline with synth pop melodies that come together to create an infectious dance floor track. On "You Know", a similar approach is audible, this time with epic melodies accompanying soaring vocals. In contrast, "Body Chck" is a low-slung electro roller, featuring high pitched vocal samples. But it's only a temporary divergence and on "Ctron E", he moves back towards the dance floor with uplifting melodies and a high-tempo electronic disco groove.
Review: Permanent Vacation co-head Tom Bioly's musical output has hit a new high in recent times, with the Munich based artist having gone solo after previous collaborations with partner Benjamin Froelich. He released a series of wonderful remixes of last year's "Night Heat" single and of course 2017's electro-noir opus Heartbreak Hotel. Bioly returns with another fabulous full length here entitled A Call For Romance, where acid drops, string distortions, lushed melody bits, hushed robo vox and washed space guitars are layered and sprinkled over machine beats and disco drums.
Review: After flexing his global fusion instincts via a decidedly psychedelic, percussion-rich hook-up with Niklas Wandt on Multi-Culti, Sascha Funke is back in mind-altering tech-house mode on "Genex 1". It's the sometime BPitch Control stalwart's first outing on Permanent Vacation and contains a trio of ear-catching cuts. "The Swarm" is foreboding and sleazy, with the Berlin-based producer focusing the album around jacking drum fills, weirdo riffs and psychedelic motifs. "Geisterfahrer" is a much cheerier if no less foreboding affair that seems to have been influenced by a combination of classic new beat and The KLF's 1988 version of "What Time Is Love", while "Peace Bell" is a buzzing and undeniably trippy voyage into late night tech-house territory full of off-kilter electronic motifs, high register synth stabs and creepy aural textures.
Review: Featured here are some nice 'RMXD' versions of Permanent Vacation label co-head Tom Bioly's release "Night Heat" from late last year. Fine contributions come from the likes of: Mr Running Back himself Gerd Janson, who reworks the title track full of classic acid house motifs (plus another take by the enigmatic DJ Hotel later), Berlin legend Sascha Funke serves up a strobed-out electro rendition of "Would?" and Bioly's Munich homeboy Florian Peter (aka Bostro Pesopeo) makes an appearance on his glassy-eyed and bittersweet perspective of "This Is Just A Modern Love Song" going down a deeper nu-disco-ish route.
Review: Permanent Vacation bring us the debut long-player from LA duo Woolfy vs Projections. Nu-disco from the poppier end of the spectrum is the general theme, with a strong 80s twist - as evidenced by a slo-mo cover of Bananarama's 'Cruel Summer' which actually works surprisingly well, in a TOTP 1986 kinda way. Standouts include last week's trailer single 'Last Dance', the hazy, lazy instrumental 'Being Endless' and the hefty, bassy chug of 'Fall Into You', while the 80s Euro-style vocals and pop sensibilities mean its an album that could find favour among fans of acts like Hot Chip or Little Dragon.
Review: On one level, 'Last Dance' is quite a simple little track, the kind of laidback 80s-inspired nu-disco groove that makes you wish you were cruising the marina in San Tropez in your Chevrolet Camaro, all shimmering, analogue-sounding synths and floaty fem vox. Then you notice that the vocal phrasing is borrowed from The Gap Band - 'Oops Upside Your Head' which brings the whole track together in disco a floaty bliss, it's neat little tricks like that, which turn a simple track into a really rather fine one. There are the Original and Single Edit mixes to choose from, so open your ears and choose your favorite.
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: 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: Italian duo Marvin & Guy return to Permanent Vacation after their 2017 Fire! Fire! EP. This time the duo of Alessandro & Marcello explore all the influences throughout their musical career on "Hint of '92″. Like the name might very well suggest (hint hint!) they explore the timeless aesthetic of early '90s German trance and truly recapture that euphoric 'zeitgeist' oh so well. The track also features fellow Italian Marika from Underspreche on vocals, who also contributes a groovy disco remix up next. "Discoteque" is a driving and roaring nu-disco epic that is more familiar of the duo's sound, while "Colours" goes deeper on this atmospheric acid drifter.