Review: Sascha Funke's latest EP bears all of the aural hallmarks of his chosen collaborator, Niklas Wandt. The latter is arguably best known for his percussive, off-kilter tropical cuts produced alongside Jan "Wolf Muller" Schulte, but has also been involved in numerous new wave and krautrock style bands. Hints to all of these musical inspirations can be heard throughout the EP, from the stylish spoken word vocals and chugging krautrock grooves of "Die Sage", to the foreboding new wave/tropical drum dub fusion of epic closing cut "Fur Die Paar Heller". Elsewhere, "Lobotomie" sees the duo wrap fluttering pan pipes and spacey synths around gentle tropical drums, while "Umarmung Aus Holz" is a funky and foreboding, guitar-powered krautrock workout tailor made for end-of-days dancefloors.
Review: Having set out their stall via a fine first collaborative release on Bordello a Parigi a couple of months back, Mytron and Ofofo pitch up on Multi-Culti. As you'd expect from a label with such a strong track record of multi-cultural musical fusion, much of the EP defies easy categorization. Sure, you'll find a chunk of Italo-influenced electro ("Non-Binary Joys on the Venus Holodeck") and a couple of slabs of madcap disco-funk fusion ("Si Jambo" and "2Tac Onana"), but also a heavyweight slab of low-slung punk-funk/post disco ("Czary Mary"). Oh, and the skewed electro-funk-meets-intergalactic synth pop insanity of "Something for Your Mind", which also boasts some notably brain-melting vocoder action. More, please!
Review: Andi Otto is a talented chap, frequently performing his own hybrid electronic/acoustic compositions with a "sensor-extended cello bow" (known as the "Fello") developed in cahoots with STEM in Amsterdam. Here the Hamburg-based artist continues his exploration of unusual instruments via a first studio album (his third in total) for Multi-Culti. There's much to admire throughout, from the chiming bells and exotic melodic motifs of opener "Gavotte Mantra", and the intoxicating, slo-mo mysticism of "Six (feat. MD Pallavi)", to the clandestine brilliance of "Manu Roto" and Steve Reich-on-an-acid-trip ambient bliss of closer "Sheepbells". For added dancefloor interest, Otto has also included fine reworks by rising star Nicola Cruz and Gomma alumnus Golden Bug.
Review: The second installment of Multi-Culti's Moon Faze Sun Gaze series is a typically psychedelic affair, with an impressive cast of producers delivering a quintet of trippy workouts. Von Party & Dreems join forces to present "Wet Raga", a spaced-out combination of delay-laden drums, space disco electronics, and Eastern mysticism. The ever-reliable Red Axes fuses heavy post-punk bass, with punchy percussion and minimal wave melodies on the excellent "Boosha Gdola", while Dreems go solo on the weirdo acid-electro bubbler "Sine O'The Tymes". Nick Murray and Kris Baha underpin psychedelic disco electronics with the heavyweight throb of house on "Say Something", before Cocolo draws proceedings to a close with the pitched-down shuffle of analogue wobbler "F33lings".