Review: German veterans Thomas Meinecke and David Moufang have a long history of collaboration, dating back to the turn of the millennium. Meinecke is a legendary producer that got his beginnings in Germany's new wave scene (in band FSK) in the early '80s, while Moufang should need no introduction really - the Source Records boss collaborated in the seminal Deep Space Network with co-head Jonas Grossman, and most recently in Magic Mountain High with Juju & Jordash. Originally released in 2009, this collection of coarse, New York ballroom referencing tracks get a much awaited reissue here on DJ Hell's Gigolo imprint. Moufang and Meinecke explored this pioneering musical scene, utilising countless samples, paired with statements by those involved (dance veterans, drag queens, DJs) with their own voices and instruments.
Review: There's little if anything we can find fault with on Hybrid Minds, a triumphant debut on the Electric Minds imprint for the prolific, if latterly quiet, Move D. This EP proffers the sort of nuanced deep house you've come to expect from the German producer after countless well received releases across Workshop, Running Back, Underground Quality and his own Source Records. Many will instantly fall for the charms of "Got 2 B", a superbly fizzing concoction that fluidly grooves through several glorious movements including a brief organ motif that would be rapturously received at the Electric Minds warehouse parties. "Say I" proves to be just as infectious, the tight clomping drum arrangements complemented by a real sense of textural space and a instantly recognisable vocal loop, while "Useless" ends proceedings with a dewy eyed vocoder led slow jam of the highest order.
Review: Having launched Off Minor Recordings with some of his own refined solo material under the Cry Baby J moniker, Jordan Czamanski adopts a more archival tone for the label's second release, digging into the unreleased early nineties works of Move D. Recorded at his KM20 Studio in hometown Heidelberg (hence the name) The KM20 Tapes feel all too appropriate for contemporary analysis, drawing on a smudged and improvised approach to analogue electronics that would pique the interest of fans of LIES, TTT et al. The rugged drawn out acid of "Ovi Riese" in particular bangs the box in a degraded manner that is most pleasing. Excitingly, this is the first of an irregular series of archival material from Moufang on Off Minor with Czamanski apparently sitting on a tonne of tracks.
Magic Mountain High - "Tiny Fluffy Spacepods" (7:17)
Dusted Links (8:47)
One Small Step... (with Reagenz Meets Thomas Fehlmann) (7:00)
Move D - "Building Bridges" (with Fred P - Move D Inside Revolution mix) (10:46)
Perpetual State (feat The Poem Alles Ist Eins by Thorn Hoedh) (4:56)
Review: Given that he's a born collaborator, as his vast discography proves, it's perhaps fitting that David Moufang's latest album as Move D is packed to the rafters with killer collaborations. Check, for example, the ultra-deep, woozy and off-kilter "Innit", a superbly dubby and opaque studio hook-up with German rave pioneer D-Man, and the shuffling, intergalactic deep house warmth of Fred P collaboration "Building Bridges". Fittingly, his renowned collaborative projects also feature. There's a wonderfully elastic and out-there dub techno/minimalist track by Reagenz (Moufang and Jonah Sharp AKA Spacetime Continuum) with German veteran Thomas Fehlmann, and a Magic Mountain High (alongside Juju and Jordash) track that takes slow-burn, softly spoken deep house/dub techno fusion and runs with it. As you'd expect, the solo tracks are impeccable, too.
Review: Essential fare from the highly respected pairing of Roman Flugel and Running Back, with the ever inventive German artist digging into his personal archives for Gerd Janson's excellent label as Eight Miles High. Consisting of two full tracks and a triplet of B Side loops, Flugel apparently rescued these productions from some old DAT Tapes (hopefully found in his basement) and they find the prolific producer very much "wearing a techno helmet." The fact that the Lost Tracks 12 arrives with descriptive terms such as strange, dark, heavy, loop, high speed, EBM and industrial should offer some indication what to expect. Indeed lead track "Outtake" sounds like the perfect moment deep into the night at Robert Johnson distilled onto record.
Review: Dave Moufang implements London Bus tactics this week! You wait ages for some new Move D material and two 12"s from the legendary German producer and DJ arrive in one week. This two track plate for the Belgian label Curle Recordings has a nice story to boot, with lead track "Wanna Do" originally surfacing on a CD of exclusive material that German magazine Groove included with their 50th issue. Deemed far too good to be available through that CD by the Ghent label, a polite enquiry was made to see if Moufang would be interested in a full vinyl release. Yada yada and Curle have pressed it up with a second, equally good production from Move D. It's not hard to see why Curle would want to license "Wanna Do" a track with typically warm and infectious charms, whilst the tougher, dubby "Nautique" offers some nice contrast.
