Assassin (Shout Out Out Out Out remix) - (6:02) 115 BPM
Blue Girls (feat Retriever - Richard D. Clouston remix) - (7:02) 110 BPM
Blue Boys (feat SOS - Chmmr remix) - (2:16) 117 BPM
Adolescent Sex (Andy Blake live dub) - (6:50) 121 BPM
Review: 20 years into his career as Headman, Robi Insinna is in a nostalgic mood. He's decided to offer up a series of retrospective compilations featuring original productions and remixes, some of which were previously unreleased. To begin the series, he's prepared an epic collection focusing on archive cuts recorded between 2001 and 2011. There's plenty of weighty, low-slung goodness to be found throughout - much of it inspired by a mix of post-punk, punk-funk, no wave and dub disco -as well as some stripped-back, synth-powered hedonism (see the 'Rework' of his collaboration with Yello's Deiter Meier, 'Gimme'). Some of the included remixes are rather fine, too, with highlights including Chicken Lips' sleazy, TB-303-powered take on 'It Rough', In Flagranti's sweaty revision of 'Gimme' and Chmmr's throbbing, delay-laden re-wire of 'Blue Boys'.
Review: Zurich label Relish Recordings in the house again with a retrospective compilation highlighting a golden period of releases that landed between 2013-2016. Be it the techy cosmic disco of DC Salas, Zelda chiptune electro of Chmmr to the epic 808s and Italo vocoders of Whatever/Whatever's Les Filles Du Limmatquai remix, BORVII pulls at the wonder years of a label that brought classic works from the likes of Headman, Yuksek and Don Cash to Riot In Belgium!
Review: Headman's Relish label have been turning out the angular, leftfield disco-not-disco grooves for nearly 20 years now. So it's no surprise that such are in abundance on this 10-track compilation; what's more surprising is that two decades in, far from the label's quality standards slipping they actually seem, if anything, to be getting better at it! Fans of the likes of ESG, A Certain Ratio, Liquid Liquid, Fischerspooner or Cabaret Voltaire will find much to enjoy here, with Moscoman's dub-inflected 'Wet Shoes Everywhere', Bozzwell's Talking Heads-ish 'I'm Emotive' and Retriever's hypnotic, gothic-tinged 'Murder (NUN Remix)' among the highlights.
Review: Headman's Relish reissue an album that was first out in 2006, but that could easily have been released 20 years earlier. Italo, electro and new beat/EBM would be the key points of reference overall, and words like 'spiky' and 'angular' spring most readily to mind when attempting to describe most of the tracks. But there are also moments - see 'Tightropes' or 'Regrets And Tears', for instance - that opt for a smoother feel and end up sounding closer to 80s synth-pop doyens like New Order, Black or The The, while cuts such as 'Maximum Joy' and '444 Days' have a slightly heavier, more industrial feel.
Review: Synth-tastic nu-disco that draws on Italo, Belgian new beat and EBM for inspiration is the general order of the day on this various artists comp from Headman's Relish label. Daniel Avery is the best known name on a talent roster comprised mostly of more up-and-coming artists but the quality standard is high throughout, with tracks ranging from Avery's dark, technoid 'Input/Machine' to Hannelulauri's almost Sparks-ish 'Europa (Dub)', and from Andrea Esu's EBM percussion workout 'E.S.U. Track' to Chmmr's '16 Tonns', which comes on like Sylvester wandering the streets of early 80s LA in a red leather blouson with gigantic shoulderpads.
Review: For 'BORIV' read 'Best Of Relish 4', as Headman's label serve up another best-of collection, this time drawing mostly on the years 2009-2011. Featured artists include Daniel Avery, David Gilmour Girls and JR Seaton, as well as label boss Robi Insinna in both his Headman and Manhead guises, and the album comes packed with exactly the kind of angular, new wave-y nu-disco and electro you'd expect, complete with some new mixes to tempt long-term fans. What's most interesting, though, is that these tracks don't sound half as experimental or out-there as they did 10 years ago, which speaks to just how influential a label time has proven Relish to be.
