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.
Roman Rauch opens 2016 for our small podcast series, combining disco, hip hop, electro funk and much more. While he is well known for his house tracks, he already showed his talent for downtempo and hip hop beats on his mini album „Heliocentric“ on Klamauk. With this podcast he allows us to take a glimpse into his other musical fields. On top of his fine selected mix he also had a quick chat with us, which can be found on our homepage. Thanks for your time and outstanding work Roman, your Ohrenschmaus Podcast.
Roman Rauch opens 2016 for our small podcast series, combining disco, hip hop, electro funk and much more. While he is well known for his house tracks, he already showed his talent for downtempo and hip hop beats on his mini album „Heliocentric“ on Klamauk.
Elpierro and Thomas Stieler team-up on this delicious 10 inch vinyl on Space Breaks Records. While Erlangen based Elpierro might be known for his productions on digital labels like Deep Excavations, Muna Musik or Ababili Recordings, Thomas Stieler already put out a few vinyls on Polynom, Foul and Sunk and many more. For this record they joined forces and created a serious deep house cut, which got remixed by Petr Serkin on the flip side.
BOO WILLIAMS – RESIDUAL EP – RUSH HOUR RECORDINGS:
This week we want to talk about one of the most famous records in deep house history: Boo Williams‘ „Residual EP“. Originally released in 2010 on Amsterdams finest Rush Hour Recordings, Chicago born and raised Boo delivered one of the illest house records that saw the light of day so far. Not only that there’s one outstanding work to enjoy, the „Residual EP“ delivers 4 works that could headline any release easily. „Mortal Trance“ might be the most noted track on this 12 inch and also opens this gathering of sublime house music. Everyone will notice this track from the very beginning with his soft strings and heavenly pads which are followed by one of the most powerful kicks we’ve heard so far. This track works all the time, never loosing his magic. The acid infused bassline makes everybody hover through the club. This track is pure madness and sooner or later you’re addicted. Following it’s „Eternal Mind“ the second track on the a-side is a bit more mystical and playful. Hypnotising string snippets, a raw bassline and tender pads generate an unreal vibe. The sharp and crisp drums end up in some drum rolls every now and then which function as a wake up call that tells you that one of your dreams became reality. „Day and Night“ opens the b-side of Boo’s „Residual EP“. Looped chords and a stomping kick get support by two terrific basslines. Whilst the sub bassline keeps things simple, a squeaking acid bassline once again adds a special touch to the tune. Musically „Day and Night“ is the strongest beat on the EP with his large variety of sounds and the lovely arrangement that divides this track into single chapters. With „Teckno Drome“ this EP comes to an end. This track simply is a futuristic love story. Even it’s not love at first sight, it brings everything together that should be together after his 1 minute and 20 seconds lasting intro. Surprisingly soft kicks are covered by a fat bassline that goes deep down to test your subwoofers‘ quality. On top, once again emotional content is served in such a distinct way. The peaceful chords and strings make their way into your heart and almost make you cry. Somehow this track has the power to cure your soul. Where words fail, that’s the place where this extravagant release starts to speak.
EFDEMIN – CHICAGO REMIXES (2) – DIAL RECORDS:
This weeks Classic Record of the Week is Dial’s „Chicago Remixes (2)“ remix compilation for Efdemin’s „Chicago“ album. The remix EP continues the high quality standards Efdemin has set with his long player. Deadbeat’s remix for „Shoeshine“ opens the four tracker with his humming bassline and the presence of gloomy soundscapes. The high density of sounds in this track, due to it’s heavy pads and robust synths, evolves into a mid tempo techno bomb with a superb build up that definitely stands out. Following it is Efdemin’s very own „There Will Be Singing (Efdemin’s Future Edit)“. Pounding kicks and heavy delays on the percussion deliver a great and highly dynamic basis for the raw bassline and the endlessly floating pad on top. Remixing or editing your own tracks is quite a big challenge. And Efdemin mastered this task easily, converting his original track from a melodic masterpiece into a floor killer that still keeps the essence and soul of the original. The mastermind called Fred P. aka Black Jazz Consortium opens the b-side with his interpretation of „Nighttrain“. Once again he included his signature sounds that make every production of his so special. Bumping stabs, super soft strings, energetic percussions and this peaceful atmosphere that nobody ever recreated so far. Positive vibes, a great groove and super nice sounds once again melt our hearts, this is on point and one of our all time favorite remixes. Rndm closes this remix compilation with his „There Will Be Singing Dub“, a stripped back version of the original that gets spiced with some sharp shooting drums and lovely bongos. The shuffled pad in the background in combination with the great vocal work end up in a heavily grooving tune that keeps things simple.
