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: 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.
Review: Given that David 'Move D' Moufang, Jonah Sharp and Juju & Jordash are all famed for their improvised performances, it's little surprise to find that this first four-way collaboration was recorded straight-to-tape during extended jam sessions in Berlin. It's also no surprise to us that it's really rather good. There's an unsurprising fluidity to 17-minute deep space ambient opener "Vital Signs", while hypnotic deep house shuffler "Boneset" has all the hallmarks of an unreleased Moufang/Sharp Reagenz jam. Elsewhere, Steve Hillage style guitars wrap themselves around SH-101 bleeps, modular electronics and bubbly beats on "Ebb & Flow", while "Dr. Leary" successfully doffs a cap to the psychedelic inspirations that underpinned the early '90s intelligent techno movement. In other words, it's a brilliant set of improvised electronic workouts.