Review: Swedish producer Albion Venables has been building up a formidable bank of oddball disco, boogie, wave and other groove-oriented delights on labels like Ambassador's Reception, Macadam Mambo and People Must Jam. After first appearing on the ever-excellent Bahnsteig 23 in 2016, he's back on the label with some more head-spinning obscurities from the outside tracks of synth music. "Poupee Mecanique" is a jovial French bopper, while "Balearo" cuts a more organic, reclining figure with its chugging bass plucks, laconic guitar and dreamy keys. "In Coherence" channels some funky AOR sass, and "OVNI" heads into heavy prog funk territory, rounding out a veritable wild card of a record.
Review: The Bahnsteig 23 crew are flying towards the end of the year with a salvo of essential wares from their established crew and new faces alike. Sweden's Albion Venables has been doing the business on labels such as Ambassador's Reception and Macadam Mambo for the past seven years, and his first turn on Bahnsteig doesn't disappoint. In a flurry of eclecticism, the mood veers from the bubbling kosmische tones of "En Trance" through to the schlocky funk of "Schwarzen Mer", mixing live band dynamics with quirky electronics and keeping the groove delightfully authentic. The diversity maintains on the flip as "City People" taps up a moody New York flavour and "Die Marinette Der Zeit" strikes a more classic funk note.
Review: After coming to light with his crucial edits on Les Edits Du Golem, Alexis Le-Tan has gone on to become one of the shining lights on Bahnsteig 23's roster of deviant discoid dissenters, and he's burning up as he comes careering onto the label's 45th release. "Agre" is a steroid-injected blast of 80s firepower, all stomping drums and a dazzling assortment of dancefloor-engineered synth parts. "Pune" is a slower, groovier jam but it's no less striking in its make-up. "Hubli" takes a more unusual path away from the party, into a hard to define zone somewhere between soundtrack, home listening jam and un-nerving warm up-not warm up. "Kulem" finishes the EP off on a more steady tone, but still the rich, glossy production details come spilling out of this bombastic jam just like the other tracks on this loud and proud record.
Review: Bahnsteig 23's productive run shows no signs of letting up as we round off 2016, with the label following up on Albion and Etbonz by turning to the considerable talents of Alexis Le-Tan under his Le-Fan guise. The Les Edits Du Golem regular turns up the heat on this wildly inventive record, touching on all kinds of styles in the process. "Swiss Cottage" is a slow swinging slice of new wave on a mission, while "Bruzzano" fires off samples in a mad cap Art Of Noise fashion. "Den Tempst" is a more bombastic kind of stomper, and then "Sondrio" veers off into moody soundtrack territory.
Review: This attractive 12" marks a welcome return to Bahnsteig23 for rising star Kris Baha. In keeping with the label's decidedly off-kilter approach, the EP's four tracks variously draw influence from krautrock, post-punk disco, industrial, EBM and wonky, arpeggio-heavy Italo-disco. We're particularly enjoying the stretched-out, dub-wise drug-chug of opener "Lockdown", though the gently bubbling industrial funk and hard-wired dancefloor throb of "Relapse '83" and undulating, dubbed-out Italo flex of "Mind Unit Theory" are both quietly impressive. Closer "Energy Theme", an acid-fried slab of weirdo electro in the vein of Mark Stewart circa 1984, is also rather good.
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Bahnsteig 23 return 2016 takeover mit Kris "Boy" Baha ! Baha Boy nehmen Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie (Oi Oi Oi) neu welle vi 909 wig perucke. Beat Move Tanz. Powerstation Melbourne partei and label und Powerform edit rock welt ! Crystal Ballroom lights keller. Sameheads basement schweiss walls und ceiling. Hymne mit Mornington Coroboree. Hoher Hoher Hoher. Nowave finale whistle trommel horn nache ende. Can you tanz?Panzer Peoples Down Under Vereinen !!!
Review: REPRESS ALERT: As well as being a resident at Moscow's Denis Simachev bar, Leonid Lipelis has been slowly making a name for himself as a producer for some time. There's a whole raft of Lipelis remixes for the nu-disco set dating back to 2006, but it feels like the Russian producer has stepped up his game of late. Inbetween some killer edits for LIES and an upcoming Public Possession 12" as TMO, Lipelis dons his Beard In Dust guise for the latest release from the mysterious Bahnsteig 23 label. If you were a fan of that aforementioned LIES release or any previous BAH 12 it's highly likely you will dig the four cuts here with Lipelis drawing for some obscure sources with eminently danceable results.
Review: Since Leonid Lipelis's last Beard in Dust outing on Bahnsteig 23 was one of the best things the label has released to date, we're expecting big things from this belated return. This time round, there's a far more Balearic feel to proceedings, though the Moscow-based source material remains deliciously obscure and virtually unknown. He hits the ground running via the brilliant dub/electro/jazz-funk fusion of TB-303-sporting roller "More Acid", before making high with attractive synthesizer solos and bubbly arpeggio bass on the Holiday '85 style quirkiness of "Pulsation". Turn to the B-side for the high-octane lo-fi drum machine hits, cheap synthesizer riffs and dreamy backing vocals of "Back Again" and the "pages from Ceefax" goes Balearic flex of "Flowers".
