Review: Sejva's last solo outing, released last year on Exploited, expertly joined the dots between '80s new wave revivalism, neo-trance and dark nu-disco. On his first outing for TAU, the American producer utilises some of the same sonic ticks - distorted synth sounds, rumbling bass, stylish synths - while delivering a subtle shift in his evolving sound. He begins by adding cascading synthesizer melodies and spacey electronics to a bustling beat and filthy bassline on 'The Midnight Bells', before doffing a cap to the more polished and atmospheric end of the Italo-disco spectrum on vocal cut 'Black Lipstick'. 'Two Heartbeats' sees him combine a Bobby Orlando style bassline with his own vocals and new wave sounds, while 'Don't Tell Me' is an intergalactic-minded skip through Nu-Italo-dusco territory.
Review: The Adana Twins deliver the third edition of their annual compilation series, and Spektrum 3 is the best volume yet. It features swirling, vivid electronic jams from Echonomist and Hadiid - the frosty synths on the latter's "Neuro" is especially memorable - alongside the raw percussion and melodic hooks of Aaaron's "Smile". The pace picks up on Cabaret Nocturne's "Afterlife", with Eleonora's breathy vocals set to a pulsating groove, while DC Salas' "Solar Walk" is a chugging piece of Bordello A Parigi-style Italo. However the centre piece in the compilation is the purring bass and the tight drums of the Adana Twins' own "Nordlys", a killer modern electronic disco workout.
Review: TAU label heads Adana Twins have been soaking up the success of their single 'My Computer", remixing legend Josh Wink and a collaboration with Danish pop outfit WhoMadeWho alongside Greek producer Echonomist - who just presented his 'Modern Wonder' EP on for the label. It's been a hugely successful year for these two acts and they collaborate once more on the 'Subway Yard' EP, featuring four sublime cuts: from the moody and dystopian electro-bass excursion of the title track, the euphoric neon-lit nu-disco action of "Into The Night" right through to the tunnelling and hypnotic dancefloor drama of "Universal Dolls".
Review: Based in Hamburg, TAU is a label started in 2018 by Benjamin Busse and Friso Traas aka Adana Twins, that has released tracks by scene heroes such as Glowal, Echonomist, The Cheapers and many more. The label presents their second instalment in the 'Spektrum' various artists sampler, which features top shelf material by the likes of: Southern Italian duo Underspreche who deliver the entrancing pizzicato inflected vibes of "My Beloved", German veteran Ruede Hagelstein delivering impeccable dancefloor drama as always on "Aschera", ascendant Berliners Local Suicide teaming up with Duro main man Theus Mago on the dark disco odyssey "Technican" and Watergate's sound engineer in residence Biesmans, who provides yet more successful efforts in his newfound love of music production on the neon-lit Italo acid energy of "Wild Wild World".