Review: Romanian legend Dan Andrei teams up with Serban Goanta (the co-owner of Understand) as AK41 and they inaugurate new imprint Zimbru for some highgrade reductionist grooves here. "Triathlon" is the kind of quirky minimal funk that guys like Isolee and Losoul used to put out back in the day. "Cuttin' Ice" is deep, dubby and bumpy like early Perlon while "Cox Terrier" is probably the most abstract offering with the mandatory rolling bass and jagged rhythmicity balanced by some paranoid soundscapes for maximum effect at the afterhours.
Review: Sahau inaugurates new Romanian imprint Zimbru with, you guessed it; some sublime and hypnotic minimalism. "NJ Breaks" is dreamy deep house with said break riding on top of a rolling groove and tripped out pads for afterhour delights. On the flip is "Montreal" , indebted to early noughties minimal of such imprints as Perlon or m_nus with its high pitched tom drums and high hat shuffle working alongside stuttering, glitchy melodies.
Review: Romanian imprint Zimbru could hardly be described as prolific. In fact, this 12" is the label's third outing in three years. Fittingly, it features a track each from the two artists who graced their first two EPs. Sahau handles the A-side, laying down an undeniably epic, late night excursion that sits somewhere between the distinctive minimal techno swing of Ricardo Villalobos and spacey, ultra-deep house. Like the best Villalobos productions, it subtly ebbs and flows for 16 mesmerizing minutes. Over on the flipside Dan Andrei and Seban Goanta once again join forces as AK41, celebrating "The Man Who Wasn't There" via twittering birdsong, deep and rolling bass, ricocheting electronic riffs and impressively programmed percussion.