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.

Roby Deep – Road To The Unknown

May 16, 2016 in Singles

Roby Deep Road To The Unknown Submarine VibesAnother European label who always come up with the deeper goods are Bosnia’s Submarine Vibes, and they don’t disappoint with this single from Slovenia’s Roby Deep.

One thing I like about Submarine Vibes is that you never know quite what particular shade of deepness you’re going to get. In the case of Road To The Unknown in its original form, we’re headed off to that place where deep house, prog and chill-out intertwine. The Yarosslav Remix opts for much more obviously danceable beats, but then confuses with a minute-long beatless breakdown, after which a hypnotic, vaguely Underworld-y half-sung/half-spoken male vocal loop joins the party.

The standout for yours truly, though, is the throbbing, dubby Hibrid Remix – sheer late-night driftaway deep house bliss…

Out: This week

About: You can find Submarine Vibes herehere and here.

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.

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.

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.

Taran & Lomov – Raw Meat EP

January 16, 2016 in Singles

Taran & Lomov Raw Meat EP Amber Muse RecordsA change of pace now, as Latvia’s Bogdan Taran and Max Lomov serve up some nice crunchy techno/minimal bizniss on their own Amber Muse Records.

Rare is up first, which is quite beefy in the kicks department (if you’ll pardon the pun) and tops those beats with layers of white noise, heavily filtered keys and twitchy top-end percussion. Medium is a slightly smoother ride with micro-snips of rap vocal and all manner of strange klankin’ and klunkin’ FX, while completing the package is Well Done, a more bass-heavy affair with a stuttering rhythm, lost-in-a-jungle noises and a tripped-out, 4am kinda feel all round.

If you like your minimal on the glitchy-twitchy side but still plenty danceable, you’ll be feeling this EP for sure.

Out: This week on Beatport, on general release from 25 Jan

About: You can find Amber Muse Records on Facebook and Twitter.

Maureen & U-Nick – Different Contribution EP

January 9, 2016 in Singles

Maureen & U-Nick Different Contribution EP dub.sphereWe stay in Germany now with a look at a new EP from dub.sphere that’ll suit lovers of tech-house, deep techno and minimal alike.

Just the two tracks to choose from. Different Contribution has a smooth, dubby bass-and-drums backdrop but tops it with twitchy, glitchy micropercussion, then adds a looping, spoken male vocal (“the contribution… different… so different”). Flip it over, and Hablando Loco is a more percussion-led affair, with lolloping beats, surging bass, vocal snips that are cut-up beyond recognition and some interference-like FX.

Whether you like your tech-house on the deeper side, or your minimal on the more floor-friendly side, these two cuts should you down to the ground.

Out: This week

About: Find dub.sphere herehere and here.