Review: It's been almost a year since Swiss duo Adriatique presented their much lauded full length effort 'Nude', and this fresh collection of reworks ensure they still get to live on in the (mind the pun!) - Afterlife. While household names such as label bosses Tale of Us (with Mathame), Keinemusik's Rampa and Solumun appear, it's definitely worth mentioning the more underground artists that they reeled in. Berghain resident Kobosil's barrelling and austere rework of "Tachykardia" keeps the sensual vocals of the original, but is absolutely geared for the peak time period of his acclaimed DJ sets at the Berlin institution. Italian trio Agents Of Time (Obscura) deliver a typically epic and entrancing journey into the deeper realms of dancefloor dynamics, and probably most surprising of all is the addition of Frankfurt minimal house legend Isolee who injects "Mystery" with his idiosyncratic style of emotive and glitching minimal funk.
Review: American producer Eric Estornel must barely find time to sleep: when not returning to his Detroit roots when curating his wonderful Lone Romantic imprint, making electro as Mariel Ito, tech-house as Maetrik or running his long standing Ellum Audio imprint - he's recorded some of the most infectious and pop-inflected techno under his most well known alias: Maceo Plex. He has also become a key artist for Afterlife Recordings in recent times, playing a great number of shows at their Ibiza residency alongside label heads Tale Of Us. Dramatic strings announce you to surrender to the void (right before the massive drop) of "Lonely Tribe" - tunnelling and hypnotic techno number featuring an infectious looped vocal refrain. There's also a remix by the ever impressive Italian Fango which takes the track ionto oddball exotica territory.
Review: Acclaimed Italian duo Tale Of Us present the third Realm Of Consciousness compilation on Afterlife Recordings. A collection of spellbinding and melodic epics packed full of narratives plus plenty of dancefloor drama awaits with some rather surprising additions too - artist wise. The German hero Recondite serves up the powerful opening track "Savaaq" with its tension and suspense and those soaring melodies, fellow Italians Mind Against team up with Blausch on the hypnotic bliss of "Trust My Eyes" and Ukranian deep techno experts Woo York give us the steely heads down techno of "Discovery". Elsewhere, southern Italians Agents Of Time appear with the adrenalised and entrancing cyclicality of "Superia", frequent Tale Of Us collaborator Vaal takes you deep into the aether on "Weakness Days" and ascendant German Kevin De Vries gets into freefall on the sublime "Phoenix"
Review: Steve Miller aka Afterlife is a highly regarded downtempo producer who, for the last few decades, has stuck to his guns in the fickle face of musical fashion (he truly believes that when you die your spirit will float off beyond the clouds and permanently reside in a club chillout room circa 1998...probably). There are ten long jams here to drift off to, two of which feature the mighty Coldcut. Highlights include the gleaming and crisp azure wafts of "Octopus", the shimmering mellow funk of "Frankly My Dear" and the dubby funky drummer shuffle of "The World Is A Ghetto". Peace out.
Review: Steve Miller's Afterlife project is always a welcomed addition to our charts, especially because we deem his output to be the very best in downtempo and chill, often surpassing most other producers who are surrounded by hype. Miller is the truth, and nothing but the truth. Returning to Subatomic with a new LP, String Theory, the producer is clearly in an explorative mood, and his creative guise has taken on a new form thanks to the addition of subtle house in the mix. In fact, this album is a wondrous as any new material we've heard from peeps like ENO, and it's safe to say that Afterlife has a few lessons of his own. We have been mesmerised by this release from start to finish, revealing to us that there is, indeed, a way to merge house, lounge and downtempo without the end product sounding pre-packaged. Warmly recommended!