reviews:51

Deniz Kurtel
The Way We Live
Wolf + Lamb

Deniz Kurtel’s second album defies time and space with a collection smouldering electronics that fuse technology together with provocative vocals and emotive synthesisers. The Way We Live goes a long way in proving just how excellent music is at the moment, from the opening I Knew This Would Happen, which is one of the most atmospheric pieces of music so far this year, through to the exquisitely rapped Right On featuring Michael Franti. While this is more about horizontal listening there is an occasional nod towards he dancefloor such as on the Soul Clap collaboration, Safe Word – the album being enriched throughout with an amalgamation of impressive guest artists. By and large the album feels like sharing someone else’s introspection – which is what I think art is supposed to be about after all, isn’t it?

release: June 4

http://soundcloud.com/tannerross/deniz-kurtel-tanner-ross-i

http://www.wolflambmusic.com/

http://www.denizkurtel.com/

 

Various
Moon Harbour InHouse Vol. 4
Mixed by Dan Drastic

Matthias Tanzmann’s Leipzig based label again delivers another selection of captivating productions, which in this case have been provocatively mixed together by Dan Drastic and whose own percussion fuelled Freaks and Geeks makes its timely appearance too. Despite being three years since the last one standards haven’t slipped either, with the likes of Guido Scheinder’s excellent Luna sitting alongside music from Marinez and of course Tanzmann himself. Watch out for Reboot’s devastating Bucaboca if you like your bass twisted and Luna City Express, Ultimo if you’re more into seductive atmosphere!

release: June 6

http://soundcloud.com/moon-harbour/sets/various-artists-moon-harbour-3/

http://www.beatport.com/#release/moon-harbour-inhouse-vol-4-part-1-2/912594

 

Various Artists
Cocoon Compilation L
Cocoon

The mystery unfolds as Cocoon’s yearly compilation now explores the lovely letter L. Standing for the love of… the music here builds from Tale Of Us & Visionquest’s  ambient foundations of Equilibrio and then twists and turns through a first rate selection of electronic music. The sounds get progressively heavier, though all contain that funky intensity associated with Sven Vath’s label, and while it would be easier to simply say that all the tracks are good/great it has to be said that there are some particular standouts: Tim Green’s shuffling Curious Green, Sian’s buzzing East Of Eden and Daniel Stefanik’s expansive Everything Goes Green which also goes to finish off this highly recommended compilation.

release: June 8

http://soundcloud.com/cocoonrecordings/sets/cocoon/

http://www.cocoon.net/

 

Joe Europe
Joe Europe EP
Vitalik Recordings

Five tracks go to make up this debut release for the label and there’s something almost restrained, yet deeply intense, about the way the opening production Runner plays out. Its imaginative use of vocal snippets and old school – sounding very new school – stabs work with the shuffling rhythms to become purely addictive. Some of the same principles apply to Things with its warmer, funkier bassline and this again hits the spot. Amore then explores more in the way of spacious tones, while the more apt Attitude goes tougher with yet more vocal cut-ups and moody keys, leaving the equally impressive Standing to end on a – not feeling too blue in the process -Jazz note.

release: June 4

http://soundcloud.com/joe-europe

www.wearevitalik.com

 

Sassafras
The Underworld
Indigo Raw

Sassafras comprises of label bosses’ Mirus (Norway) Paul Loraine (U.K) and Dominic Plaza (Sweden) who along with seriously hot sounding vocalist Nikol Kollars (Hawaii) have combined to deliver one of the more curious highlights this week. Deep, stripped back grooves set the scene while haunting spoken vocals sizzle suggestively on top, accompanied by the occasional burst of organ and spaced out fx. The Hatikvah remix then treats the voice and adds in even moodier sounds, while Paul Loraine flavours it heavily with percussion, and Vlad Malinovskiy’s remix pumps it up still further for the dancefloor. Though for me the original is best.

release: July 5

http://soundcloud.com/indigoraw/sets/ir013-sassafras-the-underworld/

 

Matt Tolfrey and Lazaro Casanova feat. Nikko Gibler
LAX EP
Culprit

Three heads are clearly better than one as this new ep goes to prove from Culprit. LAX begins with deep beats and ends up with a punchy tech bassline competing for your attention along with striking tribal snares, edgy keys and voices which all feel tastefully irresistible. Globe, then provides another thoughtful collection of ideas which this time play intriguing keyboards over quick fire eighties percussion, leaving Metronomy to get deeper with gorgeous lush bass and mood enhancing synths to round off.

release: June 4

http://soundcloud.com/matt-tolfrey

http://soundcloud.com/lazarocasanova

http://soundcloud.com/nikkogibler

 

Nigel Hayes
Northern Lights Part 2 EP
Intelligent Audio

The multi- talented Nigel Hayes shows what all the fuss is about with this new selection of carefully crafted grooves that lean heavily on the Jazz/ Funk side of life – good. Whether it’s the squelchy funk of the opening Santos or indeed the ‘Expansion’s’ flavoured Jazz Funk this unquestionably plays like a touch of class. Moody Cha Cha’s excellently titled number finishes off with jazzed-up percussion and sassy vocals combined neatly with expressive horns, though not before the Northern Lights has the chance to shine in your direction with gorgeous piano, double bass and cool muted trumpet.

