Reviews: 148

Single of the Week

Seth Troxler
Evangelion
Rumors Records

I just happened across this today, by possible accident, and so glad I did. For this is an outstanding production of ideas, sounds and sheer bravado. It’s uncompromising, includes some beautifully random classically-tuned piano along with not so delightfully twisted vocals, and simmers with ecstatic Acid tension painting a climatic, cinematic portrait that sits in a class all of its very own. Matt Jonson & Jesse Heartthrob provide the remix, with bouncy rhythms added to the equation, but for me its just relish in the Original version for now.

Release: March 30 on Vinyl, April 6 on Beatport Exclusive, April 20 Worldwide all stores

https://www.facebook.com/sethtroxlerofficial?fref=ts

https://soundcloud.com/rumorsrecords/rms006-seth-troxler-evangelion-1644-pm

Joeski
Erotic Sessions EP
Poker Flat Recordings

Joeski’s fabulous Acid infused XXX Part 1 kicks off this release with a deceptively uncomplicated arrangement, which in actual fact is brimming with creative tension amid a crisp clash of percussion accompanied by understated, brooding effects. Part 2, not surprisingly, continues to build the theme pushing the Acid lines, breathy vocals and caustic fx to the fore while in the process producing tantalising, hypnosis inducing Dance music. The excellent, Come On, finishes with more superb sound effects stretching out the stereo alongside more in the way of unrelenting drums.

Release: April 6
https://www.facebook.com/djjoeski73
http://www.pokerflat-recordings.com

https://soundcloud.com/pokerflatrecordings/sets/joeski-erotic-sessions-ep

Marlon Hoffstadt & Racquet
Crumble
DHA Records

If this is anything to go by then watch out for Deep House Amsterdam’s brand new DHA Records. The Original version comprises of melancholy, smoky vocals accompanied by fine bluesy guitar and captivating drums sounding both intriguing and compelling. Andre Lodemann’s remix then adds more energy and gritty Techno textures while stripping back the song, as Poupon takes it a step deeper with the more of the Originals’ ambience played out across tougher Dance beats and bass.

http://www.deephouseamsterdam.com

https://soundcloud.com/deep-house-amsterdam/dha001-premiere-marlon-hoffstadt-racquet-crumble-original-mix?in=deep-house-amsterdam/sets/marlon-hoffstadt-racquet

Ellen Allien
ALLIEN RMXS
Bpitch Control

Reimaging two of last year’s tracks from the Freak EP comes this latest release from the artists own Bpitch Control imprint. First up are AUX 88 who riff dark techno notation together with animalistic sound effects plus pulsating drum machines to sound heavy-duty yet infectious on Butterfly. Ejeca’s Acid version of Freak The Night does just that with trippy Acid sounds amid suitably electronic drums for your pleasure, as the Radio Slave remix transforms it all into something altogether more moody and atmospheric. The excellent LA Williams proceeds to turn it upside down again with pumping Chicago rhythms feeling energised and dangerous, with Radio Slave’s Acapella finishing off for good measure.

Buy: http://po.st/bpc313beatport
www.bpitchcontrol.de
www.facebook.com/EllenAllien

https://soundcloud.com/ellen-allien/ellen-allien-freak-the-night-la-williams-rmx

Todd Terry
Our House is Your House
Ministry Of Sound

Launching another Mix series for Ministry comes this rough retrospective of Todd Terry’s musical output. I can’t remember who coined the Todd Is God phrase but thankfully that was back in the sad old days of 90’s dance journalism. To put it basically though, Todd falls loosely into the pre and post Missing phase: the former representing those glorious Acid years from 1988 through to the tough Hard-House of the early 90’s and for me it’s that number of classics that are hard to beat – period. Try any of the Todd Terry Project productions and listen for yourself (including a couple of disappointing omissions from the T.T canon on this compilation below). The second CD has a selection of some of his current tracks and remixes, including three new tracks from Terry two of which are exclusive to the compilation: ‘Give Me A Reason’ feat. Robin S, and ‘Go Away’ featuring Martyna Baker. The shuffling rhythms espoused on his infamous Everything But The Girl remix is perhaps what he’s currently most celebrated for, and it’s maybe curious to note that those sounds are still contemporary in today’s climate? For a producer who helped define the landscape of House through the late 80’s and early 90’s (and for some beyond) is a big accolade for anyone to achieve. This compilation gives you the chance to sample that justification for yourself.

