Review: Sprechen's latest release is something of a doozy, all told. It comes from font-of-all-musical-knowledge and top notch DJ Bill Brewster, who shares four killer cuts from his personal stash of re-edits. It really is all killer, no filler, with "Love Hard" - a brilliant revision of a spacey, throbbing, tongue-in-cheek classic that dispenses with almost all of the most familiar bits and concentrates on the track's sleazy groove and intergalactic synths - hitting home particularly hard. Opener "Carpet Warehouse" offers more spacey synths, camp vocals and killer grooves, while "SOS" is a near perfect revision of a low-slung, post punk-era dub disco obscurity. Speaking of post-punk era goodness, we'd suggest checking out EP closer "Wide Awake Club", which could well be the strongest edit on a very strong collection of reworks.
Review: Manchester hero Chris Massey is back with the Pink Flamingo EP. He serves up some high octane disco on "You Are Devine" featuring none other than The Emperor Machine aka Andy Meecham of Chicken Lips fame. "Floor To the Four" is pretty jacking electro house for the peak time hour. Berlin's ROTCIV steps us to deliver an even more acidified take on things also with his killer remix.
Review: Following EPs from a range of upcoming producers, the 13th Sprechen release sees its boss back at the reins. Massey starts off the release with the jittery, rhythm and searing acid of "Beatdrum", before he moves into more commercial territory with "Record Spins". Sampling a stuttering vocal loop, he drops a menacing but infectious bass line, making for an accessible tune. On "Beatdub", he retreats back underground, accompanied by the sound of chilling sirens, dubbed out beats and jittery percussion, while this approach continues on "Beatdrum (Homeboy Redrum)", where organic percussion and stabbing riffs prevail. However, the EP concludes with the positively upbeat, summery Rave Enka remix of "Record Spins."
Review: 'Funkabilla' is a hot, steamy hunk of a track, its low end is so strong and intoxicating with the shakers and that groovy guitar you'll be hard pushed not to get down. 'Momento Latino' is another cut which will get you moving, another set of funky guitar chords and rattling shakers are living up with the pounding beat which drops at the same point as the exciting vox, the low omnipresent sub is the star of the track. Verona Dub has huge a techno overtone to it, the bass is patterned as is essentially the entire track, while the snare and other echoing elements seem to dance eloquently on top. 'Symptomatic' is a brooding and forward moving 80's influenced beast with a dark undertone gently laced with euphoria.
Review: A stalwart of the Athenian nu-disco scene, DJ Steevo knows a thing or two about putting on a party. These two new cuts on the Sprechen label once again prove he's on fine form. "Karica" starts things on an upbeat tip - Beginning as lively filtered disco jam (think French Touch or even Groovejet) before expanding into trippier Balearic territory. "Talking Machines" meanwhile is a slower, cool and moody funky head nodder. SHMLSS then arrives to make the title track even trippier on a remix filled with lashings of 303 goodness whilst DJ Rocca gives "Talking Machines" and slick electro-boogie makeover.
Review: It was way back in 2016 when DJ Steevo made his first appearance on Manchester-based Sprechen. Here he returns to the imprint for the first time since with two tracks of house-friendly nu-disco science. First up is "Giagirat", a warm and groovy affair that smothers a toasty deep disco groove with spacey chords, jaunty Rhodes stabs, glassy-eyed piano riffs and intergalactic electronics. Steevo switches to synth-heavy mode on "Once In A Lifetime", where his lazy, sun-kissed guitar motifs and comorting chords offer a perfect accompaniment to mazy synth solos, echoing machine drums and a gently pulsing, Italo-disco style arpeggio line. By the time the dreamy breakdown homes into view you'll be having a glassy-eyed "moment" or two.
Review: London based DJ & Production duo Dorsia are back with more jacking house shenanigans on "FM Dreams" where spangling vintage synth textures bleep and grind away in properly bumping fashion, supported by some real lush and textured moments. The club mix of "Mephi" goes for some nice retro flavour on this Italo disco homage with live drums and soaring analogue arpeggios. But the remix later by Curses is where it really shines on this slow burning EBM style makeover with dirty synth funk bass added for great measure. Also worthy of mention, remix wise; is Norwegian guy Karl Fraunhofer's one of the aforementioned "FM Dreams" where he takes it down early '80's style electronic disco avenue rather reminiscent of Giorgio Moroder or Gino Soccio.
