Review: Constant Sound welcome a true stalwart of underground UK house and techno, the one and only 100HZ. Lee Renacre has been delivering distinctive club tracks with an ear-snagging kink since the early '90s, and he's sounding as inspired as ever on this new release. "Jive" skips and swings with urgency, but the synths soar like the loftiest Motor City anthems. "Honkey (Crazy Hats)" is a more obscure affair that uses subtle inflections of rhythm and texture to create an immersive trip anchored to a steady kick. "Ochos" is a dreamier cut that places the emphasis on melody and atmospherics rather than straight up beats, creating a beautiful slice of machine soul in the process.
Review: After kicking off their label in style with Burnski's 'Your Love' backed up by remixes from Trus Me and Steve O'Sullivan, Constant Sound use their second release to showcase a pair of up and coming producers from Newcastle., A Scott & Richard Rowell. 'Mrs J' has been burning a hole in Burnski's bag for some time now, waiting for the right opportunity to get unleashed on the public good and proper. The quality of the production belies the youth of the pair behind this addictive, bumping tech-house cut, although years spent as residents for the Jaunt parties in Newcastle and London have undoubtedly fed into the quality of their sound. This time around, the choice of guest remixers shows the true digging nature of the Constant Sound team, as cult German production duo Cab Drivers are invited up to do their thing. With a multitude of aliases running since the mid 90s on their own Cabinet Records imprint, Daniel Paul and Jens Augustowsky have received praise from high places for their finely honed, crisply executed house and techno. Leonel Castillo meanwhile brings a hypnotic South American touch to 'Mrs J', as the Argentinian producer draws upon more than a decades worth of experience releasing on labels such as Aux-Rec, Airdrop and Sushitech. That leaves it to label bosses Burnski and Jon Woodall to team up under their shared Constant guise, giving the collaborative project a debut airing with this sleek and strutting reinterpretation of A Scott & Richard Rowell's original track. Whether from well-established or just emerging artists, there's a consistency to the tracks forming around Constant Sound that shows it to be a trusted stamp for critical house and techno.
Review: The next drop on Constant Sound sees Josh Baker and Alfie Jack team up following their excellent joint outing on Aesthetic earlier this year. The A side opens up with a seductive blend of minimal tech beats and plush, trance-licked synths on "Conquest Of Time", which is promptly followed up by the leaner, heads-down grooves of "5am Club" for the deeper dancefloor contingent. "Shake Effect" is a feisty offering to kick off the B side with a bassy strut, snappy samples and lashings of atmospheric FX, and then "Devon Break" flips the script with a rolling breakbeat number peppered with acidic blips and bloops
Review: Active as a record releasing producer for a decade, James 'Burnski' Burnham has credits for a wide variety of labels in his discography, gracing everyone from Boe to Hot Creations. Constant Sound is a new label from the man, set up with Jon Woodall, Burnski's production partner as Constant. Music from Cab Drivers, Kris Wadsworth, A Scott, and Richard Rowell is promised over the coming months but it's a solo record from Burnski that kicks matters off with Your Love. A collaboration with vocalist Beckford, "Your Love" is one of those insistent, driving house cuts with dashes of acid to it and it's complemented by remixes from Prime Numbers man Trus'me and Mosaic boss Steve O'Sullivan who take the cut in markedly different directions. A solid start for Constant Sound!
Review: Burnski brings it on home with a new drop for his label Constant Black, showcasing that chunky, dynamic tech house sound that he's made his own for decades now. From the driving immersion of "Process" to the skeletal machine funk of "Systems" and on to the rabble-rousing jack of "Long Train", this is Burnski doing what Burnski does best. He switches stance for EP closer "Effect", which brings a beautiful dub techno variation to this classy 12" with the inimitable voice of Paul St. Hilaire ringing out amidst the metallic chords and subby bass.
Review: After the success of his debut album, Burnski returns to Constant Sound with a 4 tracker designed for the dance floor. "Circuits" opens this new EP - for his own Constant Sound label - with a fiery, electrifying procession of telly drums and fidgety percussion folds, and this is stripped back even further on the magnetic banger entitled "X". Over on the B-side, "Flight 723" aptly takes us on a deeper journey, filled with mysterious synths tricks and imperceptible pad sounds, while "Lost In Translation" clicks away to a more familiar minimal tone, rounded off and sleeked into motion by deep, wondrous gleams of dubbiness.
