Review: It's been almost a year since Swiss duo Adriatique presented their much lauded full length effort 'Nude', and this fresh collection of reworks ensure they still get to live on in the (mind the pun!) - Afterlife. While household names such as label bosses Tale of Us (with Mathame), Keinemusik's Rampa and Solumun appear, it's definitely worth mentioning the more underground artists that they reeled in. Berghain resident Kobosil's barrelling and austere rework of "Tachykardia" keeps the sensual vocals of the original, but is absolutely geared for the peak time period of his acclaimed DJ sets at the Berlin institution. Italian trio Agents Of Time (Obscura) deliver a typically epic and entrancing journey into the deeper realms of dancefloor dynamics, and probably most surprising of all is the addition of Frankfurt minimal house legend Isolee who injects "Mystery" with his idiosyncratic style of emotive and glitching minimal funk.
Review: Tale of Us' label is steadily growing a reputation for championing left of centre dance music and "Ray" is no exception. The work of Swiss pair Adriatique, it brings together unusual sources to create a distinctive vision for contemporary techno. "Voices from the Dawn" boasts the dusty, grainy authenticity of proto-techno and ambient, with the duo integrating droning bleeps with a pulsating, electronic groove. On the title track, they go deeper; the rhythm is low slung and hypnotic and a melancholic synth riff unravels over a sequence of understated kicks. It's another killer release from this fast rising imprint.
Review: By their prolific standards, Zurich's Adriatique had a quiet 2013. Here, they attempt to rediscover their best form for regular home Diynamic, following previous outings on Cityfox and Wolf + Lamb. Fans of their particular blend of dancefloor dreaminess - think European tech-house and deep house meets woozy futurism, with occasional nods to classic progressive house - will find much to enjoy here. While lead cut "Mcreasy" - all Arabic influences and Innervisions-ish melodies - will probably get the most attention, we're enjoying the deeper, intoxicating "Lophobia" and the spiraling "Glyfada" - all chugging rhythms, dreamy pads and far-sighting electronics.
Review: Adriatique are a duo from Zurich who make slick, disco infused electro-house. A perfect match then for esteemed house label Diynamic. "Deeper Love" is a driving, melodic stomper with a muted guitar riff, analogue keyboard melodies and vocal chant heavily indebted to early 80s electro-funk. Electro disco workout "By Your Side" keeps things uptempo with dreamy pads and more soulful vocals. Things get moodier on "Motions" courtesy of the deeper, slower groove and John Carpenter-esque analogue synths. The EP's 80s influences blend into the 90s for the title track which is a perky retro house number complete which cheeky vocoder.
Review: If you've been paying attention to the more polished end of European deep house, you should already be aware of Adriatique. The Swiss duo first made their name back in 2012 with releases on OFF Recordings, Culprit and Diynamic, and have slowly been building their reputation ever since. Here, the vest-sporting duo continues to explore the tactile world of moody contemporary deep house with a trio of typically moody, atmospheric cuts. Think shuffling rhythms, woozy vocals, tech-tinged electronics and long, drawn-out chords. There's a significant low-end pulse propelling lead cut "Rolling Stone", while the two versions of Name One collaboration "Midnight Walking" (available in vocal and Dub forms) impress with their ever-rising intensity and fluid melodies.
Marino Canal - "Men Of No Purpose" - (6:40) 120 BPM
Charlie Thorstenson - "Skuggor" - (8:31) 124 BPM
Adriatique - "Grinding Rhythm" - (6:18) 123 BPM
Glowal - "Flowers On Tears" - (7:23) 126 BPM
SOEL - "Oberon" - (6:07) 123 BPM
Review: This second split release on Siamese follows last year's first Anthology instalment and focuses again on melodic, electronic house. Label owners Adriatique's "Grinding Rhythm" sets the tone, with its subtle, intricate rhythm and understated melodies. It's the kind of track that will work in a number of settings from warm up to peak time, albeit for a more discerning crowd. Soel's "Oberon" is more dubby but is also shot through with a moody undercurrent, thanks to the ominous riffs that accompany the rolling arrangement throughout. Marino Canal's "Men of No Purpose" is somewhat deeper and even veers toward an epic sensibility thanks to its frosty synths, but retains its dance floor focus thanks to a tricky supporting rhythm. if you're looking for a refined, futuristic take on house, check this release.
Review: The Cityfox affiliated Zurich duo Adriatique return for a brilliant EP that inaugurates their brand new label named Siamese. On the Patterns Of Eternity EP, the title track is a mesmerising and hypnotic tech house journey with trancey arpeggios and soaring synth leads. While second offering "Womb" is more suited to the warm up or afterhours alike on this deep and moody cruise through the darklands. Finally "Quadrivia" closes this fine release out on a dreamy and ethereal progressive house tip that you could imagine being played at an open air rooftop party by the likes of Lee Burridge.
Review: Legendary label and compilers Cafe Del Mar deliver Terrace Decade Mix! With a contemporary cast of artists keeping the label in the limelight, the sound and feeling of this compilation still very much harks back to the original sentiments of those legendary mixes from back in the day. Headlining numbers include Fritz Kalkbrenner & Thalstroem's (aka Kollektiv Turmstrasse) piano dub to Till Von Sein's "Blueprint" fitting sweetly with the oil drum memories of Mop Mop's "Kamakumba (Simbad dub)". Keeping with the pianos still is Volen Sentir's retouch to About : River alongside some cultural touches of afrocentric styles by wildcard artist Aunti Flo in his remix to Bosq's "Tumbala". '90s Trance plays a huge and effervescent role in Budakid's "The End" next to the spiraling Krautrock and Italo sentiments of Frankey & Sandrino's "Acamar" and other basslines dubs from Mollono.Bass's .Feeling Good". Take it to the terrace - feel good.
Review: Acclaimed Italian duo Tale Of Us present the third Realm Of Consciousness compilation on Afterlife Recordings. A collection of spellbinding and melodic epics packed full of narratives plus plenty of dancefloor drama awaits with some rather surprising additions too - artist wise. The German hero Recondite serves up the powerful opening track "Savaaq" with its tension and suspense and those soaring melodies, fellow Italians Mind Against team up with Blausch on the hypnotic bliss of "Trust My Eyes" and Ukranian deep techno experts Woo York give us the steely heads down techno of "Discovery". Elsewhere, southern Italians Agents Of Time appear with the adrenalised and entrancing cyclicality of "Superia", frequent Tale Of Us collaborator Vaal takes you deep into the aether on "Weakness Days" and ascendant German Kevin De Vries gets into freefall on the sublime "Phoenix"
Review: It's been a decade in the business for this Hamburg institution that's spawned many a summer anthem or outright hit during its existence. To celebrate the occasion, Diynamic have launched a killer compilation featuring all the usual suspects that have played a crucial role in the development of the label thus far and they're here to assure you they're more keen than ever. Highlights on 10 Years Diynamic are not limited to: Hanseatic homeboys Kollektiv Turmstrasse with their rather mid '90s electronica sounding "Jupiter Sunrise", label mainstay Stimming with the bittersweet symphony of "Hope & Ramati", label head honcho HOSH with some adrenalised peak time tech house on "The Drumpet Show" and Norwegians Ost & Kjex with their new track "Heatwave".