Review: For over 15 years, Headman's Relish imprint has been one of the most vital electronic disco imprints. As this compilation EP demonstrates, it's still ahead of pretty much everyone else. Label owner Robi Insinna, the brains behind the Headman project, delivers a drum-heavy, murky take on The Mansisters' "Tex Control", while on "A Bit Of Sickness" Teniente Castillo & Mufti provide a near-definitive Relish track. Powerful, rumbling bass provides a back drop for eerie effects, dubbed out drums and some outer space electronic yelps. Fabrizio Mammarella, known for his work on Bear Funk and Dissident, also impresses with the chugging drums, low slung groove and out there effects of "Magnesium."
Curses - "Her Violence Beauty" (Younger Than Me remix) - (6:16) 118 BPM
Justine Forever - "Happy House" - (4:27) 114 BPM
Review: For Relish's seventh compilation style EP, Headman has gathered together a particularly strong set of tracks for those who like their disco grooves to come with a big dash of post-punk attitude. Sample-obsessed studio bod Sutja Gutierrez leads the way with "I'm Wild, Oh I See", an undeniably hypnotic mid-tempo chugger rich in intoxicating musical elements and foreboding, end-of-days noises. Milanese newcomer Younger Than Me drags the dark Italo and twisted new wave vibes of Curses' "Her Violence Beauty" further towards thrusting peak-time dancefloor territory, while French vocalist and producer Justine lays down a fantastic, minimalist new wave synth-pop cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees' classic "Happy House".
Review: Following their debut last year on Bordello A Parigi, Younger Than Me aka Francesco Mingrino and Marcello Carozzi now set their sights on Relish. Unlike their first EP, "Warning Code" is more focused on drawing on wave, industrial and Chicago house influences. The title track centres on a throbbing groove, supported by kettle drums and rolling snares, while an indistinct vocal natters away in the background. As its title suggests, "Disco Rootz" is more groovy and sees the Italian pair drop a pulsing electronic disco workout led by a powerful bass and some clipped guitar riffs. Rounding off the release is a fine, acid-heavy version of "Code" by Fabrizio Mammarella.
Review: A warm welcome back to Robi "Headman" Insinna, who returns to Relish for his first solo single for two years. Typically, "Dechainee" is a woozy and stylish affair, featuring a breathy French vocal from Justine Is Collete, cascading synthesizer lines, dub-flecked drums, and clear influences from minimal wave and post-punk synth pop. Borusiade provides a deliciously atmospheric, dancefloor-friendly interpretation built around hypnotic drum rhythms, throbbing sub-bass and druggy, pitched-down vocal samples, while Optimo Music man Mr TC successfully layers up unsettling electronics, jaunty analogue bass and fizzing drum machine hits on a sweaty, mid-tempo interpretation. Insinna's own vocal-less Dub completes a fine package.
Review: Maya Danon has been a familiar face on Tel Aviv's alternative electronic scene for the last decade. Even so, this EP for Robbie Headman's Relish label is still her first. There's much to admire throughout, starting with the restless analogue synths, thudding drums and alien electronics of title track "Mad Hatter". Similarly impressive is the fuzzy "Nina", where fizzing electronic stabs and woozy melody lines ride a killer bassline, while the sparser "Waiting For Simon" is undoubtedly the EP's most out-there and experimental moment. Autarkic and Marc Pional remix "Mad Hatter", with the latter's skewed, spaced-out analogue deep house interpretation particularly impressing.
Review: For many the early Noughties was a golden age that saw dance music abandon the faceless and formulaic, returning instead to the values of the 1980s underground. Headman (aka Robbi Insinna) released countless electro-disco sizzlers back then, including his own Manhead album in 2005. Now reissued, we get the chance to enjoy it one more time, and unlike '90s 'landfill house' it still sounds great a decade later. Highlights include the slow building boogie of "Sister", the deep and druggy punk-funk of "Special" and the organic hiNRG of "Dancer".
