Review: With their debut year already witnessing their fourth release, Dilated Pupils are clearly onto a good thing. Following on from the excellent 241020 EP on Mode Of Expression, this latest 12" on Sol Asylum features more soul-dipped minimal house rhythms for the ethereal heads out there. "Lost Evidence" has a purposeful shuffle to it, but the real star is the thick swathe of pad that drifts through the track. "Alco B" meanwhile features a rougher broken beat that meets with heavy-lidded melodic matter, before Birdsmakingmachine remix the track into an even more hypnotic micro-breakbeat tryst. "Broken Amp" finishes the EP off with a set of barely-there drums and epic strokes of chord.
Review: From early releases on Tenax and Material, Julie Marghilano has been busy for many years, but now she has stepped up to Sol Asylum with this highly developed release that shows her to be an intriguing and downright exciting producer in the field of experimental house and techno. "Let It Go (Part 2)" brims with fascinating detail and energy, while remaining delicate and warm at the same time. "Soul Print" is a more dreamlike affair that uses subtle layers as a backdrop to poignant guitar strums and Villalobos-esque percussive splatters, while still knowing how to work the more distinctive grooves into the track. The first part of "Let It Go" is equally magnificent, using a more scattered broken beat but keeping the sweeping melodies in place wonderfully.
Review: American-Italian Julie Marghiliano runs Sol Asylum with Miss Jools and is up next for the label's most recent release. Starting off with "Innerspace" this is the kind of sleep deprived, rolling, after hours groove influenced by the Romanian style and gets things off on a good start, while "Katzbachjazz" follows in suit: in terms of reduced and paranoid aesthetics, no doubt honed by her experience Djing at Hoppetosse and Club der Visonaere. On the flip we've got "Cosmic Karma" which is stomping and funky with a rolling groove as good as the first track and those hypnotic chords working well throughout. Finally it gets an awesome reshape by master of the deep Fred P who injects some emotive and ethereal vibes into the track, like only he can.
Review: UK tech house heroine Miss Jools is still going. Since relocating to Berlin like many others she has since been closely affiliated with the Sol Asylum imprint run by good friend Julie Marghilano. It has proven to be a reliable imprint, backed up by some solid releases by the likes of OdD, Anton Zap and Dutch collective Dilated Pupils. It's over to Jools again for her second appearance for the label. Starting off with the dusty and bleepy reductionist groove of "Stepping Inside" it then gets a tougher and more swinging: remix courtesy of Berlin legend and Brouqade boss Dana Ruh. On the flip "Sorry Not Sorry" is a deep, dubby and atmospheric groove with some wonky/tripped out modular synth textures which will appeal to fans of the S.A.M. or iO Mulen sound. The sublime and hypnotic "444 Marjorie" is the EPs strongest moment by far and closes out the EP in style.
Review: After establishing themselves as a party in the crowded waters of Berlin, the Sol Asylum crew are transferring their organizational talents on to wax with this first release on their new label, featuring a hitherto unknown artist called OdD. The tone is a deep and mysterious one across all four tracks on this EP, as pads linger fuzzy in the background and tones pulse through delay units to create a very tangible sense of place. "Ayahuasca" makes the most of its titular premise to lay on organic and tripped-out sonic details in a deep house environment, while "Solar Heart" gets into a more jazzy kind of reflection with its pondering keys dominating the mix. "Nothing Odd" is a more streamlined minimal track with the pre-requisite interlocking percussion and found sounds falling into a neat and tidy cycle.
Review: The Sol Asylum label continues its minimalistic outlook on house and techno with a return from the Odd duo, Damian Daley and Danny Dixon. The pair have been brought in a reggae tradition thanks to their fathers and they both share a passion for percussion, something which can be clearly heard on both the pulsating push of "Vortex" and "Pyramid", two lciks which are sure to fill the floors at peak time hour. The deeper and more hypnotic "Sphere" tune ties thing s off in sci-fi tradition, where loose and airy synths glide above bric-a-brac percussion shots. Majestic
Review: Sol Asylum are back with their usual bag of tricks: effective and minimalistic tech-house built for the floor all coated and packaged in beautiful artwork. First up, Spell remixes "Broken" by Odd into a wavey, dubby sort of joint; Julie Marghilano delivers the utterly shimmering "Dragon Drops", and our favourite tech-house gal Miss Jools is as reliable as ever with her signature brand of percussive house on "Calima".
Review: Pressure Point first surfaced on Northern Italian imprint Castanea with the Fragments EP which featured a great remix by minimal electro hero TC80 from France. Now the mysterious producer appears for Julie Marghilano's esteemed Sol Asylum imprint with the impressive Process Theory EP, where he pursues more impressive microhouse grooves and sourced from what appears to be a pretty detailed modular setup amongst other things. The title track calls to mind the glitched up and quirked out reductionist funk of Perlon favorite Spacetravel, as does the subtractive jack of "S-Trig" with its infectious bleeps and blips. On the flip, we've got what's probably the most straight up groove on here with "Meter": essentially a barebones rhythm workout but boy does it pack some bump and shuffle. Finally "Liquid Flow" ends the EP in deep and emotive fashion where hypnotic pads and a mix of analog and digital microsampling carry a bumpy groove and it's perfect for your Sunday afternoon aboard the Hoppetosse.
Review: After the runaway success of the Dilated Pupils release, bright young imprint Sol Asylum kicks off release number three with more sublime stripped down house business from a triple whammy of production talent. Dana Ruh spreads across the A side with a swirling, dubby jam that has no trouble in getting its head deep down in the groove. On the flip side, Patrice Menier drops a tight shuffler with ethereal pads and tones drifting eerily in the background, and Miss Jools wields a carefully shimmering synth hook with a delicate touch around a clean and crisp beat with just a smattering of found sound filling out the gaps.
Review: Modular techno maestro and Freerotation big cheese Steevio is on fine form on "Zephyr", his first EP of 2019. He kicks things off with "Brawd", where undulating electronic motifs and faintly foreboding snatches of melody wind their way around a rolling techno groove, before offering up a swinging, off-kilter take on tropical techno rich in darting minor key melodies and jazzy sub-bass. Turn to the flip and you'll encounter two more chunks of modular dancefloor hypnotism: the slowly shifting, head-in-the-clouds throb of "Cysuron" and the melodious but off-kilter tech-jazz flex of hard-to-pigeonhole EP highlight "Rhyddid".
Review: It's been a fine first year of business for the Sol Asylum label who have secured a stellar selection of cuts from the likes of Dana Ruh, Dilated Pupils, Julie Marghilano and more with this output complemented by some truly distinct illustrated cover art. What better way to sign off 2014 than turn to one of Russia's most respected producers in Ethereal Sound boss man Anton Zap. It's not clear what Sleduyushly stands for, or indeed what exactly is happening on the cover art, but don't be distracted by translation woes and focus on Zap's refined skills for deep and ever evolving productions that is evident from the moment "Talking" locks into groove. From here Zap rolls through terrain that's abstract ("Rubblewood"), chunky ("My Lesson") and ambient ("Her Lesson") for one of the more diverse and accomplished 12"s you'll hear this week.