Review: ** MOVE D REPRESS ** After signing up to the Electric Minds crew last year, Move D is back at the label to drop a fresh track and offer his last EP up to the remixers. "To The Disco 77" is a pitch-perfect slice of laconic house music with all the tenderness you would expect of Move D, with a notable bass synth coming on feisty and reserved all in one breath. Jay Shepheard takes to "Got 2 B" with a more straight up flavour of house music, piling the chord riff on bright and bold and moving ever forwards. Endian's version of the same track is decidedly different slipping into a heads-down shuffle punctuated by dubby pulses and micro house snippet-funk. Duff Disco completes the package with a positively smacked-out slice of slow motion disco groove that struggles to lift its lids through the smoke in the room.
Review: Off Minor Recordings has really blossomed into a buy on sight label under the stewardship of Juju and Jordash man Jordan Czamanski thanks to records from Magic Mountain High, Stump Valley, Move D, Zsa Gang and the founder himself as Jordan GCZ. It's probably the material from Move D that's made Off Minor that extra bit special, as Czamanski's been offered full access to his friends archives for the KM20 Tapes series. Where else could you gain some insight into the man like Move D's early '90s recordings at his KM20 studio in Heidelberg? This second round of archival material proves to be just as rewarding as last year's inaugural entry, with lead track "Willenlos" a killer 12 minute journey into classic deep dub techno. Flip it and you'll find a young Moufang dabbling in some trippy downbeat manoeuvres with "Evil Track" whilst "Inside the Dollhouse" fizzes with alien percussive qualities. Long may the series continue!
Review: Move D returns on the Workshop imprint with a crushing 12" straight out of the Theo Parrish school of thought. Distinct from any of his other recent material, this limited 12" revolves around a muted jazz-funk palette ripped-apart and re-assembled with that distinctive Moufang edge. The percussion and shimmering Rhodes work a treat and the production here is so tight it needs to be heard loud to be believed. Move D really seems to be operating at his peak right now.
Review: An extra special Modern Love release to mark a new series - we dig deep into David Moufang's archives for a couple of tracks that have been simmering on his hard drive for the best part of fifteen years. "Acid", on the a-side, was originally laid down a good decade ago, though the version here was reworked together with long-time Move D collaborator Kai Kroker sometime last year. The track is a masterstroke, breaking away from the swirling keys of the opening sequence, the track emerges into a ridiculously deep attack of Basic Channel style stabs and encroaching acid modulations - played loud this is truly nothing short of devastating. "Sheffield Dance", on the flip, was recorded way back in 1995 and is a classic bleep track - pure analogue percussion and tweaked synth work, gradually building into a fallout of immense, beautiful proportions. Move D has long been one of the most gifted producers of electronic music the world has known, his recent run of form only bolstered by these two mighty lost classics.
Review: Part 1 of a series of remixes for Move D's stunning "Anne Will". Barcelona based Vincenzo clearly is inspired by the original's simplicity. But instead of focussing on the laid back deepness, he strips down the track even more and stresses a challenging straightforwardness. He turns "Anne Will" into a fully electronic house track. Lawrence has been, is and will always be a true house lover. Compared to a lot of his own productions, his remix is less contorted and introvert. He arranges his mix around a simple, driving house chord, giving it a wonderful oldschool vibe. When a subtle chime loop fades in, the track eventually starts to float in a very typical Lawrence way. London based Argy surprises with disarming directness. His own productions often display an array of disparate rhythmic elements that mysteriously interlock and eventually create a groove. Here he just keeps it simple and focuses on one chord that keeps looping all the way through his remix. By adding an organ theme Argy turns this track into a modern piece of dance music, which at the same time is reminiscent of the good old days.
Review: The second instalment of the liebe*detail spezial series comes in the form of more remixes of one of their signature tracks, Move D’s 'Anne Will'. After the first part with remixes by Lawrence, Argy and Vincenzo more or less focussed on the House aspects of the original, this part emphasises the Techno side of things. Prolific producer DENIS KARIMANI from Hamburg turns 'Anne Will' into a minimal, thumping bass affair, that just keeps building up and up until a soaring heavy synth riff lifts it up even more and takes the mix through the roof. This is clearly the most peak time oriented mix.
