Review: Los Angeleno Rinzen describes himself as a 'cinematic techno artist' and 'builder of worlds' which are audacious calls from a rising producer, but he certainly puts his money where his mouth is on this new release for Yoshitoshi. The Odyssey EP features such captivating dancefloor narratives as the epic title track which is reminiscent of Stil Vor Talent or Anjunadeep material, followed by the mesmerising progressive house journey "The Siren Song' - which will have you entering freefall under the strobe lights. This is followed by a totally blissed-out rework by fellow rising American Enamour. Following up promising material of late on the likes of labels like mau5trap and Desert Hearts, Rinzen is certainly one to watch in 2020.
Review: Fill yer boots for the ravers out there that ain't no stranger to the club and kick drums, yer tech house fillings are here, a whole year's worth. Deep Dish's label out of Washington has been prolific as always on the release front this year with a stream on sunwashed Ibiza compilations coming out alongside EPs from CJ Jeff, Olivier Giacomotto and Sinisa Tamamovic to name a few, all of which feature here. Alongside other influential label member Sharam, Made By Pete delivers two cuts with the synth driven "Hawkins" and Enamours' deep tribal mix to "Aikido". Our pick though being Dubspeeka's remix to Sharam's "Secret Parkway" which sounds like a 2019 remake of Mike Huckaby's legendary track "Sandcastle".
Review: It's over to Italian legend Dino Lenny next on the revered Yoshitoshi imprint - but let's be clear - this one came out on the label back in 2001, but it still sounds as fresh as ever. This guy's career has spanned nearly three decades (over a dozen alises) so you're in good hands with this undisputed A.M. specialist here. His latest work is just as impressive. For this remix package celebrating the 17 year anniversary of the anthem, they've called in all the top guns. ViVa head honcho Steve Lawler no doubt rinsed the prog house weapon during his many visits to New York City back in the day, where he soaked up the tribal house sound before taking it to the UK. This modern rework will bring the sound a much needed comeback for the new generation. Elsewhere, Tel Aviv based indie-dance darlings Rwd Axes make a surprise appearance, but their impressive take retains all the tribal qualities in impressive fashion - even taking it into more into tunnelling and hypnotic territory.