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.
Review: Like a bitter blast of icy wind sweeping in from the North Sea, Carlo Ruetz's "Delta Charlie" will leave those who come in contact with it reeling. The title track is a grimy, murky acid affair that is powered by a pulsating bass. On "Purple Sky", haunting trance riffs play out against an undulating groove and ticking percussion, while "Unknown Fairy Tales" sees the fast-rising producer deliver a more uptempo arrangement, this time with a focus on rolling electronic disco. Closing out the release is "The Vision", where Ruetz combines the title track's acid intensity with rolling snares and a foreboding bass.
Review: Frankyeffe has been releasing music for a decade on labels like Riot Recordings and Kraftek, and now brings his tough but funky sound to Oliver Huntemann's imprint. The title track is a raw affair, led by tight percussion, and it sounds understated when compared to "Conditions". Underpinned by a cavernous, bruising bass and featuring a mysterious vocal deep in the mix, "Conditions" is exactly the kind of tough but effective peak-time track one would expect from Senso. "Red Alert" sees the Rome-based producer opt for an amalgamation of both styles, with a rolling rhythm underpinning out-there vocal samples and a menacing bass lurking just beneath the surface.
Review: The Senso Sounds series showcases emerging techno talent, and the sixth instalment casts its gaze across Europe for inspiration. Talent on the continent is not lacking: Amsterdam DJ Lilly Palmer kick starts the split EP with the pulverising bass and driving rhythm of "Listen To Me", while a similar style comes in the shape of Carbon's rave-soaked banger, "Softly Twisted". By contrast, Heerhorst's "Prisma" is a widescreen affair, the German producer's swirling synths underpinned by an ominous groove. Rounding off another volume of this series is Timid Boy from France, whose "Oniris" is an evocative slice of tranced out club techno.
Review: Senso boss Oliver Huntemann is back with one of the label's most intense releases yet. "Nordpol" resounds to one of his typical growling basslines, but it's the building wave of electronic noise that will propel the track into the stratosphere. On the flip side, the German producer delivers a less dramatic but equally effective workout; building gradually, it moves from one of his typical bass-led grooves into a shrieking siren-led monster that keeps building and building, its intensity rising at every few bars. It's hard to imagine a more distinctive - and devastating techno record being released all year.
Review: More moody and brooding main room techno excursions from the ever reliable Senso Sounds camp. Matter of fact, It's harbour city sorrow all the way on 5Y, under adopted Hamburger Oliver Huntemann's careful curation - celebrating a a strong half decade in the business. Surrender to the void on label staple Andre Winter's sub bass snarler "Carte Noir", Maksim Dark from Russia truly signals the end of days on "Mega Pulse", Shaded who traded the sunny shores of Los Angeles for the black beach is on form with the slinky hypnotiser "I Got Haters" or trance out to the bleak mentalism of Carlo Ruetz' "Thunder" while Distale's "Hooka" will get your tunnel vision on with intoxicating style.
Review: The Russian-born US DJ and producer Boris drops two muscular tracks on Oliver Huntemann's ever dependable Senso Sounds, following up great releases on Toolroom and SCI+TECH. The Transmit Recordings boss takes no prisoners on this fierce release: from the epic and powerful peak time fury of "The Vision" with is nefarious trance arpeggios fuelled by equally dark aesthetics, to the strobed-out tunnel vision of the adrenalised "Resist" which calls to mind classic dancefloor dynamics of Dubfire a decade ago - expect these ones to be detonating dancefloors well into 2019 and beyond!
Review: Here's an interesting meeting of creative minds: Joran van Pol from the Netherlands runs the FADE label and has teamed up with Russian artist Maksim Dark for a joint release on Oliver Huntemann's label. As befits an EP on Senso, "Thrill" is based on a menacing bass that squelches and throbs seductively, while insistent percussion niggles away in the background. There's a similar aesthetic at play on "Trickle Down"; once again, ominous bass tones prevail, but on this occasion, they are fused with a ponderous vocal sample and white noise effects to create an insistent and darkly euphoric slice of techno noir.
