Review: Since launching two years ago, Atipic's "LAB" series of EPs has played host to some of Romania's finest minimal and tech-house talents, including Cosmjn, Arapu and Floog. The latest to showcase his wares via an EP on the series is Direkt, a rising star on the Romanian underground with previous releases on Botanic Minds, Vivus and Abduction to his name. A-side "JJJ" is probably the pick of a pretty strong bunch. Hypnotic, groovy and blessed with an inherent sense of movement, the track includes some particularly punchy percussion, spacey motifs and the most subtle of background acid lines. Elsewhere, "Liquid" is a brighter and breezier chunk of ear-catching tech-house funk, while "End Credits" is deeper, woozier and clearly best appreciated in dark rooms at six in the morning.
Review: Get Physical co-founder DJ T (aka Thomas Koch) releases his long awaited first solo 12" taken from his forthcoming album. 'Lucky bastard' jacks freshly along to the sound of a cut up vocal, glitchy percussion and deep building chords, with the fusion of futuristic and classic elements all welded together by a soaring bassline.
Review: "The Dawn", by DJ T, is a moody, undulating cruiser of a track, which will make a dancefloor feel a sense of sunrise, whatever time of day or night. Busy, clicky percussion sets the scene for a full-bodied, rising, almost trancey bassline to take control. DJ T ups the intensity with real dancefloor nous and precision programming, layering distressed synth sounds and heavily treated keys atop each other while never losing sight of the track's fierce, fundamental groove. "The Dawn" builds and builds, by dropping out the percussion and the bassline, every departure and return is a heads-down, hands-aloft dancefloor moment. The crisp snares and rich, melodic notes of delay add even more depth to what is already an essential tune.
Review: Meat (aka Carsten Schuchmann) teams up with Get Physical regular Einzelkind for "Words From The Frontline", another EP fresh and full of ideas. This explores the possibilities of dancefloor-oriented minimal house and techno with a sense of fun and discovery.
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: More from James "Burnski" Burnham under the Instinct alias, a pseudonym he seems to utilize for forthright, no-nonsense club tracks. There's naturally plenty of playable material to be found on this fourth Instinct EP. First turn your attention to A-side "Renaissance", where slowly rising, progressive house style orchestration and dreamy deep house pads cluster around punchy two-step beats and starburst electronics. Turn to the flipside and you'll find the swinging but driving tech-house chunkiness of "Universal", as well as the sub-heavy trip that is two-step tech-house cut "Phantom". That cut boasts some particularly attractive soulful vocal samples that seem to drift across the sound space at key moments.
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.
Review: Get Physical's Belgian protégé Jona strike again with this release, entitled 'Evidence', which brings together deepness and contemporary beat-programming. One more evidence, that he's one of Europe's finest new producers for this refreshing style of warm and melodic club tunes, pleasing the dance floors all over Europe, from The Hague to Berlin and back again.
Review: It's Carnival time all over the world and Great Stuff comes up with its first compilation, full of exclusive carnival goodies from their artists and friends.
Infected by the groove and spirit of Rio, Venice, Trinidad, Tobago, Colonge/Mainz, Mardi Gras...11 artists from all over the world (Webba from Brazil,
Fergi from Ireland, Florian Meindl from London, Koletzki and Namito from Berlin...)produce exclusive tracks for 'Great Carnival Stuff Ep Vol 1.
Review: Better known as Larrson, the Berlin-based DJ/producer has released a series of acclaimed 12"s on esteemed labels like Traum Schallplatten and BPitch Control. He now adopts the Kramer guise to deliver the "Runner EP", a three track EP of smart electro-influenced and minimal house on Berlin's Get Physical. This is really impeccable production.
Review: Inaugurating new deep house imprint Aesthetic are a bunch of current heroes of Europe's deep house underground. The EP kicks off with ascendant Leeds based DJ Niko Maxen (Shadow Sanctuary/Fantastic Friends) who delivers the hypnotic boompty business of "Busheila", the always impressive Nick Beringer (Rubisco) delivering some sublime tech-house of the dubbier variety on "Unit Sphere" and fellow Berliner with the best alias ever Stevn.aint.leavn (Beste Modus) with the emotive swing-fuelled antics of "Pinter". On the flip, Sy gets back to the delay drenched Basic Channel/Deepchord influenced side of the things, on the rather entrancing "Cosmic Waves" which was our pick of the bunch - but be assured they're all fairly tight grooves on Aesthetic 001.
Review: There's been plenty to cheer on the six previous releases by Aleksandr Voznichenko's MOI project, so hopes are naturally high for this seventh EP. He's in an unusually positive frame of mind on side A, wrapping a bouncy, rolling, bass-heavy deep house groove in subtle but spacey synth motifs and languid, starry melodies. There's a similar feel to the slightly more percussive flipside cut, whose combination of chunky snares, solid kicks, skipping cymbals and fluid, new age inspired melody lines consistently hits the mark. There's woozy warmth to both tracks, too, making them both picturesque and undeniably floor-friendly.
Review: Colin McBean is an unstoppable force at the moment isn't he! At the moment you say? Yeah too right; the guy never actually stopped his relentless pursuit of the perfect house and techno grooves since the '90s and this Conectionz EP is no exception. Starting things off in explosive fashion with the "You In Or You Out? (Sims Jacker edit)" with its relentless thud and crack of a 909 workout with funky bass and evil pads helped out by some generous reverb build ups; all you need really. The original version up next is more restrained deep house with that great vocal refrain repeating "live your life the way you wanna be free" the tracks aggression provided by those hissing rhythms. Finally "Bring It" is a soulful breakbeat number with soaring synth leads that is a great departure from McBean's normal style.