Rainchecks In Montreal (Roy Rosenfeld remix) - (8:00) 120 BPM
Rainchecks In Montreal - (6:30) 113 BPM
Review: Roy Rosenfeld's remix of "Rainchecks In Montreal" for Guy Gerber and his Rumors label is a captivating fusion of harmonies, melodies, and grooves that seamlessly delivers a pure and emotive feeling for the dancefloor. The result is a beautifully laid out melodic techno remix that captures the heart of the original while refining it to perfection - which doesn't mean sleeping on the instrumental love-ballad of the original either. Hup Hup.
Review: Well over a year has passed since Guy Gerber's last EP of original productions, so this outing on his long-running Rumors label is well overdue. The Ibiza-based Israeli is at his atmospheric, off-kilter best on title track 'Leave It On', where exotic instrumentation, marimba style melodies, filmic samples and hand percussion sounds rise above a typically hypnotic, locked-in groove. Gerber references his own progressive house past on the sparkling 'Leave Me' - all shuffling, tactile house beats, swirling noises and fluid piano motifs - before jetting us towards the outer reaches of the galaxy on 'Jupiter Blues', a tremendously intergalactic-sounding slab of immersive sci-fi house laden with effects-laden female vocalisations.
Review: New on Guy Gerber's Rumors this week is Around The Sun by Saraga, an artist based in Tel Aviv with releases on esteemed labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Robsoul Recordings, Nervous & Body Parts. He has a well crafted and emotive sound, rich in lush synth work. It features all vocal centred-cuts; "Clarity In Motion" is underpinned by a slinky and hypnotic arrangement, while the title track has a deep and sensual groove. Next up, "Sin City" is a trippy afterhours-minded minimal cut, while the balmy "Los Ojos Azules" is a Latin-influenced tech house journey that's perfect for Sunday open air vibes.
Review: First featured on the Pyramid of the Moon EP, Guy Gerber's 'Bocat' is a stylish, guitar-sporting fusion of moody house and alternative indie-dance featuring fine lead vocals from guest singer Albertina. It's a track ripe for remixing, hence these reworks from Michael Bibi and OMRI. Bibi steps up first, building a tough groove out of thumping kick-drums, crackling handclaps and a deliciously keep and weighty bassline onto which he adds thrusting, low-register TB-303 stabs and Albertina's lead vocal. OMRI takes a different approach, highlighting Gerber's suspenseful piano motifs and glassy-eyed guitar licks before combining them with a tactile tech-house groove and creepy electronic motifs. Both reworks hit the spot, though it's Bibi's energetic and sleazy effort that's probably more suitable for peak-time club plays.
Review: Guy Gerber was a fan of Juan Yarin's two EPs on Ride Music, so asked the Tel Aviv-based producer to conjure up something for his Rumors label. Yarin has duly delivered a trio of mightily impressive concoctions. He begins with 'Venice Beach', where distant, effects-laden vocalizations, dreamy melodies and sumptuous chords rise above a shuffling, tech-tinged house groove, before alternating between chunky, bass-heavy grooves and spine-tingling breakdowns on 'View In Jaffa'. To round things off, Yarin flips the script slightly on 'Fightong Crime', where crystalline, 16-bit melodies and sparkling, glacial pads bubble away atop a stabbing bassline and what sound like clattering, analogue-style machine drums. It may well be the pick of a very strong bunch, and that's saying something.
Review: Having kickstarted the year with a release from Italian duo Agents of Time, Guy Gerber's Rumours label rolls out the red carpet for Slumber, a collaborative project between Oona Dahl & Amber Cox. Born out of Florida, the pair's solo careers associate themselves with the likes of Watergate and Motek Music, to Slumber's previous releases on Nervous, Viva Recordings and Desert Hearts. With Slumber's otherworldly and dreamlike sounds now finding its way to Ibiza, this EP turns in two star-sailing synth numbers - paired with techy-trance beats and IDM-like atmospheres - in "Twin Moon" and "Envoke. With clubbier, deeper and solid grooves simmering just above the surface in "Sideways", "Night Kiss" dabbles in progressive, bassline trance that across the EP reflects something inspired by BPitch Control as much does Visionquest or indeed Rumors.
