Review: The finest exports from Halle (Saale) return on their beloved Monaberry imprint with some more quality minimal tech-house goodness. Feliks Thielemann & Mathias Schwarz first made a splash around 10 years ago with their inventive takes on house and techno. This will be the pair's fourth album for the imprint and features a dozen or so tracks: the best of them being the collaborations - and there is some pretty interesting ones we must say. With Cologne duo Andhim they create some lovely ambient house/IDM during one of the album's 'interludes' not to mention the absolutely splendid one with German neo-classical hero Hauschka later on. The dubby warehouse techno slow bruner "V13A", the evocative dancefloor drama of "Gausa" goes for that Stil Vor Talent or Jonas Saalbach kind of feel. The tunnelling progressive house journey "Skorr" provides something different again and closes out this fine LP in style.
Review: Long standing hero of the Berlin scene and Stil Vor Talent chief Oliver Koletzki steps up to present a fine collection of remixes for his label's next installment. He's been crafting for prolific friends and outstanding musicians for close to a decade, and for Remix Tales Koletzki has now compiled his personal favourites (with some previously unreleased ones too). Features his emotive take on German duo HVOB's "Dogs", Frank 'Ame' Wiedemann and Ry 'X' Cuming's Howling project on "Stole The Night", through to legends such as French Touch pioneers Cassius on "Toop Toop" and NYC electroclash icons Fischerspooner on "The Best Revenge". Keep your ears peeled for his upcoming full length which will be released very soon.
Review: Steven 'Sugar' Harding and Michael 'Milk' Kronenberger set out their soundtrack for this year's WMC - and this selection has all the makings of an unforgettable party. The pair's own "That Body" is a wonderfully soulful house cut, laced with lush vocals and uplifting pianos. On "Walls", Purple Disco Machine pushes that style into an epic, indie vocal-led direction while at the other end of the spectrum, Monolink's "Black Day" veers into a slower, smoked out take on modern house. The pair have dug deep to include tracks from DJ Hal - his "Don't Give It Up" is given the unmistakable disco touch by remixers Full Intention - while Glasgow Underground founder Kevin McKay also features with the big room "Love Rights".