Review: Christopher Rau is a true stalwart of the German deep house scene, with releases on a who's who such as Smallville, Office, Mule Musiq and Die Orakel over the years. FME Hustle is the Hamburg native's new one, where he can count Berlin urban house heroes Money $ex to his list of credentials. Expect the same soulful and dusty deepness from the man, as he's been consistently pumping out for close to a decade from his new home in the capital. From the broken emotive groove of "Jetlag Alter", the neon-lit lo-fi hiss of "Uebelst Bekorbt House Mix" or the textured/dub-laden tech house of "Drama - Chamber" Rau further demonstrates exactly why he's still one of the most highly respected producers within the genre.
Review: Max Graef, Glenn Astro and Delfonic's Money $ex Records has been providing consistenly high levels of FIRE ever since its inception back last year. The Berlin-based label is very much on course to become one of the new go-to labels for odd, rhythmic left field dance music, which is kind of the best way to describe the myriad of abstractions emanating from its catalogue on a monthly basis. IMYRMIND is back and this is his debut LP, stretching out further than ever before, and landing in some pretty dark corners in the process. Universum Luxus is a vast, diverse piece of work that manages to touch upon many different moods and styles, ranging from the utterly surreal to something altogether funky and jazzy. Think of it this way: if you're into boogie but need something a little bit more electronic, a touch more wayward, and considerably more screwed up then this is the gear for you. TIP!