Review: A collection of the German duo's collaborations stretching back to the middle of the last decade, Luna shows that good ideas and original production never age. Although this release features a long list of high-profile remixers - our favourites include Moritz Van Oswald's dubby, understated take on "Phobos" and Roman Flugel's spiky house version of "The Phoenix" - the duo's own productions are the real highlights. Both "Luna" and "Atlas" are underpinned by mid-tempo, unfussy rhythms and pulsing basslines, with the latter unfolding to reveal a spine-tingling melody. "Callisto" is an evocative ambient piece reminiscent of classic Eye Q and the epic synths on "Hydra" relive that distinctive central European sense of melancholia that Kraftwerk pioneered.
Review: Despite their close association, Bodzin and Romboy have only released a few Eps together over the past decade. Kerberos was the last original material that appeared under this joint partnership and first came out back in 2014. This remix package sees them tap some of their close associates for new interpretations. Working together with Johannes Brecht, Diynamic label boss Solomun delivers a machining version that is led by a throbbing, menacing bass. Meanwhile, Andr? Hommen's take is more melodic, with a twisted, trance hook unravelling through the arrangement and Matador focuses on a more dance-floor focused version with sharp percussive bursts and a brooding sub-bass prevailing. Last but by no means least is the darkly melodic original, a master class in electro house.
Review: Systematic label boss - Mondchengladbach's Marc Romboy - is back and makes sure he's on the ball with a bit of help from some friends. Stephan Bodzin continues his return to form showing everyone how the proggy sound is done properly yet again on his epic remix of "Hypernova". Guy Mantzur & Roy Rosenfeld deliver some smooth sure-fire tech house for the main room with their impressive remix while Romboy's own versions demonstrate his studio prowess. The "Synthapella" features a massive modular synth lead which really takes charge over this epic eight minute version of the track. Yes; there is a massive white noise build up. The original is more of the peak time proggy business that you'd expect by now!
Marc Romboy vs Blake Baxter - "Freakin'" (original) - (6:54) 125 BPM
Van Bellen - "Let Me Take You On A Journey" (Guy Mantzur & Roy Rosenfeld remix) - (8:31) 124 BPM
Abysm - "Future Love" - (5:29) 124 BPM
Guy Mantzur & Roy RosenfelD - "Hidden Karisma" - (8:18) 124 BPM
Andre Hommen - "Macro" - (6:47) 123 BPM
Technasia - "Hold Me" - (9:40) 128 BPM
Olaf Pozsgay - "Glacck" - (8:12) 125 BPM
Nicolas Masseyeff - "Systematic 77 Megamix" (By Nicolas Masseyeff) - (1:59:52) 124 BPM
Roy RosenfelD - "Systematic 77 Megamix" (By Roy Rosenfeld) - (1:59:40) 122 BPM
Review: Marc Romboy's esteemed tech house imprint has reached its 77th release? You bet! And it goes out all guns blazing this time around with a massive compilation with some great tracks, new and old, by the likes of Robert Babicz, Guy Mantzur, Wehbba and Stephan Bodzin. There are some pretty kick ass remixes on offer too by the likes of Adam Port, Adriatique, Nick Curly and Petar Dundov. Highlights? Head honcho Romboy's rendition of OCH's "Time Tourism", Ibadan boss Jerome Sydenham's ecstatic "Systematic Dub" and Technasia's druggy and tunnelling odyssey "Hold Me".