Monday, 17 June
Apollo collect rare highlights and new productions from the desk of Moscow's premier deep house producer. Disc 1 is drenched with the luscious 'Water', his rugged 'Road Trip Song' and the spectral original, 'Fade To What' from his Ethereal Sound releases; Disc 2 features 'Miles and More' from the C.O.M.E compilation on Fred P's Soul People Music label, plus the exclusive beatdown number 'Funky Man' on side A, backed with one of our favourite A. Zap cuts, 'Captain Storm' from his eponymous debut on Underground Quality circa 2008, and finally the beautiful ambient house patter of 'Miniature'.
Reduced Bass rollige from Jay Weed backed with a burned-out deep house remix by Huerco S. The itchy hi-hat flux and sticky electroid bass arpeggios of Weed's original make for a cool DJ tool whilst the Huerco S gives a bit more to chew on, screwing and chopping the rhythm with a sort of blunt, knotted funk and adding lysergic synth flashes to woozy, keening effect.
One of Jackmaster's favourite new producers lands on Numbers with two razor-sharp shots of electro futurism. 'BIPP' comes off like the prodigious child of Miami Freestyle reared on AFX's 'Windowlicker' and a diet of sugar-glazed silicon; a stunning mutation of cybernetic pop syncopation. 'Elle' is its conjoined cyborg sibling, mute apart from the ability to whistle like Goodiepal's mechanical bird and so painfully beautiful that to experience it's saccharine, sliding string glissandi and elegant contours is akin to staring at the strobing eyes of a dancefloor medusa and exploding to a cloud of M… Read more
Ital returns to the dancefloor in a big way with three tracks for Berlin's Workshop. Since spinning our world with the still amazing 'Culture Clubs' back in 2011, the former Mi Ami player has refracted his sound into strange new dimensions on two albums for Planet Mu in quick succession, but this single sees him return to that hypnotic, side-spun brand of house music which first captured our attention. A-side is given to his 'Ice Drift (Stalker Mix)', a woozy, stumbling blend of dippin' bass and clipped chords unfurling like one of Theo Parrish or Africans With Mainframes' more demented groovers… Read more
Hot on the heels of that smart F.C. Judd remix LP, Public Information draw this superb EP from IVVVO. If you've been keeping track of the Portuguese producer's output your interest will be piqued already, but if not you really must check his previous form on Opal Tapes and moun10. As the first in a series of dancefloor oriented 12"s from the label, the 'Future EP' is a perfect opener, blending off-world house rhythms and etheric atmospheres with effortless, psychedelic grace. From the mystic, shadowy synth blooms and aerated swing of 'Darkness In My Soul' thru the almost pagan rave pastoralism of… Read more
Sleek, driving pair of techno tools by the Berghain/Panorama Bar resident. The shaking, up-stepping hi-hats, rude Reese bass and hypnotic tuning of 'Stepmode' possibly belies some influence from his colleague, Fiedel, or at least from more outernational sources and London's funky sound, whilst his 'Stillsteppin' offer more pensive drones and darkly dubbed out dynamics primed for cavernous rave spaces.
Grimy garage-techno warper backed with a killah Jook10 remix! Sinden bangs out a heat-seeking fusion of niche and Jersey swing punctured with gunshots and Wiley samples; Jook10 re-models the ruckus with slippy strings and simmering Northern organ before a nasty-ass bassline comes to eat the dance. Top TIP!
Excellent UK tech-house offset with tuffer techno and subtle African influence. Birmingham's Lakosa and London's Rick Grant make a great pairing, whether riding Sleeparchive-like bass pump spiked with funked-up drums on A-side 'Core', or swinging with sleek, moody bass and reduced, shaking polyrhythms in the deeper cleft of 'Tambourine'. Expect to hear both tunes everywhere from Berlin to Brighton. Support from Appleblim, Alex Coulton, South London Ordnance, Akkord, Locked Groove…
Dusty, lo-fi deep house; one of Greta Cottage Workshop's best yet. Struts from tape-fuzzy, jazzed up swing on 'Mana' to a solemn waltz played on the auld Joanna, and over to the nimble, uptempo swing of 'Permafunk' and the grubby B-line strut of 'Nothing Never'.
London house rollers from Rinse FM's Foamo. Takes in the moody feminine pressure of 'Release Me' with lushed-up Lotti vocal alongside the rugged shufflers' spesh 'Without You' and the bassline garage-infected swing of 'Running'.
