Review: Silat Beksi appears on the What You Want imprint with a powerful little two-tracker in the same style as Romania's Slow Life entourage, and by that we mean that this is some poppin' minimal tech-house with extra levels of dread bass. "Shushu" clicks and staggers steadily, pushing through its dubwise flex with a freedom that's rarely heard in what is commonly thought of as 'dance' music. On the flipside, "Java" is similarly headstrong and floor-bound, with the addition of smoky harmonics that render it bizarre and alluring all at the same time. Top gear.
Review: "Salmon Spungcake" was one of the last things Claremont 56 super-group Bison recorded before the sad passing of two of its' founder members, Holger Czukay and Ursula Kloss in the summer of 2017. Two years on from its initial release, Bison members Ben Smith and Paul 'Mudd' Murphy (also label boss) have decided to get it remixed, with original producer Conrad McDonnell (he of Idjut Boys fame) providing two suitably heavy dub disco interpretations, making this the band's first release since the passing of Czukay and Kloss. Check first the spacey A-side hypnotism of the "Zip It Shrimpy Mix", where melancholic chords and spaced-out vocal snippets wrap around a particularly percussive dub disco groove. Arguably even better is the stripped-back, bass-heavy and reverb-rich "I Think I've Got Gout Mix", which sounds like it was tailor-made to manipulate mangled minds at four in the morning.
Review: Finn Casey and Thomas L aka Silk 86 team up with Blamma! Blamma! which coincidentally features Casey in conjunction with Brooklynite Nick DC and they all run new imprint Emotive together: this being their third release for the imprint. "Your Lovin" is a loopy disco edit sure to make them work up a sweat on the dancefloor with its funky bassline and sexy vocals. On the flip, "That Flow" follows in suit, going deeper into the night with its wild sax solo, life affirming dialogue and all round strong groove.
Chaos In The CBD - "Emotional Intelligence" (feat Nathan Haines & Dave Koor) (6:21)
Chaos In The CBD & Lee Pearson Jnr Collectiv - "It's Up To Me" (feat K LaDawn & Joe Armon Jones) (5:08)
Chaos In The CBD & Lee Pearson Jnr Collectiv - "It's Up To Me" (feat K LaDawn & Joe Armon Jones - instrumental) (6:07)
Review: On this rare outing on Neroli, Chaos In The CBD has been joined by a wealth of friends and like-minded musicians. They first join forces with saxophonist and fellow kiwi jazz legend Nathan Haines and talented South London keys player Dave Koor aka Modified Man on A-side "Emotional Intelligence", a deliciously deep, positive and melodious affair rich in jaunty Clavinet riffs, simmering strings, smile-inducing chords and groovy, bongo-laden drums. On side B they offer up vocal and instrumental versions of "It's Up To Me". K. LaDawn, Joe Armon-Jones and Lee Pearson Jnr Collective are the guests this time round, and their contributions - hazy, soulful vocals, mazy electric piano solos, jaunty jazz-house drums and so on - help make the track a sensual, slow-burn dancefloor delight. Almost all Chaos In The CBD EPs are worth checking, but this one is extra-special.
Review: Having skirted around a healthy spread of labels in the last two years, Deymare now appears on Soul Notes with his own take on pumped but smooth deep house of the 90s persuasion. On "After The Morning Comes" there's a strong swing to the drums that would sound right at home on a Guidance record, while "The Search For A Lost Dream" takes the same principles and slows it down to an easy glide, bubbling on a bed of bluesy keys. "Seduced By The Sound" chooses to take a slightly more jagged groove, while the pads create a more mystical kind of deepness.
Review: Since launching two years ago, Atipic's "LAB" series of EPs has played host to some of Romania's finest minimal and tech-house talents, including Cosmjn, Arapu and Floog. The latest to showcase his wares via an EP on the series is Direkt, a rising star on the Romanian underground with previous releases on Botanic Minds, Vivus and Abduction to his name. A-side "JJJ" is probably the pick of a pretty strong bunch. Hypnotic, groovy and blessed with an inherent sense of movement, the track includes some particularly punchy percussion, spacey motifs and the most subtle of background acid lines. Elsewhere, "Liquid" is a brighter and breezier chunk of ear-catching tech-house funk, while "End Credits" is deeper, woozier and clearly best appreciated in dark rooms at six in the morning.
Review: Maltese deep house dude Melchior Sultana becomes the latest addition to Jus-Ed's bulging list of collaborators, which also includes Levon Vincent, Fred P, Nina Kraviz, DJ Qu, Move D, Mr G, Lawrence and Son of Sound. The resultant jams are sweet, sticky and undeniably Moorish. Check, for example, the shuffling Afro-house beats, sumptuous electric piano solos, leisurely jazz guitars and spoken word vocals of "Choices", the piano and synth-bass driven breeziness of "Outside" and the classic deep house warmth of closing cut "Press It". "Now Scat", an ultra-deep, acid-flecked treat, is also top notch.