Review: Although James Burnham aka Burnski has been producing house by the truckload since the mid 00s, DNA is his first LP to date, and it lands courtesy of his own Constant Sound imprint. Across labels like Trapez, 20:20 Vision, and even Poker Flat Recordings, this dude has always stuck to what he does best regardless of passing trends or styles, and that is making quality, tech-driven dance music. Now, make no mistake, this album is still a collection of dance floor scorchers, but the nine tunes make sense next to each other, and they go way beyond the four-to-the-floor remit. There's some swinging garage blazers like "Another Source", hard and progressive house such as "Advanced Knowledge", and even a bit of dirty electro on bangers like "Cosmic Warfare". This is pure quality throughout, and makes for a big step up in Burnski's career. Dope.
Review: Burnski's Constant Sound label keeps on trucking with this prime cut of crystalline tech-house for the more discerning heads. Lead track "Faith" is a feisty little groover, threading a wealth of field recordings and playful synth flourishes in between the fundamental rhythm section. "Get Up" has a freakier micro house bump to it that harks back to Burnski's Trapez days, while "Vertigo" does a marvelous job of spinning ones head right out with all manner of quivering synth tones. "Daydreamer" takes things a touch deeper to finish the record off with some crafty percussion, woozy melodic swells and immersive chord throbs in the lower register.
Review: Burnski's debut album DNA dropped on Constant Sound last year, and now the label have called upon a strong cast of characters to do the remix duty on some of the LP's key tracks. Parisian trio Mandar bring a heart-melting tone to "Another Source" without losing their insistent shuffle, while Diego Krause strips things down with a functional broth of minimal minded business. The original mix of "Another Source" gets a fresh outing, and very fine it sounds too. That leaves it to Laura Jones to twist out a hypnotic electro version of "I Like You".
Review: Riding high on the success of a second release that introduced A-Scott & Chad to the Constant Sound fold, the third instalment finds Burnski back in the saddle to offer up "Changes", getting into a more techno-oriented frame of mind without losing that warmth and playful sensibility he has made his own over the years.
After strong remixes from Trus'me, Steve O'Sullivan and Cab Drivers on previous releases, Constant Sound 003 gives another opportunity for the label to call upon the finest in the business to reinterpret the original material.
In keeping with the heads-down workout tones of Burnski's original, it makes perfect sense to invite an artist as accomplished as Deadbeat up for a remix. Scott Monteith has long been a stellar example of how to push dub techno in thrilling new directions and it shows on his version of "Changes".
Kris Wadsworth has just as much to say for himself after years spent crafting heavyweight house and techno with a mercenary instinct matched by lashings of machine soul. He reduces the original track into a stripped down techno dub perfect for late at night. His remix will only be available on the vinyl.
It's yet another step forwards for a label committed to delivering nothing but the highest quality house and techno for those who seek a touch more depth from their music.
Dub Life (Blackhall & Bookless mix - Vinyl only) (5:51)
Dub Life (SAM reshape) (7:45)
Dub Life (A Scott Victim X mix - Vinyl only) (6:20)
Review: Constant Sound founders Jon Woodall and Burnski helm the label's latest 12" under their Constant name, with Dub Life featuring remixes from Blackhall & Bookless, S.A.M and A Scott. "Dub Life" is a slithering, slippery and frictionless house roller with tunnelling percussive patterns, restless drums and myriad synth smears that really pull you down into a seductive groove. Subtle vocals add character and ensure this one will keep 'floors locked for days. Jaunt pair Blackhall & Bookless then step up with a fired up, peak time techno leaning bomb with barrelling kicks, ravey stabs and Detroit referencing pads that really grab your attention. The S.A.M. reshape then offers up elastic, spaced out deep house vibes with airy hi hats, lots of height in the drums and plenty of feeling in the slithering synth lines that lace up the track. Closing out the package is a remix from returning label artist A Scott, whose fine remix is a lovably flabby and cavernous track with oodles of reverb, rattling train track like grooves and atmospheric pads that swirl all around you as you drift in his air beats.