Review: Field Theory is undoubtedly a producer on the rise. His debut track, the acid-propelled "Rituals", was the standout cut on Futureboogie's Summer Riot V EP, while his recent Europa single on Secret Life was packed with saucer-eyed treats. The two original tracks showcased on this Sprechen outing are superb, too. He continues his obsession with psychedelic TB-303 lines on the rolling, floor-friendly strut of "What's Going On", before diving into deeper waters on the contemporary Chicago hip-house/acid house fusion of "KRS Acid". Alinka delivers a metallic, everything-but-the-kitchen sink rework of "What's Going On", while Dorsia turns "KRS Acid" into a melodious, melancholic chunk of lilting deep house.
Review: Since debuting on Futureboogie's fifth Summer Riot EP back in 2016, Field Theory has delivered a handful of quietly impressive releases. Here he returns to Sprechen, a label he last graced in the winter of 2016, with another rock solid collection of club-ready cuts. Opener "Acid Party", a bustling late night jack track where waves of psychedelic TB-303 lines crash over bustling machine drums and foreboding synth stabs, is probably the pick for peak-time plays, though the more angular and trippy "Wobble" is not far behind. For more all-out acid thrills check the bumping and low-slung Gina Breeze remix of "Acid Party", while Mitch Davis's sub-heavy remix of "Wobble" is a bouncy, stripped-back treat.
Review: Spain's Gameboyz are a trio of electro-breakbeat enthusiasts, who are just about the only ones doing it right these days. Coming through for the young Sprechen label, they deliver the excellent "Off The Wall", the sort of tune that Plump DJs would have been playing back in the day, and one that even manages to deliver some fine waves of 303 acid; "Electric Boogaloo" feels like the slower, housier companion that offers something deeper and more cerebral. There's remixes of both: the former is versioned by Italy's Fabrizio Mammarella into a slick tech-house bomb with the same acid licks giving it extra power, whereas the latter sees Neon Amish transform the tune into a spacey piece of prog house. Check it!
Review: Hailing from Manchester, Gina Breeze is a DJ and producer whose sound captures the creativity and innovative spirit of her home city - a true staple of the European electronic music scene. For local imprint Sprechen, she serves up her new one called "1am" which is an acid house era influenced jam with a charismatic vocal from Jakarta's Kallula of KimoKal. This is followed by the hypnotic tribal house groove of "Mantra" with its powerful polyrhythms hammering the message home. Fitting then that the final track is entitled "Hypnotic" which goes back to the late '80s with its jacking warehouse vibe of The Windy City.
Review: For the latest EP on his fast-rising Sprechen imprint, Chris Massey has joined forces with Spanish producer James Rodriguez. As the title makes clear, the two original productions showcased here were inspired by the druggy, off-kilter world of early '80s mutant disco. They begin with "Take Me Higher", where effects-laden vocal samples and disco string stabs rise above a trippy, Italo-disco style arpeggio, before dipping the tempo on the spaced-out, proto-techno era electronic shuffle of "Spanglish". Gina Breeze provides a chunkier, heavier, dubbed-out interpretation of "Take Me Higher", before Rave-Enka turns "Spanglish" into a new beat-meets-early UK rave smasher.
Review: For the latest release on his growing Sprechen label, boss man Chris Massey - who also co-curates Paper Recordings' excellent Trash The Wax series - joins forces with Spanish nu-disco don James Rod. The experienced duo begins with the arpeggio-heavy Cerrone tribute "Supernature Sunday", which is in turn given a deeper, woozier and more melodious makeover by Mike Simonetti. The EP's other original Rod/Massey production, "The Disco Sound", is an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink affair, with crunchy guitar riffs and razor sharp string stabs clustering around a mutant disco groove. The EP also boasts two contrasting reworks: an even heavier, piano-fired rub from Harvy (no relation to DJ Harvey) and a breathlessly blissful deep house take by Kimo.
Review: Veteran French electro-disco dude Damon Jee is back and we're glad to report he's still keeping things goth. The Summer No Summer EP features two slow and deep body music cuts. The title track is minutes of depressed electro-pop, in the coolest possible way, whilst "Cuir Rouge" is a suspense-filled slice of menacingly throbbing new beat. Also the former is given a post-punk overhaul by Hardway Bros, whilst the latter reappears as a livelier Giorgio Moroder-esque "Il Est Villaine Cuir" reinterpretation.
Review: UK house veteran and former Hacienda resident Jon Da Silva's production CV is a lot shorter than you might expect! Here, though, he comes to Chris Massey's Manchester-based Sprechen with four solid jams that blend house, disco and electro influences. Opener 'Mutebird' is the missing link between Balearica and Detroit techno, 'Dub Is All We Need' looks to the classic sound of mid-80s Chicago for inspiration, 'Mancunian Way' is a floor-friendly deep houser with bright chords/stabs and buzzy, rave-y bass, and finally 'Drones In The Key Of Chi' is an instrumental nu-disco workout, with subtle production nods to the likes of Moroder and Robotnick.
