Never Summertime Again (re-modeled mix) - (7:18) 121 BPM
E2E4 (Rave Signal re-work) - (5:00) 120 BPM
Review: It's clear from these tracks that Eduardo de la Calle has developed a unique touch during his twenty-year stint as a producer. "Never Summertime Again (re-modeled mix)" is a sensous but earthy house arrangement. Its rasping percussion and heavy beats provide the basis for shimmering keys, but also later on a darker tone as the Spanish producer introduces malevolent acid lines. De la Calle also has an experimental streak, as "E2E4 (Rave Signal re-work)" demonstrates. Featuring plink plonk keys which appear to be providing an intro for another house groove, de la Calle then surprises with abstract sheets of percussion and disturbing tonal blips and bleeps.
Review: Spanish producer De La Calle might not try to hide his influences, but this compilation shows that he is adept at making a wide range of styles. Model 500's "Starlight" is more than just a close cousin to De La Calle's "B2" track on his "Sequential Circuits - A1" release and he deserves to have his knuckles wrapped for the 'make your transition' sample on the deep, dub techno of the third "A1" track. That said, he makes up for these transgressions with the snaking, acidic grooves of "Sequential Circuits - B1", the bugged out minimal of "A2" from "Sequential Circuits - A1" and the beautiful, abstract "A1" opening tracks.
Review: De La Calle may not seem like the most obvious choice for an appearance on Luciano's label, but the path he follows on "Precursors" is in keeping with Cadneza's trippiest moments. Indeed, "Pink Water", with its lopsided groove, weeping synths and shaking percussion is totally out there and at odds with De La Calle's straighter dance floor work. It's not a one-off either, and while the rhythm on "The Sneak" is more rolling and straightforward, it provides a basis for a tripped out coda that changes tone throughout. By contrast, "Madhusudhana" is a throbbing dubby groove powered by hissing hi-hats and a volley of claps.
Review: Spanish producer de la Calle is not the kind of producer that one would have expected to hear on Planet Rhythm back during its golden period in the late '90s or early noughties. However, tastes and labels change over time. As the wispy, understated minimalism of "Alex Blaney Said No Again " demonstrates, this is de la Calle at his most subtle. The wispy textures of the track provide a prelude for the shimmering techno chords of the title track and for " I Love You", which inhabits similar territory but with rickety percussive shots and spasmodic rhythms. In fact, the only straight dance floor track is "Govindaya Namah Dub", a dubby groove that ebbs and flows to the sound of shimmering chords and metallic percussive ticks.
Review: The link between architecture and techno is long established (as is the connection between music journalism and building design) and on Portfolio One, Developer's label delivers diverse constructions from some of the finest new school techno practitioners. Eduardo de la Calle 's "The Promise" features chords that move from foreboding and menacing to spacey and tranced out, all over a rolling groove. Elyas' "Adiccion" is also designed for the dance floor, but more driving and percussive, while Takaaki Itoh's "Dusker" juxtaposes breathy vocals with pounding beats. Adriana Lopez also balances the demands of the dance floor with melodic elements and her 'Acta' sees chiming bells unfold over a lithe, steely rhythm.
Review: Variations manages the rare feat of sounding suitably austere without resorting to the industrial-themed cliches that many techno producers are guilty of. Adrian Sandoval aka Developer's "Hexmode" is based on steely rhythms, but dank acid seeps through its metallic cover and later on, jarring riffs are sprayed over its framework. The title track is like Sleeparchive on downers as a series of insistent bleeps unfold over hissing percussion and ghostly synths loom in the background. There's an air of familiarity also on Eduardo de la Calle's "The Solution", where billowing dub techno chords are tempered by a nagging percussive underbelly, while Developer's combination of vocal snippets, cloudy percussion and dubbed out chords on "Under" keep the listener guessing right until the end.
Review: Spanish hi-tech soul maestro Eduardo De La Calle on the true home of it: Planet E - and it's about friggin' time if we do say so! Over the last several years, the Madrid native has respectfully borrowed from the traditions of first and second wave Motor City sounds, but he undeniably carved his own path via his respected Analog Solutions imprint. The Icosahedrite EP features three life affirming explorations in techno-soul. From the the galaxian Jupiter jazz, through to the classic funked up futurism that pays homage to greats like Transmat and Metroplex like on "Mr Dewey D". There is also the more powerful and straight ahead functionalism of "Rhythmic Soundscapes" which is just as heads down and DJ ergonomic as his aforementioned AS material. This follows up some great releases by him in 2017, on the likes of Anemone, Forbidden Colors and Monogram Systems.
