The second release from Polycarp comes with a great selection of tracks. Four tracks by Simon Ferdinand, Johannes Albert, Tilman and Basch offer a nice variety of different house styles sound wise. The Hamburg based label from Simon Ferdinand keeps up the great work that was displayed on the first vinyl with the superb “Poly V.A.” EP. The tracks are very diverse and reach from classical house with soulful elements to some raw house and techno, as well as slowed down mid tempo goodness. If you’re a house lover you’ll definitely find at least one piece, or even more, that fits your taste. Keep reading
With the 8th release from Slices of Life, the Berlin based label from Barbara Preisinger once again offers an outstanding selection of contemporary club tracks. Originally produced in 2008 Betke’s funky and rough “Paris-Beirut-Texas” finally sees the light of day. Serving some nice grooves for a smooth club night, on top the track gets a great remix from So Inagawa who already showed his amazing understanding of house and techno several times. Plus Office Recordings owner Baaz adds a great dub interpretation of the original to complete the EP in great style. Keep reading
2013 marked the start of an outstanding journey for the Slow Life label and collective. Their first release was Sergio Moreira’s “We Are All Fra!” which should have been the second record to drop and is also noted as SL002 in the label’s catalogue. Right from the start the label had to deal with the problems of releasing nowadays. The pressing plant they first chose to craft the SL001 went bankrupt and in the meanwhile SL002 was on the way. After they found a new pressing plant they labeled the record wrong and had to do it all over again. Luckily with Kristina Records they have a superb partner that takes care of distribution and leaves Laurine, Cecilio, DJ Tree, S. Moreira and P. Villalba a bit more time to curate upcoming 12 inches. From the beginning the collective showed a clear idea and a lot of passion towards raw, organic and deep electronic music. Whether it is house, techno, experimental or break beat stuff. “Fuck the Clock” their first or second release, it depends if you look at the catalogue number or release date, perfectly adds to the label’s name. Slow Life is more than a bunch of people, they are friends and therefore not just a functional crew. It’s run with love and enthusiasm since the very first day and that’s what makes it so special to us. They don’t want to rush releases just to be there, they take their time to deliver quality tracks. Quantity is a word that can’t be found in their vocabulary and that’s wonderful. After the first three releases which could be described as atmospheric basic house they moved on and started to be more experimental from release four onwards. Not a single release has let us down so far and every single of it made his way to our collection immediately. With release number six the hispano-italian project takes the next step and comes up with a nice double 12 inch adding a lot of new and exciting producers to the label besides the usual suspects Sergio Moreira and Saverio Celestri. You better fasten your seatbelt already, this release once again will bring some fresh sounds to the scene. Besides having a great philosophy concerning the label and collective they also host great parties and are insanely gifted djs. From break beats to house, techno, off beat stuff and much more, it seems everything is possible if they unite behind the decks. Never losing the groove, never loosing the drive and at the same time treating you with unknown gems that are pure candy to your ears. Simply great people that do things in the way they should be done, serving as a role model for upcoming labels that want to stay in the scene and not disappear after a few releases. The whole project is just pleasant and we are thankful that they are out there, treating us with beautiful music. As djs and as a label as well.
We started our week with the live recording of XDB’s set at Control Club in Bucharest. XDB is one of the djs that are in the game for ages and still keep things hot always treating you with quality records and a superb vibe while playing a show. Atmospheric tracks that are guarded by some acid and dub bombs all the way. That might be a short description of this set, of course as usual XDB offers you powerful tracks that move your body and shows his unique way of arranging a club set. Old and forgotten gems and new releases or promos, Kosta always keeps you digging for the beauties he dropped. One of the most impressive things of his mixes for sure is the amount of widely unknown tracks from back in the days, but he also shows us his favourite tracks on Facebook with his regular postings of “Tracks i do really LOVE…” and he never disappoints musically. One of the best djs and producers for us. It seems like he is gifted on both ends with a very special attempt towards playing vinyl and creating his own productions.
XDB DJ – Set @ XDB X Chameleon @ Control Club Bucharest / 22.11.2014
With the “Palm Saturdays EP” Franconian Johannes Albert makes his first move on Mainz based label Klamauk. The 8th release adds some new facets to the catalogue with Johannes’ very own interpretation of house music. This kind of sound can be found on earlier releases from Frank Music’s label head as well. Whether it is on labels like White, Jackoff Records or his own imprint, always displaying a dirty and old fashioned house sound that bribes with roughness. The three original tracks from Johannes are companied by a superb Christopher Rau up-tempo remix, which rounds up the EP perfectly.
Interview: Johannes Albert – ” If people go freakin’ nuts I just sleep much better that night, you know?”
5 years of “Frank Music” that’s the perfect reason to have a quick chat with label owner Johannes Albert. Strongly connected to Würzburg and Franconia in general he showed his love with the name of the label. Now residing in Berlin, Johannes loves to play all kind of stuff. Whether it is disco, 90s house, or what ever. During our conversation we got to know his “Let’s be Frank” side of his character, on top he shared some insights about the label, his productions and what he does during his DJ sets. You can experience an excerpt of his DJ set from the 5th of december at Farbfernseher, Berlin as Ohrenschmaus Podcast #037. Keep reading
After his first vinyl release on Love Revolution, Cromby gets a warm welcome by Drei Farben House on his Tenderpark imprint for his “Planets and Parks EP”. London based Cromby is a fresh guy production wise, whilst as a dj he holds down residencies at Belfast Institutions, Stiff Kitten & Shine and is quite experienced. He already warmed up the floor for Kerri Chandler, Jeremy Underground Paris and many more with his cozy interpretation of house music. His sound is characterised by rawness and an edge of chicago house taking part as well. For the 19th release on Tenderpark he came up with 3 original tracks full of warmth and soul. Keep reading
Roman Rauch is a fanatic cyclist based in Vienna. Besides his love for spinning wheels he as well loves to watch the vinyl spin on turntables. We talked with Roman about his tour through Asia, his Hometown Vienna and how his album came together. We also had a quick chat about his love for Tokyo and upcoming projects. Plus Roman took care of Ohrenschmaus Podcast #036 which can be found beneath.
Javier Carballo is a new and upcoming producer from the Canary Islands. The Spaniard makes his debut on Tabla Records after output on labels like La Vie En Rose and his very own Overall Music Limited Series imprint. The “Loopera Prima EP” depicts his sense for minimalistic and driving techno and house music. The sixth publication from Tabla offers three original tracks by Javier and a great remix by S. Moreira who already made a name for himself with his productions for the Slow Life collective from Berlin. Keep reading
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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