Scorching release from Magdalena who also runs the annual EGO AIR event in Hamburg. But back to the music which delivers high on atmosphere while darkly sketching out intense, teasing moods via a web of engaging synth lines and probing low-end theory on the title track, Morphosfalter. Next, Monarchfalter undulates in a different direction with chiming keys punctuating a rush of fizzy electronics, again expansive by nature. Leaving third number, Schillerfalter to satisfy the quest further care off fiery snares and waves of robust sound.
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft aka DAF amalgamate all that is intense about life into the one not so easy nugget sizzling with electricity in the shape of these two tracks, now remixed by Boys Noize and Görl & Hell. The former channelling the forceful tones of Als Wärs Das Letzte Mal across caustic synth lines and frisky, urgent drum machines. The later contrast the abrasion with a, dare I suggest, funkier version of Liebe Auf Den Ersten Blick that has playful bass informing probing drums and eventual teasing melodies. Originating from late seventies Düsseldorf and stamping their unique signature all over everything this remians music that breathes energy and vitality into the everyday.
Lifted from the album Cryosleep Kurt Uenala’s new alias breathes life into the circuits that course throughout this prime-time slice of electronic music. Hinting a melody as the chords lift and fall over a succession of thudding beats plus attacking basslines alongside the addition of sparkling arpeggios and synthesized voices. This makes for a refreshing, revitalised listen.
Next time you’re in Paris…
Celebrating twenty years at Rex Club in the capital is no mean feat by anyone’s standards but to couple that with the release of music as powerful as D’Julz associated Bass Culture imprint is enough to leave you breathless. Beginning with his Serendipity probing with all guns blazing then crossing the rubicon via Ron Bacardi’s immensely intense Rock Your Body, while ending up in the vicinity of Mr G’s sublime Transient and then closing with Orlando Voorn’s soul-searching remix of Anonym – Castaway is quite the journey to make. All entry points are covered from the likes of Sebo K plus Chris Simmonds alongside significant others but from whatever position you may choose Bass Culture ignites the senses like few others can.
Release: Beatport exclusive July 31
Revisiting rather than reviving this often overlooked number from the past is always refreshing to experience. That and the fact that the original 1986 version remains intact testifying to the strength of the song plus its vocal delivery, alongside the proud production by other vital figures in House history: Boyd Jarvis and Timmy Regisford, while not to forget the essential tag line ‘Mastered by Herbie Powers’. Nobody’s Business was a 1920s blues standard by Porter Grainger and while Boyd Jarvis lifted the refrain and changing some of the lyrics its essence still reverberates from then to now. Typifying the ‘Garage’ sound of the period which was subsequently exported to the UK a couple of years later via now classic compilations the track boasts all of those hallmarks loud and proud: from the rolling drum machines to the soaring soulfully charged vocals – just close your eyes and who knows where your imagination could end up.
Release: July 28
Reaching release 21 is the pun in title that shouldn’t detract you. Because this is a first-rate piece of music that boasts not only the ultra-cool, reaching depths others can’t reach, Fender Rhodes but also an amalgamation breezy trumpet blasts all over the course of smouldering drums and bass on Dream. Happy Hour, proceeds with tougher beats and further explorations of the electric piano and muted trumpet plus general all-round funkiness. Last Call, then pumps out House beats to accompany probing Detroit bass, leaving the standout title track to tease you into submission via the warm rush of language and re-assuring chord sequences alongside contrasting, heightened strings and finally raspy Organ hits.
Release: August 14
It suddenly struck me that the use of generic terms to describe much of the music I share with you is completely pointless. In my book that’s pretty much an essential attribute as it’s the music that tears the edges of the page which often proves to be the most absorbing. And that’s what I love about this collection of reworking’s of Satoshi Tomiie’s 2015 album New Day. Now all gathered together under the one roof the self-explanatory title track from the album receives three remixes plus there’s an array of equally sparkling gems for you to dive into. Standouts for me are from Ron Trent who reworks Thursday 2AM, Fred P’s Reshape of Landscape, and Pablo Mateo’s version of New Day itself. All tease with fresh possibilities and don’t weigh you down with trying to file music into any neat, labelled, or pre-determined box. Soul-satisfying and total.
Release: August 8
Thursday, 2am – Ron Trent Remix Dub
Escaping into a world all of its own making is this third instalment Russian Linesman’s explorations into Hans Eysenck’s psychological thesis. Comprised of seven tracks that touch upon the here and now the music of course delves deep, while also acting as a challenging set of sequences to at once excite and ignite you. From the unnerving, whirring tones of Super Grey Import through to the light relief generated by the breezy chords of The Trigan Empire this release in the series again scores high. Not be missed.
Release: August 7
King Britt’s intriguing, brilliant alter ego Fhloston Paradigm sets pulses racing with the electronically super-charged, rule book discarding, flying free imagination and sonic possibilities generated by his initial recent release. Now faced with three new versions all hell may just break loose. For me John Debo’s version expands it all forward finding elements suggested by the original and developing them over the course of several minutes of drum infused temptation. Contrasting the intensity is OddKidOut whose shimmering, funkier flavours breathe a definite sense of relief and joy into it all. While conversely, Pow Wow turns it all upside down amid a rush of breakbeats. Outstanding.
Release: July 21
As if somebody has walked into the room and turned the lights on the effervescent funk ignited by Body Language is little short of blinding. Engaging you from the moment the drums start the rhythms keep rolling while occasional vocals colour the arrangement alongside a sparkling dash of keys that only fuel the anticipation. Brilliant. The remix comes from Re.You strip it down to bare essentials fusing darker, intense electronics and beautifully extravagant reverberating voices plus a flurry of handclaps for punctuation.
Release: July 28