Review: Borderland sees the illustrious Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald join forces for an album of meditative techno for Tresor. The partnership marks the first time Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald have directly collaborated in 20 years, though both have regularly assisted each other's work behind the scenes. Von Oswald played an important role in engineering much of Model 500's R&S catalogue, while Atkins supplied his mixing craft and two edits on Thomas Fehlmann & Moritz von Oswald's early '90s project 3MB. This eponymously titled album is skewed toward club-orientated electronic music blessed with a freedom for organic musical experimentation and expect to sink into a soundscape where melodic and textural motifs float in and out of focus.
Kai Alce - "Power Thru Part 3 (Don't Turn On The Lights)" (feat Azulu Phantom - Martinez Brothers edit)
Big Strick - "Spontaneous Combustion"
Glen Lewis - "Life Everlasting" (feat Njojo & Bongani - Dennis Ferrer's Passion Of C dub)
Love Letters - "Ducue" (Xtended Dick dub)
Dan Curtinb - "Echozeichen"
Brinton Mckay - "Real Cool" (Abe Duque remix)
The Martinez Brothers - "Mistakes"
Trevor Rockcliffe - "Visions Of You" (feat Blake Baxter - Carl Cox remix)
Paul Johnson - "House Illusion"
Party Crashers - "Come & Get It"
Sir Lord Commix - "Chicago Jazz"
K Alexi Shelby - "Spanish Fly"
Louie Vega & The Martinez Brothers - "Let It Go" (TMB alternate version)
Review: The new incarnation of the famous fabric mix series serves up a big one here with Ibiza kingpins and US house torchbearers The Martinez Brothers laying down a fulsome 23 track mix. It brims with the sort of energy that they always have themselves in the booth and takes you on a contemporary trip through the bendy minimal of Cabanne, Frak's percussive workout and some tropical curveballs from The Bayara Citizens. The Brothers also impress with two of their own tracks - "Jam Joint" and "Mistakes" - full of wonky synth work and shuffling drums, and it marks another highpoint in their longstanding career.
Jesper Dahlback & Mark O'Sullivan - "When I Was Young"
Midland - "First Tube"
Review: Midland apparently spent much of his years fantasizing about one day playing at superclub Fabric, so it's perhaps fitting that the globe-trotting producer has finally been given a chance to contribute to the club's long-running mix series. Beginning with the woozy, off-kilter electronica of Georgia's "Pey Woman" and ending with his own "First Tube", the mix sees Midland effortlessly join the dots between breakbeat-driven house, skewed analogue techno, hypnotic leftfield tech-house, warm and fuzzy ambient house, quirky broken techno shufflers, throbbing electro and lots more besides. What's perhaps most impressive - aside from the quality and subtle variety of music on show - is the DJ/producer's willingness to flip the script and allow for lengthy beat-less intros, confirming his belief that mixes should be about more than a simple linear journey.
Review: A super hot reissue of Moodymann's Forevernevermore album on Peacfrog. This was Kenny Dixon Jnr's third album (following the seminal Silentintroduction and Black Mahogani), released back in 2000. The pleasing thud of "Tribute" and idiosyncratic deep strut of "Your Sweet Lovin" linger long in the ears, whether you're hearing for the first time of the 100th. Indeed everything here is dripping with MPC brilliance; jazzy samples, crackly Detroit atmospherics and the occasional recording of Moodymann's own distinctive croaky voice, making it an utterly essential purchase for Detroit cognoscenti who missed it the first time round.
Rich Medina - "Can't Hold Back" (feat Sy Smith - Platinum Pied Pipers remix)
Julien Dyne - "Stained Glass Fresh Frozen" (feat Mara TK)
Little Dragon - "Come Home"
Andres - "El Ritmo De Mi Gente" (feat Lady)
Fort Knox Five - "Uptown Tricks" (feat Mustafa Akbar - Rodney Hunter remix)
Daniel Bortz - "Cuz You're The One"
Jose Gonzalez - "Remain"
Big Muff - "My Funny Valentine"
Les Sins - "Grind"
Tirogo - "Disco Maniac"
SLF & Merkin - "Tag Team Triangle"
Joeski - "How Do I Go On" (feat Jesante)
Kings Of Tomorrow - "Fall For You" (feat April - Sandy Rivera's classic mix)
Soulful Session/Lynn Lockamy - "Hostile Takeover"
Anne Clark - "Our Darkness"
Peter Digital Orchestra - "Jeux De Langues"
Noir & Haze - "Around" (Solomun vox)
Marcellus Pittman - "1044 Coplin (Give You Whatcha Lookin 4)"
Lady Alma - "It's House Music"
Daniela La Luz - "Did You Ever"
Review: It would be fair to say that Studio K7 has pulled off something of a coup in getting Kenny Dixon Jr. to agree to compile and mix the latest installment in the long-running DJ Kicks series. It is, somewhat remarkably, the legendary Detroiter's first commercially available mix set. This triple-vinyl edition features a whopping 19 cuts - all in unmixed form - from the 30 track mix. Musically, it's a blazed, jazzy, soulful and groovy as you'd expect, and contains a mixture of downtempo beats, nu-jazz and hazy house cuts from the likes of Flying Lotus, Dopehead, Peter Digital Orchestra, Nightmares On Wax, Soulful Session and Lady Alma.
Review: After recent releases on the Save Fabric album, Alola & Jack Trax, Mr.C has delved deep into his musical psyche to deliver an acid master-class that's influenced by Ska, Dub, Electro, Italo Disco, Acid House & Tech House, bringing his roots up to date with this massive modern production. Incidents is about things that can happen while clubbing. Down-tempo tracks Entry Search, A Civil Dose & Quick Exit will dub you out. Slightly quicker Acid Fever & Stand Up will completely groove you & dance tracks Do It For Me, Disco Rebellion, Shape Your Dreams, Raid, Ripple Effect & Master Of The Universe will make you dance like no-one's watching. Incidents is the complete electronic album that pulls all the punches, gives a nod to the past & yet has it's feet firmly embedded in the future. This is easily Mr.C's best solo work to date & essential listening.
Number One (feat Cities Aviv, Action Bronson & Oh No)
Venus In Furs
Dazzle In The Dusk
Domino Part A
Domino Part B
Midnight Blue (feat Surahn)
Bagheera (feat Lady Leshuur)
Parliament Of The Rooks
Review: It's some 13 years since eccentric French producer Mr Flash released his debut 12" on his own Lust Island imprint. This belated debut album, then, is well overdue. Given his odd background - he's spent time producing soundtracks, hip-hop, electronica and curious, revivalist French synth-wave - it's no surprise to find that Sonic Crusader is a thoroughly eclectic beast. Ripping through sounds and styles quickly with tongue firmly pressed in cheek, Mr Flash variously delivers high-tempo mutant funk, glassy-eyed Balearic beats, synth-laden love jams, sample-heavy hip-hop cut-ups, glittering disco-pop (the delicious "Midnight Blue") and, in the case of the all-too-short "Apocalypso", horror-inclined soundtrack fare.
Review: Having not released an album since starting his recording career almost a decade ago, Mr Tophat clearly thinks he has some catching up to do. His debut full-length is something of an epic, charting an imaginary journey from dusk to dawn inspired by a month the Swedish producer spent living in Ibiza. The first disc (part one) starts sun-kissed, soft-focus and Balearic, before the Swede launches into a series of percussive and punchy, club-ready cuts. He ups the intensity on the more vocal-heavy second disc - look out for a great hook-up with Axel Boman - before he replicates the slow creep of sunrise via a third disc full to bursting with starry ambience, tactile Balearic beats and the odd juddering dancefloor workout.