Review: More harbour city sorrow from Hamburg's Senso Sounds, this time coming at you from Maksim Dark - and with a name like that why wouldn't he! The Berlin-based Russian has previously released on equally brooding techno imprints such as Sci+Tec, Octopus Recordings and Natura Viva, and returns to Oliver Huntemann's label to follow up to 2018's exceptional Movement EP. Continuing on with the same theme, Kinetics is a three track EP with every bit as much energy and attitude. From the sci-fi futurism of the moody title track, to the doom-laden aesthetics of "Chainsaw" which features the same penchant for razor sharp bass and spacey blips and blurps, and ending with the seething minimal techno workout "Believer".
Review: Anyone who releases on Senso will be keenly aware of the fact that they are expected to fill label owner Oliver Huntemann's big (room) shoes. This doesn't seem to bother Carlo Ruetz. Having released previously on Minus, he brings a driving, stripped back approach to dance floor techno on "Hypersonic"; the title track starts off as percussive groove that veers into a throbbing build, while on "Simultan", the German producer goes somewhat deeper, delivering a rolling, dubbed out groove that resounds to a growling bass. It's an assured, effective release, and as the bleep-heavy "Rover" suggests, we're likely to hear more of Ruetz' moody sound on Senso soon.
Review: We can always count on Senso Sounds for some of that moody peak time techno, and label chief Oliver Huntemann's Propaganda Remixes will sure give you that fix. Originally released back in late 2017, the album still really packs a punch - and featured are these remixes by scene heroes like Fur Coat and Olivier Giacomotto - but it's the ones by label staples that are optimised for maximum dancefloor impact. From the tension and suspense of Andre Winter's brooding rendition of "Momentum" or Shaded's tunnelling and strobed-out Dark Stab remix of "Malaria" to Berlin veteran Marco Resmann's woozy and disorienting take on "Doppelgonger". Finally, the always reliable Distale's sustained and minimal re-execution of "Trick 17" takes it all the way to the edge. This collection of sonic weapons is surefire artillery for serious DJ use.
Review: Maelstrom is Alex Stein's second release on Senso Sounds and shows that he is a worthy addition to the label roster. The title track combines the type of splurging, oppressive bass that label owner Oliver Huntemann is best known and loved for - but on this occasion it is accompanied by mysterious synth melodies and doubled up claps. "Steep" is similar in approach: this time the Brazilian producer makes the bass even more malevolent and pounding, and it acts as a backdrop for cavernous filters, delayed claps and an epic break down. It's an energetic, exhilarating affair - don't be surprised to hear more material from Stein on Senso.
Review: Helmed by veteran German DJ Oliver Huntemann out of harbour city of Hamburg , Senso Sounds is undoubtedly the go-to label at present for the more dramatic and brooding side of contemporary techno. We have heard strong evidence of this thanks to recent efforts by fellow countrymen Andre Winter, Carlo Ruetz and Distale - but it's now over to Los Angeleno Shaded. The man from Newport Beach is no stranger to the label, with several releases thus far in addition to great appearances for Rukus, Turbo and SCI+TEC. Prepare to surrender to the void upon hearing "Ripple" with its high octane and tunnelling aesthetic, while "Sumbody" goes full throttle with its hypnotic and adrenalised style of druggy groove.
Review: The fifth instalment of this split release series gets off to a raucous start: Alex Stein's "Gojira" features an ominous bass and the kind of nocturnal synth stabs that could be the soundtrack to curfew in a bleak dystopia. Olivier Giacomotto's "Eake" is more restrained, but it does feature what sounds like a hyena yowling at regular intervals over its blend of percussive rhythm and morose bass. It's only a brief respite however, and on Distale's "Tantal", a pounding techno groove unravels to the sound of ominous chords and a buzzing bass. Oliver Huntemann deserves props for supporting new artists through this series - and the Senso boss is sure to especially proud of the closing track, the chilling "Full Of Magic" by Murat Uncuoglu.
Review: Oliver Huntemann's Senso Sounds returns with more brooding dancefloor drama here courtesy of new signing Distale - who's appeared previously on Upon.You, Shaping Music and Lapsus in recent times. The German producer (real name Michael Knop) describes his tracks as 'raw Berlin techno' and that's evident on his new EP entitled Keep Watching. The title track is a tunnelling and strobe-lit warehouse jam, full of Hawtin style ping-ponged risers, while "Isolate" or the particularly trippy "Mezzo" go for more stripped back and dubby factory floor dynamics - much like music on popular imprint Drumcode. Following up some great releases by Carlo Ruetz and label staple Andre Winter, it sure likes like this Hamburg based label is off to a stellar start in 2018.
