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.

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.

F.eht – Imagination EP

September 20, 2015 in Singles

F.eht Imagination EP Innocent LimitedTypically classy deep techno/minimal stylings on this latest from Slovenia’s Innocent Limited.

On the A, Imagination itself is a chuggy, dubby groove, just a lil’ bit wonky around the edges and coming topped with a downpitched spoken male vocal (“she was straight out of central casting… what you might call a ball-crusher”). It doesn’t ‘do’ a lot but then with tackle like this, that’s kinda the point! Flip it over, and Deep Soul rides just-slightly-livelier beats with more spoken male vocals (at normal pitch this time, and talking about the ‘war on terror’, WMDs and the like) and some slightly disquieting synths buried deep in the mix.

Put together, it all adds up to 16 minutes of headnoddin’ bliss for all the sofa-surfers out there…

Out: This week

About: Find Innocent Limited and the rest of the Innocent Music stable here, here and here.

Kevin Schwazer – Concrescence

March 18, 2015 in Singles

Kevin Schwazer Concrescence Innocent Music LimitedMore very fine deep beats of the non-house persuasion here, as Argentina’s Kevin Schwazer serves up a three-tracker of deep techno/minimal grooves for Innocent Music Limited.

Concrescence itself (a biology word to do with things growing into each other and fusing together – I looked it up so you don’t have to) is a twitchy, dubby minimal affair with fractured, disjointed speech samples contributing to the general air of trippy and slightly disconcerting weirdness. The Agustin Cooper remix has slightly more straightforward 4/4s but is otherwise v. similar, while bonus cut Takemr is another deep n’ dubby jam made for warm-ups, comedowns and specialist floors.

Innocent Music have been on a real run of form lately, and this is another prime example.

Out: This week

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