Klartraum – E Remixes Pt 2

June 14, 2016 in Singles

Klartraum E Remixes Pt 2 LucidflowIn the ‘blue corner’ of tonight’s techno twosome we have this remix EP from the mighty Klartraum, AKA Helmut Erbritsch and Nadja Lind. Released in 2014, Klartraum’s E album was released as a series of four EPs, and now they’re taking a similar approach with the obligatory remix ‘album’, with this the second set of rerubs to hit the street.

There are five tracks in total. Our old friend Rishi K is up first with his take on Sky Fall, a laidback deep house groover built with warm-ups and poolside loungin’ in mind. Lucien Foort’s Mayhem Modular Remix of Dark Space Night is an unhurried techno throbber with gnarly sawtooth bass and a hint of acid, while Jon Donson’s rub of Drama Queen , with its 2001: A Space Odyssey samples, takes us into twitchy, minimal territory.  The Vynyard Dub Mix of Flight To Berlin is sparse dub techno taken to the Nth degree, bordering on flotation tank territory with its crackling white noise and mournful trumpet, while finally Nadja and Helmut give us their own Cinematic Mix of Sky Fall, which here becomes an ever-evolving 10-minute feast of lolloping, understated drums, squelchy organic bass, tinkling ivories and synth atmospherics a-gogo.

All good, but Rishi takes the gold for me.

Out: Now

About: This comes as ever on Klartaum’s own Lucidflow label, who you can find (as ever!) on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Lucio Agustin – Buzios EP

May 15, 2016 in Singles

Lucio Agustin Buzios EP dub.sphereThree quality deep tech cuts here from capital-letters-hating German label dub.sphere.

Buzios itself is probably the most floor-friendly of the three, bringing simple 4/4s, a slinky dub bassline and reverberating FX, all topped with a woman’s voice saying either “protection” or “tension” (can’t work out which). Rosario, which follows, is in a similar vein but with glitchy, minimal-leaning sounds while finally Hurlingham tones down the minimal influences and turns up the dubwise stylings.

The latter’s my pick but these are fine head-noddin’ grooves all round.

Out: This week

About: Find dub.sphere herehere and here.

Paul Moore – Hollow Inside

May 8, 2016 in Singles

Paul Moore Hollow Inside LucidflowTypically fine deep/dub techno shenanigans here from Klartraum’s Lucidflow label.

In its Original form, Hollow Inside itself is a sparse, minimal-leaning affair with lingering chords, fragments of female vocal and, if I’m not mistaken, some wood-block percussion. S’cool, but label boss Nadja Lind’s tuffer, lightly prog-tinged refix is probably the better bet for dancefloor play.

There are then three more tracks to choose from. Lightflow is a smooth, late-night headnodder with barely-there crowd/party noise and warm synth washes, while Out Of Focus is decent but fairly par-for-the-course stripped, twitchy fare. The standout of the whole EP for yours truly, though, is Evolve, which treads similar ground to Lightflow but turns the dial marked ‘dubwise’ up several notches.

Classy stuff as ever from the German stable.

Out: This week

About: You really should know where to find Lucidflow by now, but just in case, here they are on Soundcloud, on Facebook and at their own website.

Lucio Agustin – Arata EP

April 25, 2016 in Singles

Lucio Agustin Arata EP Innocent DeepAnd from the minimal D&B of Sam Binary (below), we move on to actual minimal with this excellent EP from Innocent Deep.

Three tracks to choose from. Arata itself is quite smooth and melodic by minimal standards, and as such could easily slot into a deep house set with its fairly simple rolling beats, sampled mission control speech and hefty, stuttering bassline. Indiana is a bit more twitchy-glitchy and very sparse, making this one more for the minimal purists, while finally Titicaca brings the dubwise vibes.

All three are plenty playable but Arata takes the gold for me, with Titicaca not far behind.

Out: Now

About: You can find Innocent Deep and the rest of the Innocent Music label family herehere and here.

Manna From Sky – The Loft EP

March 5, 2016 in Singles

Manna From Sky The Loft EP LucidflowRegular TIWWD readers will know I’m a fan of Lucidflow’s output generally, but this latest release, coming from the Italian duo of Emanuele Mariani and Ermanno Vita, is a bit special even by their standards.