Review: Oliver Huntemann's label returns with more dancefloor drama from the dark side, by some of the scene's most exciting players on Senso Sounds Level 04. French techno producer Bruno Demoeugeot aka Citizen Kain teams up with STAB Virus on "Torium" which ticks all the right boxes for a Senso track: doom laden pads, dark chords, steely rhythms and grinding arpeggios - all compressed into one big, brooding package. German producer Carlo Ruetz cuts to the chase on the aptly titled "Sky's Black" (and strips things back while he's at it) on this tunnelling and sinister epic. Finally, man of the moment Dubspeeka continues on with an impressive streak of releases on International Deejay Gigolo, Knee Deep In Sound and Get Physical recently - the cavernous, bass heavy tech house of "Aakash" further cements his status
Review: Carlo Ruetz debuts on Senso with an impressive EP. The German artist, who has previously put out material on Minus, isn't the most obvious choice for the label. Unlike the in-house sound on Oliver Huntemann's label, this release follows a different approach; "Trick" is a wild ride that features a pulsating bass, wild, tweaked acid lines and a pitched down vocal sample intoning the track's title. "Artefact" is also atypical for the Senso style, with rolling, skeletal percussion, tough snares and a spaced out undercurrent. On "Divided Universe", Ruetz moves closer to the Senso approach, with eerie synth lines unfolding over a brooding, menacing bass, but it?s only a temporary divergence and "Resoflash" sees him up the ante to drop a rolling techno workout.
Review: Andre Winter is one of the key artists on Oliver Huntemann's label, releasing material for Senso since 2014. Fans of Huntemann's ominous, bass-heavy sound may be surprised by Lucide. On the title track, the Hamburg producer lays down a pulsating, clubby groove, but also mysterious, evocative vocals in French, bee-sting bleeps and dubbed out filters. It's less upfront than some of Senso's releases, but is still deadly effective. For those who are still seeking the label's clubby sound, there is "Voyuerist" to conned with. Centred around loose drums and huge, whooshing filters, it houses the kind of brutal, functional bass that Huntemann himself is known for.
Review: Oliver Huntemann's Senso Sounds returns with more brooding dance floor drama coming at you straight out of the Reeperbahn. Featuring the highly engineered minimal tech house of label staple Hatzler on "High Noon", Sicilian sonic magician Paul Ursin delivers the hypnotic and suspense filled journey track "Space Race" (which could have equally been at home on a label like Life & Death) and then they go out all guns blazing with the druggy and tunnelling strobe-lit monster "Modul" by Cachette - where the Belgian duo employ some mid noughties style ping-pong delays in the tradition of Minus and SCI + TEC releases of the time. It's been a great year for Huntemann's label with the release of his full length entitled Propaganda, in addition to some killer dance floor fodder by the likes of Julian Wassermann, Victor Ruiz and fellow Hamburger Andre Winter.
Review: Oliver Huntemann's label goes down a tougher route than usual on "Atomkraft", one of the highlights of this release by Alex Stein. The German term for nuclear power, it sees the upcoming producer drop a pounding, steely track, full of sharp percussion and dark tones. Andre Winter has been drafted in to rework "Atomkraft". He delivers a take that is more in keeping with Senso Sounds' in-house style, with an oppressive, throbbing rhythm and nocturnal bass to the fore. There is a similar approach audible on the title track, with Stein delivering the kind of menacing low end and gritty tones that Huntemann and his label have become synonymous with.
Review: Propaganda is Oliver Huntemann's fifth studio album, and sees him expand his sound and range over the course of 12 tracks, without losing his signature style. "Taktik" and "Poltergeist" see the German producer flirt with slower tempos, but the bass is so menacing on the latter track that its intensity is unstoppable. The pace picks up on the insane filtered builds and rolling snares of "Egoist", while recent single "Rotlicht" is classic Huntemann, all spiralling foghorns, insistent percussion and the darkest sub-bass this side of late-90s tech-step. Propaganda does contain some real surprises - like the down tempo sound scapes of "Anonym" - and the eerie electro of "Momentum", but its unifying theme are bass lines that are uniquely malevolent and multi-layered.