Review: Constant Sound continues to press ahead as one of the most productive entities in the minimal scene, and they're sounding as on-point as ever with this collaborative EP from Per Hammar and Okain. These two stripped back tech house champs bounce off each other perfectly, creating the kind of limber workouts that will sink under the skin of the after hours crowd with ease. Look out for B2 track "Double Brew", which folds some gorgeous dub techno inflections into the mix with stunning results.
Review: Romanian producer Iuly.B has been turning out his wares on all the right labels, from Visionquest and Claque Musique to Memoria and Fuse London, and now he's been tapped up by Burnski's Constant Sound label to unfurl a vision of minimal house in 2018. At this stage the influence of early deep techno is as powerful as any kind of modern stripped down house sound, and that comes through in abundance on the shimmering, ambient-tinged "Spaceport". "Dynamics" maintains the celestial trajectory of the record, but with a more looped up, bleep-led approach, while "Meditate" draws upon some of the more familiar tropes of minimal house. "Spherical" finishes the EP off with another set of ethereal pad tones and a crisp, snaking beat for adventurous dancefloor trippers.
Review: The crisp tech house machinations of Constant Sound continue apace with this excellent transmission from the ever rising Michael James. "The Story Unfolds" leads the way with a set of slick and slender rhythms locked into a quintessential minimal house swing, with plenty of subtle micro sampling bubbling away between the beats. "VSHL" has a chunkier disposition, using bolder percussive strokes that punch in unison with the wobbly synth lines. "Perseid" is a trippy affair loaded with zippy effects and dubby effects, and then "H15" rounds the EP out with a resolutely deep 4/4 meditation.
Review: Burnski and Jon Woodall's Constant Sound label continues to reach skywards following the formers essential DNA album, welcoming the ever-reliable Laura Jones and Stephen Brown into the mix with a collaborative effort that matches club precision with machine soul in equal measure. "Crystalline" works around Detroit motifs to great effect, while "Concave" ramps up the swing factor for a spacey number that gets fancy with the FX. "PV" too does a fine job of making the synths ping around the mix with a jammed-out feel, while Endian delivers a remix of "Nothing Lost" that leans on Berlin techno dynamics while injecting some colour into the situation.
Review: Gavin Herlihy is a stalwart of 21st century tech house, with an impressive run of labels under his belt from Cadenza and Culprit to Crosstown Rebels and Leftroom. His Karousel alias pops up from time to time too, this time on Burnski's unrelenting Constant Sound label. "In Somnium" has a luxurious acidic rub to it thanks to the nagging monosynth bassline coursing throughout, but this rave-baiting trope is balanced out by airy pads and a sleek tech house beat. "Come Inside" is a more knotty affair, using all kinds of organic samples and a more detailed sound palette to whip up some dancefloor magic, and then "Angel" completes the set with a lighter, subtly off-kilter mood to greet the first rays of dawn.
Review: Kepler has already been on a barnstorming run over the past 12 months with key drops on Pleasure Zone, Hoarder and Discotech amongst many others, not to mention his killer garage excursions as 0113. Now he shores up on Constant Sound with some fizzing, energetically charged techno that packs a punch and dazzles on top thanks to an acute sense of melody. DX7 organ basslines collide with cosmic arps and a thumping rhythm section on "Contact", while "Afterglow" takes things a little deeper without dropping the tempo. "Movement" revels in a cascade of interwoven synth lines, while "Pulse" takes a leaner, clubbier route without losing that up-for-it rush around the upper 120 BPM range.
Review: Gottwood residents Krywald & Farrer have been slipping out some choice club wares on digital for a fair few years now, not to mention running the Persies label among many others. But now they make their first appearance on wax for none other than the mighty, prolific Constant Sound. "Landing On Mars" blows open the creativity of these two fast-rising producers in spectacular style, fusing taut drum machine propulsion with loose percussion and cosmically charged synths. "Olympus" is a fair contrast with its gnarly acid line and peppy tempo, while "Pulverise" makes use of a breakbeat to weave something spooky and sinuous in equal measure. "Bump Strasse" finishes things off with some tasteful, dusty deep house for the late morning crew.
