Skatman's latest release titled "Rewarped" showcases his exceptional talent for reviving and revitalising past sounds. The Tunisian-born producer, DJ, and label owner skillfully blends old-school hip-hop samples with energetic house tracks, seamlessly bridging the gap between different musical epochs. With six new tracks of hedonistic club music, Skatman, also known as Aziz Haddad, takes familiar elements and infuses them with a fresh twist. The result is a masterclass in creating an exhilarating musical experience that resonates with both nostalgia and contemporary dance floor desires.
Three tracks plucked from Avichrom, Dominik Eulberg's sixth, avian-focused studio album get the remix treatment. In the case of "Grauspecht", !K7 has commissioned two versions. The first, from Acid Pauli, is a subtle, stripped back take, melding dreamy melodies with acid blips. This fusion makes for an atmospheric affair that builds slowly and dreamily. Isolee's remix also favours an understated approach. Powered by an offbeat, loose rhythm, it sees the veteran German producer conjure up unhurried, jazzy tones. Aera's version of "Schwarzhalstaucher" also focuses on melody, with warm textures and breathy filters unravelling over a glistening electronic groove. It sounds like even techno producer Etapp Kyle has been influenced by the mellow approach, and his take on "Gelbspotter" revolves around a humming bass and lithe break beats.
Gettraum is a label based in Paris, France owned by Romain Poncet aka Traumer. The imprint is focused on Poncet and other producer's productions, presenting his vision of music through his own sensibility. Get -- Together welcomes some of the scene's favourite producers for the its first various artists compilation, including music from Cesar Merveille on the dreamy deepness of "Everyboda", plus many Rominimal heroes such as Cristi Cons going back to classic house vibes on "Daylight", Epau (Sepp & Nu Zau) on the lean groove subtlety of "Pe Tren", and Priku & Dinu with the hypnotising polyrhythmic action of "Stereo Eyes" plus many more.
To mark the passing of two decades since they first joined forces in the studio, Polish pair (and Pets Recordings founders) Catz N Dogz have put together this 20-track retrospective. A kind of starter-pack for their career to date, it boasts all of their most successful and celebrated tracks, collaborations and remixes. There's much to set the pulse racing throughout - it's a 'greatest hits' collection after all - with our current favourites including the pair's sub-heavy, 21st century hip-hop revision of Chucky 73 ('Bzrp 43'), the all action, rave-igniting rush of the duo's revision of their Thomas Schumacher hook-up 'Hush', the saucer-eyed loveliness of their Bicep hook-up ('The Game'), an insanely acidic interpretation of Marlena Shaw classic 'The Ghetto', and their early, influential revision of Claude VonStroke's 'Who's Afraid of Detroit'.
It's still hard to keep up with all of Burnski's many different labels, but we're not complaining. This one, Constant Black, mixes up things with a tech and minimal twist and next to do so is Daniel Akbar. 'What' soon wins you over with its kinetic and infectious drum programming and smart samples - a phased vocal and a twisted synth lead. 'Retreat' gets more physical - the drums bang with an old-school flavour and hint of tribalism. 'Listen' is a big fat tech roller with low slung bass and 'This One' rounds out with some brilliant drum, hits and brain-frying bass sounds. Pow pow, what an EP.
Released to coincide with the sixth anniversary of his passing, Back is the final album from Trevino aka Marcus Intalex. It documents his love of house and techno, as well as his ability to carve out unique perspectives on these sounds. While those views are influenced by Marcus' drum'n'bass background - check the crisp break beats of "Pitch Dark" - a love of dubby textures is audible on the hypnotic swing of "No Response". "Eve" sees Trevino swing towards raw, reduced techno while "Gateway" sounds like his take on the percussive rhythms of Octave One. Sadly but fittingly, the closing track is called "The End". But rather than just evoke grief, its melancholic melodies bring the curtain down on the life and music of a remarkably talented artist.
About Minimal Tech House: Minimal has sure come along away since its beginnings in Detroit, where Daniel Bell commenced his pioneering experiments as DBX, former sidekick Richie Hawtin created some of his most profound works (in exile) as Concept 1, and of course over in Germany - where the sound further evolved ie: Thomas Brinkmann's further reductions into the avant-garde. Similarly, Berlin's Basic Channel incorporated dub elements with their greyscale explorations into the void, while over in Frankfurt an underground movement was gaining traction - with influential imprints such as Force Inc., Perlon, and Playhouse redefining the space between the beats. Its distinct aesthetic was characterised by it's clipped rhythms, glitched/muted elements plus gradual changes in texture and dynamics.
Despite its underground credibility, this niche sub-genre gradually became less experimental and emerged as one of the most popular forms of dance music in the mid '00s, spearheaded by the aforementioned Hawtin's change in DJing style (Italian veteran Marco Carola also adopting Final Scratch technology), alongside fellow tastemakers Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Jay Haze, Magda and Loco Dice to name but a few. While not as glitchy or fidgety as its previous sonic incarnation, the status quo of minimal at this time revolved around a new frontier of digital production techniques (Ableton/Max MSP, Reaktor) to create stripped down and hypnotic grooves at a steady 125 BPM - a reaction to the peak of early 2000's techno which were reaching near breakneck speeds. Meanwhile in Bucharest, the [a:rpia:r] collective were honing their own variant on the sound and creating a style which would soon be recognised, fittingly, as 'Rominimal' - a sound very much in vogue right now.