Review: With a history that stretches back to the turn-of-the-90s, Ivan Iacobucci is one of the Italian scene's most storied producers. He's released on all manner of acclaimed imprints over the years - UMM, Calypso Records, Holic Trax and Nite Grooves included - and here makes his bow on another, Berlin staple Perlon. There's plenty of subtle variety across the EP, with Iacobucci leisurely strolling between funk-fuelled lo-fi tech-house (the spacey "Logic Solution"), high-tempo, Autechre-inspired IDM-funk ("Platinum Booth"), wonky, Villalobos-style early morning insanity (the bonkers but brilliant "Magic Tribulation") and analogue-rich, off-kilter tech-house ("Android").
Review: Earlier in the year, veteran Italian producer Ivan Iacobucci popped up on Perlon with arguably one of his most impressive singles for some time. Here he rounds off a relatively quiet 2019 via a four-track missive on Yay. There's much to admire, from the thrillingly aggressive bassline and fizzing, Detroit-influenced percussion of peak-time stomper "80MB", to the spacey, riff-sporting bounce of quietly atmospheric closing cut "Egosystem". Sandwiched in between you'll find the clattering drums, intergalactic electronics, chunky bass and chiming riffs of "Pata-Track", as well as the pounding drums, squelchy acid bass and twisted modular sounds of "Farout".
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: Recently celebrating their third year in business at Berlin's infamous Club der Visionaere, Romanian imprint Polen are back with this new EP by Inner aka Cristian Ghiban, with some more and deeply emotive minimalism. On the A side there's "Breakup" with its high fidelity sound fuelled by a clean, broken beat with soulful pads and processed vocal samples while "No Light Without D" gets properly deep and ethereal . On the flip we've got "Pause & Stop" which is probably the most energetic cut on here; this highly engineered micro-house cut ticks all the right boxes. Finally "Why Don't You Let Go" is the kind of reduced mini-funk that gives a nod to the likes of Seuil or Robin Ordell.
Review: Using the Turkish psychedelic project Insanlar as a jump off point, Honest Jon's have enlisted Ricardo Villalobos to turn out one of his grandiose remix projects that gels so naturally with more exotic sound sources. The original of "Kime Ne" is already an enchanting, Moog-infused groover rich with traditional vocals, and then Mr Villalobos locks the ingredients in for a typically cosmic ride into stripped and hypnotic house territory, letting the lutes intertwine with dusty reams of percussion using that alchemists touch that could only come the man himself. The remix spreads itself over two sides of wax, leaving one side of the double pack free for a fetching etching as well.
Review: Coming off the back of two albums for Japan's Mule Musiq, Petre Inspirescu drops a new single for the imprint, taking his iconic brand of dancefloor minimalism to a wider, perhaps less tech-savvy audience. That's not to say that Mule isn't a home to some of the most exciting electronic beats around, but Inspirescu's style takes the catalogue onto a much darker path. "Murgulll" is headstrong and groove-heavy, coming through with an interlocked cocktail of sounds that mould to create an endless atmosphere of euphoric doom; "Cumva" is the dubbier of the two, launching a deep-minded bass missile that morphs into something more improvisational and more akin to the previous material that has graced this sublime label.
Running In The Underwood (Michael Mayer remix) (6:53)
See Where You Are (7:16)
Review: Frankfurt institution Cocoon throws us a curveball in the form of this minimal pop ditty by local legend Markus Nikolai, one of the great minds behind the legendary Perlon imprint who is joined by Ole Schulte as International Anything. They return with their sophomore effort, following up their debut on Perlon earlier this year with another boompty lo-slung effort in the form of "Running In the Underwood" featuring some super catchy vocals. On the remix is one of Kompakt's main men, the inimitable Michael Mayer, who provides a stellar rework which goes for a frantic and adrenalised electro style. Second original offering "See Where You Are" similarly goes down a (proto) electro route in the vein of legends Kraftwerk for this robotic slice of heaven.
Review: Since he made his debut on Diynamic back in 2009, Mulen co-founder iO has shown an aptitude for crafting killer singles in a variety of underground house and techno sub-genres. This three-tracker for Slowdy Mowdy finds him exploring off-kilter tech-house pastures, wrapping funk-fuelled basslines and trippy electronic flourishes around some fine, floor-friendly grooves. We're particularly enjoying the tough-but-funky tech-house chunkiness of A-side "Module", which reminded us a little of some of Swag's vintage early 2000s productions. Elsewhere, "Angular" is a smoother but still funky tech-house roller, while "Goliath" sees the talented Ukranian wrap computer bleeps and spacey electronic textures around a rubbery, shoulder-swinging rhythm track.
Review: German house abstractionist Isolee makes a welcome return, surfacing on Pampa with his first new material since dropping his album Well Spent Youth on Koze's label back in 2011. Creative batteries recharged, Isolee is in familiar form on the three track Allowance 12"; the title track adopts his trademark bare bone approach with soothing lines of melodic intoxicants gently pulsing with intent over the soft edged house groove. This hypnotic opener hogs the A Side, leaving the chiming minimalist rhythmics of "You Could Do Your Memories" to duel for your attentions with the far too playful "Wobble".
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.