Review: This third volume of the Twin Turbo compilation is a timely reminder of Turbo's consistency when it comes to delivering varied dance music. The TRACE7000 remix of Jakwob's "Feel So Good" is a pulsating, acidic track, while Kill Frenzy ups the intensity levels with the swampy electronics and ghetto jack of "Follow Me". In contrast, ANNA's "Artha" is a sleek affair, its linear rhythm supporting tranced out rhythms, while on "Build Up Your House", Hoshina Anniversary delivers a modern take on Chicago jack, with repetitive vocals underpinned by a grainy rhythm. Label owner Tiga also makes an appearance, with Dense & Pika delivering a techy take on his version of Public Enemy's "Louder Than A Bomb".
Review: Next up on Turbo is an unusual pairing, with Vietnamese producer Dubesque teaming up with the iconic Amanda Lepore. The title track is a stripped back techy affair, with moody vocal snatches set to bleak synths and rasping percussion. Lepore makes an appearance on "Queen". While Dubeque's arrangement is in a similar albeit more stripped back field as "Head", the refrain that Lepore delivers - 'I'm the queen / I make the rules' - really elevates the track across the radio and club mixes. On "BRB", Dubesque flies solo, with phased riffs filtered over a slamming groove - rounding off another highly distinctive release on Tiga's label.
Review: Techno heavyweights Tiga and Matthew Dear team up again for the first time since 2013's massive anthem "Let's Go Dancing". According to Tiga the Turbo chief "This Is a Dream' is 'an epic poem, an immunity passport to the boundless dimensions that lay beyond the veil of slow wave sleep'. A tunneling and low-slung trip in its original format, it gets some killer reworks here by some of the scene's current luminaries. The ever impressive Terr works her sonic magic once again with a ravey indie-dance perspective, while Russian Nocow delivers two hard hitting and surefire remixes.
Review: Ever reliable New York City duo The Martinez Brothers (Cuttin' Headz) teamed up with Turbo Recordings boss Tiga last year, on the classic house inspired jam "Cleopatra". Tiga was originally meant to produce tracks for the DJ duo, but the sessions soon evolved into a full-fledged collaboration. Several months later, we can now enjoy some terrific remix action and the trio weren't shy - calling on some respected names to perform their take on the track. First up is the inimitable Ricardo Villalobos his version which is as minimal, hypnotic and tripped-out as you'd expect, while the version by Virgil Abloh of "Blessed" sees the US fashion designer, entrepreneur and DJ go for a dusty urban inspired vibe.
Sunglasses At Night (Dense & Pika remix) - (8:00) 126 BPM
Sunglasses At Night (Dimitri Veimar remix) - (6:38) 130 BPM
Sunglasses At Night (Techno Seleba remix) - (5:49) 110 BPM
Review: As Turbo reaches its 20th anniversary, Tiga's label delivers remixes of the track that propelled him to global recognition. First up is Dense & Pika, who turn "Sunglasses" into a relentless, pounding tribal track that only includes the nasal vocal from Tiga's original version. Next up is rising electro star Dimitri Veimar, with rolling 808s, steely snares and the kind of menacing bass that has seen the Russian producer feature on Turbo and Omndisc. In this instance, it's the creepy synth line that remains and helps to make this version unforgettable. Techno Seleba is apparently a pseudonym for a big name dance producer working incognito, but irrespective of who is behind the project, this remix is an eerie, percussive take on the synth-pop standard.
Review: Turbo fans will be aware of Tiga's "Stay Cool" collaboration with Clarian from earlier this year, and now the label commissions a group of great remixes. Beton's take pulsates seductively to the sound of a throbbing bass, while on the Eats Everything remix, firing percussion and a belching low end combine to underpin the original version's hypnotic vocals. By contrast, Gerd Janson's interpretation puts a focus on searing acid lines, pitch-bent vocals and a smart use of snare rolls. On the ABSOLUTE remix, "Stay Cool" edges closer to the type of low-slung electro house that Tiga first became known for, while Dimitri Veimar's take is a more noisy iteration of this approach.
Review: Russian rising star Dimitri Veimar is up next on Tiga's revered Turbo imprint. The label head honcho himself has previously stated Veimar 'is the kind of musical discovery that, were I a religious man, would go to bed and pray for every night.' His new one "Blaze" is a dirty, fuzzy and downright bombastic electro experiment, that is bursting at the seams. Formerly of Moscow, he's now based in Berlin, where he most likely hooked up with another transplant - Wiesbaden's Florian Kupfer - who delivers a typically stripped-back and industrial edged perspective of the track.
