Review: German hipster imprint Kitjen is up to its sixth release following up greta ones by Suzanne Kraft, Hotel Lauer and Shit Robot. In the label themselves this is is 'the tropical cruise ship experience of the summer' brought to you by Amsterdam duo Beesmunt Soundsystem. Watch an umbrella appear in your glass as you play these four neon-lit retro house cuts! Start sending automated out of office replies by simply scanning the cover with your mobile device! Another great quote from the label 'This record's official dress code is 'cannabis farmer at court hearing".
Review: Australian producer in the German capital: Fantastic Man returns with a great of an EP for Igor Tipura's always interesting Kitjen, following up Suzanne Kraft's appearance for the Stuttgart founded (but now Berlin based) label. On the A side there's we have got a very '80's sounding, retrovert jam that is the title track, which also features some nice TB-303 acid for good measure. On the flip, we have the intergalactic, congo driven vibes of "Acid Martin" with its trippy drums that as the label itself says: you'll truly lose yourself in! Then finally the swirling deepness of "Legoman" appears, which features a nice breakbeat groove that comes into the fold halfway, accompanying those rusty vintage rhythms and emotive pads just nicely.
Review: Given that Fantastic Man's last outing on Kitjen, 2016's "Galactic Ecstasy", was one of his more interesting and on-point releases to date, hopes are high for this belated return to the German label. First up in "Solar Surfing", a spacey affair built around stuttering machine drums, intergalactic electronics and a thickset bassline. Acid-fired workout "Native Power" follows, with psychedelic TB-303 lines and minimalist bleeps riding a flowing electro groove, before closing cut "Avocado Conception" sees the Australian combine Balearic-minded synthesizer flourishes and bubbly acid lines with a slower groove. Like the rest of the EP, it's ear pleasing but surprisingly off-kilter.
Review: Stuttgart club night Kitjen has decided to launch a label. For this debut release, they've turned to Tuff City Kids man Phillip Lauer and brother Jacob, who deliver their second 12" under the Hotel Lauer alias (their first, Brudis, dropped on Live At Robert Johnson last year). A-side "Agass" sets the tone, layering addictively bright piano riffs and expansive, tumbling synthesizer melodies over foreboding, one-note chords and jaunty drum machine rhythms. The classic feel continues on flipside "Stollice", where synthesized strings wrap themselves around a deliciously glassy-eyed Balearic house groove and stabbing, rave-era electronics. Both tracks are impressively dancefloor-friendly, eschewing the obvious in favour of lesser-played inspirations.
Review: In the space of just a few releases, Stuttgart club-turned-label Kitjen has nestled snugly into a position as the latest cult modern day German record label. Sharing a similar ethos and some of the artists associated with Munich's Public Possession and Frankfurt's Live at Bobby Johnson, Kitjen look further afield for their latest 12" and get the scoop on some fresh Suzanne Kraftness. Diego Herrera's star is definitely on the rise and this amusingly-named DJ Safety 12" ranks as some of his best work as Suzanne Kraft. There's an immediacy and vibrancy to the title track that guarantee it becomes an earworm as the year rolls on, whilst "Burn Me Down" and "Skype" are fine B-side curios.
Shit Robot vs Kai Philipp - "Rishi" (version) (8:24)
Shit Robot vs Rino Spadavecchia - "Rishi" (version) (6:54)
Review: The fledgling label from Stuttgart crew Kitjen have been all about championing German talent to date, with two strong records coming from two production units heavily associated with Frankfurt and Munich respectively in Hotel Lauer and Tambien. A third release widens their remit somewhat with an Irish man (DFA veteran Shit Robot) laying down two versions of the same track with a German (Kai Philipp) and Italian Space Ranger Rino Spadavecchia. The sound still slips snugly into the oddball house sound adopted by Kitjen from the off however, with the low-lying Kai Phillip collaboration complemented well by the brazen joy the central synth motif of the Spadavecchia version brings.
Review: Given that the first Kitjen 12" released earlier this year, came from the Lauer Brothers' Hotel Lauer project, it's little surprise to find similarly inclined Public Possession types Tambien handling the follow-up. The trio's particular take on house - left-of-centre, but deliciously warm and inviting - comes to the fore on "Ondule". The track is hard to pin down, with dreamy Balearic electronics and rich organ chords rising and falling over a twisting, skittish drum machine rhythm. Kornel Kovacs delivers the flipside remix, utilizing the Munich outfit's wonderful chords and melodies whilst attaching his own throbbing, Italo-influenced deep house groove. It's a thing of great beauty, but doesn't quite have the electric feel of the excellent original.