Review: New label Lumbago drop a new, tasty, hand-stamped house belter to soothe all of your winter blues, and it's clear that the imprint are very much here to stay. Instead of going for the glory-hunting, they've decided to release music from a selection of rising names, but from the sounds of "Inappropriate" by 100Hz, the quality factor is very much present. Even Octave's "Racing", a rough, analog house banger with an industrial edge, packs enough of a punch to make us wonder why we haven't been name-dropping him more often. Over on the flip, Nightdrivers member Rufus, who is often heard alongside Mass Prod, drops the supremely funky "Conseguenza", a disco-tinged house roller that's given the dub-house treatment by the increasingly present Cab Drivers. Excellent material, right here.
Rasna Luji - "Le Visionidi Modigliani (Suono Su Tela)" (7:49)
Massimmiliano Jannitti - "Sur" (6:41)
Review: Italian imprint Hangover is back. Was it the late great Roger Moore who once suggested that the best cure for such a thing is skulling a can of Coke? More to the point: First up on their second release is French tech house legend Alexkid with the stripped back and minimal groove of "Kebap". Its reductionist tendencies reminiscent of Thomas Brinkmann or Hardtrax era Richie Hawtin. Also on the A side is Frenchmen Marcelo Cura & Origins Of Time with the particularly impressive "Whisper". Its densely layered esoteric hypnotism will appeal to fans of the Romanian sound. On the flip, Rasna Luji's "Le Visionidi Modigliani" (Suono Su Tela) also samples classical sounds and organic elements on yet another trance inducing cut that takes its cues from eastern European minimal. Finally, Massimiliano Jannitti's bouncy afterhours cut "Sur"is the kind of cheeky weirdo jam you'd expect to hear on Sunday morning at Kater Blau.
Review: Schmorsgabord is a new label, and it launches in style with this collaboration between Laurie 'Appleblim' Osborne and Julian 'October' Smith. The release sounds like a perfect meeting of the former's DJ-friendly bass excursions and the latter's tendency towards deep, dubby techno. Indeed, lead track "NY Fizzzzz" perfectly encapsulates this meeting of minds: the beats are tough and DJ-friendly, yet contain a swinging, Applepips-esque feeling that will let the track get noticed amid the deluge of straighter techno and tech-house releases. Up next, the duo focus on a more experimental approach. "Fountains of Paradise" eschews the dance floor, but the deep, brooding chord soundscape is lent some urgency by the shuddering waves of abstract percussion that occasionally break through the ponderous surface. That the label has decided to put its weight behind two different facets of this collaboration ensures that the end product is very tasty.
Review: Art Department and Crosstown Rebels seem to have taken the house world by storm in the last two years. Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White's "We Call Love" has been picked apart carefully put back together again by the legendary Balearic beardo DJ Harvey for a limited one sided, hand stamped, hand numbered white label. Slow burning and downtempo, "We Call Love" plays with the original's raw electric guitar melodies, piercing key sequences and chopped vocal snippets. Sensual and lethargically bouncy, it's a late night house track made in typical modern and blase style from the CR camp. Be quick!
Review: Given the success of the first two installments of the Editions series, it's little surprise to see XDB put together a third volume for his Metrolux imprint. He's assembled another crack team of international contributors, too. Autre and Xinner join forces on opener "Nebula", a fine combination of low-slung techno drums, restless electronics and deep space sonics. Autre goes solo to deliver the fluttering, late night hypnotism of "Seiryu", before Kryptic Universe steals the show with "01309 Stairways", a superb chunk of rolling intelligent techno that features an extended ambient intro. Owen Jay and Brian James round things off with the distorted drum machine hits and woozy riffs of "Chordless" (which, to be fair, is an accurate title).
Review: The label's next anniversary record, no.20, is going to be released as a special, exclusive loop compilation bringing together all Rrygular artists.
On the b-side there are 18 loop grooves produced by artists who have released on the Mo's Ferry sublabel. The collection is well assorted and
arranged in a DJ-friendly way. The a-side belongs solely to Marek Bois but it's not a bundle of loops again Instead it's a new burner named 'Kimpton',
which follows-up on his last two-tracker, 'Bed Bois Bloo' and anticipates the upcoming debut Marek Bois album.
Review: The first Klangbedarf release comes from Frank Bojert & Oliver Turner. "Man In The Middle" contains three rock solid tracks which represent what Kllangbedarf is all about. These straight and minimal techno tracks will fill the floor and make the masses move.
Review: It's been a while since we heard anything from Bristol's best dressed chicken in town Borai, so it's great to see him leading the way on this second edition of the Jackoff Beats series from Berlin label Jackoff Records. Indeed this is Boris English's second contribution to the series, having appeared on last year's inaugural 12" alongside Iron Curtis and Oli Deutschmann. "The Rejection" demonstrate's Borai's lost none of his production verve for emotionally loaded house music and sets a high bar for what follows. Deep88 rolls deep on a lo fi filtered disco flex with the excellent "Works" whilst Oliver Deutchsmann also maintains his 100% Jackoff Beats appearance record with the stripped down acid burner "Straight Up My All". A welcoming titular vocal hook is the key element around which the Freestyle Man lays down a classic dusty house groove on the closing "Give It To Me".