HORATIO – ROMINIMAL ROCADE – Quanticman Records

Although this has been floating around for a few weeks now, causing all sorts of sonic damage, the need is to make sure your attention is caught before the year ends. Two equally excellent tracks adorn this release from the label, which has been increasingly building up a stunning set of releases. Renastere, kicks off with an uncomplicated though defiantly direct sequence of filtered stabs, that are all at once addictive and uplifting, reaching out to a hefty nine minutes duration. Next, the more introspective Geneza is tastefully crafted with probing synths taking off amid impactful drums, creating warm yet tense atmospheres along the way.

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Single of the Week

C’est Moi
This Song
Dessous Recordings

Alex Niggemann recording undercover as fresh alias C’est Moi hits the spot with this effortless combination of deep bass, shuffling beats and lush Detroit tones. When a song won’t satisfy the age tested addition of timely spoken words always suffices, which in this case adds that authentic human touch to the energised electronics. Dario D’Attis supplies the remix of This Song with rougher drums alongside a simpler arrangement of notes complimenting the voiceover nicely, leaving second track From A Bird’s Eye View to delve deeper with undulating keys and soulful vocals.

Release: February 2

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http://www.dessous-recordings.com

Superlounge
All On Me EP
Motek Music

Oliver Fritsche & Alex Bach aka Superlounge latest release for Motek is a blissful piece of music that no doubt stand the test of time. The words deep and moody apply here with the breathily spoken vocals only adding emotion to the equation; however the music is richly rewarding in its own right complimented by an excellent production of enticing, hypnotic sounds. A set of striking remixes come via Eric Volta’s sizzling electronics, Maher Daniel’s darker interpretation and from Hands Free & Kosmas progressive feeling tones.

Release: February 2

www.superlounge.info
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Hugo
Ultravogue EP
Gruuv

The EP’s title track is a provocative amalgamation of electronic sounds that all at once unnerves your sense of time and space via its clash of striking effects and creative rhythms. Thinking outside of the box results in an irresistible, if unsettling, listen from the producer and that theme is continued through to Pendulum featuring Heral, and again imaginative percussion keeps you guessing alongside an insistent vocal loop plus vibrating synths. Detlef then delivers a rough and tough remix that employs fierce hi-hats against unforgiving, pounding beats and bass for full dancefloor effect. To end the first-rate Metaloop adds a funkier sequence of plucked guitar and abrupt basslines completing the standout track on the EP for me with more a musical flair.

Release: February 2

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Trippy Soul
Paradox
Quanticman Records

Matusoiu Alexandru’s pseudo name gives the game away somewhat with spacey, far reaching rhythms feeling explorative and engaging as on the opening, certainly apt Cinema. The wordplay continues next with Paradox which again develops dark themes across moody electronics, as indeed does the proceeding Shamanism. The rhythmatic, Un Mit ends this captivating set of instrumentals which all succeed in their mission of creating intoxicating atmospheres and as such score high.

Release: January 31

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Jacob B
Breslau Cuts
Käse Kool

Brutal House Music, just the way we like it, sees Breslau-based producer Jacob B deliver three equally unrelenting tracks plus a remix from JMF. The self-explanatory ‘The Weapon’ kicks things off via heavy duty beats, cutting techno bass and a rave-era hoover stab that works surprisingly well. The aptly titled From The Underground follows with more harsh drums and staccato organ stabs on JMF’s addictive Fatty Rub, with the original version again hitting you with moody synths and classic House vocals. The Warehouse Stomp finishes with yet more uncompromising kicks alongside ‘muthafucker’ vocals just in case you were left in any doubt!

Release: February 7

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Emika
‘Klavirni’
Emika Records

Taking a sideway step from Dance music production Emika has thankfully taken the time to share her keyboard skills with us. I say thankfully because this haunting selection of works is rather beautiful, in a melancholy sense, and also goes to prove that people who create Dance tracks can be real artists/ musicians too. The lone piano passages simply ooze with emotion and slightly remind me of the exquisite compositions of Erik Satie. That said, you can also hear modern motifs played but either it’s a definite pleasure to listen to. Try for yourself below – play loud or quiet.

