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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Given that he made his vinyl debut five years ago, it could be argued that this debut album from Traffic Records founder Bodin Stojanovski is well overdue. As you'd perhaps expect, "Revox" retains a sharp club focus throughout, though there's still plenty of variety amongst the chunky, tech-tinged house cuts on offer. For example, compare and contrast the stabbing, acid-powered chunkiness of the title track, the shuffling, intergalactic electro of "Move Out", the subtle U.S garage and Motor City techno influences of "Gecko", and the stomping, lo-fi tech-funk of "Overture". Opener "Phonecall", whose bleeping, stabbing melodies will wriggle into your subconscious, is also superb.
Review: Jamie Jones has been busy in the studio after another busy summer lighting up Ibiza, because this is one of two new offerings this month. It finds the agenda-setting Welshman on his own Hot Creations and in collaboration with The Martinez Brothers. Between them this celebrated collective lay down "Bappi", all drilling bass and razor sharp hi hats that are deep but driving. Flip over for a "Warehouse Mix" which recalls old school Windy City basslines and pixelated chords lighting up the bare bones grooves.
Review: Restraint is the name of the game on the first entry into Moral Fiber's vinyl series, which sees Romanian duo Vinyl Speed Adjust show just how little is needed to get the floors of Bucharest moving. "Semne" features a broken beat typical of the sound coming out of this corner of Eastern Europe, cyclical in nature and utterly refined in its pattering delivery. "Light Years" is equally stripped down, although the drums push out from the track with a more angular formation, while "Mind Methods" heads in the opposite direction for an even more minimalistic mantra made of the tiniest percussive sounds. Dilated Pupils does little to fill the track out with a remix that doffs its cap to the wispy quality of its source.
Review: Rebolledo's brilliant 2016 album Mondo Alterado gets the remix treatment, with an impressive selection of production talents taking it in turns to tweak the Mexican's work. There's much to admire throughout, with highlights including a thrusting, low-slung and trippy revision by Maceo Plex, a deliciously woozy and loved-up interpretation from Superpitcher (think Balearic-meets-post-punk-meets-Teutonic tech-house), a thrillingly percussive take on "Pow Wow Wow" by occasional Optimo Music sorts The Fantastic Twins, and a pair of next-level rubs from Mike Simonetti, whose acid-flecked "Discotico Simonettico En Panico" version could well be the best of the bunch. Throw in a smattering of typically heavy and eccentric Rebolledo originals, and you have an essential, floor-friendly selection.
Review: Silat Beksi appears on the What You Want imprint with a powerful little two-tracker in the same style as Romania's Slow Life entourage, and by that we mean that this is some poppin' minimal tech-house with extra levels of dread bass. "Shushu" clicks and staggers steadily, pushing through its dubwise flex with a freedom that's rarely heard in what is commonly thought of as 'dance' music. On the flipside, "Java" is similarly headstrong and floor-bound, with the addition of smoky harmonics that render it bizarre and alluring all at the same time. Top gear.
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: 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.
Chateau Flight - "Baltringue" (The Body Language remix)
Chateau Flight - "116 BPM Beat"
Ceramic Hello - "Sampling The Blast Furnage"
I Cube - "Prophetization" (demo mix)
Fox 'n' Wolf - "Claws Against Knives" (Todd Terje/Bl edit)
I Cube - "Pazuzu"
Brifo - "Mi Piano Rojo" (Alex Attias mixes - main & Percumix)
Syncom Data - "Beyond The Stars" (beats)
Westbam - "Monkey"
Smith N Hack - "Space Warrior"
Riz Ortolani - "Il Corpo Di Linda"
Poni Hoax - "Antibodies" (Chateau Flight remix)
Henrik Schwarz - "Jimis 2006"
Punto - "3 Tempo 3"
Review: Following acclaimed contributions from Mandy, DJ T, Dixon and Jesse Rose, the fifth instalment of Get Physical's "Body Language" mix series comes courtesy of Chateau Flight (aka Gilbert Cohen and Nicolas Chaix). "Body Language Vol. 5" is a discerning, rich and tasteful celebration of the best in disco, techno, electro and house in all it forms and it's a joy to listen to, from start to finish. This is one Get Physical chartered flight you should not miss.
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.