Review: Roh!s Records is a Sardinian record label based in Berlin, founded by Andrea Porcu in late 2007. Between 2007 and 2016 the label moved to different countries such as Belgium. They offer a much needed re-issue of Tetsuya Nakamura aka Arc Of Doves' 2014 album "Never Let Me Go" which features emotive piano lines gently floating triumphantly above sharp breakbeats and providing a wonderful contrast. On the flip "Wish You Were Here" is more sombre and mellow, showcasing more of Nakamura's expressive piano skills.
Review: Mille Plateaux, Tetsuya Nakamura's second Arc of Doves album, has long been in demand amongst both ambient and dub techno aficionados. Originally released back in 2010 in limited numbers and subsequently reissued in 2014, Rohs! Records have finally succumbed to pressure and given it a third release, albeit in ultra-limited quantities. Listening for the first time, it's easy to see why the album is held in such high esteem. The ambient tracks are atmospheric, picturesque and enveloping, Nakamura finding a near perfect balance between poignancy and positivity, while the dub techno excursions are far breezier and attractive than the sound design-obsessed fare served up by many within the scene. There are only 100 of these floating around, so grab one while you can.
Review: 2015, Kenneth Werner aka AS IF has released his first vinyl release with ROHS! - MOMENTS EP. This EP is a pure retro-futuristic Acid-Downtempo vision. Initially it was released on white label 7 inch vinyl of 50 ONLY limited copies. It has been reissued in 2019 with a totally new face/design and on 250 limited copies for the world. This is a pure gold futuristic gem on wax.
Review: Since being released on an ultra-limited pressing of 50 CD-Rs back in 2015, Aura Fresh's Beyond The Five Senses album has been changing hands for significant sums online. This has prompted Rohs! Records to give the set the reissue treatment, this time manufacturing more than enough copies to go round. The set remains one of the most impressive dub techno albums of recent times, with Aura Fresh moving from deep space ambience (see superb opener "Beyond The Five Senses") to the Rhythm & Sound headiness of "Eazy", via a string of fine dub techno workouts. Laden with Echospace style surface noise, ocean-deep basslines and trippy, locked-in grooves, it's a set that will entertain and relax you in equal measure.
Review: REPRESS ALERT!! The Sardinian ROHS! imprint based in Berlin, has cut two killer dubs from the depths of Babe Roots studio, served up in DIY style and fashion on a very limited vinyl-only run.
First up, is the Rhythm & Sound inspired 'Jah Nuh Dub' trodding in the lower regions of the sonic spectrum, submerged in bassline and distilled dubwise etiquette, with the filtered chords sprawling across the underbelly in the slow envelope of bass and drum, meditatively.
On the other side, is the real gem (if you ask us) - 'Bless Dub' is a monstrously deep version of The Revolutionaries classic 'Kunta Kinte'.
This rhythm has been versioned a lot already, but Babe Roots interpretation is justified in it's sense for deep soundsystem aesthetic, with a much more introspective yet equally uplifting edge... This one could also make some pretty serious vibrations on a big speaker - Beware.
Review: Unlike many in the ambient, drone and dub techno scenes, Joergmueller is not particularly prolific. In fact, Drawn From Memory - his third album - marks his first release for four years. Curiously, it was recorded two years ago in the producer's Cologne studio but is only now seeing the light of day. The delay is rather puzzling, especially when you consider that Drawn From Melody really is rather good. Taking horizontal ambient and gently pulsating dub techno as his base, Joergmueller delivers a set of tracks that ooze becalmed late night atmosphere. Thrillingly, the majority of the material is gently positive in tone, with slowly stretching melodies and shuffling rhythms rising above the producer's own dusty field recordings and spacey aural textures.
Ambient Selections Part 1: Hypoxia/Sweet Breeze/Breathing Thru Me/Fragment/But I Say/Hum/Lift You Out (20:03)
Ambient Selections Part 2: Segment/Momentum/Exit/Still Low?/Thru Part VI/Field Rec Sea/Spiritual Void/Deep Noise 24 (19:54)
Review: Ambient Selection sees a master-class work by the Norwegian ambient minimalist artist Helge Tommervag (Mind Over MIDI).
This album contains special collaborations with international artists as: Nils Petter Molvaer, Sidsel Endresen and Bugge Wesseltoft.