Review: Surely the freakiest house party in town, Bahnsteig 23 is the gift that keeps on giving. The relentless release schedule keeps up right here with this unmissable missive from Cherrystones, a learned selector and all round sonic oracle who regularly rubs shoulders with Andy Votel and that ilk of muso's muso. As you'd expect there's a rich spread of vibes on offer here, from the Afro-disco rub down "Simba Dub" to the Eastern psych lilt of "Belly King". "ExOhSkeletons" brings out some gutter punk styles and loops them into a strangely hypnotic form, and "Topical Meat Wave" imparts some pan-seared drama onto a French disco-funk. "KonGkinG" is a shouty new wave funker, and then the record wobbles out on a suitably deep B3 cut for the weirdos, all Oizo-esque synth blurts and sloppy live drum grooves.
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Maneuvers to Dresden for the Dunkeltier missonen. Follow jaw drop debut "Rising" for Macadam Mambo edits, Sneaker DJ dons persona for 4 cut n pastes of library, EBM, industrial und proto groove musings to neu welt orders. Bahnsteig not beige balearic nu disco shite edit machine but searching deeper,. Schnel!
Speigel TV is youth reminder of joke time aber now for the tanzfloor. Groovy. Cruisin generates proto 4/4 hymns for dose of 909ers. Tear It Down does so mit electric body punk funk. Ending am TV-show bringen it home. Bis the East lover.
Can you tanz?
Panzer Peoples Unite !!!
Review: Thomas Smorek, aka Dunkeltier, was last seen lurking on Bahnsteig 23 back in 2015, and now he's back under a fog of VHS fuzz with madcap sampling and off-kilter disco freakiness in abundance for all the freaky dancers. "Arcade" has a motorik pulse to it, and one of the best warbling bell chime sounds we've heard in a long time. It's a creepy, but deceptively funky beast. "Arabian Town" is a more post punk flavoured cut with raw live instrumentation and vocals that seem to channel Joy Division, Siouxsie & The Banshees and The Cramps in the same breath. "Ce Soir" is a synth heavy affair purpose built to disorientate and disturb, while "The Blade" brings a stomping industrial death march mixed with twanging psych guitar ramblings. Yet more distinctive heat from the Bahnsteig crew then.
Review: In the space of a year Bahnsteig 23 has positioned itself as a label of note with a strong run of 12"s that draw on a rich spread of influences from cosmic disco to world music to provide a little more spice in your dancefloor selections. Portland's Elliot Thomas takes his Etbonz alias out for its first proper outing here after a split 7" with Dro Carey some years back. This single-sided jam serves to raise the intrigue around the project further still with its dense, organically enhanced production and dreamy atmosphere, keeping the tempo slow and simmering for the early part of the party.
Review: Franz Scala was last spotted on Boredllo A Parigi back in 2016 - he makes the move to Bahnsteig 23 for this bold record of synth pop, early electro and much more besides. "Anacondas" has a cheery tone, all sunny synth lines and a laid back boogie rhythm section, while "Thai City" is more like a scratchy beat track for DJs to get clever with. "Shadow Dancer" is one of the record's stand out moments - a muscular pop burner for all 80s romancers to get emotional and funky to. "Rascals" finishes the EP off with some seriously tough drums and some body-popping electro styles that should go down a storm on the floor.
Review: Horton Jupiter has been skirting around various cosmically-inclined outfits for many years now, but this release marks his first outright solo venture, and where better for it to blast off from than the celestial circus sideshow of Bahnsteig 23? The record launches in a fit of kosmische bravado, all nagging arpeggios, warbling leads, sustained guitars and a healthy dose of drama. "Eclectic Day" is certainly a fitting title. "Smokin' The Roach" is an equally bombastic affair, although with a chirpier disposition and some Italian-sounding vocals, and then "The Box" finishes the EP off with a grungy trip through bongo beatdowns and fuzz guitar for those who like their psych music with a vintage twist.
Review: There's plenty of great stuff going on in the loose fit world of alternative grooves in Melbourne at present, and Hysteric has a lot to do with that. Having appeared on Public Possession, Edits Du Plaisir and Bordello A Parigi over time, you know his jams are serious, and that comes through even clearer on this awesome new release for Bahnsteig 23. "Satellite" is loaded with Germanic robo-boogie panache, while "Fate" has Moroder-esque thrust melting into VHS b-movie bombast a-plenty. "Etrange" gets a French disco strut on the burn that would suit any lover of Cerrone's distinctive style, and then "Pulse" trips out into a cosmic groove that might well find a home with Bernard Fevre or some other such astral enchanter.
Review: Already busy popping up on the first release for Power Cuts, Jonny 5's productivity is going through the roof right now as he returns to Bahnsteig 23. The swooning mood is hard to argue with on "Deja Vu" as spacey toms pop away over impeccable slap bass, strutting on towards a truly soul stirring peak. Compared to such smooth tones, "Miami Slice" is a startling, abrasive confection full of scratchy samples and discordant vocals, layered up with a fearless imagination that pushes the record into exciting new territory. "Slow Bodies" reins things back in with a dubby, arpeggio powered jam that sits easy on the ears while still marking a strong step forward for an increasingly busy producer.
