Review: Highly respected Frenchman Alexandre Gouyette makes his debut on Berlin institution Cabinet Records with two perfectly contrasting grooves: "Soothing" naturally lives up to its name with soft focus dubby synth ripples and a classic drum arrangement while "Visions" rolls and punches like a Kenny Dope beats track. Broken, spacious, dubbed-out and physical, Brawther's reputation for rough finesse is so strong you can properly feel it.
Review: If you're reading this we've got to hand it to you; you really know your stuff! The Cab Drivers are Berlin's undisputed masters of quality techno and house that all the heads can count as some of their secret weapons in their records bag. The man himself Richie Hawtin even compiled a body of their work on his Plus 8 imprint in 2006, Cabinet Classics, which is testament to their illustrious discography. This release is another worthy addition to their catalogue. "Taxi Funk" is all that its infectious swirling synth stabs and syncopated rhythms. "Bon Bon" is more uplifting with its shimmering keys and mesmerising melody pushing you into a truly higher state!
Review: Undisputed heroes of the Berlin underground Cab Drivers get their Comfort Inn EP from 1997 on Cabinet re-released, so get in there and grab your piece of history! iI's always a pleasure to hear their now signature sound, it's timeless. Starting out with "Elwico" a deep and bumping groover sitting somewhere in the grey area between deep house, minimal and techno. Yep: that's their sound alright! "Arcade" is fiercer: an 808 rhythm track and DJ tool that would suit a variety of purposes. Hell, it sounds good enough just on its own. Finally on the flip is "Sunday Best", a funky and emotive exploration in deepness that would sound great as the sun's coming out on Sunday morning at Hoppetosse.
Review: Berlin's Cab Drivers are the real deal. If their extensive collection of classic Roland machines wasn't enough, they even sequence them all on an old Atari ST you don't get more purist than that. Paul and Augustowsky's new track "Correspondence" has all the hallmarks of their signature sound: bumpin', melodic, rolling and emotive. You know; the Cab Drivers sound! On the flip, fellow Berlin minimal techno legend Audio Werner steps up to deliver a more darker and emotive remix that strays on the dubbier side of things and we loved it: Tip!
Review: Berlin's finest and Cabinet Records head honchos Jens Augustowsky and Daniel Paul return for more perfect loops with their signature all hardware setup. The most infectious and hypnotic minimal house served up to perfection on their newest offering. It starts off with the plonky swing fuelled groove of "Alternative Acts": a signature sound of theirs which you can hear in the work of other artists they no doubt influenced such as Mike Shannon. On the flip, there's the deep and emotive "Drive One" supported by thunderous toms and bittersweet pad textures complete with perfectly filtered chords. Finally "Holiday Ahead" is the most positive and uplifting offering here and perfect to play just as the sunlight starts to peer through the blinds on Sunday morning: there's hell of a lot of soul on this boompty acid jam.
Review: Daniel Paul and Jens Augustowsky have been steering Cabinet Records for twenty years now, establishing the label as one of Berlin's most reliable outlets for techy, housey fare and contributing their own weight in productions under various aliases. Cab Drivers is one of their longest-running collaborations with Playroom their 11th 12" release under the name in those two decades, and their studio understanding is quite evident in the productions. Both the ten minute title cut and "A Less Complex Situation" are understated but wholly effective DJ tools with the subtle acid modulations of the former just edging it.
A Scott & Chad - "Mrs J" (Cab Drivers remix) (7:31)
Nail - "Dub Me 2" (Cab Drivers remix) (6:53)
Paul Kalkbrenner - "Globale Gehung" (Cab Drivers remix) (4:59)
Mambotur - "Desde Que Te Vi" (Cab Drivers remix) (7:37)
Mancini - "Jijijaja" (Cab Drivers remix) (7:48)
Thorsteinsson - "Midnight At Taffey's" (Cab Drivers remix) (7:33)
Diego Krause - "Liberation" (Cab Drivers remix) (6:26)
Vicmari - "Who Could Measure" (feat Chann Of Amraah8 - Cab Drivers remix) (6:13)
Review: Berlin's infamous Cabinet Records is arguably responsible for the rise of tech-house over the last two decades, and the Cab Drivers have been the label's shining light throughout the years. Daniel Paul and Jens Augustowsky have defined a genre and a sound, taking inspiration from US legends like Mood II Swing and Pal Joey, and evolving the classic deep house sound into something more functional and electronic. This new compilation is an extended collection of their own remixes of other contemporary favourites, and if you're someone whose looking to buy original 12s from the duo but can't afford the Discogs price tags, then this will be an uncompromising compromise. In short, you get the legendary duo doing their thing over tunes by the likes of Paul Kalkbrenner, Nail, Mancini and Diego Krause, often making the originals a thousand times better.
Review: Berlin's Hans Schaaf is no newcomer to the block. Far from it. The German producer has been banging out beats since about 1993, under the iconic DJ Honesty moniker, an alias which has constantly filled us with intrigue and excitement due to its underlying diversity. In other words, this guy can do it all when it comes to house and tech, so it's a pleasure to have him back on our charts with an EP on the always excellent Cabinet Records! "Gruenzeug" is a master blaster of a churner, slick and heavy on the beats, of course. "Siebeneck", on the B-side, is a moodier and altogether more dubwise groover, powered by a heavy sub bass, and "Melonshake" builds on that with a rolling bassline that has much in common with electro and the deeper side of techno. Tip!
Review: Although best known these days as Cab Drivers, Berlin's Daniel Paul and Jens "DJ Zky" Augustowsky have been working together under different aliases since 1994. Karo was one of their earliest aliases, with the Zwo 12" - in which "Zwo Fremde" originally appeared - slipping out in 1995. It's good to see the track getting a second airing, because it's arguably one of the finest tech-house tracks of all time. Loopy, hypnotic, tracky and blessed with some wonderful cyclical synth motifs, it feels like the missing link between Detroit-influenced UK tech-house of that period and the more dub-focused sound of Berlin. This time round it's accompanied by the specially recorded "Backside 50", a similarly slick, melodious and locked-in cut bristling with spacey pads, darting acid bass and intergalactic electronics.
Review: We'd heartily recommend this pleasingly varied, all-star affair from long-serving electronic imprint Cabinet. All four tracks are primed and ready for peak-time plays, with the wonderfully hypnotic, deep, dubby and bass-heavy bounce of Youandewan's "Pinger (Goodies Edit)" standing side by side with Noah Skelton's even deeper and groovier EP opener, "Vibrations", at the top of the pile. That said, many will gravitate towards the loved-up, piano-rich rush of Phazer's dream house-inspired "Racoon", while Berlin veteran Daniel Paul's "First Touch" is a wonderfully warm and melodious chunk of spacey deep house.