Review: Up next on Jennifer Cardini's ever surprising label are Italian expats in Berlin Hinode, who head up the Science Fiction imprint. It has presented tracks by the likes of NGLY, Jared Wilson and DJ Richard over the years - which gives you an idea of the gritty sound these guys are pushing. The Magnetic Field EP features three lo-fi and all analogue sounding cuts that you've come to expect from the pair: the A side features two grinding 303 led killers, but we particularly enjoyed the rusty and dusted down sleaze of "Render" featuring those seductive, delay drenched vocals. On the flip, "Toxic Hill" is the kind of techno that crosses over into EBM aesthetics, much like Phase Fatale or Blush Response are known to, while "Broken Shells" goes out all guns blazing on this trippy and hypnotic stomper.
Review: Jennifer Cardini's Correspondant has firmly established itself as an 'it' label within the current indie dance scene with its eclectic grooves that span punk funk, industrial/EBM throwbacks and even a bit of melodic tech house for good measure. For its fifth compilation, the Cologne based label serves up some current scene favourites in the form of Romanian duo Khidja and their groovy and tripped out slow burner "Gelatine" and Jakarta's finest Jonathan Kusuma: who is in top form as always on the lo-slung baleraic number "Motor Melodies". On the flip, German duo Marvin & Guy take you on a cosmic styled trip on "Juba Dance" while Kempes: the new brainchild of Danny Passarella and Tom Wegg-Prosser channel their best impressions of greats such as Giorgio Moroder or Bobby Orlando on "Sentimental Idiot".
Review: Following up great releases recently on My Favorite Robot, DFA and Calypso, the mighty Geoff Kirkwood aka Man Power returns to Correspondant. The Mexico based composer makes a welcome return with these three truly singular trips. From the spooky, technoid tunnel vision of "The Zen Of Xen - parts I & II" featuring the seductive vocal talents of feat Xen, Kirkwood continues to impress by way of "Heart For Yes. Like For No"a neon-lit and adrenalised EBM/nu-disco mutant, while the powerful closer "Hubris" brings on those euphoric desert rave vibes - the Arp chords throughout will no doubt elevate you to a higher state.
Review: Ms Cardini presents four more fabulous excursions in indie dance music, courtesy of her always reliable house of Correspondant. Following up the first volume which had some highly valued contributions courtesy of Khidja and Jonathan Kusuma, the second edition features hot Tel Aviv duo Red Axes with the dark disco odyssey of "Earth Core" and Fort Romeau's surprising appearance on the A side. The flip showcases the fresh sound of Colli Alban firstly. His track "Walking In The Night" is a real highlight, where he serves up some darkwave slo-mo trance. Finally label staple Javi Redondo impresses as always on the dreamy and hypnotising groove of "Heroin" channelling the majestic vibe of fellow Cologne label Kompakt.
Review: Jennifer Cardini rounds up the best in modern indie dance in one compilation on her always reliable Correspondant imprint. All the usual suspects appear, as well as some fresh debutants. Israeli duo Red Axes are on form as always on the cosmic exotic vibe of "Disco Arp", while homeboy Moscoman delivers some tripped-out tunnel vision on"Wakalaka Beach". Elsewhere, British synth magician Black Merlin provides the chilling ambient soundscape of "Sub Conscious", Moscow's Simple Symmetry handed in one of the highlights in the form of their noir synthpop epic "Suspiria" and Black Spuma's Fabrizio Mammarella delivers the neon-lit modern Italo antics of "Diavoli".