Month: November 2015

Recent Records of the Week #47 // 2015

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NATAN H – ERKLINGEN EP – TAPED ARTIFACT:

The second release on Amsterdam based label Taped Artifact was produced by Natan H. The american already had some output on labels like ManMakeMusic, Altered Moods Recordings and Finale Sessions, always showing his love for the rawer and deeper side of house music. The EP is opened by “Erklingen Dub”, raw drums and a powerful bassline surround the overpowered kicks and function as the scaffold for the rough sound layers that flutter through the track constantly. The opening-track is deep and and bursting with energy at the same time, generating a spacious and mysterious atmosphere. “Te Aro” ends the a-side, consisting of a crackling bassline and swinging synth sounds. Acid in between combined with hard claps accentuate the feeling of darkness. This dub track brings light into the dark, or is it the other way around? We are not quite sure, but what we are sure about is the fact that this production is exciting all the way. On the flip side “Submission” offers a calm and rough dub interpretation. Strings float around, crisp drums and soft pads end up in a great groove. Smartly used breaks create time to introduce new sounds and variations and make this one simply beautiful. It has everything a deep track needs. “Orthogonal”, the last track of TA002 is a slow bouncer. Once again pounding kicks, spacious layers and crisp kicks create a raw sounding house track. Lots of reverb and echo is used to extend every part of the tune and make them last forever. This EP might not offer various styles, but it offers four outstanding tracks from the fields of raw house music. The tracks seem a bit similar at first, but if you take your time and listen closer you get to know how specific and diverse every single track is. The “Erklingen EP” once again shows Natan’s impressive talent for raw and organic sounding tunes. He’s one of the newer producers out there that should be on everybody’s list, simply smart dub and house music throughout his entire discography so far.

[TA002] Natan H – Erklingen EP by Taped Artifact

Natan H – Erklingen EP [Taped Artifact 002] Tracklisting: A1 – Erklingen Dub A2 – Te Aro B1 – Submission B2 – Orthogonal Release date: November 20, 2015 All tracks written & produced by Natan H Mastered by M.A.

 

MR. G – INFRASTRUCTURE EP – PHOENIX G:

There’s nothing you have to say about Mr. G, he’s a legend when it comes to energetic house and techno tracks for years now. That’s why we won’t introduce him, if you don’t know him go and educate yourself. The “Infrastructure EP” offers you three typical Mr. G cuts. “Guiness Punch (Xtra Wray Dub)” is the opening track on this EP. Dreamful chords get backed by a heavy sounding bassline and melancholic vocals. Decent snares, organic claps and Mr. G’s signature rides once again create the unique sound everyone knows. The bounce of the track is outstanding, the kicks are on point and the arrangement keeps things simple. It seems so easy, but it’s so hard to create tracks like this and Colin McBean is one of the few that master this art form. “Give Thanx!” opens the b-side. This track is made for dark basement clubs with it’s pounding acid sounds jumping through the entire track, threatening you. This is one hell of an acid bomb, fitting every techno set perfectly. “Give Thanx!” is followed by “Invert?”. The second track on the b-side as well takes care of the dark & dusty side of electronic music. The soulful vocal in combination with the shuffled layers and pads is very special and evolves into a nice mix between house and techno. “Invert?” once again shows the versatility that Mr. G has. The arrangements are simple, not too many sounds are used, but somehow he always creates his signature sound that most of the time crosses borders. Combining acid and soul, hip hop and techno, house and disco. Everything is possible when Colin sits down behind his machines. With the “Infrastructure EP” he once again has proven that he is an impressive producer for house and techno music these days.