Review: Superb new 4 track EP from Germany's Move D (aka David Moufang of Source Records, KM20, Warp, Liebe*Detail). If you remember his legendary "Kunststoff" album and all his warm analogue techno, house and deep ambient works and you may will have a deja-vu. Pure class!
Review: Translated into English as "Plastic", 'Kunststoff' is anything but production line - succeeding in sounding as genre defying now as it was when originally released at the half-time interval of the Nineties. Brought back into print by City Centre Offices for a whole new generation to discover, "Kunststoff" is a dreamlike journey through Move D's compelling vision of an electronic vista which doesn't feel a necessity to labour each sonic progression and instead allows the music to gradually unfurl like a majestic digital tapestry. The sound of techno if viewed through a piquant heat-haze, the likes of "Soap Bubbles" and album standout 'In/Out' are intensely textured compositions that take their beats as a flexible spine onto which all manner of sonic flourishes can be mapped. As innovative as any album of the past two decades, "Kunststoff" is generous to the listener - refusing to insult their intelligence through easily pigeon-holed avenues, Move D instead throws up a startlingly diverse selection of music that nonetheless retains a firm cohesive thread. Best enjoyed as a whole, "Kunststoff" revels in juxtaposing the serrated grooves of "Nimm 2" against the kaleidoscopic synths and carbonated beats of "Beyond The Machine" - a lullaby for the silicon hearted. Put simply, a stone cold classic.
Review: ** REPRESS ALERT ** David 'Move D' Moufang's debut album, originally released in 1995, gets a much needed reissue here on Damiano von Erckert's ava imprint. Across the Kunststoff LP's dozen or so tracks, we can hear the zeitgeist of mid nineties electronics taking in obvious influences - mainly from Detroit and Sheffield but undeniably laying down the roots of what would soon become the signature of the Heidelberg producer's signature sound. From the blissed-out ambient house of "Soap Bubbles" (which would be further explored again a decade and a half later on Song From The Beehive with Benjamin Brunn), or "Amazing Discoveries" exploring the same sonic territory as the likes of John Beltran at the time. The bittersweet melancholia of "Tribute To Mr Fingers" which does exactly what it says on the tin, but its really about the many moments tripped-out deep electronica like the sublime "77 Sunset Strip" where the album really shines.
Review: Only those with long memories will remember David 'Move D' Moufang's short-lived Housegrooves alias. It was only used for a single 1993 release, Volume 1, a 12" that has long been in-demand amongst deep house diggers. Misfit Melodies have decided to give it the reissue treatment, partnering two of the EP's most lauded cuts with fresh remixes and edits. In the former category you'll find the low-slung analogue bass, rolling beats and spacey synth melodies of "I Gave My Love", and the more bumpin', New Jersey influenced Seebase collaboration "Deep", which here gets a slight edit from DJ Oyster. The most impressive rework comes from Shan and Gerd Janson, who turn "I Gave My Love" into a saucer-eyed chunk of piano-heavy, rave-era breakbeat-house bliss.
Benjamin Brunn - "Da Hulk" (feat CT Fletcher) (4:44)
Benjamin Brunn - "For D K" (6:20)
Review: Oh yes! House legend Move D teams up once again with Smallville's Benjamin Brunn for the Wake Up's label fifth outing and it's a two-track affair from each artist. Move D delivers a sleepy, hazy deep house cut on "EPMTAX" and a more uplifting, piano-led number in the shape of "Eastman". Flip the 12" over, and you got Brunn's "Da Hulk", a rolling broken-beat house swinger with one mean low-end, and the dusty, lo-fi chug of "For D K".... true corner vibes throughout!
Review: Oh yes! Our main man DJ Jus' Ed teams up with the legendary Move D (Workshop, Magic Mountain High etc, etc, etc) for a new collaborative effort on his always on-point Underground Quality, home to artists such as Fred P, Levon Vincent and Juniper. There's a whopping four cuts on here and our picks of the bunch have to be "From Bridgeport To Heidelberg" - for that winding melody and gritty percussion flex - and "Hustler Suite", a bass-heavy deep house roller for you to meditate on. This is yet another Underground Quality gem.
Review: Two years on from volume one, Unclear has decided to deliver a second 12" tribute to the sadly missed Klang Club, a techno and house institution that brought ravers to the sleepy Tuscan village of Arezzo between 2008 and 2013. Move D kicks things off with the minor key melodies, creepy chords and crunchy percussion of "Rise", before Fred P effortlessly fuses deep house and wigglin' acid on the standout "Lush Life". On the flip, Christopher Rau gets busy with the thunderous techno drums, sampled sax loops and tumbling chords of "Unclear Joint", before Easy To Remember rounds things off with the early Chicago house grooves and Damn Funk style synth solos of "I Don't Know".
