u z z v – Misunderstanding EP

May 8, 2016 in Singles

u z z v Minunderstanding EP Innocent MusicMoving properly into the Sunday night deep zone now, we have this minimal five-tracker from Innocent Music.

Misunderstanding itself, in its Original form, is a chunky but unhurried cut sitting right on the tech-house/minimal cusp and sporting a spoken, downpitched “I hope you will understand” psychobabble vocal. The Markel Remix busies up the percussion a little and adds layers of atmospherics, but it’s the stripped n’ dubby Jesus Soblechero rub that’s floating my boat the most. You also get two mixes of Falling Down to play with. The original’s a twitchy-glitchy affair, quite pacey for the style and with hefty bass, while Enzo Leep’s Tanzania Mix opts again for slightly more intricate percussion.

Out: This week

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

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.

Enzo Leep – Ash/Briel

October 29, 2014 in Singles

Enzo Leep Ash HeisenbergTwo seemingly quite disparate reviews for you tonight: one’s a techno record, the other a drum & bass record. But as we’ll see, the two have more in common than you might think…

We start off in the techno corner, with this two-tracker from Spanish producer Alvaro Lamet, AKA Enzo Leep. Now, use the words ‘Spanish’ and ‘techno’ in the same sentence and you’re probably instantly thinking of driving, loopy fare, but instead, Ash and Briel come from the very deepest end of the techno spectrum, where things start to drift off into ambience. So Ash is long on birdsong, cavernous bass and snatches of distorted, spoken male vocal, while Briel heads into slightly darker, more menacing territory but operates at a similarly laidback pace.

More likely to appeal to fans of Burial or Flying Lotus than to ketamine-addled squat ravers in Hackney, this is techno at its most inventive, and its most involving. Check it.

Out: This week

About: This is only the second release from Russian label Heisenberg. Based in St Petersburg and spawned from a long-running club night of the same name, they can be found on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Sasha Kaktus – MAZUT

July 8, 2014 in Singles

Sasha Kaktus MAZUT iTech Sound SystemWe kick off tonight with some serious deepness courtesy of a label who I don’t think have featured on TIWWD before, St Petersburg’s iTech Sound System.

Label boss Sasha Kaktus’s original mix of MAZUT is an understated, late-night deep houser, utilising a soundset that nudges towards ambient but with crisp percussion throughout, not to mention a ton of warm, enveloping bass. Enzo Leep’s Remix takes us into deep/dub techno territory, Thomas AS’s rub goes down a darker tech route, the U.D.A Remix is a little more stripped-back to start with then adds nice squelchy Chi-town bass, and finally the Worker Union Remix is deep house for the 4am floors.

With mixes to suit a range of DJs but with the quality meter set high throughout, this is well worth investigating.

Out: This week

About: You can find iTech Sound System on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.