Review: More dark and foreboding dancefloor drama courtesy of the ever reliable Senso Sounds, on which label chief Oliver Huntemann joins forces with the inimitable Dubfire for the fifth installment of the Elements Series. "Amor" comes in three different versions: there's the pumping and elevated energy levels of the Devocion mix, which is followed by the twisted minimal tech house sound of the Devocion mix, with its bass-driven groove taking it deep into the afterhours. Finally, the hypnotic Rechazo mix is perfect for those heads-down moments on the dancefloor.
Review: Russian producer Maksim Dark has fast become a staple of Oliver Huntemann's Senso Sounds, and he's back with more dark dancefloor drama on "Loud Rave" - the first single from his upcoming full length titled Insomnia. It's the same style of cerebral tunnel vision you've come to expect from him, packed full of slinky melodies, haunting vocals and clipped drum programming. The EP features two remixes from his label alumni: Andre Winter takes it down a peak time route full of strobing 303 acid madness with the added bang and clatter of furious 909 rhythm patterns, while Carlo Ruetz' version will properly elevate you with his style of banging main room euphoria.
Review: For the latest instalment in its Kontakt series, Senso is showcasing a collaborative effort between The YellowHeads, who run the Reload imprint, Detroit's Rebel Boy and Sam WOLFE. The result of this meeting of musical minds is an inspired two-tracker. The title track resounds to the kind of wobbling, ominous bass that has become the signature on Oliver Huntemann's label, and it is paired with epic synth builds and breathy vocal samples. Meanwhile, "Motor City" sees the production powerhouse opt for a somewhat different approach; while a pulverising bass is at the heart of the arrangement, the more atmospheric synths lend the track an added soulful dimension.
Review: Oliver Huntemann's Senso Sounds label out Hamburg drops its best frequencies of the year for its annual round up. Large, heavy and progressive as f***, Andre Winter & Heerhorst go deep in "Time-Out", next to the likes of Marco Resmann, Citizen Kain and Timo Maas! The always groovy Timid Boy lands with the stripped back "The Force 2020" alongside Carlo Ruetz' synth heavy "Purple Sky" and Maksim Dark's bassline-centric "Energize". Huntemann himself turns in a minimal beat turned arpeggio-driven epic in "Tranquilizer 2.0" with Raul Facio, BOHO and Frankyeffe keeping it real with their stadium/club-ready numbers. Hats off the kick drum of "Maximizer". Sens-sational.
Review: Senso welcomes a brand new project to its roster for this blistering four tracker. The title track kick-starts the EP with a pumping, steely rhythm and a fuzzy, acid-soaked bass that provide the basis for epic piano keys - an unusual but very effective, club-friendly arrangement. "Hologram" also makes use of musical elements: this time, vivid synths are combined with steely kicks and coruscating riffs to create a peak-time number. Although "Stronger" is somewhat deeper, its throbbing bass and chugging groove is coupled with liquid acid lines for a devastating impact. "Roots" meanwhile, is a sleek, pulsating affair that provides the backdrop for a cacophony of synth sirens.
Review: The eighth instalment of the Level series sees Senso bring together four tracks that sum up the label's ethos. Mehmet Ozbek's "Milky Way" sees a menacing, woozy bass, bursts of white noise and a series of breakdowns providing the backdrop for an eerie vocal narrative, while Eme Kulhnek's "Infinite" is more linear, with its tonal bleeps creating a coldly atmospheric sound. SEQU3L's "Frisbee" is a stripped back affair that's all about the rough, rugged bass at its centre, while in contrast Mork and Julien Riess' "Red Spade" is powered by doubled up claps and a series of drops that serve to accentuate its dramatic nature.
Review: Oliver Huntemann's label deserves kudos for supporting emerging artists, and a case in point is its latest release from Boho. Lars Kohl, who is behind the project, has released a few EPs on his own Jannowitz imprint, but Ungeduld is his first release on a big label. "Skip The Line" resounds to a churning bass and skipping drums and sounds like a cross between Senso's signature sound and Cocoon's big-room style. On the title track, Kohl deploys a similar approach, but this time the use of deft filtering and the inclusion of outer space tones augment the bass-heavy sound. Last but by no means least is "Mint", where bursts of white noise are fused with a rolling rhythm to devastating effect.
Review: Timo Maas has been busy lately, and this release on Senso follows a series of EPs in 2020. For this release on Oliver Huntemann's label, the veteran producer opts for a heads-down approach. The title track is a dark, pumping affair that is powered by an ominous bass and bleak synth lines that swirl to the surface. It makes for a mesmerising, rousing club track. On "Supercharger", Maas opts for a more stripped back approach; the rhythm and drums reverberate with more subtlety than force, but these elements underpin a throbbing low end percussive layers that build gradually into a wild crescendo.
Review: Following releases on Blufin, Natura Viva Black and Lost On You, Frenchman Citizen Kain makes his debut on Oliver Huntemann's ever reliable Senso Sounds with a selection of high grade tackle guaranteed for maximum impact in the main room. From the chugging dancefloor drama of "Soundwagon" to the doomsday groove of "Ollie & The Shadows". The latter is a slick minimal techno trip packed full of clipped drum programming and splashes of white noise, that made it a favourite with top DJs such as Richie Hawtin and Dubfire.
Review: Maksim 'Dark' Surzhik is a prolific producer who already has a long list of releases to his credit on Baroque and Sci + Tec. For this release on Senso, he delivers three driving, dark cuts. The title track resounds to a menacing bass, glitchy percussion and ominous chords, while on "Oxidant" he ups the intensity scale. Focusing on a squelchy bass and rickety steely percussion, Surzhik adds a foreboding sample to the arrangement. Remaining in a similar field, "Silence" sees his him deliver a brooding groove populated by ominous synth scapes and a fittingly dark robotic vocal - this is a reales for fans of Senso's most menacing output.
Review: Having featured featured on labels like Great Stuff and Sci +Tec, Raul Facio now makes his debut on Senso. "Look At Me When I Think Of You" is a peak-time affair, led by rolling snares, wild acid builds and at its heart, a pumping low end. It's a frenetic affair, but the pace slows somewhat on the title track. There, the young American producer drops a low end that's as menacing as any of label owner Oliver Huntemann's own techy tracks. Remaining in a similar space on the last track Facio, fuses swirling, acrid filters with the kind of pulsating, snaking groove that will resonate at its namesake - "Amnesia".
Justin James - "Gonna Feel" (feat Dan Diamond) - (6:19) 124 BPM
Review: Senso's Level series has been responsible for hosting some great split releases and the seventh instalment is no exception. It starts with the throbbing bass and sweeping chords of Boho's "Jack Black", before Desna ups the pace for the slamming rhythm, bruising bass licks and jarring synth riffs of "Pop Gun". Marco Resmann's "Northbound" is just as impressive, with the German artist laying down a dense steely rhythm backed up by a wobbling bass and nightmarish textures playing out in the background. While none of the tracks are as abrasive as Oliver Huntemann's own output, the closing track from Justin James - "Gonna Feel", which features Dan Diamond on vocals - is a jarring acid-soaked minimal workout, like Green Velvet on downers.
Review: After appearances recently on Deeperfect and Resopal Schallware, French DJ/promoter/journalist/producer Damien Almira aka Timid Boy is back making his debut properf or Oliver Huntermann's ever reliable Senso Sounds. The Deviation EP features the tough rolling and moody funk of "Force 2020", plus the pounding peak time adrenaline of the title track and coming to a heady climax with "Never Enough" and its hands in the air party vibe. Groovier sounds than usually attributed to the label, and more quality tracks from the Time Has Changed boss.