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
VARIOUS ARTISTS – RAW ESSENTIALS 1 – RAW ELEMENTS:
Originally released back in 2008 this record consists of three classic house tracks by Steve Bug, Superlova and Vincenzo. All of the featured tracks have been released before and build the first of two compilations that go by the name „Raw Essentials 1 & 2“. The first track is „Rhodes Flash“ by Steve Bug, the founder of Dessous, Poker Flat and Raw Elements. The track consists of hard hitting kicks, dirty drums and minimalistic & dark pads. This heavy foundation feels a bit lethargic at first, but the playful rhodes that flash through the arrangement turn this track from hard and heavy house into lighter and brighter music that ends up in a melancholic tune that tells stories full of passion and happiness as well as disappointment and harm. „My Vibrations“ from Vincenzo takes care of the fluffy side of house music. Looped vocals, repeating chords are the scaffold for low frequency kicks and a strong bassline. Not too hectically, not too laid-back. Warm and housey feelings all the way, this beat doesn’t burn down the club, it melts it. Soulful and magical, those are the ingredients that end up in a perfectly engineered deep house groove. The compilation is closed by Superlova’s „All Night“, the track name functions as the topic of every party and at the same time describes how long you can listen to this loop-based beauty. All night long, baby! A hypnotic pad, looped vocal samples, slamming kicks, a pumping bassline and crisp drum programming. That’s it. Superlova mastered one of the toughest challenges out there, turning a simple loop into something spectacular. Functional, energetic and heavily addictive.
DJ INO & JESUS GONSEV – MANHATTAN WAX – PROGCITY DEEP TRAX:
Progcity Deep Trax was established in 2007 by Klaus Spitzner and is the parent label of Progcity. The Hannover based label offers us three versions of Jesus Gonsev and DJ Ino’s „Manhattan Wax“, starting with the „Original Mix“ on the a-side. The arrangement tends towards techno, but the sounds on the other hand clearly speak of warm house music. A heavy bassline and a combat of sounds generate some heavy drive, while the percussions and pads balance this track perfectly. This piece is deep, techy and technoid at the same time. The sounds are great but in the end there’s way to much happening in the original version of „Manhattan Wax“. The second installment on this vinyl record is „Manhattan Wax (Jesus Gonsev Deep Remix)“. Reserved kicks, filtered percussions and soft drums create a calm and deep atmosphere. The bassline is identically to the one from the „Original Mix“, but fits way better into Jesus‘ arrangement. All in all the remix offers the same power, but sounds a bit rounder and elegant. On the flip-side Kris Wadsworth took control of „Manhattan Wax“ and comes up with his „What is House Music Remix“. Industrial sounding kicks and a low bottom bassline build the beginning. The track really takes his time and slowly leads you into this dark sounding tune. Pads that sound like bending a saw blade and a rushing synth work together perfectly. Kris‘ remix is an outstanding one. Functional, driving and mysterious all the way. This beauty is highly addictive and can be used as the turning point from deep house to techno in everyone’s set.
This week we couldn’t come up with any records unfortunately. Searching for hours there was not a single release that hooked us on his groove, seduced us with outstanding vocal work or re-invented something new. It’s sad out there when it comes to house & techno releases at the moment. Of course it is nice to see all those re-issues popping up and providing us a second chance to buy the records for reasonable prices, instead of paying the discogs sellers that overprice the gems we would like to call our own. On the other hand, it seems like there’s not much left besides those re-releases. All the records sound like records we already own, no one tries to do something different, no one takes his time to achieve his own signature sound. This weeks news felt like copies of tracks that were great in fact, but you don’t need 20 tracks that sound the same. It seems like the young guns, producer like labels, always head for a safe way. A way they know it works when it comes to selling records or for the producer, a way they know it will function on the dancefloor. But that’s not what house & techno is all about, it’s about moving on, trying to invent something, trying to make things differently, creating excitement and emotions. Nothing of this was seen in this weeks news sadly.
P.S.: We know that there are labels that provide us with great releases, as well as there are producers that excite us, but both are getting less.
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.