Review: Having navigated the scene since 2014 thanks to records through Correspondent, Obscura and Ellum Audio to Afterlife and Kompakt, Italian trio Agents Of Time follow up their Midnight Drive In Santiago EP with Prince Of The Stars. It sees the group welcomed onto Guy Gerber's Rumors label that so far counts Seth Troxler, Dixon, Miss Kitten and Puff Daddy as some of its crew. For a slow burning balearic number look to the acidish basslines of "Jimmy The Jester" to get you started with some more uplifting tones to match in the uptempo feels of "Mud Battles". There's some broken beat and melodic trance to be found in the lead track next to a garage-like framework in "The King Of Our Days" and a sublime house number, "Rise To The Power".
Review: Known for his releases on Houserecordings, Definitive and an outing on Kompakt, the Israeli producer makes his debut for Guy Gerber's Rumors label (think Lake People, Miss Kitten, Seth Troxler and Puff Daddy!). This two track serving dives deep into peak time clubland with "No Drama" the more emotive option with a strong Middle Eastern motif giving a warm Mediterranean cadence and deep touch to its whimsical percussive sequences, clearing the way for a deeper, trippier and undeniably club-centric "What Happened To Me" b-side hit.
Review: Israeli tech house hero Guy Gerber returns on his esteemed Rumors imprint with remixes of his latest hit "What To Do" that caused a hot fuss earlier this year. The Los Angeles based live performer here receives remixes from Berliner &ME giving the track the deep and seductive Keinemusik style of treatment, while the Chicago underground hero DJ Jes also steps in to deliver a tough and swing fuelled deep house rendition.
Review: Israeli veteran Guy Gerber has been surprisingly quiet of late, with this EP marking his first new material for over 12 months. While a little closer in tone to regular deep house than many of the Tel Aviv producer's releases, the EP comes laden with the kind of ear-pleasing melodies and dreamy audio textures we've come to expect. Opener "What To Do" sets the tone, wrapping drowsy, filtered vocal samples, spacey chords and twinkling piano motifs around an oceans-deep groove, before Gerber gets more percussive on the creepy, Raw Silk-sampling shuffle of "Night of the Gold Diggers". The fluid "Hummingbird Blues", on the other hand, is a gently jazzy deep house number rich in rubbery acoustic bass and cascading orchestration.
Mora Minn (Guy Gerber vocal remix) - (8:21) 123 BPM
Mora Minn (Guy Gerber remix dub) - (8:23) 123 BPM
Mora Minn (Acid Mondays remix) - (9:00) 128 BPM
Mora Minn (Eli Nissan & Jenia Tarsol remix) - (6:31) 128 BPM
Review: Irish indie act The Dying Seconds released the single "Mora Minn" back in 2011 and it came from their debut album entitled Glimmerers. The band is comprised of David Cantan, Jack Quilligan, Mark Rooney and Gary Donald. Rumors boss Guy Gerber has seen it fit to release a bunch of remixes of the single and they're all pretty up to standard, we must say. First up is Gerber himself: the Israeli superstar producer gives the track a Summery tech house rendition which would certainly get some hands in the air during one of his notorious Ibiza parties of the same name. On the flip, favourite special guests Acid Mondays deliver a fierce and rolling rendition aimed at the peak time, while Gerber's homeboys Eli Nissan & Jenia Tarsol's remix retains the polyrhythmic qualities of the original.
Review: Middle Eastern tech house represents good and proper here with Tel Aviv's finest Guy Gerber presenting on his Rumors imprint a new collaboration between himself and Turkey's Deniz Kurtel. She has kept a fairly low profile since her days on Wolf & Lamb and Crosstown Rebels, but it's nice to see her on the scene again. "Here Comes The Rain" is a dreamy and melodic number with shows off the signature production skills of both producers and is the kind of track you can imagine Lee Burridge playing on a rooftop in L.A. this Spring. Second offering "An Army Of Stalkers" is an almost 11 minute long epic featuring some sharp and snappy breaks accompanying shimmering arpeggios and ethereal pads; it's all quite beautiful really.
Review: Sean "Puffy" Coombs decision to join forces with veteran big room house producer Guy Gerber still seems odd, despite the success of the duo's Ibiza-friendly (and free-to-download) 11 11 album. Here, one of that album's highlights, Tourist Trap, gets the big name remix treatment. Jamie Jones kicks things off with a typically woozy, bleep-heavy tech-house rework, before Gerber joins forces with David K for a dark, stripped-back take that seems to shuffle between the speakers like an old man on crack. There's more than a touch of Balearic dreaminess about Visionquest's excellent interpretation, while Soul Clap steal the show with a dreamy, woozy, electrofunk-influenced remix that's blessed with a brilliant, slowed-down breakdown.