A pioneering label established by Headman in 2001 that not only carved out a path for Robi Insinna’s own music, but contemporary acts like Franz & Shape, Jr Seaton, Maya Danon and an early Daniel Avery release! Celebrated for resurrecting underground classics like The Units’ Digital Simulation album (featuring “High Pressure Days”) to the obscure ‘80s pop of The Unknown Cases’ “Masimbabele”, Relish’s discography also includes collaborations with Yello’s Dieter Meier and Stephan Eicher of Grauzone fame. Deeper still there’s a wealth of remixes and edits to discover like reworks from Borusiade, Red Axes and Richard Fearless to legendary curios Zongamin and In Flagranti. Add Timothy J. Fairplay, Andy Blake, and JD Twitch to the mix, plus many more, and it’s Relish on top.
Review: Featuring serious numbers from Curses, Fabrizio Mammarella, Pin Up Club and more - this Borix compilation presents the Best Of Relish VIII. With two badass remixes by Robi Insinna not be be overlooked, Niv Ast drops in with a pumping and slightly tripped out electro number "Tatiana", next to UK beat-poetry of Bozzwell's haunted indie session "Isolation Underground". Fabrizio Mammarella turns up the drums in his contribution via "Magnesium", with a Curses remix of Younger Than Me something of a bonus track that turns in a darkly defiant post punk number that buuurns. Enjoy!
Younger Than Me - "Disco Rootz" (Fabrizio Mammarella remix) - (6:06) 118 BPM
Review: Headman's Relish label bring us the latest in their series of label compilations, with this one gathering together 10 tracks that were originally released over the past half-decade or so. Relish are 20 years old this year, so you should have a pretty good idea what to expect already: indie-dance and synth-led nu-disco with an experimental/leftfield edge have long been the label's stock-in-trade, and so it is here. Justine Forever's idiosyncratic cover of Siouxsie & The Banshees' 'Happy House' and the Cure-ish guitars on Mondowski's 'Surfin' Hell' evidence a slightly goth-y edge, too, but the standout for yours truly is Red Axes' remix of Gina X's 'No G.D.M' - think ESG meet The B-52s.
Assassin (Shout Out Out Out Out remix) - (6:02) 115 BPM
Blue Girls (Richard D. Clouston remix - feat Retriever) - (7:02) 110 BPM
Blue Boys (Chmmr remix - feat SOS) - (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!
David Gilmour Girls - "One For The Gipper" - (7:30) 85 BPM
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.
God Lost My Address (feat Chelonis R. Jones) - (5:56) 127 BPM
This Is The Way (feat GD Luxxe) - (5:43) 65 BPM
Regrets & Tears (feat GD Luxxe) - (5:03) 128 BPM
Acceleration - (6:07) 65 BPM
Kill The Pooh - (3:12) 120 BPM
3AM Still Life (feat Mount Sims) - (4:50) 64 BPM
Guantanamo Democratie (feat David Carretta) - (4:45) 128 BPM
444 Days - (2:33) 80 BPM
Take Off (feat GD Luxxe) - (6:22) 64 BPM
Maximum Joy (feat Dirk Da Davo) - (4:33) 64 BPM
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.
State Of Art - "Venice" (Headman rework Slow dub) - (6:25) 119 BPM
Scott Fraser - "Centerville Lapse" (Timothy J. Fairplay remix) - (7:00) 110 BPM
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: 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.
Insame (The Slow Waves remix - feat Matt Walsh) - (4:19) 105 BPM
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: 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.
Dechainee (Borusiade Long version) - (7:21) 100 BPM
Dechainee (MR TC remix) - (6:52) 116 BPM
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: 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."
The Units - "High Pressure Days" (Headman dub) - (4:59) 115 BPM
Gina X - "No G.D.M" (Red Axes remix) - (5:36) 115 BPM
Gina X - "No G.D.M." (Headman dub 2003) - (5:54) 122 BPM
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: 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".
Be Loved (Richard Fearless & Death In Vegas remix) - (7:00) 120 BPM
Be Loved (Murphy Jax remix) - (4:28) 125 BPM
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.
Review: This latest release from Relish Recordings continues their policy of promoting in-your-face contemporary electro-disco with balls. Lead cut "Farfalle" sets the tone, rushing off on a happy-go-lucky sprint around the dancefloor to the accompaniment of bright and breezy synth riffs, squelchy noises and an oversized breakdown. It's a bit like Lindstrom's "Baby Don't Stop" after a skipload of Prozac, which is no bad thing. "Prelude", meanwhile, sounds like Daft Punk making disco - all fuzzy guitars, thumping grooves and cheeky Fairlight stabs. "Magnitude" completes the set with more big nu-disco synth riffage, Pet Shop Boys chords and a neck-snapping sequenced bassline. Delightfully over the top.