Wookie Disco rocks! Plain and simple - a great party record that will find its way into techno, house and electro sets alike. Quality production, cool retro feel with deep basses and taseteful sapmles are all over the release, but particularily shine on the title track with a sweet bass line riding the beat. On the flipside, Liquid Dope stands out with a fresh tech-house vibe but there are no bad cuts on this one.
If you're a fan there's no doubt you'll be all over this record, but I must admit that I'm not in that group. While the production is crisp and the vibe of the record is pretty fresh, it just lacks depth and weight. The synth lines are well arranged but very plain and without direction. While these, stripped down electro elements are exactly what you're looking for then this is a good fine, but not for me.
Hello Mom! The Remixes
Every once in a while a record comes out that makes you hope that it serves as a lesson to all producers and labels alike. Can there be a fully complete release featuring no more than 4 tracks - all of them remixes? The answer is yes, and Bpitch Control has done it again by compiling a best collection of remixes I've heard in a very long time. Each mix is a superb twist with a completely different vibe yet this record maintains a consistent feel of its own. Starting it off is Sleeparchive's spin on "Dancingbox" resulting in a dark and heavy 10 minute techno explosion which morphs itself into an even more evil beast about half way through. Flip to side B for Siriusmo's fantastic sleazy mix of "Silikon". (I think the scene might be ready for you to throw this one into your set.) Dabrye's remix of "Fake Emotion" provides the dubby chapter of this record while Grime's take on "Silikon" closes things out. Killer release from Bpitch Control.
Berlin, Montreal, Tel Aviv
As a fan of Apparat, there's a good chance that I'll like most of his releases and this one is no exception. Busy touring most of the globe recently, this man still finds time for regularily producing interesting quality tracks. On "Berlin, Montreal, Tel Aviv", his touring experiences served as a key inspiration and give each track a unique vibe. From the elektro fluff of "Berlin" through the breaks of "Montreal" to the deep uplift of "Tel Aviv", Apparat once again shows why he is one of the most promising artists in the eletronic music today.
A strong techno-elektro press from Shitkatapult featuring Jerry Abstract's unique sound and arrangements. A weaker side A is followed up by the massive title track. The trend continues with the demented beats of "Boxiqu" which is guaranteed to grab the attention of Liebing fans. Quality production. Easily one of the top Shitkatapult releases in a while.
From London With Love
A sick tribal electro hybrid from Mark Broom flavored with cool percussive beats, giving this BPitch Control record an unusually fresh vibe. The drum programming and synth arrangements are superb and full of energy making these a rare few electro tracks that can be blended in a tribal techno set. Something tells me Mark's friend Ben Simms has a copy of this one.
A disappointing release from Peter Grummich on this promising German label. While the classy production and steady grooves make this a decent release otherwise, it never really takes off and remains stuck in bad place. Burried second on side B is "Breathe"; easily the highlight of the record with a smooth acid riff and thick synths oscillating over a crispy beat with slashing hihats.
Who Is It?
Fans of Bogdan Raczynski will certainly enjoy the familiar drum rush and choppy melodies, here delivering mangles remixes of Bjork's "Who is It?". Aside from a super cool pressing - a two tone, half clear, half black record - the second mix, labeled "Asteroids mix" deserves higher praise with ultra dope groove and deep basses topped with slightly distorted vocal and sampled strings. However, I doubt Bjork fans will find as much to appreciate here, and would likely prefer the original.
Die Zimmermann Lieder
Somewhere between minimal techno, good trance and other experimental dance sounds is a genre that defies standard descriptors that may apply. It speaks for itself by not following any guidelines and by focusing on the expressiveness and quality. One of the few records which fit this bill is the latest release from Persona, Touane's Die Zimmermann Lieder. Starting things of is "Bassic" - a groovy mix of flammed beats and deep basses topped with demented synth lines, blended together to perfection. This vibe doesn't let up on the flipside with the housey "Biz Taylor" and my personal favorite, the melodic "Es Tut Mir Leid". To call the production superb would be an understatement. The only complaint is that its not a full length album.
Plumbicon (Rebreather & Deadbeat remixes)
You'd be hard pressed to find two artists more appropriate then Deadbeat and Rebirth to reinterpret Monolake's Plumbicon cut. If you're familiar with the original track you'll remember a steady beat, growing slowly as it searches and discovers inner harmonies and melodies. Deadbeat's take follows a similar pattern with a deep, dubby vibe leading the way through the track which easily fits along this artists best works. On the flipside, Rebreather focuses on the harmonic elements of the original, and with minimal use of beats, delivers a superb soundscape of layers and echos that makes one envision the music aside from just hearing it. A great candidate for a film sountrack. A proper and truly enjoyable remix release.