Various – Best Of Innocent Music Limited Vol 2

January 24, 2016 in Albums

Best Of Innocent Music Limited Vol 2As regular readers will be aware, Slovenia’s Innocent Music and their sub-labels Innocent Music Deep and Innocent Music Limited are among this blog’s favourite purveyors of deep techno and minimal grooves. So while it’s barely a month since the label’s last compilation offering (December’s, er, December Sampler Vol 4, as reviewed by yours truly for iDJ), this latest collection was a very welcome arrival in the inbox all the same.

It’s gotta be said, though… when a label has such a recognisable sound, and turns out so much of the stuff, it’s hard to keep thinking of anything new to say about it! So all I can really do is reiterate what I said about the last one… you won’t find too many huge surprises here, but if twitchy, crunchy beats, industrial FX, dub basslines, haunting disembodied vocal fragments and production so sparse you could drive a truck through it sound like your idea of a good time then this album, which features cuts from the likes of F.eht, Diwex, Aney F and Vagabundo as well as a host of lesser-known names, should be right up your street.

As is fitting for a Sunday night review, it also comes particularly recommended to all the sofa-surfers and midnight tokers out there…

Out: This week

About: Find the Innocent Music label family herehere and here.

Various – Best Of Innocent Music Limited Vol 1

February 9, 2015 in Albums

Best Of Innocent Music Limited Vol 1Once again playing catch-up on a Monday night so before we crack on with this week’s reviews, tonight there are three albums I want to tell you about from last week.

Up first is this label comp from Slovenia’s Innocent Music, or rather from sub-label Innocent Music Limited. Regular TIWWD readers will know that I’m a fan of the label generally, and so should have a pretty good idea what to expect here already. But for those that’ve just wandered in, deep techno and minimal are Innocent Music’s stock in trade, with the Limited imprint tending to cater for the more specialist/connoisseur end of that already fairly specialist spectrum. So don’t expect much in the way of dancefloor rompery here (bar one or two cuts that lean more towards the tech-house arena); do expect sparse, twitchy percussion, basslines like thunder and a general air of disquiet, with 15 tracks coming from names both familiar (Enzo Leep, Diwex & Vick Echo, Aura Dub, Reclame) and, er, less so.

An album like this is never going to be to everyone’s taste, but if you’re a fan of dystopic, red-eyed, headnoddin’ grooves you’ll find plenty to enjoy here.

Out: Last week

About: You can find Innocent Music, Innocent Music Deep and Innocent Music Limited here, here and here.

James Hutchison – Mademoiselle EP

August 6, 2014 in Singles

James Hutchison Mademoiselle EP Innocent LimitedSo far this week things’ve been bit more on the commercial tip than usual here at TIWWD, so tonight let’s flip the script and head deep underground… starting with this four-track slab of minimal bizniss from Slovenia’s Innocent Limited.

Mademoiselle itself is an ultra-sparse affair that starts off predicated around muted, twitchy percussion and  a two-note bass throb that can be bothered to put in an appearance every few bars or so. As the track progresses, crowd noise, a vague low-end rumble and a brief classical piano interlude join the party, but this remains one for those who truly believe that less is more. A more beat-laden Diwex & Vick Echo Remix takes us into darker techno territory, while elsewhere, This Is What We Call A Tragedy treads slightly more standard-issue minimal ground and Jeph’s Black Book is an industrial-tinged dub techno rumble that will be come in handy should you have any small children and animals to terrify.

Liking all the tracks but it’s the title cut with its wide-open sonic vistas that takes top honours for sure.

Out: This week

About: You can find Innocent Music/Innocent Limited on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Diwex & Vick Echo – Moods EP

July 10, 2014 in Singles

Vick Echo & Diwex Moods EP Innocent MusicWe kick off on a seriously deep, dark tip tonight with four tracks of dubbed-out, industrial-tinged minimal techno from Vick Ecko and/or fellow Hungarian producer Diwex.

Moods itself is a Diwex solo offering, a laidback affair beats-wise but with layers of white noise and distorted vocal snips adding an air of vague menace. Void sees Diwex and Echo teaming up for a cavernous, echo-laden pounder aimed at afterhours floors; Serenity, another co-production, continues in a similar vein, before finally there’s Border, another Diwex solo outing that ventures into slightly glitchier and heavier techno territory.

The first two take top honours for yours truly but it’s a pretty close-run thing.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of Innocent Music, who as you must surely know by now are Slovenian, and who you can find here, here and here.