Review: A most trusted producer over the years with a sound that's evolving into something more progressive and synthy for this particular release while maintaining that classic Reset Robot reboot - this EP's lead track is its most intriguing. With a touch of techno-pop be-it electroclash weaving its way through "I Wish You'd Never" there's no denying its trancey and rave roots. Dipping deeper into straight up big room acid techno for "Time Loop", the whiplash of rip curling synths in "Fluid" peel over ephemeral atmospheres and the dusty thud of drums. And for the that serene bonus, Truesoul caps off this release with a "I Wish You'd Never (dub)", steering the original toward something arpeggio-driven over vocal-led.
Review: Two of Truesoul's most high-profile production acts hook up for their inaugural studio collaboration - and the result is the remarkable Challenger. Conceived during lockdown, this two-track release has an atmospheric undercurrent but is also sure to strike the right tone once dance floors finally re-open. "Granular" is powered by a throbbing bass, and features evocative synth scapes: it's like a cinema soundtrack pushed onto the dance floor. The title track also shines a light on an atypical approach to techno, with hypnotic tones laid over a lithe rhythm - and this combination builds gradually to a blissed out finale.
Review: A mighty collaboration here by Belgian Siege (Saved/Circus/We Are The Brave) and Spain's Fer BR (Mindshake/Minus), who have long admired one another's work and have realized that ambition here for Adam Beyer's Truesoul. Packed with surefire main room tackle, such as the chunky mentasm fuelled banger "Say My Name" and its infectious rap vocal, while the steely greyscale austerity of "Something" or the dubby "Or What" are loaded directly off the factory floor - proper tension and suspense for the warm up. Finally, it's back to bang the party at peak time on the relentless stomper "Put It Down".
Review: Following outings on Abode and Toolroom, Will Clarke returns to Truesoul with more adventures in bombastic big room house and techno. First up is "Mucaj", a rolling affair that sees him pair bold electronic riffs with similarly ear-catching synth strings and drows chords. Next up is the similarly big "Nothing Is Forever", a foreboding and forthright peak time beast full of buzzing riffs and spooky string stabs. Arguably the most potent cut of the lot is "Meta", an aggressive, mind altering anthem-in-waiting that should find favour amongst Drumcode's legion of EDM-techno fans. There's nothing subtle about these tracks, but they sure as hell do the business out on the dancefloor.
Review: UK tech house legend Steve Lawler last appeared for Adam Beyer on his Drumcode label back in 2008. For this new one on Truesoul, Lawler explains that it is a reaction to the current state of the world, mired in a current state of emergency and turmoil. He had to write something, but never knew how to do it (without making a depressing record) but here is an attempt to make something beautiful, yet carrying the message he wanted to get across. The result is a riveting hi-tech soul anthem in the form of "People" featuring Lisbon's MC Johnny Def, which also comes with a funky and bass-driven Dub Mix and a handy accapella.
Review: Spanish producer/DJ Oscar Lopez Garcia dishes up his third Truesoul release in two years, establishing himself as one of the label's most reliable contributors, in addition to like minded releases on top labels like Stereo Productions and Toolroom Trax. With the festival season and Ibiza in full swing, his return is perfectly timed, and his 'Vertigo' EP is the Madridillian's strongest release yet for the imprint. Here is a triumvirate of cuts showcasing his evolving skills as a producer. From the barrelling main room stomp of "Unique" which will impress you with its sheer attitude, to the sensual/slinky yet evocative tech house of the title track, and "Exodo" closing the EP out with its tunnelling and hypnotic feel that will have your surrendering to the void.
Review: Hot on the heels of releases for Dirtybird and Defected, Reuben Keeney aka Rebuke delivers a storming EP for Truesoul. The title track twitches and bangs with a rare energy, combining pitch-shifting vocal samples and Red-style chord stabs over glitchy drums and percussion. It shows that Keeney brings a refreshingly DiY approach to his productions. On "Posers Ray Gun", he goes into full rave mode, with bullet-proof metal break beats providing the basis for insistent bleeps and wild percussive volleys. In stark contrast is "Ready to Fly", a somewhat deeper but still pumping groove that marks Keeney out as a serious new talent.
Review: London-based Italian Riva Starr recently presented his fourth long-player on Adam Beyer's Truesoul. He has stated that he is always evolving, so every now and again he needs to make a point about his latest sound. Curveballs has been especially written to showcase the full range of his sonic repertoire and features a carefully selected collection of tracks designed for a club environment. The Snatch! head honcho now presents to you Curveballs Remixed - comprising of three versions: Drumcode wunderkind Layton Giordani delivers a electrifying rework of "The Hole" that's reminiscent of classic Dubfire, the controversial Marquis Hawkes delivers an emotive and bittersweet perspective of "Piknik" (One Night In Tbilisi remix) and album highlight "Disco Loco" gets a funked-up and full throttle makeover by Glasgow Underground's Harvey McKay.
