Review: Back in the Noughties after electroclash had smeared mainstream dance music with kohl, glitter and blood, the electro revolution merged with house to make it cool again. Electro-house was born. Some went in a MoS direction, but other, more stylish producers such as Marc Romboy and Kiko forged a new sound -sparse minimal house beats with buzzy wavering bass and melancholic-yet-anthemic-top end melodies. Oh and white noise whooshes, lots of them. Lane 8 have either been making this sound for ages or their incredibly young and only rediscovering it, but either way, "March Of The Forest Cat" is a killer slice of the above.
Review: Denver dude Daniel Goldstein has previously delivered a swathe of quietly confident releases on such labels as Anjunabeat, Suara and, most recently, This Never Happened. Here, he returns to action with sophomore set Little By Little (his debut LP, Rise, dropped in 2015). As with his previous works, Goldstein places emphasis on rich melodies and warm synthesizer refrains, rather than any particular style or sub-genre. The result is a hugely attractive and listenable collection that gently floats between hazy downtempo grooves, luscious left-of-centre synth-pop, simmering but saucer-eyed house, tactile slow jams and, in a couple of notable cases, vintage progressive house.
Review: Denver, Colorado based This Never Happened are back with label boss Daniel Goldstein aka Lane 8, who follows up the tremendous and long awaited full length Little By Little with this - two servings up of fabulous collaborations. From his trademark brand of progressive house that receives a solid injection of atmosphere from Ukrainian Anderholm on "Bluebird", awash in emotive melodies, airy pads and restrained rhythms. He then teams up with Scandinavian Khaen on the moody "Duchess" full of doomy chords, swing fuelled beats and yet more life-affirming uses of breathtaking melody.
Lane 8 - "Fingerprint" (Anderholm remix) - (5:40) 120 BPM
Anderholm - "Nocturne" - (6:30) 120 BPM
Khaen - "Kyrie" (edit) - (4:00) 120 BPM
Khaen - "Whims" - (4:24) 120 BPM
Limara - "Nostalgia" (edit) - (3:52) 120 BPM
Limara - "Keep It" - (6:26) 122 BPM
Review: A year deep into its astral travels, Lane 8's This Never Happened branches out again with the label's first new signings. Each one of them plucked from the deepest corners of the talent pool, Daniel Goldstein's intention is to create the same experience he had when the likes of The Magician first played his tunes. Brand new artists with bright futures, each contributor is showcased with clarity; Anderholm switches Lane 8's seminal "Fingerprint" with orchestral theatre before taking us deep into a twinkling Renaissance-style dream on "Nocturne". Khaen plays the consummate composer with broad synth strokes and mesmerising ambient textures while Limara reframes house with poignancy and imagination on "Nostalgia" before rolling out insidious bass obesity on "Keep It". With each artist featuring on a forthcoming Root To Branch album, this one's going to keep growing for time to come.