Review: Solomun has made a virtue out of releasing melodic house music and his latest record is no exception. That said, "Medea" marks a shift of sorts; over a pulsing, tunnelling groove and rolling drums, he introduces dramatic melodic sweeps, the kind that you'd hear on old techno-trance record on Harthouse or Music Man. The title track sees him revert to type, with sensuous pads and acid-tinged melodic hooks dropped over heavy claps. To add to the sense of drama, he delivers an operatic vocal sample as the break down nears. There's also a "strings only" beatless version for those who want to appreciate Solomun's sense of melody away from the dance floor.
Review: Following a few Eps for Milan label Just This, Fabiano Valli aka Pisetzky delivers his debut album. It's a beautifully constructed, expertly pieced together release. Boasting an atmospheric undercurrent throughout, it moves from the frosty ambience of tracks like "Vahana" and "State of Consciousness" -the latter contains the odd, Hawtin-esque acid gurgle - into low tempo affairs like "Streams of Ancient Wisdom" before building into hypnotic, dubbed out grooves of "Bakwas", "Wand" and "Odalesque". Mastered by the peerless Neel, Rough Machine sees Valli borrow from a range of classic techno influences - Mike Parker, Dozzy and even early Autechre are references - but distill each source in such an artful way that makes his debut long player sounds 100% original.
Life In The Clouds (original mix) - (7:15) 120 BPM
Literatur (original mix) - (8:00) 120 BPM
Medea (original mix) - (8:07) 119 BPM
Nagg (original mix) - (7:56) 122 BPM
Stain (original mix) - (8:30) 120 BPM
For Your Love (Probably Not Enough) (original mix) - (6:33) 118 BPM
Vlow (original mix) - (8:33) 80 BPM
Faint (live At Paradigm) - (6:29) 120 BPM
Life In The Clouds (Sebastian Mullaert version) - (12:13) 125 BPM
Review: Given the obscurity of its producer - his most recent EP dropped way back in 2012 - many people might skip past this debut album without giving it a listen. That would be a mistake, though, as Life In The Clouds is actually rather good. Largely ultra-deep, spacey and unmistakably electronic in outlook, it effortlessly flits between dreamy, tech-tinged deep house, sprawling downtempo piano jams, horizontal dub techno workouts, and - in the case of the rather fine "Stain" - luscious organic house. The album also comes bundled with a terrific, 12-minute rework of the title track from Sebastian Mullaert, who somehow makes the dreamy original even more intoxicating.