release: STOMPY EXCLUSIVE : JUNE 4TH

http://soundcloud.com/intelligentaudio/sets/nigel-hayes-northern-lights/

https://www.facebook.com/intelligentaudio

 

Odyssey
Hang Together
bbr

Next in bbr’s superlative series of reissues sees the legendary Odyssey’s 1980 album get a fresh make over, and as is the custom with the label it’s accompanied by invaluable sleeve notes. No matter what you may, or may not, think of Use It Up And wear It Out (which is also on here) the group wrote many bone fide classics such as Going Back To My Roots and Native New Yorker in their time. But back to Hang Together and its opening title track displays the musical and vocal process which made them famous and this you can also witness on supremely funky Don’t Tell Me Tell Her. But as was the want at that time some bands filled out their albums with ballads and even flirted with other styles of music, although not always successfully. Never the less this is excellently produced by Sandy Linzer at NYC’s Hit Factory…

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/bigbreak.asp

 

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Tyson
‘After You’re Gone’
Back Yard Recordings

Let’s not be lazy and mention the similarity with the goddess that was Sylvester simply because the vocal is likewise falsetto, after all so was Jimmy Somerville. But then perhaps the music encourages the comparison all by itself: Hi-NRG eighties syncopation and uplifting middle eight that combines with devastating chorus etc etc. But then you either like this sound, or you don’t. Moving on with Joe Goddard’s deliciously moody rework which only adds to the impact of the vocals, you then have Legowelt’s electro stunner rekindling the retro-contemporary image flawlessly. Solo give it a more House feel with pulsating bass and familiar drum sounds providing yet another exotic angle to the vocalist. 8

http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/products/Tyson-AfterYoureGoneInc.JoeGoddardLegoweltRemixes-Backyard-79027.html

www.facebook.com/tysonofficial

 

 

The Jam Files
‘06’
Peppermint Jam Records

Number six in the series opens with the stunning Langenberg Mood Remix of Triad’s Vice which could be quite easily be described as melancholy but just as equally euphoric – albeit deeply. Like the sound of that dichotomy? Then read on as the arrangement gently adds layers of echoed drum hits, cinematic pads and Techno overtones neatly complimented by a yearning, synthetic voice.  Mousse T follows that with Inaya Day’s inescapably smoky vocals on By Myself which has been pitched down by Paskal & Urban Absolutes whose fashionably slo-mo remix injects some seriously funky bass into the equation. Last but not least is the Nico remix of B.M.R’s version of Level 42’s perennial Starchild that surprisingly doesn’t begin to give the game away until a third of the way through, although its two thirds before those familiar chords hit on this impressive interpretation. 9

release: 12/10/11

http://www.peppermint-jam.com/

 

 

Nigel Hayes
‘Tales from The Shed’ (Part 3 & 4)
Intelligent Audio

For your information it has taken just over a year for parts three and four to emerge from this Intelligent Audio sequence. And sounding as it does, you know it’s worth the time passing. Part Three features journeys into House/ Techno and doesn’t come much better than the opening salvo, Solar Flare. Fuzzy basslines, shuffling percussion with an intensely funky tilt, and shimmering keys see this shine brightly. Catch The Train rushes full steam ahead with squelching bass tones and undulating chords, aided again by sparkling percussion, as Something For The weekend eases down into something more comfortable though no less striking, leaving Deep Cover to explore yet more cinematic territory. It would be a crime not to be tempted by Part Four which plays the flipside with a funky intensity typically as on Bunny Chow, while Fandango feels like a contemporary Lalo Schifrin i.e. Steve McQueen cool. Lisa’s Flat gets classically soulful with Rhodes and clipped beats, and the finishing Breakin’ Doors joins the dots in-between with thoughtfully crafted notes and scat vocals concealing the Mojo Rising reference cleverly. 9

http://www.junodownload.com/products/tales-from-the-shed-part-3-ep/1827033-02/

 

http://intelligentaudio.net/intelligentaudio/

http://www.myspace.com/nigelhayesmusic

         

 

 

 

 

 

Anja Schneider
‘Hello Boy!’
Mobilee Records

This handsomely titled production from Mobilee co-founder Anja Schneider and Lee Jones sets sassy syncopated bass rhythms against unsettling synths, and to say this proves infectious may well be a slight understatement. Next is Rio Bravo which provides some melodic relief with its sensitive eighties styled keys while the funkier edged drums/ percussion feel perfect for the dancefloor. The self explanatory Let Me Out follows with yet more gorgeous bass lines although watch out for the sinister sounding voices, they’re enticing.  8

http://www.beatport.com/#es-ES/html/content/release/detail/687661/hello+boy!

http://www.mobilee-records.de/


                                                                                         

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