Review: After a series of Eps for Poker Flat, Engelhardt puts out his debut album on the label. It's an assured but bleary affair, littered with lush instrumentation and off centre pop influences. It starts with the lush woodwind and strings on the title track, before the German producer leads the listener down a path that includes the slap-bass, stripped back house of "Solitude" and "When the Distance Disappears", the frosty trance on "Kissing Your Eyes" and the pulsating, tripped out "Azimute". Clearly, Engelhardt has an eye (and an ear) on moving beyond the dance flop and Moments also includes a series of home listening tracks like "Eyes Closed", which features Forrest's slurred vocals and layered, textures.
Kissing Your Eyes (Andre Hommen remix) - (6:54) 125 BPM
Eyes Closed (feat Forrest - Tim Green remix) - (8:40) 122 BPM
Beyond Time (Fideles remix) - (8:01) 122 BPM
Review: Rising star Tim Engelhardt released Moments Of Truth on esteemed Hamburg imprint Poker Flat earlier in 2017 and here come some awesome remixes by some worthy label affiliates. Objektivity's Andre Hommen delivers a soulful and emotive rendition of "Kissing Your Eyes" which reaches near tribal moments. "Eyes Closed" (feat Forrest) goes deeper to show something more sonically evocative - but we wouldn't have expected anything less from virtuoso Tim Green on the remix. Finally, Italian duo Fideles who are fresh off releases for hot labels such as Afterlife and Exit Strategy deliver some hypnotic and futuristic dancefloor drama on their remix of "Beyond Time" which could have equally been at home on tastemaker label Innervisions: and it is exactly the kind of track that Dixon or Ame themselves would drop during one of their epic sets.
Review: Toolroom sets out an ambitious programme for its annual Miami trip. Patrick Topping gets the party started with the diva vocals and crowd cheers of "Be Sharp, Say Nowt", a true good-time house tune, while a more considered but no less infectious take on vocal house is audible on The 2 Bears' "London Are You There?" and Bicep's wonderful electro-synth-led "Metro". However, this compilation isn't limited to house music: the OC & Verde remix of Eli & Fur's "Around You" is frosty Euro trance at its most memorable and Dubspeeka's "Lyssa" is a gorgeous piece of dubbed out, dreamy techno. Miami won't know what hit it.