MR G – Infrastructure EP – PHOENIX G at Phonica Records

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Classic Records of the Week #47 // 2015

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DENNIS FERRER – THE RED ROOM – OBJEKTIVITY:

On the a-side Dennis Ferrer’s “The Red Room (OBJ Vocal Mix)” takes control with a naughty vocal sample shouting “welcome to the red room honey” sensually towards abysses everyone has inside. High bongos and soft drums mixed with a dark and pounding synth bassline end up in an unique track. The fluttering sounds and squeaky harmonica generate a tense track that finds itself somewhere between progressive house and techno. No way you get bored by this uncommon club track that mostly lives from his agility and the masses of vocal use. That’s the perfect tune to surprise the dancers, but still keep the party going. If it’s a wild party this banger will tear the roof off! Kyle MF Hall’s “The Red Room (MeMix)” is located on the b-side and shows the exceptional talent Kyle has. The way he flipped the original vocal sample feels like a nice and hard punch to your face. The extremely shuffled vocal generates an endless amount of energy and speeds things up in a way you never experienced it before. Accompanied with his signature drum programming which always stumbles trough the grid like a blind without his seeing-eye dog. On point every now and then, but mostly not it creates a nice counterpart to the powerful vocal and balances this track quite nicely. This is a real stand out track which brings break beat, house, techno and hip hop together. That might be one of Kyle Hall’s best works so far. It has everything Kyle is famous for, but in contrast to his other tracks, this one is danceable as hell. If you need some heat simply introduce your crowd to Dennis’ and Kyle’s red rooms.

 

SOUND STREAM – LOVE JAM – SOUND STREAM:

Frank Timm, better known for his alias Sound Stream provides the best funk and disco flavoured house records out there. On his own “Sound Stream” imprint he releases bomb after bomb, all his records get playtime from djs all over the world. “Love Jam” on the a-side of his third release on “Sound Stream” from 2006 offers an everlasting string for the romantic side of the track, in combination with the aggressive chords it lets you dream and calls you back to reality at the same time. It’s hard to define the magic inside this track, but that’s the thing about magic. It has to be mysterious, as soon as you crack the code it’ll be boring. On the flip side you’ll find “Makin’ Love”. Vibrating layers, dull percussions and a pounding kick instantly grab you. Your feets are moving, energy girdles you and happiness fires through your body. Super soulful vocal samples pop up everywhere as well as guitar riffs. Rushing disco strings in-between and a blasting bassline. All those elements of soul and funk music you’ll find in both tracks are superb and used in a way only Sound Stream is capable of. He always sticks to the core of his sampled material, but somehow manages to create his very own sound at the same time. Many try to produce powerful house tracks with elements of funk, soul and disco, but there’s only one guy, one label that masters it: “Sound Stream”.

Review: Chocky & Tilman – Chocky & Tilman EP – Ears Have Eyes

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London based Chocky and Mainz based Tilman show us their ideas of club music on Peckham’s very own Ears Have Eyes. The split EP consists of two cuts from Chocky on the a-side and three tracks by Tilman on the b-side, giving us the joy of choosing between house and techno tunes to spice up our shelves. Chocky & Tilman are well known for their output on labels like Klamauk, Tenderpark, Big Bait, Disconnected and many more. While the a-side concentrates on the deeper side of house music, Tilman on the b-side shows us his multifacetedness with 3 diverse contributions.

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Review: Thomas Stieler – Well Justified EP (incl. Daniel Stefanik Remix) – Polynom

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Thomas Stieler, who is now located in Munich, comes back to Polynom adding his third release to the labels catalogue after great releases and remixes on labels like Foul & Sunk, Avida, Lofile and many more. The deep & tech house lover once again exhibits his very own idea of contemporary club music with this 12 inch three tracker including a remix by Daniel Stefanik.

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Ohrenschmaus Podcast – Hip Hop Selection #014

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Once again we are back with bad mixing and great tracks. This time we compiled a few beats, instrumentals, us rap and german rap for you listening pleasure. Enjoy hip hop selection #014, your op. Artists included: Brenk Sinatra, Fid Mella, Suff Daddy, Waldo the Funk, Doppelkopf, Dendemann, Samy Deluxe, Eloquent, Hulk Hodn, Warren G, MF Doom, J Dilla, Spax, Mirko Machine and many more.

Ohrenschmaus Podcast – Hip Hop Selection #014 by Ohrenschmaus Podcast

once again we are back with bad mixing and great tracks. this time we compiled a few beats, instrumentals, us rap and german rap for you listening pleasure. enjoy hip hop selection #014, your op.