It’s not that it does anything other Lucidflow releases don’t, particularly – you surely know the label’s deep, dubby take on techno by now, and that’s exactly what you get with the four original cuts plus Oscar Cornell remix that make up this EP. You could argue that it’s a little bit more on the housey side than normal, I guess… or you could point to the strong sense of ‘groove’ that’s sometimes a bit lacking in this kinda tackle… or you could simply shrug your shoulders, not worry about it too much and just say that for lovers of late-night, smooth-but-twitchy stoned vibes, this is pretty much unmissable.

Well, that’s what I’m going to do, anyway!

Out: This week

About: Find Lucidflow herehere and here.

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.

F.eht – El Cazador EP

January 6, 2016 in Singles

F.eht El Cazador EP Innocent Music LimitedSome typically fine deep techno grooves here from Germany’s F.eht, a producer who can transcend the house/techno barrier with ease.

Five tracks make up the EP. El Cazador itself is an unhurried, dubby throbber topped with snatches of treated, spoken male vocal. Canaries operates in similar territory, with no vocal this time but with a neat line in squawk-y synth sounds instead. Descenco leans a little more to the twitchy, minimal end of the deep techno spectrum and again features distorted spoken vox, while Hunters and Pressure complete the EP in broadly the same vein as the other three.

Don’t expect any of these tracks to rock your local Ritzy’s, but if warm, enveloping ‘less is more’ grooves are what you’re about, then step right on in.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Slovenia’s Innocent Music Limited, who you can find herehere and here.

Luthia – Ego EP

December 6, 2015 in Singles

Luthia Ego EP Innocent Music DeepTo play us out tonight, as the witching hour approaches and the working week beckons, some sterling deep techno/minimal vibes from those ever-reliable providers of the same, Innocent Music Deep.

Ego itself is up first, a dubby, house-y cut with a vocal that sounds like Mr Spock describing his first acid trip. Bajka, which follows, is an eight-minute slow-burner that comes on like a proggy take on minimal, and that’s got ‘set opener’ written all over it. And then finally there’s Misli with its tinny rave beats, deceptively funky synth bassline and string of cavernous, spangled breakdowns.

Definitely nothing here you could play at a wedding. But if it’s late-night smoking tackle you’re after…

Out: This week

About: Find the Innocent stable on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Wally Stryk – All Night

November 15, 2015 in Singles

Wally Stryk All Night Act Natural RecordsSome very fine deep, techy grooves here courtesy of French producer Wally Stryk and Kent-based label Act Natural Records.

All Night itself opens with intricate percussion, then adds a heavyweight dub bassline, synth FX and a barely-there vocal that slowly reveals itself to be a wonan saying “we’ll be shaking all night”. Miraflores is an uber-deep slow-roller sitting somewhere between deep house, dub techno and minimal, while finally Project, the liveliest cut of the three, is a simple lolloping groove topped with a guy’s voice whispering “the preacher” now and again.

Not picking a favourite here – this is an excellent EP all round, albeit one that’s aimed fair and square at the purists and connoisseurs rather than mass consumption.

Out: This week

About: You can find Act Natural on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Sherr – Attack Warning EP

October 29, 2015 in Singles

Sherr Attack Warning EP Innocent Music LimitedLet’s kick off tonight in deep/minimal territory with this three-track offering from a label who seldom put a foot wrong in their travels through said pastures, Innocent Music.

Attack Warning itself is up first, a midtempo affair with a pulsating bassline, intricate but unfussy percussion and a light smattering of trippy FX, all topped with an ominous spoken vocal towards the end (“this is an attack warning”). Monocromatic [sic], which follows, opens with what sounds to these ears like the squawking of distant seagulls, then slowly evolves into an unhurried, dubby and just slightly glitchy instrumental, before the somewhat more uptempo 1306 plays us out on a more obviously floor-friendly note – though I still wouldn’t recommend dropping it down your local Ritzys – with lashings of phat-but-muted bass and snatches of spoken dialogue.

Fine stuff as ever from the Slovenian stable.

Out: This week

About: Find Innocent Music herehere and here. This, I should mention, comes on sub-label Innocent Music Limited.