Review: Tojami Sessions is a collaboration project of native Frankfurters Tom Bucher, Jacek Darnowski and Michel Niepenberg, and together represents the diversity of house music. Michel and Jacek have been producing together since about 1992. Following up great releases on Raum.. Musik and Dessous, they're back again on the ever reliable Plastic City with their new one : the sensual late night deep house of "Feel Love" with its come hither vocal and its velvety dub chords over smoothly clipped rhythm programming. Second offering "Yoko" is a slinky and hypnotic deep house journey through the late night.
Review: Longstanding German label Plastic City return with Radio Show Season Eight, featuring boss man Terry Lee Brown Jr doing what he does best on the evocative dub house journey "Lightseeker" (a remix of the artist Phable), while more Basic Channel inspired tracks come from Alex Connors & Hardy Heller, whose remix of Maxie Koenig 's "Buddhas Breath" explores similarly cavernous and glacial territory. Elsewhere, pursuing more quality standards are: Gabriel Sordo (Mex) on the bass-driven late night deepness of "Lunario", Smalltown Collective with the funky and acid washed tech house of "Nobody" and Rene Onze with the sleazy afterhours minimal bump of "Schnurz".
Review: Bern, Switzerland-based Youen has fast become a staple of long running German imprint Plastic City, and who better to present his debut album in the form of 'Sugar Space'. Featuring 11 examples of finely executed mood music, with highlights not limited to: the sensual late night vibe of "Lift Off with Patrick Podage, the hypnotic dub techno influence of "Midnight Blue" featuring Mastra, to the slinky and hypnotic "Solstice" and it's strong Detroit influences through to the utterly evocative "Junice" - another collaboration this time featuring Bird. 'Sugar Space' is quite an impressive debut by this young ascendant producer.
Review: Belgians Anthony Spallino (Bonzai/Am Strand /Alveda/Naropa/Yuna Beats) and Aurelien Stireg aka Dj G-Traxx (Cosmic Love) team up once again for some proper deep tech house on the ever reliable Plastic City with the track "Night Shift". Get stoned into the groove on this infectious tribal workout, which receives a bunch of terrific reworks. From Jules Wells' soulful Motor City influenced perspective, Southsoniks main room dancefloor drama, Familie Electro boss Dan Corco's exhilarating version was a definite highlight, and for something a bit different we have Danny K7's fun loving remix - bridging the gap between nu-disco and electro house.
Waynes World (Tobi Neumann remix) - (8:40) 127 BPM
Review: Wayne's World, party time, all the time, excellent. Legendary German producer Guido Schneider hooks up with Tonio Barrientos, an illusive artist (embedded deep within the minimal and tech house landscape) and Wayne Childs who features vocal-wise here waxing lyrical about an all-time experience in da club. Spoken over trippy percussion, shuffling basslines, a dabble of acid and some techno, Tobi Neumann's mix keeps it essential with a phat bassline, hotly swung groove and deeper, shimmering waves of synths to add the slightest of progressive touches to a deeper, twinkling and synth kissed version. Schwing!
Review: Ever reliable German label Plastic City welcome back British producer Jadele with her new EP. As a producer, she has caught the attention of respected German labels such as Exploited, Heinz Music, 303Lovers and Natura Viva in recent times. On her new one entitled "Telempathik" she serves up an irresistible slice of dancefloor drama that's equal parts moody and mesmerizing and sure to pique the energy levels.This is followed by "Potion" which clearly has the peak time in mind with its rumbling Reese like bassline powering away above hypnotic synth textures and powerful rhythm arrangements. Jadele takes care of everything very well here, and thrills us all with her enormous talent.
Review: Legendary German label Plastic city present a second club ready two-track from Heller & Connors, two deep, tech and progressive producer that first surfaced together in 2015 with the Tea Tree release, featuring "The Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Feelings That Rule From The Centre Of The Ultraworld (Ohrals '93er Traenendruesen Mix). Reloaded here, the pair serve up two techy, house hitting numbers in "Still The Place To Go" and "Groove Thing" filled with an undeniable German grace. Think The Cab Drivers and Cabernet Records with some warehouse vibes thrown in.
Review: Two very fine trad-style deep house bullets make up this latest offering from the mighty Plastic City, coming from Bern, Switzerland-based label regular Youen. 'Mint' itself is up first, a shuffllin' lil groover with an understated but defiantly hip-shakin' bassline, barely- there male vocal snips and delicate organ chords, the resulting concoction being a dancefloor-friendly deep houser with a hint of garage-y swing - albeit one that's probably for the warm-up rather than peaktime. 'Your Mind' operates in not dissimilar territory and rolls along at a similar pace, but has a slightly more urgent, broody, eyes-down kinda feel.
Review: Plastic City welcome back Jonluke (and his alter ego G.Pal) who just recently returned to The Timewriter's imprint with his Coming Back EP. George Pallikaris originally hails from Thessaloniki and has been producing since the turn of the millenium for the German imprint, also making time for appearances on top labels like Low Pressings and Bedrock during that time. Fast forward to now, Pallikaris hasn't lost his groove one bit - and this is particularly evident on "Love Affair" which is a smoky and atmospheric expression in deeper tech-house, that features an overly familiar vocal hook from a certain classic. This is followed by two versions of "The Phunk" - both are terrific but for our money: we would bet on the deep down and dirty backroom dub expressed on Part 2.
Review: Russian born musician and filmmaker Pavel Khvaleev's versatility and talent in terms of both sound and visuals is highly impressive. With previous releases on Coldharbour Recordings and Figura Music, here's yet more quality music from this talented producer on The Timewriter's Plastic City. Not knowing what to expect from an artist might be confusing for some, but certainly appreciated by the majority of music enthusiasts. From the driving and emotional groove of "Around The Sun" with its powerful sub-bass and intricate melodies, the moody and esoteric mood lighting of "Binary", or for something more evocative and uplifting - try the sunny deep tech-house of "Signal".
Review: After the great success of his first four albums on Plastic City, critics and fans of Krisztian Dobrocsi aka Forteba can rejoice for his fifth long player entitled Arboretum. He hails from the Hungarian city of Vac, where he found his true calling relatively early. At 18 he started producing electronic music of all styles. Starting off with breakbeat and chill-out music, he soon ventured into the world of straight 4/4 rhythms, profoundly inspired by German deep house. The Hungarian follows up 2015's Fabula EP marvellously here, featuring a dozen sublime cuts (plus a continuous mix) such as the deep, late night mood-lighting of "Fall For One", the bittersweet and personal nu-disco of "Farred" or the emotive and soulful Ron Trent vibe of "Fancylvania".
Review: Lucas Rodenbush aka E.B.E. has been making and releasing deep house and techno since the mid-90s and his relationship with Plastic City stretches back almost that far. On Kinesis, his first release on the label in some time, the US producer shows why he is so well-respected. The title track is led by chiming chords and a bouncy house groove, while on "Refresh", he conjures up steely, shuffling drums and warbling electronic melodies. While "Infusion" sees him drop the pace and opt for a more laid back sound, this is largely a deeply musical but dance floor-focused affair as the seductive dub tones of "Indifference" demonstrate.