Review: Romanian-in-Berlin Borrowed Identity seems like a perfect fit for Fina, 2020 Vision's smoother and groovier little brother. Certainly, there's a smooth-but-jackin feel to the title track - produced in cahoots with long-time production pal Mechanical Soul Brother - which expertly layers choice disco vocal samples and breezy pianos atop a heavy, synth-laden groove. "Mental State" opts for a more ragged acid vibe, whilst retaining an element of cool dreaminess, before "Roboto Moves" takes us on a trip into the far reaches of the galaxy. Finally, "You're Mine" builds a formidably sweaty dancefloor groover out of elements borrowed from an old Inner Life disco classic. It's been done before, but there's something admirable about the sparsity and heaviness of Borrowed Identity's production.
Review: It's the onset of a brave new era for Ostgut Ton as Panorama Bar 06 signals the label's decision to halt the manufacturing of CDs for their much loved series of mixes. Due for free download via the Ostgut site on August 11, the Berlin operation have not forgone the vinyl format with all the exclusives gathered by mix curator Ryan Elliott pressed up across a pair of 12" samplers. And boy did Elliott call in the favours with this first sampler featuring new and unreleased music from Neworldaquarium, Roman Flugel, Terrence Dixon, Tuff City Kids and Borrowed Identity. It is an overall exquisite selection, running from the ambience of NWAQ's contribution to Flugel's big room stomper and the sweeter, more playful sounds of Tuff City Kids and Borrowed Identity.
Review: Freiburg's Borrowed Identity has been one of the busiest producers of 2015, and arguably also one of the most consistent. This 12" for Let's Play House offshoot LPH White marks his fifth (and presumably final) EP of the year, and contains six bumpin', no-nonsense house workouts to entertain festive floors. He begins by joining forces with regular collaborator Mechanical Soul Brother on the low-slung, Junior Vasquez-influenced late night bump of "Vogue", before smothering a thickset groove with rich Rhodes chords and bluesy vocal samples on "Feelings For You". Other highlights include the stompin', piano-heavy goodness of "Tell Me Why", the thumping late night techno of "Red Acid Clouds", and the locked-in, late night basement throb of "Into The Blue".
Review: Romanian-in-Berlin Borrowed Identity has built up an impressive discography since making his debut on Traveller Records back in 2012. Following releases on Legendary Sound Research, Quintessentials and Fina, amongst others, Searching Forever marks his debut for Hope Taping is Killing Music. There's typically plenty to enjoy, from the relentless minor key chords and bluesy vocal samples of "Nothing at All", and the hazy, soul-flecked deep shuffle of "Feeling Blue", to the thickset acid bass, shuffling beats and "Deep Burnt" style strings of the standout "Searching Forever". "One Nation Under a Groove", with its hustling chord stabs and hazy vocal samples, is also impressive.
Review: Tribe 12 is a label run by St Albans' producer & DJ J. Robinson. Here we get a diverse label compilation featuring some of the most forward-thinking drum and bass music out there right this minute. Things kick off with EBK's cinematic "The Flock" which is slow and twitchy with elastic bass; next up is "Top Secret" by Codex, which is pure jungle beats and dark alley noises. Concealed Identity's "Trouble" sticks to the sinister theme, but incorporates dub reggae into the mix. Finally DBR UK wrap things up nicely with "Bushy", a slow, tropical groover features bongo drums and faint birdsong.
Review: Damon Wild dons his Mistaken Identity guise for the latest EP on his resurgent Synewave label, and it finds the US techno maestro burrowing into the deeper realms of his sound to create a truly hypnotic kind of boss-level techno. "Mindset" is all low-end pulse that will feel incredible hitting your bones from a proper system, while "Varity" takes a lighter approach that focuses on the upper frequencies. "Scalene" gets lost in an endless loop with a soupcon of disco woven in, and "Backdoor" has a metallic, dubbed out central hook that sounds perfect reverberating over the stern, stripped back rhythms.