Reviews:131

OHOliver Huntemann
PLAY!05 Live in Vienna
Senso Sounds

Live albums may seem like a novel approach these days but the opening sounds of people cheering and shouting to the DJ dropping in the voca lof Josh Wink’s, ‘Are You There’ causes quite a sensation. The expectation levels then build with the rough bass of the Hallo Halo remix of Djuma Soundsystem Vs. Shades Of Gray, ‘Madness’ and then onwards through music from the likes of &Me’s pounding ‘Locust’ and Oliver Huntemann’s own engaging and excellent tripped-out, ‘Vienna’ which appears as one of a number of album exclusives. It’s a fascinating idea to produce a series of live albums each featuring different locations in the world and the second CD, as you might expect, gets that bit deeper and darker with Radio Slave’s ‘Don’t Stop No Sleep’ typifying the message. BE/LA, ‘Leave’, Rob Hes ‘Survivor’ and Andre Winter, ‘99Solutions’ all supply further standouts from the increased number of firsts’ for Live in Vienna, and with the lights off and volume up it all sounds like one hell of a party.

release: October 6

http://www.huntemann.tv
https://www.facebook.com/sensosounds

Umlaut
Irrational Behaviour
Hit By A Truck Records

Aka David Gorez (Nocif) and Johan De Vylder (Juannes) the Belguim  duo deliver deep (yes there’s that word again), intense music that strikes at the very heart of the matter. Irrational Behaviour, sounds like an apt title for this rich seam of atmospheric music that is centred on undulating moody chords plus some excellent fiery percussion work, accompanied by an occasional dark sounding vocal and powerful breakdown. Crack and Crunch deliver a first rate remix that packs even more intensity into the fizzy hi-hat driven grooves that also contain reinvigorated FX along with gritty electronics. Either way a startling listen.

release: October 16

http://hitbyatruckrecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/Umlaut.be

https://soundcloud.com/hitbyatruckrecords/sets/umlaut-irrational-behavior

Julie Marghilano
Let It Go feat. Ilhem
Sol Asylum

Label head Julie Marghilano explores various influences in creating this release from jazzy sensibilities through to deeper textures. The title track, Let It Go opens with swirling pads and improvised, emotive vocals by Ilhem on version 2 while a haunting set of electronic notes and motifs create the notable backdrop. The original version then replays the same elements as second track, Soul Print delivers an even more captivating piece of music, via the combination of occasional piano and tastefully repetitive percussion that completely seizes the imagination.

release: October 8

https://www.facebook.com/julie.marghilano
http://sol-asylum.com

https://soundcloud.com/sol-asylum-records/sets/sol-asylum-04-julie-marghilano

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Reviews:21

 

Angus Jefford
‘Moves Revived’
Kaluki Musik

If House Music wasn’t alive and kicking in 2011 then you wouldn’t have records like this being produced. Title track, Moves Revived has the sort of Kick drum sound systems are tested by with its heavy-duty beat and hypnotic voices setting you up for an array of aurally assaulting acid bass and rapid-fire snares. Flex feels sparser with prickly organ notes and insistent vocals leaving room for the Ellesse & Jacob Who remix to trip it out with electro toms and impressively moody sounds. Juan Kidd revisits Moves although this time adds bonus intensity care of delicious bass and excellent oddball keyboard combinations. All night long…  9

release: 8 Nov 2011

http://www.juno.co.uk/ppps/products/1843354-02.htm

                                              

Oliver Huntemann
‘Paranoia’
Ideal Audio

What is inescapable on Oliver Huntemann’s fourth studio album is the sheer breadth of technology and alongside co-producer Andre Winter the skill with which it has been engaged. Never afraid to tweak the elements that one stage further to produce a desired effect, such as on the devilish electronics of Delirium one moment, sounds are then replayed in a different vein the next with Robert Owens robustly intoning on Hope. In between the experience ranges from fierce electronica you can dance too – albeit horizontally challenged – to moodier classically inclined soundtracks which traverse the light fantastic succulently as on the finale, The End. 7

release: 2 Nov 2011

http://www.juno.co.uk/ppps/products/1849196-02.htm

 

Ivan Garci
‘El Sonido Del Mar e.p’
Epoque Music Label

I like the way the music engages you on this release even when played at a low volume. That’s to do with the almost gentle though somewhat melancholy feel to the Original version which plays easy going keys off relaxed percussion and atmospheric synths to, it has to be said, pleasing effect. The John Dare mix turns up the volume with pacier drums and tighter bassline though retains the delicate sprinkling of piano, while the SoulDeep Inc version lifts to the next level with a stronger rhythm section providing extra energy and a welcome touch of Latin swing. 7

release: 1 Nov 2011 (Beatport)

http://www.beatport.com/#release/el-sonido-del-mar-ep/823754

 

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