Review: Following up some impressive releases by the likes of Robert Babicz, Sasha Braemer and legend Fabrice Lig, Marc Romboy's Systematic Recordings is back in full swing with this riveting new release by Belgians Michael Forzza & Dimitri Andreas - who have almost a decade of industry experience behind them. The result is the late night mood music of "Kahana" with its brooding strings, razor sharp bassline and strong rhythm department altogether making for a perfect dancefloor weapon. Then there are the reworks: Venezulan power duo Fur Coat demonstrate their mastery of expertly executed melodic house on their version, while Croatian veteran Petar Dundov's perspective is yet another example of sublime and pure form hypnotic techno.
Review: According to the label, opening track "Meharee" is 'a bracing ride across the Arabic desert'. It's not hard to understand how Systematic arrived at this description: its flutes and mellow pianos are mixed with mysterious eastern tones and supported by a gentle, undulating groove. You can almost feel the warm air against your face as the track unfolds. By contrast, "Capacocha" is a darker affair, with a menacing bass providing the basis for twitchy percussion and haunting melodic tones. On "Landscapes", there's another shift from Oniris and this time classical piano keys unfold over a mellow groove that bubbles and pulsates seductively.
Review: Belgian hi-tech soul merchant Fabrice Lig returns to Systematic with the rather personal 'Black Monday' EP, where each track is written as a special tribute to dearly departed people who have had a profound impact on Lig's life - and indeed what moving tributes these tracks are. Lig's idiosyncratic take on the Motor City sound is finely displayed on the dancefloor drama of "Jim The Magnificent Fox", as well as the groovy tech-funk action of "Mr Wa". Next up, label boss Marc Romboy channels more classic sounds from the '90s (reminiscent of Stacey Pullen or Derrick Carter) on "Marc's Tribal Dance" while the acidified deep techno epic "Pivert The Playmobil" delivers more emotive and heartfelt sonic artillery.
Review: Berlin's legendary Bar 25 imprint still goes strong with French producer Rafael Cerato delivering the label (and former club) its third release for 2020. This two-track Ouragan EP follows records from Bondi and Stil Vor Talent associate Nicone, with Cerato here shooting for the stars with a minimal, tech house tinged rave number in "Snowball". Building in momentum a tubular explosion of synths, white noise and 80s-inspired drum fills find that golden touch of pensive rave furthermore in the marching rhythms and synthetic horns of "Ouragan".
Review: Berlin scene veteran Sascha Braemer made a surprising edition to Marc Romboy's esteemed Systematic imprint last year, having appeared with the Universal Language EP and having the honour of compiling the eleventh edition in the 'My Love Is Systematic' mix series. He returns with his 2020 label contribution titled the 'Megan' EP, featuring three sublime cuts such as "All I Know" and its soft take on dub techno led by some captivating male vocals. The EP's title track up next is an utterly dreamy and evocative night time narrative for the club, and ending with the melodic dancefloor drama of "Fou".
Review: Fur Coat is the brainchild of Sergio Munoz and Israel Sunshine, two producers from Venezuela now based in Barcelona that have released on top labels like Last Night On Earth, B Pitch Control and their own Odd:itty imprint in recent times. They are back on Marc Romboy's Systematic imprint with more captivating futurist grooves on the Ethereal EP, featuring four deep and energetic tracks which take you to another dimension. From the moody and majestic drama of the title track with its epic synth flourishes, to the dark and tunnelling journey into the abyss that is "Doppler Effect" featuring a captivating tapestry of melodies and ending with the evocative and strobe-lit dancefloor narrative of "Modular Theory".
Review: Following up a great release last month by head honcho Marc Romboy in the form of Moonface/Zukunft, he now teams up again with Zagreb based Petar Dundov (Music Man/Cocoon) for the first time since their Caper Tran EP in order to release their definition of what they call techno. First track "Dimension D" has Dundov all over it; with its hypnotic and mentalist elements drawing you in - in particular that spellbinding melody throughout. Second offering "Meteor Shower" is a brooding main room stormer in the vein of classic Kevin Saunderson - thibk of the E-Dancer or Reese Project days - dancefloor drama of the highest quality indeed.
Review: The man from Moenchengladbach returns - Systematic head honcho Marc Romboy now serves up a couple of surefire dancefloor thrillers that are made to play! Following up hot collaborations with veterans such as Petar Dundov and Stephan Bodzin and a great one on the legendary Bedrock, Romboy gives you the tunnelling and melodic dancefloor darma of "Moonface" on here, followed by the brooding and unadulterated aggression of "Zukunft" with its layers of elaborate/hypnotic leads and the most grinding bassline you've heard all this year!
Review: Despite their close association, Bodzin and Romboy have only released a few Eps together over the past decade. Kerberos was the last original material that appeared under this joint partnership and first came out back in 2014. This remix package sees them tap some of their close associates for new interpretations. Working together with Johannes Brecht, Diynamic label boss Solomun delivers a machining version that is led by a throbbing, menacing bass. Meanwhile, Andr? Hommen's take is more melodic, with a twisted, trance hook unravelling through the arrangement and Matador focuses on a more dance-floor focused version with sharp percussive bursts and a brooding sub-bass prevailing. Last but by no means least is the darkly melodic original, a master class in electro house.
Review: Given that Music Man regular Petar Dundov and Systematic boss Marc Romboy are both hugely successful producers in their own right, you'd expect this first collaborative release to be rather good. It is, of course, with pleasingly melodic "Garden of Cyrus" leading the way. While the track's muted (but heavy) drums and squeezable acidic bassline provide the energy, it's the duo's layered electronic melody lines that really catch the ear. If you're in the mood for something darker and more suitable for pitch-black Berlin basements, creepy and hypnotic flipside "Caper Tran" should more than fit the bill.
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.
Review: Berlin tech house legend Michael Vater aka Phonique returns to Marc Romboy's Systematic to unleash his third contribution for the imprint. Renowned for his outstanding remix skills, he is fresh off the release of his recent album on the Ladies and Gentlemen imprint in addition to releases for Pokerflat, Souvenir Music, Great Stuff Recordings and many more. Starting off with the melodic deepness of the title track, the driving arpeggiations of "You Want It" channel that Innervisions style hi-tech soul kind of aesthetic. The deep tribal house of "Pulsate" is great for the afterhours and is quite reminiscent of The Mountain People until finally we get treated to a remix of the title track by Berlin legend Smash TV.