Review: It's been two years since Evan Baggs and Katsuya Sano opened up their Ek Box. Fittingly, their latest show-and-tell arrives on CABARET, a label that has supported the duo's activities since they first emerged. There's much to admire, not least the unfussy old school techno bounce of "Mitsuboshi", where darting, jammed-out synthesizer lines and sustained organ chords dance enthusiastically above a simple but powerful drum machine rhythm. The acid-fired techno-funk of "Maukacho" is wilder and more energetic, while "Takikomi" sees the duo tiptoe the fine line between ballsy breakbeat techno and sweeping, cinematic bliss. As for closer "Shoganai", it's punchy, bass-heavy and pleasingly intergalactic.
Review: Cabaret, the Tokyo based party and record label by Yuki Masda and So Inagawa are really on a roll right now with great releases by TC80 and Binh recently. This time it's the turn of Ekbox which is comprised of NYC expat in Berlin Evan Baggs with Katsuya Sano. "Tidally Locked" is the kind of rolling and liquid minimal deep house than fans of Ion Ludwig or iO (Mulen) will dig. This one's infectious and bound to rock any dancefloor: sure thing! The bouncy and bleepy "Seezumay" is your more standard tech house affair, backed by some wicked 808 bounce and snap. On the flip also is the hypnotic and sublime "Conversation", a functional and loopy DJ tool for the most part that should serve most DJs quite well.
Review: Following up last year's Moments EP, Dea Dvornik and Enrica aka Eris return to Japanese imprint Cabaret with yet more impressive minimal electro shenanigans. The Italian/Croatian duo are in fine form on the Champions League EP, which kicks off with the deep and trippy bass-driven jam that is the tile track, followed similarly by "Redemption In Friedrichshain". On the flip is the most upbeat and lively track by the pair here named "Moloko" which will mix well with the rest of the label's recent discography - this bleepy and funky old school techno groove is absolutely infectious!