Classic Records of the Week #46 // 2015

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KENNY LANE – NEEDED EP – FRAGIL MUSIQUE:

Fragil Musique from France provides a great 10 inch vinyl from Kenny Lane. “Needed”, the name of this EP perfectly describes what many must have thought during their first listening sessions of the snippets. “I desperately need this release”, must be the thought that came up in several minds. “What I Need” by Kenny himself on the a-side is a beautiful raw house cut. Dirty drum sounds with lots of reverb and chorus are in full effect during the whole track. The sparely used pitch on the drums adds some dynamic to the pattern and lets the crisp strings stand out even more. The vocal sample adds another facet to this piece with it’s meaningful words, but doesn’t limit the power of the tune at the same time. The “What I Need (Powerful People Remix)” by Le Loup completes the 10 inch. The remix is a bit calmer compared to the original and is based on a super peaceful string. Pounding kicks and a sophisticated drum arrangement breaths life into this track. Because of it’s humming bassline and the powerful drums this flick creates enough energy to entertain the dance floor continuously. The breaks stand out with broken beat influenced drums and a magical vocal that softly whispers to your ear while making his way from the background into the spotlight. The remix really is a mysterious, yet energetic track that gives you countless opportunities.  To put it in a nutshell, the original and the remix complement each other perfectly and offer you one of the best Fragil releases so far.

 

BLM – STEP TO THIS – FEAR OF FLYING:

Ben Micklewright, the man behind the BLM alias delivers 3 quality originals on Fear of Flying and a Geddes Dub on top. “Garage is back” opens  the record on the a-side. An almost alarming amount of drive is contributed by the lovely looped pads and striking drums. In combination with sparely used percussions and an atmospheric string rushing through this song the power levels perfectly. There’s enough drive and groove to move the dancers in front of you and on the other hand it still stays in touch with the deeper spheres of house music. “Step to this”, the second track on the main side of the record exactly provides what his name tells you. Extremely powerful kicks, energetic drums and shuffled sounds get a boost from the heavily bouncing bassline. Soft strings show up every now and then and build the foundation for dominantly played chords. “Step to this” almost is a bit overpowered in comparison to the other tracks on this 12 inch, but it does what it should. It really makes you want to move due to the large amount of power in every part and sound that has been used.  The “Garage is back (Geddes Dub)” opens the door to the b-side. Geddes’ dub version sticks closely to the original and simply adds a more relaxed vibe to all the sounds with smoothly pitched pads and few laid back sounds in addition. This could be the ecological version of BLM’s mix, perfect for every sunrise, sunset or whenever you want to create a cozy mood. This should be the blueprint for many remixers out there, because it’s not necessary to do everything different. Of course you can, but the best remixes simply add another vibe to the original and pay homage to the primary material. The last track on this EP is called “Priority Remix (Original Mix)” and completes this record nicely. The second track on the b-side offers an intelligent arrangement with soulful vocal loops, harmonic strings and sunrise chords in full effect. This track touches everyone with it’s jazzy parts and slowly evolving deepness. You almost can feel the sounds reach into your soul, planting trees of love and hope. Outstanding emotionality that no other track created so far, is what makes this piece of art unique in every way. In the end all four tracks offer quality with different approaches, but the “Priority Remix (Original Mix)” really lifts this whole EP to a whole different level. This is one is a must-have!

Recent Records of the Week #46 // 2015

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NAS1 – WOODSIDE EP – ODD SOCKS:

The Bologna based duo Nas1 comes up with their “Woodside EP” on Odd Socks, after releases on labels like Bosconi Extra Virgin and Crimini Records. 3 raw and organic sounding tracks are offered to all the heads out there. “Kokooo” opens the record with his crackling drum rack, dreamful layers and stumbling arrangement. The slow tempo fits the warm feeling on this tune perfectly. The second track on the a-side is called “50k” and carries on with dirty drum sounds, but has a different approach. Highly emotional low-fi house meets sensitively used disco chops and creates a great groover with a unique touch to it. The striking bassline adds a nice drive to the piece and completes the track perfectly. “Exit 12-13” takes over the b-side of this record and at the same time brings all the elements you’ve heard so far together. Bongos adding a certain feeling of djungle to the track which is accompanied by a weirdly sampled and chopped vocal. Wide sounds create a fluffiness where all the rawer sounds feel domestic and stand out as well. Overall this EP is compiled well, every single track suits the other and turns this vinyl into a nicely balanced work.

