Tilman and Soutine team up for the fourth release on the small Fine imprint, which is run by Tilman himself and Frank Music’s very own Johannes Albert. While Tilman is pretty familiar to us with his warm, discoish and sample based house sound, we had to do some research about Soutine. Now that we did that, we can say it’s a match sound wise. Soutine, who is based in Florence relies on the same idea behind his music, but he plays around with more uptempo styles as displayed on his „OZ“ EP which came out in February 2016 on his own Oltrarno Recordings. Using the same foundation and generating a neat symbiosis out of the different influences they have, a very enjoyable record came out in the end of that process.
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“.
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.