Review: On the back of Kompakt's expansive retrospective of his work under the Gas alias, the essential Box, Wolfgang Voigt has decided to deliver a new album - his first for 17 years. Predictably, Narkopop is as cinematic, widescreen and densely layered as anything the German ambient producer has done to date. Over 11 spellbinding tracks, Voigt blends field recordings and droning electronics with sweeping, almost orchestral movements, swirling melodic cycles, and occasional forays into rhythmic hypnotism. The result is a collection of "wall of sound" ambient compositions that does a terrific job tiptoeing the fine lines between both grandiosity and intimacy, and joy and pain. In a word: essential.
Review: Nobody quite does ambient music like Kompakt label boss Wolfgang Voigt. With an illustrious discography spanning three decades, producing under such aliases as Mike Ink, Wassermann, Freiland or House To House - it is under the Gas alias where he now presents his sixth album: Rausch. It is intended to be heard as a whole from beginning to end, with Voigt's signature brooding symphonies creating a lush landscape over nefarious, almost dystopian atmospherics - of course building altogether to a massive climax. It's yet another awe-inspiring chapter in Voigt's collection of sonic narratives. The album will premiere live in his hometown at the Cologne Philharmonie on May 9th, followed by a global tour of the project.
Review: Italian electro house pair Hard Ton are what we would refer to as 'reliable'. We don't want that to sound boring, because that is exactly what this duo are not, but they've been pumping out consistently high levels of dance music euphoria since the late noughties. Here they return with a remix pack for the Luv Shack imprint, a five-track juggernaut with the right kind of vibes, kicked-off by 2 versions of "Style Ga-Galore", the first by the Gemini Brothers and the second from Andrew Soul. Sebastian Voigt's remix of "Queer Nation" is a bubbling house banger with a chunky percussion flex, wheres the two remixes of "Stumbling" & of "Shine By Night Ft. Snuff Crew" come respectively from Alinka and Perseus Traxx, the second of whom lays down an ultra-slick Chicago throwback.