Review: With a career spanning 15 years, Swedish veteran Tiger Stripes is one of the industry's most dependable and creative talents. His last outing on Adam Beyer's Truesoul was the collaboration "Sound of The Bettest" with Snatch! main man Riva Starr. A year on, he now presents "Sneaking Hotdogs Into People's Pockets".The title comes from a segment on Youtube and influenced by his 'guilty pleasure" of '90s influenced dance pop music' and indeed is reminiscent of Eurodance pop from the said period - complete with euphoric trance arpeggios! Next offering "Guidelines' is named after the club night he used to run in Stockholm and looks for inspiration from the same period in a different form - think of the of the funky and filtered disco house on Defected or Soulfuric.
Review: Original house prankster Riva Starr returns on Adam Beyer's Truesoul - the label is almost like a second home to the Snatch! head honcho these days, we think. His new main room stomper "Always" sees the London based Italian pursue a more melancholic and bittersweet sound to tremendous effect - and all the more worthwhile because of vocal contributions by the one and only Jocelyn Brown! Her unmistakable voice makes the track even more life affirming. Elsewhere, the cheeky and funked-up disco loops that you've come to know and love from the man are ever present on the infectious "Disco Loco" and heads down moments on the dancefloor are surely catered to courtesy of the backroom dub of "Give Me Love Dub".
Review: Dutch Belgian producer Ramon Tapia is up next on Adam Beyer's Truesoul imprint, following up some great releases on Rhythm Assault, Incorrect Music and of course his own Say What? Recordings. "Manipulate" features a tough swing-fuelled bounce and a snarling Reese bassline which is 100% guaranteed to rock the main-room and lead into the peak time nicely. Second offering "Adam & Eve" is more of a moody affair, that works to create more of a feeling of tension. It's seething and steely rhythms, eerie layers of pads and adequate use of risers soon give way to a hypnotic melody, which altogether is useful for creating some compelling dancefloor drama indeed.
Review: Forgive us for saying, but this is an odd meeting in every aspect - Swedish tech house legend Tiger Stripes teaming up with Italian house hooligan Riva Starr, on Adam Beyer's Truesoul? We know what you're thinking but trust us it works, it really does! The dusty and tough rolling sounds of Starr's revered Snatch! and Brock Wild imprints are all over "Sound Of The Bettest" with its booming 808 bounce, junglist breaks and cheeky ragga samples. Perhaps "Move It" is where Tiger Stripes' more hi-tech sheen shines through - indeed it does, but backed again by Starr's swing fuelled and MPC styled aesthetic. Surefire tools for peak time destruction on the dancefloor guaranteed.
Review: Having released a series of records on Watergate and her own Power Plant label, La Fleur aka Sanna Engdahl debuts on Truesoul. Based on this two-track EP, it's no surprise that the Swedish DJ has been widely touted as one of the techno scene's breakthrough DJs. "Fish Truck" is a heads-down, drum-heavy techno track. Powered by a rolling bass and steely snares, it's exactly the kind of music that label owner Adam Beyer would play out. "Exhaust" is more quirky; based on a slower tempo, it features melancholic break downs, lush pads and a mysterious vocal sample - and shows that this talented producer's skills keep on blossoming.
Review: Over the last decade, the London dwelling Italian DJ Riva Starr has been through many musical phases: and his latest incarnation- as Hyperloop is for Adam Beyer's esteemed Drumcode imprint. As you'd have probably guessed by now, The Snatch! Records boss throws down some harder edged sounds, more suited to the main room of superclubs at peak time, rather than the sunny White Isle beach parties he's usually more affiliated with. "Resilience" bridges the gap between Detroit techno and disco house in the same vein as Robert Hood's Floorplan project. With its pounding funked up rhythms, backed by hypnotic symphonic loops that make up one surefire DJ tool if we've ever heard one. Second offering "Fallen Angel" likewise features a no-nonsense, heads-down type of groove - but employing a dreamy bell melody for a nice contrast. It features two remixes: one by veteran Scandinavian producer Tiger Stripes and the other and by the one and only Terrence Parker. This dirty and jackin' rendition by the Motor City don was probably our favourite.
Review: Adam Beyer's Truesoul is back with yet another killer by label stalwart from the UK Reset Robot. Following up and equally brilliant effort for Germany's Mobilee, the release opens with the title track featuring eight minutes of haunting synth work and expertly programmed drums that build to a mighty crescendo. Next "Bil'am's Donkey" is a restrained and melodic tool that is perfect to create a transition for DJ sets while "Oak Ridge Capsule" hammers the message home in style on this atmospheric hypnotic techno journey.
Review: Valencia's Pablo Say (Toolroom/Stereo/Non Stop) is back with more surefire peak time techno for Adam Beyer's always reliable Truesoul imprint; which as always is focused on the funkier side of the main room. On "Green Melody" an adrenalised groove powers away, assisted by a rushy and arpeggiated bassline, snarling hi-hats awash in reverb and industrial strength sound design keeping pace with the relentless thud of the cavernous 909. Second offering "Reencuentro" shows more restraint on this dark and tunnelling journey into the abyss; complete with a wonky synth lead, rolling bass and powerfully tight rhythms keeping pace with a freestyle melody that is sure to cause hysteria on the dancefloor.