Review: Issued on Running Back's Incantations offshoot, A Sagittariun's latest album is a diverse affair. While it features the kind of tripped out techno that this producer has become synonymous with over the years - check "Watch The Skies!" and "Life Is The Illusion, Love Is The Dream" - it also boasts off-centre tracks such as scuffled industrial funk of "Once Upon A Time" and "Last Of The Crazy Baldheads". Heights is also notable in that it features tripped out jams like the cosmic-disco of "Lazer Battle At The OK Coral" and "Dream Stealers" as well as the broken beats of "Version Excursion". It shows that A Sagittariun is a more rounded artists that some of his club releases may have suggested.
Dada Is Back (feat Paki Palmieri) - (7:21) 123 BPM
Napoli Texas - (7:28) 124 BPM
Noah - (10:03) 123 BPM
How We Communicate - (6:42) 124 BPM
Vostok - (6:39) 131 BPM
Iron Odyssey - (4:08) 120 BPM
Holy Motors - (6:16) 123 BPM
The Sin Introducing Telemaco - (5:38) 122 BPM
Review: While Davide Squillace has been churning out underground hits for the best part of 20 years, his only previous full-length excursion was a compilation of remixes back in 2011. Once Upon a Time in Napoli, then, is a landmark release for the storied Italian producer. For the most part, the material sits somewhere between deep house and tech-house, with a range of intriguing influences - Balearica, synth disco, dub house, Afro-house and, most surprisingly, punk-funk - stirred in to add extra spice to Squillace's percussive and peak-time-friendly productions. Highlights come thick and fast, from the woozy brilliance of vocal opener "The Boogie Man" and deliciously wild and sweaty "Vostok", to the breezy deep house positivity of "Holy Motors" and low-slung "Napoli Texas', which is arguably the album's moodiest cut
Review: Pretty, soulful drum & bass. Who doesn't want a piece of that? Oddsoul kick off this mini EP with a Colossus remix of their beautiful track "Summer Lovin'" featuring Anastasia, and what a remix it is. None of the delicate melody is lost but still Colossus manages to weave a huge, addictive bassline through the melody. "Once Upon A Time" by newcomer Kredit is a stunning follow-up, pitting big bass wobbles amongst pretty piano and ethereal atmospherics. Rounding off the release is NotioN's "A Poet's Tale", a beauty of a track with a beat to get you moving and a sampled clarinet to tug on your heartstrings. How often does dance music do that?
Review: Timo Maas is the latest artist to appear on Sasha's label. The title track is sure to surprise those who thought that the amiable German DJ / producer was all about throbbing progressive house. Its rolling rhythm floats and swirls against the backdrop of a fragile, ghostly melody. In common with a lot of Maas' work though it has an infectious, almost commercial edge to it. The same cannot be said about "We Are One". A dense, droning groove littered with interference and found sounds, its lone bleeps cut through the sonic fog like a white strobe light. It's a real 'down the rabbit hole' track from one of prog's great talents.