Review: Berlin party crew AWAY have made a name for themselves in recent times, finding their niche by pushing the somewhat under-represented sounds of Detroit and hi-tech soul in the German capital. Now into the third release for their fledgling new label, the AWAY Soundsystem appear here (with the banging "Werkzeug") alongside some of the city's more established names such as Greek expat GummiHz on the deeply emotive and dubby tech house of "Far Away" and legend Move D (although he's actually from Heidelberg), whose offering "Stomper" really lives up to its name on this hypnotic, deep techno excursion.
Review: Following solo singles for Electric Minds and Curle and the recent Live at Freerotation LP on Workshop as part of Magic Mountain High, Move D adds the Archipel Recordings label to his 2013 profile on this collaborative release with the Montreal-based producer HEAR. "Irene Birth" sees the pair going deep, with a simmering piece of house swathed in dub stabs and glistening textures, with a bassline that rolls gently into the horizon. "Open Spaces" sees the pair bring the vibe up gently with its warm strings, firming up the kick drum but going even more trippy with those alien textures; "Montytek" is a total curve ball, balancing a fast, driving techno rhythm with gently looping synth hypnotics. Another winner from Moufang!
Review: Juju & Jordash's imprint Off Minor are back. Their tenth release follows up a great one by Downbeat boss Jose Rico. The Urgence EP features Jordash aka Jordan GCZ in collaboration with the mighty Dave Moufang aka Move D - for the first time since 2015's Live In Seattle album on Further Records. On the A side, we have the blissed out down-tempo groove of "Urgence 1" its sparse and skeletal rhythm patterns, warm bass pulsations and cosmic synth textures awash in a haze of smoke and tape saturation. It is an equally as chilled affair on the flip with "Urgence 2" but it's definitely got more groove and funk about it on this minimalist slow burner that would be perfect to use as a tool; to merge with other tracks or great on its own, or for cool down moments for its sparse and hypnotic effect. Recorded live in Amsterdam.
Move D - "To The Disco 77'" (Move D live rework) (9:23)
Move D & Justin Carter - "Leaves" (Basement demo) (9:59)
Review: Legendary German DJ/producer David "Move D" Moufang first appeared on Electric Minds back in 2013. "To The Disco '77" was an undoubted highlight of that 12" and here gets the remix treatment from the man himself. His "Live Rework" is a wonderfully loose and lucid affair, with quietly jazzy guitars, New Jersey garage organs and headline-grabbing vocal samples wrapping themselves around foreboding, low-end chords and nifty, on the fly drum machine programming. On the flip, Moufang joins forces with Mister Saturday Night man Justin Carter for "Leaves (Basement Demo)", a wonderfully deep, rich and spacey house cut that recalls the long-serving German producer's intelligent techno era output (albeit with the added warmth of head-in-the-clouds deep house).
Review: Between 1996 and 2010, Move D and Pete Namlook recorded 24 collaborative albums, offering up an otherworldly blend of dreamy deep house, hypnotic techno, deep space ambient and jazz-tinged soundscapes. Sadly, none were made available on vinyl, making this EP a must-have. On side A you'll find two cuts from 2001's "Move D/Namlook VI - Live In Heidelberg": the acid-flecked dirty techno hypnotism of "Footer" and the dubbed-out ambient/jazz fusion of "Der Bergkonig". Over on side B there's a chance to enjoy the epic 2010 cut "Stranger", where the pair wrap sampled speech, twinkling pianos and enveloping aural textures around a suitably deep and tactile tech-house groove.
Review: Since the dawn of the 1990s, David "Move D" Moufang has been one of house and techno's most reliable producers. It's no surprise, then, that this double-header - featuring a solo production, and a fresh collaboration with Jonah Sharp under the long-running Reagenz alias - is pretty darn hot. Moufang's "Roll Split" is a deliciously spacey, emotion-rich and enveloping affair that builds to a head-spinning conclusion via waves of undulating Motor City electronics, tactile riffs, surging bass and intergalactic chords. The Reagenz tune, "460 Melrose Place", is similarly cosmic in outlook, with the veteran duo smothering a superb drum machine groove with stretched out chords, pulsating sub bass, glistening, ambient techno style motifs, and shuffling bongo hits.