Review: Spanish techno legend Eduardo de la Calle on John Talabot's Hivern Discs? Yes, he sure is but it somehow finds a fitting home here for this release. A side tracks "Format Times" and "Hope" might be a bit slower and deeper than what you'd usually expect from the Analog Solutions main man, but still have all his trademark hypnotic and droning qualities. On the flip he gets stuck into what he does best; cleverly sampled and restructured DJ tools such as "I Think I Love You" which is totally off the hook; do yourself a favour and listen to this absolute gem. Finally "Passage 2561" which references his love of Detroit so well on this sublime hi tech soul excursion. Brilliant.
Review: Spanish hypnotic techno legend Eduardo de la Calle on Cadenza? You bet! Don't forget he's released for Luciano's revered imprint before: back on 2013's Precursors EP, remember? De La Calle can do now wrong as well know. The Analog Solutions head honcho serves us with "Pink Water" a stripped and atmospheric cut with sonar like synth textures, tripped out tape delays and drifting monosynth melodies: business as usual really! On "Madhusudhana" he gets more fierce with this adrenalised groove with a dark entrancing bassline and Jeff Mills style majestic strings.
Review: Spanish producer De La Calle sometimes comes in for criticism because of his liberal sampling of other producers, but there is no such activity going on here. "Broken Bonus" is the only toolish track on offer, its dense drums and broken beats making for a DJ-friendly composition, Elsewhere, de la Calle delivers a more musical take on techno, and "Altar De Sacrificio" is a pulsing groove led by acid lines and smart filters. However on this release, the most impressive music is home-listening oriented. "Somewhere In Your Arms" is a mellow arrangement, its warm chords and rich pads making for de la Calle's most introspective - and rewarding - work to date.
Review: Spanish producer Eduardo de la Calle gets criticism for sampling other artists' work, but on this release for Nonplus, he proves himself to be a master at crafting deep, hypnotic techno. "The King Pariksit" sets the tone with its spooky synths and otherworldly drones calling out like a spirit from another dimension. The impossible to pronounce "Sudha Nityananda Parivara Vaisnava" and the slightly less complex titled "The Sudama Song" see de la Calle return to the dance floor. The former is a tripped out dub techno track, while the latter sees him veer into a deeper, bleepy direction. Rounding out the release is "Sri Sri Ragendra DAS", where de la Calle delivers churning chords and spellbinding chimes that is every bit as forceful as it is subtle.
Review: For their ninth release, Italian imprint Just Is has gathered together an all-star cast for a split EP that hits the mark throughout. Label regular Pisetzjky joins forces with Dutch producer Tom Trago on opener "Peru", a melancholic chunk of deep house/tech house fusion blessed with sorrowful strings and lashings of spacey synths. Long-established techno producer Eduardo De La Calle layers deep space melodies over a thunderous kick drum-driven rhythm on the sturdy "Mondo 8", while jazz drummer-turned-electronica hero Kelpe delivers the EP's finest moment. Titled "Dry Riser", it sees the London-based producer brilliantly fuse skittish live drum patterns, trippy synthesizer arpeggios, and ridiculously heavy bass.
Review: Spanish producer Eduardo De La Calle has been busy since launching the Analog Solutions label back in 2011; amazingly, this is 26th release on the imprint in less than four years. Typically, Analog Solutions 005 is firmly focused on the dancefloor, with De La Calle attractively joining the dots between hypnotic techno, melodious deep house and the distinctive shuffle of dub techno. There's naturally plenty to enjoy, from the breezy, Balearic dub techno of "B2", and the foreboding, sub-aquatic dancefloor wonkiness of "B1", to the locked-in grooves and expansive musicality of lead cut "A1".
Review: Released on vinyl in 2011, this three-tracker has since become extremely rare and pricey, so this digital issue is timely. Fans of the Spanish artist will be all over this as it features many of his trademark signatures. "My Own Transition" is sub-aqua dub techno, the bleeps and eerie soundscapes best experienced 20 leagues under the surface. "Flamenco Sketches (Present The Good Bye Song)" is much more earthy, with de la Calle fusing pitch-bent vocals with an acid-soaked groove. He stays in this vein for the release closer, "The Sowing Paranoia Aural Reedit", which despite its name, is a somewhat atmospheric 303-led workout.