Review: Hyped Barcelona DJ/producer and '90s U.S sitcom fan DJ Seinfeld is in the midst of a rich vein of form, with recent EPs on Lobster Fury and Endotherm only enhancing his rising reputation. This collection of analogue-rich, alien techno workouts on Natural Sciences is, predictably, also rather good. There's a pleasing looseness to the clattering drum machine hits, thrusting analogue bass, psychedelic electronics and cut-up vocal samples of "Vaping Lyf", while "Ruff Hysteria" sounds like late '80s Chicago deep house crossed with the fluttering, head-in-the-clouds innocence of early '90s ambient techno. On the flip you'll find the drowsy chords, hustling machine drums and wonky vocal samples of "Wombat Bounce" and the roughneck, hardcore style cut-up drum breaks and saucer-eyed chords of "What Kind of Sandwich Is This?"
Review: Get Physical co-founder DJ T (aka Thomas Koch) releases his long awaited first solo 12" taken from his forthcoming album. 'Lucky bastard' jacks freshly along to the sound of a cut up vocal, glitchy percussion and deep building chords, with the fusion of futuristic and classic elements all welded together by a soaring bassline.
Review: "The Dawn", by DJ T, is a moody, undulating cruiser of a track, which will make a dancefloor feel a sense of sunrise, whatever time of day or night. Busy, clicky percussion sets the scene for a full-bodied, rising, almost trancey bassline to take control. DJ T ups the intensity with real dancefloor nous and precision programming, layering distressed synth sounds and heavily treated keys atop each other while never losing sight of the track's fierce, fundamental groove. "The Dawn" builds and builds, by dropping out the percussion and the bassline, every departure and return is a heads-down, hands-aloft dancefloor moment. The crisp snares and rich, melodic notes of delay add even more depth to what is already an essential tune.
Review: Meat (aka Carsten Schuchmann) teams up with Get Physical regular Einzelkind for "Words From The Frontline", another EP fresh and full of ideas. This explores the possibilities of dancefloor-oriented minimal house and techno with a sense of fun and discovery.
Review: Berlin-based Korean Peggy Gou has been surprisingly quiet since first bursting onto the scene back in 2016. Here, she returns to action having graduated from Technicolour to parent label Ninja Tune. Many may already have heard EP standout "It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)", a percussively ambidextrous beast based around a bouncy, off-skilter, snare-heavy rhythm track. It has been much discussed online after Gou included it her recent Resident Advisor podcast. On the B-side you'll find tracks representative of her developing style, which draws together elements of European deep house, electro, early '90s U.S house, the rubbery disco eccentricity of Maurice Fulton and the instinctive polyrhythms more often found in traditional African music.
Review: The mysterious Ikuto caused a stir a few years ago when the inaugural Orbitr release surfaced, being highly sought after on the second hand market when it sold out. Subsequent releases have surfaced since and before we knew it, he's on to the fifth release. The A side of 005 is a tough rolling and hypnotic banger which will mix well with any current Rominimal or U.K. tech house record. On the flip, like many others on the modern minimal scene, the Swiss producer now looks to the techno sounds of the early '90s as reference point, with some bleeped-out, party starting machine funk that treads a path similar to what Time Passages and Cabaret are doing of late. Tip!
Review: More from James "Burnski" Burnham under the Instinct alias, a pseudonym he seems to utilize for forthright, no-nonsense club tracks. There's naturally plenty of playable material to be found on this fourth Instinct EP. First turn your attention to A-side "Renaissance", where slowly rising, progressive house style orchestration and dreamy deep house pads cluster around punchy two-step beats and starburst electronics. Turn to the flipside and you'll find the swinging but driving tech-house chunkiness of "Universal", as well as the sub-heavy trip that is two-step tech-house cut "Phantom". That cut boasts some particularly attractive soulful vocal samples that seem to drift across the sound space at key moments.
Review: Ever since they moved to the UK back in 2000 Italoboyz, aka Marco Donato and Federico Marton, have built a formidable reputation
in the fertile minimal techno scene of their adopted hometown, London. Their energetic DJ sets at Fesh are the stuff of local legend.
Their productions, meanwhile, have seen them gain notoriety around the world.
Now Italoboyz consolidate their position as dancefloor alchemists par excellence with a 12 inch for Berlin's Get Physical.
'Zinga' is every bit as hot as its title implies, and once again proves Italoboyz' knack for sourcing sounds usually foreign to the club
and then making the club wholeheartedly rock to them.