Review: Ostgut's sister label continues its voyage into the grey area between the abstract and the main floor with a release that may come to be merely known as 'hyphens'. While not completely forsaking the dance floor, "Contact", is all dark drones and shattered glass percussion riding the dark backing rhythm, while "Aggregate" veers back towards club usage with its hammering drums, razor sharp percussion and concrete beats. "Osmium" also shows that there is more common ground between the abstract and the dance floor with filtered percussion and acidic bass licks providing all of the action, before "Herschel" dips back into the abstract with dreamy synths and breathy vocals underpinned by subtle broken beats.
Review: !K7 Records launches a new compilation series entitled Kollections: Club which inaugurates the project. The tracklist features artists of the partner labels under the !K7 umbrella such as Turbo, AUS Music, Mobilee, Mister Saturday Night and Hypercolour. Each edition explores a different musical theme but this first installment, naturally, is all about the club! Highlights here include Midland's recent hit "Blush", Maya Jane Coles' funky afterhours tech house jam "Not Listening" (from a few years ago), KiNK's roaring remix of Kerrier District's (Luke Vibert) "Techno Disco" and Lauer's recent feelgood number "Killian" showing off his knack for classic retro vibes like no other.
Life On Planets, David Marston - "Take Your Time" - (7:30) 120 BPM
Review: "!Kollections" banner. Each focuses on a certain aspect of the long-running label's vast back catalogue. The fourth edition, for example, focused on disco. "Reflections", the latest volume, is not as tight stylistically and instead gathers together tracks that tend towards the deep, poignant, beautiful and melancholy. There are many treats amongst the 27 showcased selections, with highlights including an impeccable chunk of string-laden downtempo pop from DJ Tennis and Fink, a dreamy slice of loved-up house warmth from Lone, the bustling, dream house era Mediterranean holiday memories of Mugwump's "God is Gracious" and the thrusting, big room-friendly late night hypnotism of Dubfire's "Dust Devil".
Review: !K7 Records bring us the seventh in their '!Kollections' compilation series, and it's an album that's every bit as eclectic as the label itself. Accordingly, there are tracks here spanning a range of genres from Afro-folk (Red Axes' 'Abidijan') to stomping techno (BETON's sat-nav vocalled 'Directions') to jazz (Idris Ackamoor's 'Land Of Ra') to out-and-out synth-pop, but highlights for househeads include Gerd Janson's electro/Italo-inspired take on Yovav's 'Running Wave', the retro piano stylings of Anja Schneider's 'All I See' and the stunning Joey Negro Re-Grooved Instrumental of Patrice Rushen's 'Never Gonna Give You Up'.
Next To You (Adams No Trust remix) - (9:33) 122 BPM
Jump Into (Paxton Fettel remix) - (6:29) 123 BPM
Review: Some 12 months after Uffe's sophomore album No! wowed critics and consumers, Tartelet have decided to offer up a freshly re-worked version. Having assembled a crack team of remixers, it's little surprise to find that the resultant five-tracker is really rather good. For club plays, we'd recommend the sensual, organic sounding deep house hypnotism of the Adams No Trust remix of "Next To You" and Max Graef and Glenn Astro's impeccable rework of "The Fact", which recasts the track as a bass-heavy chunk of deep-space jazz-funk. Elsewhere, Falty DL goes deep, woozy and intergalactic on his sublime, hard-to pigeonhole mix of of "You Seem Happy" and Paxton Kettel joins the dots between '80s electrofunk, swinging jazz and lolloping deep house on his standout take on "Jump Into".