Release: March 30

https://soundcloud.com/ministryofsound/todd-terry-minimix-1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGZ6u4rGadw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihdTQqVn-cw

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Reviews: 141

Single of the Week

diegoDiego Krause
Right About Now
Apollonia

Unison Wax main man debuts on the label with three equally quality productions that could just set the dancefloor on fire. The title track opens with crunchy drums but soon develops its emotions with tasteful keys complimenting the tough House rhythms perfectly.  Manitu, then adds more movement to the percussion to provide addictive listening, while Dreams completes the release with a combination of creative synths and more heavy-duty drums on the deepest but also possibly most compelling of the trio.

https://www.facebook.com/diegokrause
https://www.facebook.com/ApolloniaMusic

Sydney
Deeper Side To Life EP
Brise Records

Brise59-A bcExcellent new release from the ever impressive Brise with the title track from the EP sequencing sassy congo breaks together with warm, expanding chords and tech stabs alongside welcome human voices. A funky combination for sure, but also a deep and moody one with more than a twist of invention to the production. The Nightshift Remix then takes it up a gear with rolling bass adding heavier vibes to the darker elements of the original. Next, Serpente fuses break-beats with treated vocals and pulsating piano to again produce another imaginative arrangement of sounds. Label boss Helmut Dubnitzky provides a remix which adds fierce bass to a much moodier and excellent reworking.

Release: February

http://www.brise-records.com

Misfa Stereo
Something is Wrong
La Pitti Records

Two fresh new tracks from Neapolitan producer Pasquale Gargiulo aka Misfa Stereo go to make up this latest from La Pitti with the later F Is To Forget being the standout courtesy of the punchy beats and basslines adding tension to the organ punctuated grooves. The former, Something is Wrong feels less frantic with crisp snare hits and moody keys adding extra atmosphere. A remix comes care of Share Records’ Helder Teixeira who adds a more off kilter edge to the production via contrasting soulful vocals.

http://www.beatport.com/release/something-is-wrong/1451817

https://www.facebook.com/leftroom
http://www.lapittirecords.com

https://soundcloud.com/lapittirecords/sets/lpt005-misfa-stereo-something-is-wrong-la-pitti-records/s-mm1eA

Armand Van Helden
Masterpiece
Ministry Of Sound

Expect the unexpected. So I don’t quite know why I was surprised to see that Van Helden’s three CD compilation for the Ministry series were titled: The Loft, Yacht Rock Don’t Stop, and Freestyle Forever. For obvious reasons it’s the first CD and its selection of House classics (I use the word advisedly) complete with Masters At Work, Earth People and Logic’s timely ‘The Warning’ that all provide reasons to acquaint yourself thoroughly with the mix. The Freestyle collection is then highlighted by the more obvious Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam ‘I Wonder If I Take You Home’ and Joyce Sims anthem ‘(You Are My) All And All’ and I guess it’s a pre-House sound you either love or not. And so to the Yacht Rock selection which, let’s face it, contains a number of breezy, uplifting classics (though also a fair share of cringe) despite the terrible genre name attached to them now. Consequently if Toto, Chicago, and The Doobie Brothers sound like your idea of heaven then you’re in luck…

Release: February 14
Pre Order here: http://smarturl.it/AVH_iTunes

https://soundcloud.com/ministryofsound/masterpiece-armand-van-helden-minimix

One of Armand Van Helden’s 90’s classic records (not on the CD)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd05-1Wzji4

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