ODD009 – Nas1 – Woodside EP by Odd Socks Records

Artist: Nas1 (www.facebook.com/Nas1-193989047355253) Title: Woodside EP Label: Odd Socks (www.facebook.com/oddsocksrecords) Cat no. ODD009 Release date: November 2015

 

S.A.M. AND THE NAFF ARKESTRA – DELAPHINE005 – DELAPHINE:

Samuel André Madsen, also known for his Mandar project with Nick Putman and Charlie Naffah once again proves his magic touch. This lovely two tracker offers some minimalistic and improvisational flicks. The a-side takes you on a trip through lower frequencies, supported by reserved operating hi hats and pitched drums. A strong bassline adds a certain darkness to the tune and is the perfect foundation for the jazzy improvisation on top. Chords pop up everywhere and seduce your ears. This track is everything but average. “Untitled” on the flip side is a typical S.A.M. track, groovy drum patterns, pounding kicks and powerful chords set every dancefloor on fire. Somewhere located between house and techno this track is a great addition to nearly everyones set. A playful track and some prime time madness meet here and end in a sweet record that’s put together gently.

S.A.M. & The Naff Arkestra – Beyond Synthesis EP (DELAPHINE005) by S. A. M.

Artists: S.A.M. & The Naff Arkestra EP: Beyond Synthesis EP Label: Delaphine Catalogue Number: Delaphine005 Written by: Samuel André Madsen, Charlie Naffah & Pierre Naffah. produced by: S.A.M. & Lazare Hoche in the Mandar Studio. Mastered by: Joel Krozer Format: 12″ Vinyl Year: 2015 Distributed by Subwax Bcn. enjoy!

Review: Brenk Sinatra – Midnite Ride – Hector Marcello

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Brenk Sinatra strikes back with his highly anticipated “Midnite Ride” LP. Vienna based Branko Jordanovic once again proves his talent for coherent sounding beats. After releases like “Gumbo”, “Gumbo 2: Pretty Ugly”, “Hi-Hat Club (Vol. 4): Chop Shop” and “Singende Klingende Unterwelt” he created another record you love to hear from the beginning straight to the end. That his sound is on point reached out to old school heroes like DJ Premier and MC Eiht. Last-named collaborated with Brenk on his new album and both already dropped the “Compton 2 Vienna Vol. 1” mixtape and the “Keep it Hood” EP.
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Classic Records of the Week #45 // 2015

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RAINER TRUEBY – TO KNOW YOU / AYERS ROCK – NOT ON LABEL (TR001):

Originally released in 2009 this EP came into the house world like a meteor strike. No one was able to ignore this record and almost everyone wanted to own it. Because of the popular demand, discogs prices went nuts. If you wanted to buy it you had to pay from 35€ to 60€, but luckily there was a repress of this beauty which came in last week. So here’s the second chance to add some funk to your record bag for a reasonable price. “To know you” kicks things of, the a-side delivers a nice vibe throughout starting with a long build up. A few bars of nicely sampled kicks, before you here the famous vocal for the first time: “To know you”. Oh don’t worry lovely tune, we already know you inside out. Afterwards funky basslines come in and support the vibe that already started, various percussions support the unique rhythm this production has to offer. Guitar samples emerge out of lovely and warm sounding chords regularly and add a sensational touch to this peace of pure deepness. A strong string introduces itself to set the stage for the break, a short but at the same time well set pause that makes some room for the beautiful extended vocal. Supported by sounds from the fields of acid house this track takes the next step in terms of deepness and drive. The right amount of power, vocals, drums, pads, chords and samples flow harmonically to the end of the track. “Ayers Rock” on the flip-side delivers strong and dark techno pads and is the total opposite of “To know you” which makes this EP well balanced. Mysterious Vocals in the back- and foreground support this  slow-mo dark house track. Dirty drums pop up, some nice bongos make their way and introduce a long spoken vocal during the break. Combined with little acid added on top this track really takes you on a special trip. Whether it’s a sunny open air you’re playing or in a dark, dusty and dirty club with this record you are prepared for everything. This one is a must-have for every house head.