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reviews:137 (2014)

Single of the Week

Full Intention
Meteor Man
OFFSPIN

It doesn’t come much better than this blistering Acid attack from Full Intention in the form of ‘Meteor Man’. Indeed, they have always seemingly had one finger on the pulse, much as they did back in the mid 90’s with the Disco infused ‘America (I Love America)’, which coincidently I reviewed for DMC (Mixmag Update) way back then. Those familiar with 1988 may recognize where the inspiration comes from but none the less the stripped back but devastatingly effective drums and Roland 303 sound epic placed in any decade – PLAY LOUD. Next, ‘Upside Down’ applies moody electronic basslines to yet more first-rate drums, while final track ‘Walk Away’ adds a techier sheen to warmer chords and Penny. F’s breathy vocals amid, what has to be said is, a very tasty breakdown of events.

http://www.fullintention.com

Katzer & Meffert
MG166
Quanticman Records

Katzer & Meffert concoct this strange but very satisfying brew with the title track MG166 combing intense, almost jazzy drums, and moody pads plus occasional vocal snippets to stunning effect. The remaining tracks: Nada Brahma, Shulgain and Zapta all reinforce intricate drumming across their rhythms, alongside atmospheric backdrops and twisted voices. An intriguing bunch of productions for sure, each coming with their very own merit and more than a touch of individuality, although the cinematic moments and evolving percussion of ‘Shulgain’ are particularly hard to resist.

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Graeme L.
New Beginnings EP
Division Recordings

Flexing bassline muscles and plugging directly into the electronic mainframe is this explosive new release from Graeme L. The remix of ‘Give It A Chance’ sets the agenda with hard to miss bottom end attacking the senses along with insistent percussion and spot-on beats lending it all a breathless edginess. The Original Mix then follows in deeper fashion, though no less subdued, with whirring sound effects joining in with the commanding vocals again most effectively.

http://www.divisionmusic.co.uk/release/graeme-l-new-beginnings-ep/

Helmut Dubnitzky
Think About EP
Brise Records

Love this. Stunning production from Helmut Dubnitzky whose carefully crafted arrangements are nothing short of spectacular. ‘Think About’ starts with repetitive rhythms that require repeat investigation as the music develops with subtle, and so no subtle effects, until the x factor breakdown kicks in. ‘Clouds In The Sky’ then plays like pure bliss with more tasteful percussion accompanying the organ pulses, leaving the grittier Techno of ‘Come On’ to end with more than one surprise.

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Reviews:134

Single of the Week

Play003Just Be
The Magic Rock
Play It Say It

The Magic Rock kicks off this release with an addictive 70’s styled drum machine repeating into oblivion, but which is soon accompanied by whirring synth notes and arpeggios that successfully seek to maximise the hypnotic nature of the track. It’s expansive too clocking in at almost ten minutes but worth every second of its twisted elegance. Next, The Early Years clashes Detroit stabs together with vocal weirdness and, what sounds like, a ghostly flute penetrating the airwaves as both these distinctive and imaginative productions sit neatly on Seth Troxler’s one of three imprints.

release: October 27

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DesiresGiorgia Angiuli
Desires
KMS Records

Striking a chord as the nights draw in the excellent original version of Desires does so with deliciously haunting atmospheres and Giorgia Angiuli’s spine-tingling, breathy vocal delivery. What’s also dramatic about this production is the dark combination of provocative bass and treatments of the voice rendering it an extra instrument. Beckwith provide a tougher, trackier remix dropping the main vocal, while both: Dharkfunkh and Kasbah Zoo/ OniWax rework it for theirs. The former expanding the bass, and the latter picking up the pace with intense percussion rounding off this first rate release from Kevin Saunderon’s long time label, KMS.

release: November 3

http://www.giorgiaangiuli.com
http://www.kmsrecordsus.com

Paolo Leary
Overhand
Quanticman Records

Three tracks comprise Paolo Leary’s latest and opening with Overhand you quickly get the picture: tough, sometimes unforgiving, repetitive rhythms that work their way into mind and body. Combining pulsing beats and tricky snares alongside shimmering stabs and ‘Work That’ vocal lines this effortlessly becomes a hypnotic listen. Duties, follows a similar path, although this time with brighter undulating synths, leaving Route to feel warmer with atmospheric pads accompanied by yet more playful percussion.

release: October 29

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cover_dep0221Paul Rudder
No Good
Depaart

No Good reflects the detuned (familiar) vocal sample that runs throughout the original version of Paul Rudder’s gritty stab infused workout, which hits hard with a defiantly funky punch. The accompanying Refix version then replays the same elements including those deliriously sassy hi-hats to maximum effect. Leaving the second track to hint at the 90’s via uplifting synth stabs, crunchy drums and attitude proving How Do You Do to be anything but polite.

release: November 3

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https://depaart.com

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