Review: Marc Romboy's label has a potential big tune on its hands with 'Sonntag'. Like many of the best tunes, it's relatively straightforward, with a jacking rhythm underpinning an acidic bass that gulps, splutters and stutters all over the arrangement. That said, "Red Lips" is just as impressive; its breathy groove flows unhurriedly, revealing sensuous vocal hooks and lush melodies. Systematic has also chosen its remixers wisely; Rodriguez Jr's take on "Sonntag" balances functionality with melody as rolling tribal beats underscore breezy filters, while the KiNK version is all about rock solid beats and a whooshing chord sequence. The best remix however comes from Pezzner, with jazzy licks and warbling 303s providing the ideal summer soundtrack.
Review: The title track does all of the things that you'd hope for from a Robert Babicz track. The bass rumbles along in a menacing manner, aided by insistent percussive ticks. Ice cold synth stabs threatened to cave in on themselves as Babicz pushes the track into a delayed breakdown, and later on the bass menace turns to outright aggro as a throbbing low end sequence provides a fitting climax. Meanwhile, "Red Valve" offers listeners the opportunity to discover the other side of Babicz. Over a more understated backing track and a stuttering vocal, he delivers an irresistible chord progression and the kind of soul-drenched strings one would automatically associate with Derrick May.
Review: A collection of the German duo's collaborations stretching back to the middle of the last decade, Luna shows that good ideas and original production never age. Although this release features a long list of high-profile remixers - our favourites include Moritz Van Oswald's dubby, understated take on "Phobos" and Roman Flugel's spiky house version of "The Phoenix" - the duo's own productions are the real highlights. Both "Luna" and "Atlas" are underpinned by mid-tempo, unfussy rhythms and pulsing basslines, with the latter unfolding to reveal a spine-tingling melody. "Callisto" is an evocative ambient piece reminiscent of classic Eye Q and the epic synths on "Hydra" relive that distinctive central European sense of melancholia that Kraftwerk pioneered.
Review: Marc Romboy's long running Systematic label welcomes a new name into the fold in the shape of Raphael Cerato. Bucolik continues the London-dwelling producer's prolific output so far in 2015, with the four track EP his third in as many months. Check his releases on Junodownload and you'll see Cerato has been a part of the minimal scene for a few years now and adding Romboy's long running Systematic to his discography can only further his exposure as a producer. All three of his original tracks are impeccably produced, differing in tone from the moody opener "Dioniso" to the eyes-wide-shut epicness of the title track and the celebratory "Highland". German pair Gorge and Markus Homm round out the release with a tracky remix of "Dioniso".
Review: Marc Romboy's Systematic Recordings is given an anti-up with Barcelona-based Coyu for this latest instalment of the legendary tech series. "Flus Flus" introduces the EP in industrial style, bringing forth elaborative drone injections and bizarre machine infusions, but it's "Heatwaves" featuring Cevin Fisher which opens the beats and sees Coyu produce one hell of a floor monster, complete with some of the craziest percussion we've heard in a while from Systematic. "Fabula Fabulei" is more sinister, making use of twisted chord delays to paint the picture, but "Flus Flus" is a real stand-out, where deep tribal beats meet grainy FX-influxes and minimalistic bleeps.
Review: Systematic marks the ten-year anniversary of the release of "Milk" with a series of new remixes. Label owner Marc Romboy kick-starts the package with a dreamy, searing version of the Dusky Kid original thanks to the use of icy synths, heads-down bass pulses and blasts of white noise. On Nicolas Masseyeff's take, the drums are denser and tougher, forming a robust framework against which an unusual amalgamation of rough rave stabs and eerie synths are brought together. Things take a turn for the murky with Roy Rosenfeld's version of "Milk", as a rough bass underscores out-there bleeps, tones and sound effects, while Jacky O's take is cut from a similar cloth, albeit with a more cinematic feeling. It makes for a fitting testament to a timeless Systematic anthem.