Review: Berlin's Rampa is back, on none other than brilliant local imprint Keinemusik (which he co-founded) presenting the deep and sultry slow burner "The Touch" which is a perfect follow up to the equally sexy hits "Touch Me" and "Spoken For" from last year which featured Hercules & Love Affair's one time frontwoman Nomi Ruiz. Second offering "528 Hz" is a dark and moody journey track which is perfect for one of those euphoric cool down moments for DJs to facilitate a headrush or few before getting into the tougher stuff. Spoiler alert: incredibly wonky Life & Death style synth lead on this one! After great releases recently by Adam Port and &ME, the German label goes from strength to strength.
Review: Keinemusik co-founder Gregor Sutterlin AKA Rampa is the latest addition to the Innervisions roster. His debut EP for the imprint is dancefloor-friendly and for the most part club ready, but also slightly more experimental and off-kilter in ethos than you'd perhaps expect from Ame and Dixon's long-running label. Check first the non-stop A-side suite of tracks, where the oddball electronics and effects-laden looped vocals of "79249 (Intro)" seamlessly segues into the ghostly lead lines, thrusting arpeggio bass, creepy effects and locked-in techno drums of "They Will". Radiohead-influenced vocal number "Tell Me Are We" is a glassy-eyed outsider tech-house collaboration with WhoMadeWho, while "Lavender Boogie" is a richly percussive affair rich in ice cream van chimes, dense African percussion and hushed tech-house tones.
Review: Hi tech soul powerhouse Innervisions continues to surprise us. From Marc Houle and Culoe De Song, to Eagles & Butterflies and now fellow Berliner and Keinemusik boss Rampa with the impressive "Hall Of Violence EP. This legend of the scene (real name Gregor Sutterlin) has gone on to release great tracks with studio partner Re.You of late: which many would be familiar with. The mesmerising and evocative title track truly nails the label's vibe; from the rich analogue arpeggios, elevating strings and general retro-futurist tendencies. On the flip, "Bimma" has more adrenaline and even more dancefloor drama to boot on this Afro infused epic, until "Fluke" hammers the message home gloriously with this dark journey track that'll make even the Life & Death camp up their game!