 

ÂME – SARARI / HYDROLIC DOG – SONAR KOLLEKTIV:

Âme, who founded “Innervisions” with Dixon in 2005 needs no introduction anymore. With their “Sarari / Hydrolic Dog” they offered 2 varying cuts for the dancefloor back in 2003 on “Sonar Kollektiv”. While “Sarari” is a slow electro-funk flavoured house stomper, providing atmospheric pads and fancy strings that remind us of the g-funk era beats from dr. dre and many others, as well as the original tracks where they’ve sampled from. “Hydrolic Dog” serves us some serious prime-time tech house flavour. Lush bass drums and funky chords that pop up in between make this track  really dynamic. Dull pads, played like chords in the so called 90s house style, add even more power and drive to this piece. Epic sounding strings see the light of day a few minutes into the track. A reverb equipped clap and extended drums light up the fire, before some heavy synth add on to the bounce of the track. It seems like there are trillions of sounds involved and contributing to this unique and energetic track. “Hydrolic Dog” really is a master piece, even after 12 years now it still will drive the audience crazy.

Recent Records of the Week #45 // 2015

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MARQUIS HAWKES – SWEET – HOUNDSTOOTH:

With his EP SWEET Marquis Hawkes delivers a superb 4-tracker on Houndstooth, a label we never recognized so far. When I Get Home starts this beautifully compiled record, an outstanding r’n’b vocal which is filtered and looped just in the right amount to hypnotize you and connect you to the groove. Crisp drum patterns produce a great vibe without being to intense, soft strings carry on the atmosphere and the great feeling on this track. This definitely ist the outstanding work on this record. At the Witness Stand is the second track and adds another facette to the release, pounding drums, a heavy bassline and shuffled vocals take you back to NY and also remind us off the late 80s hip hop tracks. On the flip side SWEET continues with progressive vocal sampling, the repeating “woho” combined with a sharp bassline make this one a solid peak time track that serves a nice old school touch. What a Relief closes the Ep with overpowered kicks and a lot of percussion use and the small sound snippets almost dance between the programmed drums to make this into a very powerful and strange track that could fit in-between in almost every acid house set.

Marquis Hawkes – Sweet [Houndstooth] by HoundstoothLBL

Taken from the ‘Sweet’ EP. Buy 12″ from Houndstooth store and receive free WAVs upon release: http://store.houndstoothlabel.com/sweet.html | Download: http://found.ee/SweetDL

 

ALEX SEIDEL – MONEY $EX 04 – MONEY $EX:

Money $ex continues their legacy with releasing another sample based house record. Their fourth installment is Alex Seidel’ first release and adds another great record to Money $ex’ Catalogue. The Intro adds unusual sounds to the label, +encounter- is a synth-loaded ambient track that provides dark and suspect sounds. With Groove Attack as the second track on the a-side, things finally go in the known direction. Summerly chords supported by a funky bassline and perfect fitting strings generate a great feel good track that gets every dancefloor going. Smooth sample house at it’s best with well dosed use of percussion. Boogie Down Sessions opens the b-side and this breakbeat really carries you away. This is the exceptional work on Alex’ 12-inch. Warm patterns popping up everywhere, on point percussions combined with perfect matching acid sounds turn this one into a cosmic dream. The follow-up track Midnight Circle combines all the sounds we heard before into a playful midtempo sample-house track supported by acid basslines, futuristic patterns and looped vocals. The outro w.t.t.d., like the intro +encounter-, depicts dark synth patterns, with industrial sounds and jarring strings which let this record come to an argumentative end.

M$004 – AL€X $€ID€L x OUT NOW by MONEY $EX RECORDS

PREORDER: https://oye-records.com/sgl.php?id=138846&aplay=0 A1 +encounter- (Intro) A2 Groove Attack B1 Boogie Down Sessions B2 Midnight Circle B3. W.T.T.D (Outro)

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