Review: Never one to shy away from speaking his mind, Tiga is confident that this release is one of his best collaborations to date, up there with his work with Jori Hulkkonen. Certainly, the title track is an unusual affair, with the Turbo boss and Clarian working together to create a left of centre, tripped out acid track. Replete with out there vocals, it's one of the freshest takes on the eternal acid sound you'll hear this year. On "You're So Special", the pair veer further down the paths marked 'inspired off beat techno'; deploying a call and response vocal over a jacking, low-slung groove, it's unusual, entertaining and unforgettable
Review: Label owner Tiga has proclaimed that mystery producer Beton's new record is the best of the last five years. Certainly, it's one of the most distinctive. Based on a dense, bass-heavy groove and eerie synths, "Directions" features the vocals of Wevie Stonder, which provide a GPS-style guide through the mean streets. The vocal narrative culminates with the audience being told to lift an object out of the car they are traveling in, at which point a wild wall of acid kicks in. "Keep Breathin'", also features some vocals, but they are buried deep in the arrangement, with acid lines and tough kicks to the fore. Both tracks are sure to turn heads whenever they are dropped.
Review: Earlier in 2017, the third collaboration between famed North American producers Tiga and Audion came in the form of the Nightclub EP, which saw the duo take on the challenge of executing harder techno sounds - to reflect even harder times facing the world at present. To hammer that message home, they've drafted the big guns to make y'all listen and learn! The masked one Redshape steps up to the plate first and delivers a stomping Detroit rave rendition. Dutch electro fiend Dexter delivers a wonky analogue funk attack that has earned his and Steffi's Klakson imprint much respect over the years. We then go from central European party sounds to remixes with The White Isle more in mind: techno's dark lord Dubfire delivers a rolling, tunnelling and strobe-lit rendition. Next rising South American star ANNA delivers a hard hitting peak time rendition that has earned her releases on Tronik and Terminal M.
Review: There's not much information available on US producer Vakkuum, but like many of the new artists on Turbo, this release came about from label owner Tiga playing the tracks in his DJ sets. 'Sound, that's what the speakers are for', intones a serious male vocal on the title track, as Vakkuum lays down club-crushing filters, rolling percussion and the kind of analogue sounding rhythm that Dan Bell pioneered. "Break the Mold" is inspired by similar influences; crashing snares, howling analogue riffs and a hammering drum track all come together to make for one of Turbo's best techno releases in recent years.
Review: Toronto's Carlo Lio has been making highly explosive dancefloor bombs for over a decade now, with his passionate take on tech reaching every corner of the globe. Here he returns with one of his most high profile releases yet, Psychout, on none other than Tiga's legendary Turbo Recordings. It's all about the twin turbos here, boasting two tracks for our listening pleasure. The title track is an excellent slice of techy minimal disco; a streamlined and linear digital snake. "All She Wants" meanwhile, is a heavier affair with pulsating Popof-style bass, percolating rhythms and creepy vocal snippets. Lively!
Review: Skinnerbox have released on respected labels like Bpitch Control and Darkroom Dubs, and now bring their free-wheeling techno and house sound to Tiga's label. "Gender" sees the German duo deliver a raw, rolling groove that unfolds to out-there vocal samples. It's an unpredictable arrangement and is a welcome alternative to sterile house music. Turbo have commissioned a stellar cast to rework it; this includes Axel Boman, who starts with an epic, flute-laden intro before moving into a loose tribal groove populated by menacing horns, and Auntie Flo, whose take resounds to chiming bells and layers of organic percussion. As a digital bonus, Ellen Alien delivers a storming, acid-filled rework with the original vocals disappearing in the wake of militaristic claps and Mike Dunn-style riffs.
Crazy Dream (Charlotte De Witte remix) - (6:45) 127 BPM
Crazy Dream (Djs Pareja remix) - (6:12) 126 BPM
Crazy Dream (instrumental mix) - (5:23) 127 BPM
Review: According to Turbo, the label thought that Steve Lawler had written "Crazy Dream" with it specifically in mind. It's not hard to understand why - over a gritty drum track, the UK DJ lays down a murky bass and a robotic male vocal. It's exactly the kind of music that Tiga's label has continued to release despite it being unfashionable. Turbo has also commissioned an impressive list of remixers; Jori Hulkkonen delivers an acid-heavy jack track, while Charlotte de Witte, who has already released on the label, turns it into a firing techno affair. DJs Pareja from Argentina favour a similar approach, with snare rolls and an old school bass doing all the damage.
Review: With releases already notched up on Danny Daze's Omnidisc and Renate, the future looks bright for Russian producer Veimar. Certainly, Less Talk won't do his reputation any harm. The title track is a noisy, busy techno track featuring a hypnotic vocal sample buried deep inside its visceral body. "Windsor" opts for a different approach. To begin with, it sees Veimar deliver widescreen break beats that recall old school Detroit techno, but eventually it morphs into a tripped out acid number. On "A8", Veimar continues to explore the 303, this time over a pulsating bass and linear groove, while on "Happy T", like "Windsor" , an atmospheric melody line creeps through the Russian hotshot's dense production.