Review: Think of Renate Schallplatten and "piano house" probably isn't the first phrase that springs to mind, but that's exactly what you get on aptly-titled lead cut '1-800-PIANO' here - see the Original for straight-up 90s hands-in-the-air podium vibes, or the Panther Krause Remix for a more contemporary-sounding electro/Italo twist. Elswhere, there are more retro house thrills on 'More Action Please!', with its familiar female "give a little more... action" vocal, while 'Contra Pein' comes on like a Kraftwerk-inspired take on melodic house. It all adds up to an EP that could find favour with househeads of many persuasions.
Michal Zietara & Ian Pooley - "Mr. Joy" (Ian Pooley remix) - (6:36) 126 BPM
Euro Robot - (6:00) 128 BPM
Pink Seal - (5:53) 110 BPM
Review: Contemporary-style deep house is the order of the day on this four-tracker from Berlin-based DJ, producer and club promoter Michal Zietara. Opener 'Mr Joy' sits right on the deep/tech house cusp, with its pounding kickdrum and 909-like claps underpinning treated piano chords, a scatty, chopped-up female vocal and some rave-y stabs. Ian Pooley's remix tones down the techier elements and has a more rolling, funk-fuelled vibe, while elsewhere on the EP, 'Euro Robot' rides a bouncy bassline with all manner of funny lil' synth scribbles and 'Pink Seal' is a far more downtempo, Balearic-inspired number.
Review: Next on Berlin's Renate Schallplatten is Longhair, a project formed by Marko Pelaic and Benedikt Bogenberger (residents of related club Salon zur Wilde Renate) and this four-tracker following up last year's release on Bordello A Parigi. The Mangostine EP opens with the title track, an emotive, neon-lit classic house expression awash in retro synth glory. They go deeper next on "Pans & Pots" the name most likely referring to the chiming and hypnotic polyrhythms throughout and then go intro trippier afterhours territory with the reduced bounce of "Aquaman". There's also a remix of "Mangostine" by Studio Barnhus' Axel Boman as well. This release is Renate Schallplatten's first since 2017's various artist compilations. Earlier EPs have landed from Moscoman, Sebastian Voigt, Wareika and more.
Review: Renate Schallplatten returns with more surefire grooves that perfectly represent their legendary Berlin club. Russian expat in the German capital, Dimitri Veimar, presents the Lazy Trance EP. The title gives away much of its aesthetic. Starting out with the tripped out dark journey track "Rundio" which you could completely imagine yourself losing it to under a strobe light with its droning arpeggiations. There's more quality on the fittingly titled "Lauer Strobe Age remix" where the man from Frankfurt impresses as always. Elsewhere, the banging acid techno of "Lips" is reminiscent of a certain Josh Wink classic (this one's well crazy!) and digital exclusive "MM" is a sexy noir thriller with gloomy vintage machines getting that Comeme/Correspondant vibe happening nicely.