Operating under the alias of Rework Daniel Varga, Michael Kuebler and Elmar Mellert join forces to deliver this late night tale of intrigue as Anything’s commanding low-tempo shuffle ignites their airwaves in a flurry of hot keys, swirls plus smouldering, breathy vocals. The brisker bounce of Cracked Edit follows fuelled by fabulously syncopated basslines alongside classic drum machines, leaving the beautiful sway of Always Done to complete via shimmering, gated notes amid deep low-end all coming complete with an uplifting sting.
Reaching Jori Hulkkonen’s 21st artist album seems like an incredible feat in today’s easy come, easy go culture. But never the less each track is dedicated to producing the results that still speak clearly as to the artist’s unique field of vision. Nothing feels tired by now, if anything it’s the opposite seeing each piece of music remaining tantalising provocative. There is always something unsettling, slightly strange yet spiritually rewarding about the music on Simple Music For Complicated People. For example the stunning, electric atmospheres of Europe Starts With An E which sit beside the breathy, poignancy of Memory Times. Or the pacey Techno of Plastic Freedom that precedes the exceptionally titled: A Group of Scientist Write a Lo-fi Disco Track While on the Verge of Creating a General Artificial Intelligence. And it’s down to this sheer diversity that captivates as well as thrills throughout. To finish are the beautiful strains of piano that make up Blade Walker, again contrasting expectations, which in the end leads right back to the start as the shivery, treaded voices of 6n Jaakaappi set the scene for all that is yet to come.
Release: September 28
An outstanding remix in anyone’s book. DJ Tennis takes a leaf out of his own rules and rips it apart to reveal a production that verges on subtlety, yet hits hard with all the force of nature Barricade requires. Originally appearing in its own right back in 2012 this new reworking sees tough kicks battle against the righteously intense vocal that never lets emotions dip. Keys are then added which cement the darker, gothic elements into one as guitar like motifs and grainy sounds effectively render this a standalone piece of music. Due out on 10” vinyl then followed digitally.
Release: September 9
As if somebody has walked into the room and turned the lights on the effervescent funk ignited by Body Language is little short of blinding. Engaging you from the moment the drums start the rhythms keep rolling while occasional vocals colour the arrangement alongside a sparkling dash of keys that only fuel the anticipation. Brilliant. The remix comes from Re.You strip it down to bare essentials fusing darker, intense electronics and beautifully extravagant reverberating voices plus a flurry of handclaps for punctuation.
Release: July 28
Love this stunning production from Jori Hulkkonen whose impassioned tones adorn this release with picturesque atmosphere’s igniting all sorts of notions. I Am The Night does all that and more suggesting a more soulful angle from the label which is highlighted by the introspective voiceover alongside the accompanying drums, probing bass plus swirls and splashes of colourful sounds. Likewise, Tintan Terdel adds tangible emotions to the expansive, almost Vangelis like, soundtrack of melodic synthesisers attuned to the electronic pulses of the smoky drum machine.
My Favorite Robot Records
For openers I can’t really recommend this album highly enough. But don’t go expecting gospel inspired cliques either lyrically or musically, however what you do get is creative, forward-thinking sounds that all at once engage and challenge you. Of course, this being My Favorite Robot Records you probably guessed that bit already. Love the guitars on Rain, the delightfully sleazy vocals on Minireich (feat. Sex Judas & Rupert Cross), and the dreamy electronics generated by the concluding Backseat Reflexion. The remainder is equally invigorating too blending moods, words and atmosphere’s notably together alongside the starry array of guests. Listen for yourself below!
release: October 28
Bay 6 EP
This excellent set of productions from DAVI, who you will already know from his releases on Crosstown Rebels, now comes to light in their own right. Three tracks beginning with The Bay 6 (Pt. 1) which comprises of tense, plucked guitar lines alongside what is undoubtedly the EP’s signature: deep, brooding bass complimented by swirling textures of sound that give the music real depth. (Pt.2) replays those very elements, while third number The Time Has Come is perhaps the standout simply because of the heightened sense of emotion it captures. There is an almost a cinematic quality to this arrangement coupled to what is certainly a first-rate production.
