Opal Sunn comes out with their “Part I” EP on Planet Sundae at the perfect time. The cold and stormy days slowly disappear, instead the sun comes out for a few hours and warms our hearts, bodies and souls with some positive beams. Hiroaki OBA and Al Kassian, created the perfect vinyl for this weather shift with the lovely four tracker which they’ve created between 2015 and 2016. Together they’ve decided to go by the name of Opal Sunn and besides the beauty of the name it also perfectly delivers how the sound feels like: sunny. But not in a cheesy way, it’s very sophisticated and independent in comparison to many other releases at the moment. But not just the artists invested their best in creating the tracks, the guys from Planet Sundae completed the EP with a superb cover. The artwork is quite uncommon for house releases and is a nice mixture of old school paint feelings and modern fluid 3D objects. The RGB color shift in the liquid on the cover is just spectacular and a real eye catcher. Just quality work from all protagonists.
Bliq showcasts DJ Loser’s self titled debut as their 15th release so far. If you take a closer look you will notice that the label already was a platform for many talents that debuted their first physical release on. This time you hear 4 powerful tracks on the a- and b-side, with 3 original tracks and 1 remix by Seixlack. Rough and raw house sounds melt together with driving drums, a bit of acid and lo-fi sound design. 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.
For our december edition we got in contact with Bu$$ from Greece. Besides being a nice guy, Costa also runs a fabulous label called Bliq. We can call several release from Bliq’s catalogue our own and love Bu$$’s podcasts we’ve heard. For the 35th edition of the Ohrenschmaus Podcast series he mixed some deep and driving house tunes. 62 minutes of cosmic and rough beats that go together perfectly. Thanks Costa for your great contribution to our show, your Ohrenschmaus Podcast.
For our december edition we got in contact with Bu$$ from Greece. Besides being a nice guy, Costa also runs a fabulous label called Bliq. We can call several release from Bliq’s catalogue our own and love Bu$$’s podcasts we’ve heard. For the 35th edition of the Ohrenschmaus Podcast series he mixed some deep and driving house tunes.
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.
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.
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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!
With our Ohrenschmaus Podcast #030 we slowly welcome the summer period with some dark and futuristic vibes with antares. Antares is a good friend of our series and a young and talented dj which mostly takes care about dark house and techno music with a lot of pads integrated. So you could say he tends to the left field of electronic music in general, but never loses the contact to functional and emotional club music, as you can experience in his mix for our podcast project. In Nuremberg he is widely known for his we are 138 parties at K4, Zentralcafé. If you’re in the mood for some house gems and tracks you don’t hear at regular parties this mix should be offering you quality and variety at the same time. We were hooked and lost from the first track of this unique experience, journey or whatever you would like to call it. Please support him, his music, parties and everything he does and check out the following links, we are in love and lost in space at the same time. thank you antares, your work on this recording is splendid. One love, OP!
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CVBox & Micha Freier – Blinking Lights / Uncanny Valley
Vernon Felicity (Conforce) – Flatlife / Midlight
Chris Mitchell – Planetary Transcendance / Vanguard Sound!
XDB – Tonik / Dolly
Massiande – Get House / MOS
Delta Funktionen – Sun Storm / Delsin
The Excaltics – Slip In / Clone
Neville Watson – Against The Tide (Marquis Hawkes Remix) / Crème
John Hester – Liquid Reflections / L.A.G
House Of Jezebel (Legowelt) – Quantum Fawn / Voyage Direct
Marquis Hawkes – Tunnel / Crème
Achterbahn D’ Amour – Holy Romance Empire / Acid Test
Ebokai – Metae / Voyage Direct
For our february podcast we invited our artdirector. Philipp Roth delivers a well selected and rough sounding podcast #026 which includes a lot of records we never heard before which we are keen to find out who produced those beauties. Besides recording this podcast philipp also spins records at his own party at K4 Zentralcafé in Nuremberg, which is called [party] as well. With Hoke & Baul joining him as djs & founders as well it definitely is one of the most enjoyable parties you can find in our hometown, so if you want to catch them just follow the eventlink below. On top you will find some other links after the text, as Nanuk he is doing all his art stuff, under this alias he also took care of our logo, all the tape artworks, banners and profile pictures. If you find the name Red On on a flyer he’s offering you a nice dose of experimental-postrock-whatever kind of thing whether it is solo or with his band. He really has some mad skills on many different things so please check him out and first of all enjoy this mix, your op.
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The year is slowly ending and it’s dark almost all day long, but music is something that evolves with darkness sometimes. Solaris the dj who took care about podcast number 13 delivers a wonderful selection of dark, dubby and minimalistic house and techno tunes. He knows how to play records and arrange a mix, because he is a discjockey for so many years. Besides playing music he works for Die Rakete in Nuremberg for already 10 years. That’s why he got in touch with so many genres of electronic music and had the chance to sort out what styles are fitting his taste. We are more than happy with his recording and still love the intro he chose. This mix is really special and we are very proud to have him in the series. He is one of the kindest individuals you can probably meet in the nightlife scene, so please be kind to his mix as well. Ohrenschmaus Podcast says thank you for selecting #013 Solaris!
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