Tom Flynn – Pluck – Dessous Recordings

One of the attributes that shines through from Pluck is its defining ability to sound so refreshing, especially given the slew of familiar sounding releases which are ever present these days. The production carves out its own niche successfully exciting combinations of playful, synthesized melodies and rolling, provocative rhythms to ignite the senses. There is also a funky sense of time and space at play here too, something so often missing from the formula numbers around. The tougher, resolutely heavy-duty Sunday Morning Session hits next via brutal kick drums accompanied by unfurling waves of sound suggesting moodier ideas and notation. Leaving the punchier beats and bass featured on, Off The Road to end pointing in the direction of the spirit of adventure as caustic keys apply the science of sound to heated equations.

Release: March 9



Chocky – Playtime EP – Dessous Recordings

Returning to Steve Bug’s super good imprint Chocky once again delivers smoky, involving music over the course of travel. Double Dip begins the recession busting selection with a deep, hypnotic combinations of bass and smooth organ stabs offset by addictively punchy vocal hits, plus a heavy dose of soulful intention. Which is much the same for the warm rush of the pad induced emotion care of, Organism. Or indeed the same could be said of, Soul Alive which feels that bit tougher via its flow of uplifting arpeggios and vocals. Leaving the more intense tones of the Playtime Dub to end with Jazzy piano possibilities and filtered hip-shaking skill.

Release: December 8


Iori Wakasa – Give Me Yourself EP – Dessous Recordings

Killer release for sure with four tracks delivered hot and heavy from the creative Japanese producer. The bass pulverising Be There starts the EP as it means to go on with thundering kick and low-end notation fuelling the shuffling rhythms as uncomplicated organ stabs hit the repeat button, aided by occasional emotive flourishes of sound. Give Me continues the theme with whirring jazzy keys and smoky voices continuing the intention as the tougher Feel It Dizzy sequences vocal hits with punchy percussion. Leaving the deliciously deeper Live Ur Life co-produced by Miki Shinichi to add a definite message to the music.

Release: March 31



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

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

Ultravogue EP

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

Trippy Soul
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

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

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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