Jakob Seidensticker & Boronas - "Eye Games" (9:18)
Meinschafer & Hirte - "Drum Roll" (7:47)
Meinschafer & Hirte - "Traffic" (7:08)
Review: After a three year hiatus, German label Uwaga returns and makes up for lost time with this killer four tracker - featuring some legends and newbies alike. On the A side, the man from Hamburg Jacob Seidensticker gets into some dreamy and surrealist minimal techno (that rolls deep!) on "Eye Games" featuring Boronas. A truly hypnotic cut that's perfect for Romanian style afterhours business. On the flip, an emerging duo from named Cologne Meinschaefer & Hirte serve up some emotive minimal house deepness. They had their very first release on No More Drama recently and are in fine form on "Drum Roll" and "Traffic" respectively.
Review: EYA Records branch out with this crafty, wriggling slab of freaky techno diversions on new imprint Lonewolf. Meta4 twists all kinds of gnarly subversion out of "Four Body Centers," where the funk of foundational Detroit techno collides with the rampant machine messing of UK acid for stunning results. There's an eerie ghost train vibe hovering over Jorge Gamarra's "Pact", while "Langan" by Twophaseu drops a fresh UK twist on electro. Meta4 returns to bookend this ear-snagging EP with the equally catchy oddball trysts of "666blank", another devilishly deviant slice of underground party music for the ghoulish crew.
Review: Fuse London fixture Rich NxT is up to old tricks again, and it totally works for us! Tough rolling and funky tech house for the main room is the order of the day again on his new Danse 4 Joy EP, for Berlin's Aotre. A1 cut "Joy" will get you from the first hook: groovy and infectious afterhours tech house, followed by the deep, down and dirty banger "Dansep". On the flip, we get two ascendant stars of the minimal scene delivering their perspectives on the two tracks and what a choice: label boss Sante strips things back on "Joy", while London's James Dexter is on point as usual with his slinky and sensual take on "Dansep"
Review: For the second edition of the mysterious new anonymous artist imprint Party Nails, we get treated to some tough rolling UK tech house for main room - UK style - on "Hopin' She's A Freak" with its naughty and catchy ghetto house samples. Then get deep, down and dusty (disco style!) on the rather Robsoul sounding "Um So", lo-slung and funky perfect afterhours tackle on "Brown Acid" while the peak time syncopations of "Boudadan" feature a familiar sample from a classic and pushes into afro house territory.
Review: Soundscape Versions presents the third installment on its sub-label Mystic Versions with four unknown cuts by different artists from across the globe - produced and performed by using analog hardware gear.
Review: Long before he settled on the now familiar Jimpster alias, Freerange Records co-founder Jamie Odell released a handful of tracks and singles under a variety of now forgotten aliases. One of those was Loxodrome, a one-off pseudonym utilized for a now in-demand EP of techno and house fusions on Jumpin' & Pumpin'. Now reissued for the first time since, the 12" has lost none of its intergalactic charms. Check first the spacey ambient synths and post-bleep UK techno grooves of "Heavy Ride", before turning your attention to the deep space Motor City vibes of "Blue Skies". The bleeps return on the warm and dreamy tech-house jam "Red Society", while "Avenue T" is a deep, drowsy and sun-kissed chunk of "Artificial Intelligence" era electro/tech-house fusion.
Review: While the misguided and misinformed continue to debate the right for tech house to exist thankfully there' are still many producers making intricately detailed and intelligently programmed beats out there, in turn keeping the genre bursting with potential. Such is the case with this four tracker from Norwegian duo TAR 1337, AKA Terje Bakke and Rub800. Opening on a dubby, minimal tip, 'Init Patt' develops one of the most surprisingly madcap hooks we've heard in ages- hearing is understanding. 'VCult' is perhaps the track its precursor could have been, growing into a layered, immersive darkroom workout with sweatier results. 'Relax Nothing Is Under Control' bridges the gap into sharp, non-banging techno stuff, a dirty number with bags of compelling noises keeping you locked in. Rounding out on the more spatial 'Tranquility Base', this is mature, highly usable stuff.
Review: Saktu is an alias of Sasha Kaktus, boss of the St. Petersburg-based Heisenberg label. He returns for a new EP with buddy Alex Adamov for the first time since 2016's Kacheli EP on Reshape Agency. On the A side we have a rolling and ethereal cut that is the title track - this one is certain to have major crossover appeal from fans of UK tech house to the Rominimal sound. On the flip, you are treated to the equally hypnotic futurist bounce of "Flicker" which will appeal to fans of Sublee or Piktor. It then gets a rework by Berlin-based deep house hero Maik Yells, who takes the track down a trippier and more arcane route.