Review: Japanese artist Sunao Gonno's idiosyncratic sound has appeared on labels such as Endless Flight, International Feel and Beats In Space over the years, where he's dabbled in shoegaze, kosmische and psychedelia as heard on 2015's breathtaking "Remember The Life Is Beautiful" or on last year's contemporary jazz outing "In Circles" with Kazuhiko Masumura. An accomplished DJ also, he's no stranger to Berlin's Panorama Bar, where Nick Hoppner (Touch From A Distance) has long held a residency. The two artists collaborate for the first time on "Lost", featuring three sublime sonic journeys: go deep into the exotic on "Bangalore" with its world music influence, or chill to the vivid downbeat tones of "Love Lost" until "Start Trying" returns to the program with its neon-lit aesthetic plus breakbeats reminiscent of the rave era.
Review: 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of Berlin scene legend Peter Kuschnereit's (aka Substance or DJ Pete) DJ career, as well as his inaugural full release titled Rise And Shine on Ostgut Ton (the label released 2 of his tracks on compilations previously), making this the first Substance EP since 1998. Kuschnereit hits the ground running with title track "Rise And Shine", a gentle, sunrise-ready fusion of sparse, echo-laden percussion hits, poignant chords and glacial IDM melodies, before jauntily heading towards the dancefloor on the richly percussive, metallic and ghostly electro/techno fusion of "Countdown". His love of buzzing, faintly foreboding and strangely exotic ambience comes to the fore on "Bird Cave", while distance sees him successfully dubbing out similar-sounding electronic motifs fusing his deep, industrial aesthetic as Substance with the resonant bass-heavy leanings of DJ Pete over a clicking, hypnotic rhythm track.