Another week of tuneage, and yet more shockwaves land fresh from Berlin. We love the idea of artist title and label all apparently as one, and with warehouse music as good as this such matters fade into insignificance. "Glandula piti" builds into stinging hihats, a rattling rhythm guaranteed to leave any site where its played in need of maintenance. "Glimmerman part one" boasts a mighty central riff, its huge production simply dwarfing the thinner sounds of other lesser tunes and morphing through all the percussive swells necessary for a primetime killing techno tune. The part one only s… Read more
The second Klockworks emission from Ben Klock - and it's a total killer. This is exactly the sort of thing that will satisfy all the Minimal instincts in you without compromising on any low-end expectations, "Onyx" delivering a metallic percussive skeleton that's underpinned by all manner of panning deconstructions, sharp hi-hats and a pulsating bassline that's the best kind of low-end transmission this side of Andy Stott. "Sean" on the flip is even better - a squashed 4/4 shuffle that comes across as almost barren fast aquires a funked-up percussive template that sounds like a stripped,… Read more
Proper stylish and heads-down techno from Ben Klock for his personal Klockworks imprint. With 'Under Pressure' the monotone bassline propulsion is balanced with tight loops of soulful Chicago-style organ, whereas 'Voyage one' is more rigid, bucked with body hitting kicks and tribal toms to grip the 'floor and hold it firmly in place. 'You' is the most economical and deadly of the lot, giving up arid, frictional rhythms offset with pointillist keys in a heavily functional yet refined manner. Makes us wish it was friday night again!
Absolutely prime techno this week, and pick of the bunch comes from Ben Klock. Following the insanely good 'October' 12" for BPitch, and last years immense album with fellow Berghain resident Marcel Dettman, Ben Klock has steadily risen to the top of the pack as a purveyor of the trippiest and most technically proficient techno currently doing the rounds. His Klockworks imprint is generally reserved for the more experimental end of his functional techno repertoire, but this doesn't mean it's any less than entirely effective, here on 'Steady plus' creating the sort of stripped and lean sq… Read more
Ben Klock is riding high on the wave of love for the Berghain sound right now, and his Klockworks series is definitely the place to look for the freshest developments in the style he has developed alongside fellow Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann. This latest addition to the killer series of club tools doubles the number of tracks for your money compared with previous editions, and expands his ouevre to include dub house variants on top of his usual club slaying techno behemoths. 'Pulse' starts the dance with a strictly orthodox Berghain piece, thumping out those powerfully reverbed kic… Read more
Marcus Intalex aka Trevino weighs in his finest techno productions to date. The sense of purpose and balance of dark, fluid D&B elements and cavernous techno really hits the mark on this platter. Basically, he's got us dancing in our seats. Face up, 'Forged' plays out a lip-sucking badboy techno roller - the groove's jackin' and in the-pocket and surrounded by the sort of burly synth licks you'd expect in Berghain at 8am, or is it 3pm, it's daft o'clock anyway. B-side 'Uptight' introduces some wicked industrial clanks and incendiary square bass torque for the strongback stepper and 'Doldrums' loosens up with shifty syncopation and a screwfizzog bassline. Insta-copped.
Four trax of shark-eyed electro subterfuge dispatched by the Creme Organization. Ranges from Carpenter style missions 'Downer' to the E.R.P-like electro stimulus of 'The Place To Be' and the deserted, drizzly sub-sector 17 atmospheres of 'The Rise and Fall'. "By the freaks, for the freaks"
Late '80s soul-and-house-inspired homage from Christophe and remixer, Casino Times. 'Comeback' is a natty throwback to swinging '86 boogie and arre groove sounds with grubbing bassline, fresh poppin' drums and silky female vocal by Crazy P's Danielle Moore. Casino Times give the same track a chugging modern house overhaul. Flipside Christophe and Lukas give a Detroit-style Mastermix of 'Comeback' and the original instrumental.
Cool, swinging house mix from Parisians Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, and Shonky in their b2b2b Apollonia guise. Features 17 tracks including a pair of exclusive Apollonia productions alongside classics from Callisto, Nail and Mood II Swing and modern tech-house from DeWalta, Grimes Adhesif, The Mole, Ryan Elliott, Tevo Howard.
Kinkier big-room tech-house-disco from Locked Groove, armed with superb Juju & Jordash and Iron Galaxy remixes on Tiga's Turbo label. 'Keep Thorough' finds a skilled balance of disco swing and propulsive techn-house; Juju & Jordash give a more analogue-sounding overhaul with spacious percussion, C2-style bass throb and deliciously subtle, pitch-bent synths. Tipped dat last one!
Dusky delivers the latest twelve for Breach's Naked Naked label. "‘Vanishing Point" is a kick driven, subtle-yet-vigorous House shuffler with a stereotypical NYC House vocal while ‘Truth Capital T’ on the flip gets Techier with more robust drums and cowbells thrown in for good measure.
Raving acid bass bouncers from a rebel alliance of UK imprints, 877 and Well Rounded Records. Klic & Riskotheque drop the gangsta club heat of 'Compton' on the A-side, and Brighton's Dong & Blake give it a more rugged house swing on the flip beside their EP highlight, a very strange techno abstraction with garbled vocals coming off like Thomas Brinkmann meets Mordant Music.
"Dosem delivers Halo Cyan's penultimate summer release, a lean and muscular production playlisted by teh likes of as Sasha, Carl Cox, John Digweed, Joris Voorn, Christian Smith, and Laurent Garnier."