Review: Astonishingly, it's been 22 years since Helge Tommervrag first donned the Mind Over MIDI alias. All these years on, he remains one of ambient music's most consistent performers, as this 19th album-length outing proves. Shorn of the usual self-indulgence that plagues the ambient genre, Soft Science boasts 14 short, spellbinding pieces that never outstay their welcome. Naturally, there are moments of gentle, drone-fuelled haziness, but also bold fusions of spacey melodies and ghostly chords, dystopian wind-scapes, bouts of intergalactic hypnotism and occasional nods towards zoned-out dub techno. As you'd expect, Tommervrag is an expert sound designer; it's this aspect that makes Soft Science such an intoxicating and mind-altering listen.
Review: "Schorre" was first released last year under its creator's real name, Andrea Porcu. The Berlin-based Italian originally recorded it as a self-medication tool, crafting a heady, headphone-friendly journey out of field recordings captured at Belgium's Schorre National Park. 12 months on Porcu has decided to revisit it under the Music For Sleep alias, "sonically manipulating" and "reprocessing" it on tape in order to make it "a pure longform background soundtrack". The resultant revision is double the length of its predecessor at 42 minutes, but somehow even more magical: a becalmed, slowly shifting ambient epic whose blissfully elongated musical movements come wrapped in spacious, barely recognizable field recordings. There are very few CDs knocking around (they only manufactured 50), so buy now if you want to secure a copy.
Review: Andrea Porcu's ROHS! label has been a long time fixture in the ambient field, from net label origins to limited CDr and vinyl releases from a host of respected underground operators. This latest release, two years in the making, features two original tracks from PURL. These sublime ambient pieces, "Slow Poem" and "Cellar Door," move in slow, atmospheric ripples of submerged rhythm and glacial melodics, giving plenty of space for inventive remixes from Segue, Wanderwelle and many more. It's a perfect double pack of dreamy drifters for the chill-out room crowd to sink into.
Review: Having checked our records, it's been a few years since the shelves at Juno were graced with some music from the studio of Italian dub techno exponent Fabio Scalabroni, so the arrival of a new 12" brandishing his work is cause for celebration. The Rohs! Records label operated by Belgium-dwelling compatriot Andrea Porcu is who we can thank for coaxing some new cuts out of Scalabroni with the Roots EP suggesting he's lost none of his production verve. "Root A" will appeal to fans of the punchier tracks from the Giegling discography whilst the B side track has a real slinky vibe to the groove that really gets in your head and stays there.
Review: For the last decade, Submersion has served up a swathe of atmospheric, otherworldly albums that effortlessly blur the boundaries between sound design, dub techno, drone and ambient. The publicity-shy artist's latest effort for Andrea Porcu's ROHS! Imprint follows a similar blueprint, offering up a septet of beguiling, dub-wise soundscapes crafted partly from homemade field recordings (a detailed list, including the dates they were captured, is featured on the sleeve). It's a hugely intoxicating sound soup, similar in ethos to the likes of Stephen Hitchell's Variant and Intrusion projects, with a comparable level of sonic detail and druggy, early morning charm.
Review: A limited edition CD mini album Italian duo Tears Of Change featuring a range of all-star cameos, Figure runs the techno gauntlet in the finest way possible. Everything is covered from Hatti Vatti's fractured beat twist of "Figure" to the warm dubby bounces of the brilliantly titled "Magic Marmalade" via the hip-slinking jack of "New Life". Finally New York's finest pharmacist Brendon Moeller joins to help tell the final chapter with a pensive suspense piece where the drums are not what they seem. Change: don't fear... Shed a tear.
Hemisphere Dub - "Memorie De Racines" (feat Eder-B)
Ondarituale - "I Segreti Di Una Generazione Di Mezzo"
Rer Repeter - "Dehydration Sequence"
Rainforest - "Light Cascade"
Mystica Tribe - "The Bells"
Review: ROHS! Records' first Dub Affairs compilation won the hearts and minds of many dub techno devotees when it appeared back in 2015. This second volume follows a similar blueprint - think scratchy dub techno, drone-encrusted ambient dub and spacey, intergalactic compositions - and is every bit as essential as its predecessor. Highlights include the fluttering melody lines, ultra-deep sub bass and broken rhythms of Gulls' "Inside Way (Version)", the dreamy, slow and low shuffle of "Caligari's Dub" by Bademah, and the exotic, up-tempo dub-tronica of Ondarituale's vocal number "I Segreti Di Una Generazione Di Mezzo". Best of all, though, is arguably Mystica Tribe's "The Bells", a positively loved-up trip into global dub fusion.