Review: Four tracks here from a loose gathering of DJ/producers, most of whom have some connection to Manchester and/or Weatherall's A Love From Outer Space tribe - which gives you some idea of the kind of sleazy funk and low-slung electronica to expect. Justin Unabomber's 'C'Mon' is a chunky robotic throbber, Flash Atkins' 'Cold Oak Smoker' is a dark groove with strong Italo/cosmic disco and Balearic influences, Hardway Bros vs Josefin Ohrn's 'Rushing Through My Mind' is slinky modern techno with a hint of coldwave, but arguably the standout is Massey & Buchan's 'The Climber', which comes on like a lost Eurodisco classic from 1981.
Review: Tromso, Norway's Kohib is back following up the great "Talk To Me" on Paper Recordings earlier in the year with "Itchy Kitchy People" on Manchester's Sprechen Music, a classic house jam with a catchy bell melody and some crazy 808 claps going off rapid fire style. Oh and that bassline is seriously bumpin'. Second offering "Yakkatakk" has an Oriental aesthetic about it in terms of melody, but the bumpy bassline and rich pads could've made it equally at home on a label like Freerange; and that's a compliment, right!
Review: It's been nearly three years since lesser-celebrated Norwegian producer Kohib delivered the Itchy Kitchy People EP. Here he returns to the Manchester-based label with two more chunks of peak-time Scandolearic disco. As its title suggests, "Italovest" sees him pay tribute to the muscular throb of arpeggio-driven 1980s Italo-disco, though it's non-stop nature, foreboding feel and druggy intensity is arguably more in keeping with later Dutch interpretations of the sound (as well as the space disco works of Hans-Peter Lindstrom). He takes a slightly different approach on mid-tempo bonus cut "Parlais Vous Francais", peppering a mid-tempo electronic disco groove with ricocheting drum hits, glacial '80s synth-pop melodies and glassy-eyed chords.
Review: Disco from the far side is the order of the day here, as Italian producer Luca Vera looks to the cosmic/Italo era for inspiration. 'Red M' opens with chugging drums, then drops some big techno stabs to get your attention before settling down into a sparkling, Carpenter-esque synth groove that mutates constantly as the track progresses. The Space-like 'Trashtrem' is a more eyes-down affair that could work on nu-disco, progressive and even tech-house floors, and that gets more and more 'epic' as it goes, paving the way nicely for the more cinematic closer 'Race 83'.
Review: Sprechen's sixth release comes from Neon Amish, a collaborative project from Curley Sue and Lee Stevens that debuted on the latter's Luv Shack imprint earlier this year. In an attempt to capture the zeitgeist, both "Tranceptor" and "Interstate '95" pay tribute to the early days of psy-trance and acid techno, layering psychedelic electronics and ragged riffs on top of thunderous beats and throbbing arpeggio lines. The accompanying remixes boast similarly mind altering intent, with The Gameboyz going in particularly hard on their titanium-clad rework of "Tranceptor". Chris Massey joins forces with The Emperor Machine himself, Andy Meecham, to deliver a deliciously analogue-rich interpretation of "Interstate 95" that could well be the EP's standout moment.
Review: After a short hiatus, Sprechen is back with some quality music to soundtrack your Summer. Planet Jumper hosts the Manchester label's tenth release and they get things bubbling and chugging away with "And Here My Troubles Began", a bass heavy stomper with disco licks and kicks, alongside some twanging bass guitar action and stabby Rhode chords. "Beware The Beast In We" is cosmo-disco funk that will take you straight up into the stratosphere! Remixes come courtesy of James Rod; who turns "And Here My Troubles Began" into an epic 303 acid odyssey, while Audaz main man Alkalino takes the party into a lo-slung and very slo-mo deep house direction.
Review: Sprechen is a Manchester based platform to showcase electronic music with a passion for melody, groove, soul and energy. There are no limitations of style and a diverse release policy. For their latest label compilation, the gang celebrates two years in the business - label boss Chris Massey teams up with Spain's James Rod on the funked up nu-disco of "Spanglish" featuring vocals by Danielle Moore, homegirl Gina Breeze serves up some bouncy late night tech house on "Make Me Feel" while Norway's Kohib delivers some true Italo style business on "Hot Pants And Dance Shoes" and Australia's Planet Jumper bring da funk on "Before The Diamond Turns To Dust". Sprechen was launched by former Electric Elephant booker and manager Massey as a side project, alongside his A&R role at Paper Recordings.