Review: After debuting his Pakzad moniker on Infiltrate last year, Justin Pak makes the leap to Burnski's Constant Sound with this assured set of electro workouts built for the modern age. "Timeless" is a snappy, vibrant cut with a serious amount of techno propulsion to match the crooked funk of the beats. "Clutch" has a more trippy, melodic twist, while "Correlation" hunkers down into a more backroom vibe as detailed as it is freaky. This is seriously executed electro from a fast-rising talent - nab a copy, drop it into a set and watch the bodies writhe.
Review: Although only a few months have passed since Constant Sound was first minted, the label run by Burnski and Jon Woodall is now ready to unleash its fourth EP. Entitled Raw Moments, it features a hot original by Paolo Rocco and is backed with accomplished remixes from the legendary Nail as well as boss man Burnski.
Canadian Rocco is well known on the Montreal circuit for his broad and energetic DJ sets, whilst he has also cracked the Beatport charts with his own tunes, namely 'Move Body, Move Forward' on Klasse, as well as with follow ups on Real Tone. He impresses once again here with 'Raw Moments', a track that does exactly what it says on the tin.
The whole track is built upon rock solid kick drums that bounce and bobble about as curious bird sounds and gloopy synths dart about next to cow bells and hi hats. It's expertly lively and robust.
First to re-imagine the track is Burnski, who injects some seriously fat bass, a subtle sense of shuffle and infectiously crafted grooves laden with dub motifs and rich reverb. It's perfectly designed for no frills and non stop dancing, frankly.
Last to remix is DIY Discs man, Classic Music Company associate and all round house tastemaker Nail. His Smoke Dub is a bulky house jam with buffed metal melodies, squelchy drums and sci-fi synth sounds that is deep, stays low and is perfect for back room basements.
This label might only be on its fourth release, but already it has announced itself as a go to outlet for fans of fresh intelligent sounding house, and this release only confirms that.
Review: Making his first appearance on Constant Sound, Subb-An comes correct with the deadly breaks flow of "Access" that pivots neatly between bass music and the minimal house blueprint. "Rewire" is a much lighter affair thanks to a classy chord sound that modulates at the core of the track, bringing a melodic hook into the mix to wonderful effect. Burnski and Michael James then team up as Relic to deliver a remix of "Rewire" that's heavy on the funk, doing a great job of tweaking that chord line and pouring some serious heft into the lower regions of the frequency range.
Review: Vinyl Speed Adjust have conquered a lot of labels in their time, ranging from BodyParts to Pressure Traxx, Visionquest to Pleasure Zone. Representing a different twist on the Romanian minimal sound, the pairing of Andrei Predoi & Claudiu-Eduard Balan now find themselves on Constant Sound dropping the subtly psychedelic tech house trip out, "Semantic Expressions". As if the trance-inducing original wasn't enough, we're also treated to gold-standard remixes from Mike Shannon and DoubtingThomas, both of whom bring their glittering score cards in the minimal fraternity to two distinct but complementary versions of Vinyl Speed Adjust's track.
Review: "Completing a quick fire trio of new EPs, Constant Sound hits release number six with a pair of new tracks from VRSION that come with a dance floor friendly remix from Persuader. VRSION is a German producer who has already made a big impact with his release on Craig Richards' excellent The Nothing Special label. Following up that in fine style is the opener here, 'Torn', which is a hurried and urgent track that sits on the divide between house and techno. It is driven and slick, rubbery and hypnotic but has plenty of nuance and funk in its well programmed drums. Some occult sounds and wordless vocals embellished the whole thing and it really is the sort of track that blows dance floors apart and will stand out in any set. 'Capricorn Meet Leo' then toys with kinked drum patterns, rattling percussion and fathom deep bass that sucks you right into VRSION's world. It's a restless place where harmonies ride up and down the scale, cause claps come at you from odd angles and dark vocals add a sense of paranoia. Remixing this one is Persuader, who does so with a stripped back sense of restrain. he retains the original's weirdness, but layers in serene pads and tripped out atmospherics that really make it ripe for playing at 4am. This is the most adventurous release yet for Constant Sound, and is sure to prove one of its bets as a result."