Review: This is Mondowski's second appearance on Robi Insinna's Relish label, and it appears that he is fitting in well with the in-house sound. The title track is percolating disco juggernaut, shimmering with percolating electronics and arpeggiations. It is remixed by Joe Spurgeon and turned into a pared back widescreen epic. "Black Age' is even cooler though - all gothy EBM grooves and loops that are given a stark dressing down courtesy of the legendary techno hero The Hacker. Moody beats are here!
Review: Although busy releasing albums and singles, Relish boss Robi Insinna still could not stop himself putting out another label compilation, such was the quality of the stuff he had on his hands. Relish EP Six sees contributions from five different artists whose sound all manages to comply with the Relish vision. Highlights include the doomy new romantic electro-disco of Heretic's "Insurrection", the warped body music of Club Bizarre's "East Side Story" and the jack hammer nastiness of The Mansisters's "SSWS".
Review: Swiss eccentric Robi Insinna seems to be having something of an identity crisis. This sixth solo full length is credited to both Headman - his now familiar alias for coursing, punk-funk influenced dancefloor attacks - and his given name. As if that wasn't enough to baffle the easily confused, 6 also includes contributions from an impressive array of guest bands, producers and vocalists, including Hiem's Bozzwell, Red Axes, Brassica and The Emperor Machine. Musically, it's business as usual, with the ten murky but stylish tracks variously fusing coldwave synths, punk-funk basslines, dub disco grooves, spiralling electronics and a smidgeon of acid house into wonky and entertaining new shapes.
Review: Heretic is a side project of Timothy Clerkin, better known as one half of the Eskimo Twins. The latest home for Heretic is Robi Headman's Relish label and for whom he has produced these three new sizzlers. The whole EP is a riot of electro-house that touches on trance in "44 Squadron", acidic and warped no wave ("Flesh") and poppers-fuelled hi-NRG ("Soviet"). Monoblok and PSLTKR also remix the title track, almost turning it into Yazoo in the process.
Review: Robi Insinna aka Headman has been charming all and sundry with his Relish Imprint for about a decade or so now. Here he presents the latest installment in his series on vintage cuts in reworked form. The Unknown Cases' cult 1983 Afrobeat-style grinder "Masimbabele" gets an acidic stomp-a-along rejig, while The Units' cool as ice new-waver "High Pressure Days" is turned into dubbed out electro pop. Gina X's moody homage to Questin Crisp, "No G.D.M." appears twice - first as an old punk funk remix by Headman, and secondly as an underwater post-disco jam by Red Axes. Smokin'!
Review: The amusingly named Insame EP marks the full Relish debut for Parisian DJ and producer Remain, having graced the label with a remix of Daniel Avery earlier this year. The title track sits in the stylistic wasteland between so many different genres, touching on techno, disco and funk as it slow grinds through gnarling drums and malfunctioning 303s - and yes that is Clouded Vision boss Matt Walsh lending his pitched down tones to the track! "Dead & Gone" ups the tempo for a familiar jaunt through aggressive modern punk funk, the sort of track tailor made for Robbi Insinna's enduring Relish initiative and it gets a snappy, stab laden rework from Playhouse stalwart Rework that makes us misty eyed for the electroclash days. Headman and The Slow Wave round out this package with excellent remixes of the title track.
Review: What really impresses about this new Headman single is the bulging remix package. While the original version of "Turning" is quality - think eyeliner clad no-wave goes down the disco -the remixes take it to thrilling new places. Take your pick from The Emperor Machine's epic analogue dub-disco, Scott Fraser's Brown Album-era Orbital tribute (the "Basement Riposte" mix), Murphy Jax's delightfully E'd-up retro-futurist house take (thrillingly analogue and breezily upbeat) and a typically sludgy reinterpretation from Richard Fearless and Death In Vegas that's the stuff of blood-stained nightmares. It's the latter - as formidable and spooky as ever - that really stands out.