Review: Jonny 5 can rightly be considered a mainstay of Bahnsteig 23 now, as he returns to the label for the third time. It seems that the main source of inspiration for this latest opus from the intermittent producer has been the Indian sub continent, and he's channeled those vibes into three wild and wicked tracks for the weird dance party. "Bengali Dub" channels the proto electro vibes of 80s synth pop and shoots it through with some illustrious sample drops, while "Simha" works more like a particularly bold edit loping in a polyrhythmic fashion that will have the floor hopping like mad to keep up. "Tum Tum" turns up the heat on the B side with a deadly electronic revision of an Indian classic.
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Etwas stirs in die Ostlich. Edits and verks of twist sounds. Synth pop, cold wave, neu wave, minimal wave, industrial, neu beat, soundtracks and a selbst Balearen. Freiheit! Als erstes is hero of old Cybernetic Broadcast (CBS) and (Intergalatic FM) radio. Jonny 5 and his verstorbenen Blindsign blog and mixes were a steigen'n'steigen to rescue us from boring neu disco. Schieben his search and discovery for harder, but musical soundscapes. 4 edits is a geschmack. Start brave on the floor feel with the Neu Beut Euro Pop thumper Kaka Kaka. Geschleift, verdreht thoughts. Black Hole is hours spent in Eastern Bloc basements graben in the search for drahts. Stoned indeed, immaculate synth electronic battle cruiser, hart percussion, cut gesang and break. Ready for the percussive finale in Horizon's Change. Was Auch Immer. Bahnsteig!
Review: REPRESS ALERT: So Bahnsteig is arrived! Paenz?r style from the flanken. Next is Eastern bruder, Romania youth, Khidja. Vibrations with wunderbar music on [Emotional] Especial and Forgotten Corners, they give us Balearic, Neu Wave and Kraut explosionens. 4 edits is a taste of their opening. Infinita will make you bop in aisles. Stehen nur noch. Twist, schrie. Then geist, is Droll's House. Britisch indie for dunkel fun. Schleife de schleife. Utsici is the jam. Go. Woop. Verschossen for finale. The heimkehr. Can you tanz? Was Auch Immer.
Review: Jonny Rock has been doing it for years, from landing on Music For Freaks and Playhouse in the 00s through to charming the likes of Futureboogie and Oye Edits just last year. His muscular synth sound is a perfect fit on Bahnsteig 23, dealing in an impeccable encapsulation of 80s production principles to make killer dancefloor tracks that transcend the ages. "Unidentified Robot" is a particularly fun and freaky jam, while the "Megaeditofanedit" turns up the schlock factor to a devastating degree. This is party music as slick as it is silly, making for an irresistible combination to get the party started.
Review: REPRESS ALERT: "Bahnsteig 23 say "Hey! Belarus meet Russia With Love". Schmotlz comes to Bahnsteig schnell after Very Russian Cut Outs espionage. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Ze Sky Iz Blu. Groove Groove Groove iz furher. Psych Soft Rock iz leibhaber. Am und am. Dai Mne Piau...Owww. Owww. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Piauuuuu...Ugh. Funk verzogen. Soul kilter. Can you tanz?"
Review: Sneaker; not just a cool sounding name... Edits as strong, rigorous and mind blowing as his require comfortable footwear. Lavish synth funk leads with a eastern allure on the infectious "Goddess", "Watumba" is tom tom tamping funk beast that you could imagine every DJ from Harvey to Hell spinning while "Magic Fly" takes us on a slightly less obscure but thrilling orchestral cosmic sojourn. "Do It" rings the final bell with kitsch staccato synth effect and playground vocal calls to action. Tighten up your laces and do the robot.
Review: Bahnsteig 23's Record Store Day offering is, rather predictably, something of a lavish treat. It features a quartet of cuts from extended family members stretched over a lovingly produced double 7" package. On the first disc you'll find a fine chunk of skewed, lo-fi drum machine and synth groovery from Sneaker - the slipped Kraftwerk warmth of "Cosmic Xpress" and the tipsy, synth-driven krautrock revivalism of Bullion's "Michy Maus". Turn to the second 7" for the slack-tuned drums, acid-fried stoner rock guitars and alien noises of "Yama Yama" by Il Est Vilaine and the low-slung, industrial-era outsider funk of Jamie Paton's "Dept Life".
Review: It's may seem that deviant disco champs par excellence Bahnsteig 23 are already toasting to their 50th release, but in truth their catalogue started at 23 so don't be fooled. Instead, just feast on another salvo of seedy body music from Ziggy, which leads in with the synth-soaked pump and thrust of "Trance Gigolo" before switching to the sassy 80s funk of "Yo Let Her". Things are just as cool and deadly on the flip as the slap bass electro meanderings of "Amfobia" brew up a post-punk disco delight with a schlocky horror twist, and "Freaky Leaches" leaves things on an ominous note via a swampy trip through the mangroves with only a steady ticking rhythm section for company.