Paul C & Paolo Martini
Paolo Martini (of Bini & Martini fame) and fellow Italian Paul C deliver one of my favourite Hot Creations releases in a while. The title track, Get This! is simply a case of turn it up! Especially once that bassline hits with you with all the fevered determination it can muster. Then powered by hot tribal drums, plus nagging synth lines, these six minutes of sheer pleasure proceed to lift and drop in just the right places complimented by sometimes sinister voices. Bull Revenge is an altogether funkier affair with an infectious loop of guitar and snazzy percussion, leaving the pulsating Flying Lizard to end on a repetitive high.
release: November 4
Oba, Lá Vem Ela
Mr Bongo Records
With the autumn sunshine breaking through the grey clouds this morning Oba, Lá Vem Ela plays like the perfect accompaniment to the change in seasons. A brave and substantial cover of Brazil’s Jorge Ben (wrote Mas Que Nada!) by Swedish folk rock band Junip but one which they pull it off in style with their introspective melodies drifting most pleasingly over a sea of strummed acoustic guitars and spine-tingling synths – Balearic heaven. Fans of the band will also know that ‘Line of Fire’ was used to advertise the last series of Breaking Bad, which says it all really. The track also features on the labels forthcoming ‘Brazilian Beats 7’ so that’s something to look for too.
Why Can’t We Live Together: Expanded Version
Big Break Records/ TK Records
Originally released in 1972 the single Why Can’t We Live Together is one of those defining moments whose impassioned plea for unity still resonates today (with the possible exception of politicians). Its defining sounds were the percussion played by Thomas on his Lowery organ, which also produced the raspy chords and notes to embellish the vocals. And in one sense it’s that very combination that peppers the album throughout working particularly well on The Chi-lites cover ‘The Coldest Days Of My Life.’ The smoky, soulfulness of his voice is also notable on Dizzy Dizzy World and on this expanded edition bonus track People Are Changing, with the surprisingly up-tempo Funky Me finishing in a blaze of fiery percussion and pumping bass!
What better to start the eightieth edition of Magazine Sixty than with the lush production values of Elize. The French artist has created three gems in this release while also highlighting the labels versatility into the bargain. Just Wanna Dance, almost despite what the title claims, fills in the spaces between deep and gorgeous with hypnotic tones alongside dreamy voices combining with tough underlying rhythms perfectly. About This Girl feels that bit friskier with funkier bass and shuffling drums adding an enticing groove before Elize strikes the piano in full effect. All Theses Ices ends sitting somewhere in-between the previous two with moody organ and chunky syncopation giving the process a real kick.
release: March 25
An excellent release from Large that sees the label returning to their 90’s roots with Detroit Swindle’s Lars Vegas delivering an essential production for just about anyone whose into that House sound. Of course, it’s also very telling that the style, and The Game in particular, feels so vibrant today – coming full circle. The title track’s energy is inescapably persuasive with the exuberant vocals, insistent drums and pumping chords all feeling majorly peak time. Break Me Down follows with more strident rhythms and big time keys accompanied by deeper pads for added variation. Homework, supply the remix with their take on the sound being a notably potent one as heavy-duty bass and beats give you that bit more. Extra Large.
release: March 25
Having already released the labels first artist album electronic magician Jori Hulkonnen now has this second selection of remixes to further tempt you in that direction. Gonna Track You Down is remixed impressively by Knox who treat you to a diverse set of sounds; some reversed, some played straight but all highly impactful beside the cinematic landscape created. Jori Hulkkonen’s own remix of Liquid Hologram feels somewhat less experimental in comparison, although still features an invigorating sequence of electronic notes alongside captivating, haunting vocals. The excellent Maxxi Soundsytem then rework Do It giving it a temptingly deeper edge, while featuring Olga Kouklaki’s heavily treated voice against a creative progression of sounds. The Model remix of Bass is a Many Splendored Things finishes on a clubbier note with uptempo, pulsating rhythms all receiving that certain MFR twist.
release: March 25
Negative Time album clips
While not necessarily the most promising of titles the Knackered EP does however reignite the word Balearic with four notably good tracks via Argentine label Get Slow. Christian Malloni’s imaginative production prowess is evident throughout beginning with I Got You and its bluesy vocals played over a fashionably taught, moody bass. Where Nobody Knows Your Name, then sees a breezier vocal spinoff against low-slung beats and tastefully atmospheric instrumentation. Next, the title track itself feeds the senses with vocal cut-ups coupled with an infectious, swirling soundscape that really gets under your skin. However, By My Side is the jewel in the crown referencing a summer beach sometime in the last decade as rolling, filtered grooves wash over you alongside acoustic guitar and emotive voices – picture perfect.
release: March 14