Review: American expat in Berlin Lando has been quite the success story. Since moving to the German capital several years ago, he's been a regular fixture on the local circuit, praised for his energetic DJ sets and great releases for the likes of Hotflush and his own Myth Music imprint. Fast forward to 2018, the California native releases his next killer on DVS1's always reliable Mistress with four functional cuts on the Hutch EP. They take their cues from house and techno and somewhere in between. From the emotive title track, the fierce rhythmic jack of "Ceremony" or the deepy hypnotic DJ tool "Tonight We Land" calling to mind the early sounds of Robert Hood's M-Plant.
Review: Following a brief hiatus, DVS1's Mistress Recordings label returns with its' first release of 2016. Something To Show You is an expansive, two-part E.P fron Nick Lapien, the Dutch producer who has previously impressed with solo 12" singles under his surname on Bliq and Finale Sessions, along with work as Metropolis and part of Artefakt. There's much to enjoy on this first part, which sees Lapien deliver trippy, late night workouts that sit somewhere between ultra-deep house and Detroit techno. It's an atmospheric formula that works wonderfully, particularly on "Something To Tell You" - where bluesy vocal samples weave their way around a deep, locked-in groove - and the up-tempo bump of tech-house hustler "No Good".
Review: The latest no-nonsense EP on Mistress Recordings comes from rising star Look Like. Over the four tracks, the Drumpoet Community regular quietly joins the dots between analogue deep house, dusty electronic grooves, and the futurist ethos of classic Detroit techno. Opener "Shadow Groove" doffs a sizable cap to late '80s Larry Heard productions, while "You Dub" combines dreamy chord progressions, acid style electronics and crunchy drum machine hits. On the flip you'll find the ultra-deep shuffle, poignant synth-strings and curious vocal samples of "TY84" and the spacey, bleep-inspired techno hustle of EP standout "Control".