Review: The latest missive on Riotvan is a special collaboration with legendary Frankfurt club-turned-label Live at Robert Johnson. The EP features five rather good tracks, each of which is a studio hook-up between artists representing the two labels. Rebedello and Roman Flugel set the ball running via top-notch trippy throb-job 'Star Stuff', before Jennifer Crouch and Chimaski join the dots between Mascara-clad new wave and sleazy Italo-disco on 'Dime'. New Hook and Perel's 'The Lambs Suffer' is a stylish, cowbell-laden chunk of electrofunk/leftfield synth-pop fusion, while Fort Romeau and Panthera Krause's 'Omnicron 8' sits somewhere between sweaty jack-tracks, EBM and dark electro-disco. Finally, Horkheimer, Peger Invasion and Gegor Habicht offer-up 'Summe Drei', a wayward new wave-meets-electro gem.
Review: 12 months on from its release, Panthera Krause is fine debut album It's a Business Doing Pleasure With You has been given the remix treatment. The line-up and variety of remixers on show is impressive, so it's no surprise to find that the resultant reworks are extremely strong. Check first Robedello's deliciously trippy take on 'Road to Arcadia', which sounds like a 21st century update of Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love', before basking in the ethereal pads, rushing melodies and throbbing grooves of Theo Kottis's revision of 'Birthday Club'. Elsewhere, Shubostar delivers a crunchy, proto-house-meets-boogie revision of 'J'ai Envie De Toi', Fargo reimagines 'Redo Rdid' as a sharp, squelchy roller, and Peter Invasion and Gregor Habicht prioritise lengthy breakdowns and warped electronics on an excellent remix of 'Sledge Hammer'.
Review: It's been a while since Llewellyn's last official release under that particular alias, but it's possible that you might have heard a thing or two under his Lake People moniker instead. Whatever the medium, the dude is back with his singular shade of house, this time via the Riotvan label. "The Long Run" starts by launching us in a cosmic space voyage guided by a warm crescendo of disco-friendly beats at the helm; "Again & Again" retains some of that interstellar energy except that here we're travelling in house gear, much like closing "Another Side Of You". Dreamy dance galore!
Review: As befits a producer who has previously delivered fine EPs for both Lobster Theremin and Uncanny Valley, the music of Robert Panthera Krause is always brimming with good ideas. Happily, he's let his imagination run wild on the Stonith EP, his first release on Leipzig-based Riotvan for nearly three years. "Twerk It" is a leisurely, loved-up stroll through mildly Balearic broken house pastures, where chiming melodies, heavy sub-bass and dreamy chords add extra interest on route. The impressive "Take Me" sees him mould beatbox electro in fuzzy new deep house shapes, while "Stonith" is a cowbell-laden romp through skewed house and eccentric electro territory. In other words, it's business as usual.