Sam Shure - "Nandoo" (Oliver Koletzki remix 2018) (7:23)
Oliver Koletzki & Niko Schwind - "Camps Bay" (Oliver Koletzki remix 2019) (7:24)
Review: Since releasing his debut single way back on 2005, Stil vor Talent founder Oliver Koletzki has become a prolific remixer. Here he gathers together some of his favourite revisions on one handy, DJ-friendly 12". Intriguingly, some of the standout moments are a little breezier, deeper or more melodious than you'd perhaps expect - see the bongo-driven bliss of the Koletzki & Schwind "Camps Bay" fix-up - but even this picturesque excursion is still 100% dancefloor-ready. We are also loving the moody, big-room ready mix of Howling's "Stole The Night", a jaunty dub-house take on Channel X's "Snug Descent" and the exotic and tribal remix of Sam Shure's "Nandoo".
Review: In April 2017, regular collaborators Oliver Koletzki and Niko Schwind shipped the contents of their Berlin studio to a small cottage in Cape Town's Noordhoek area. Over the course of the month that followed, and inspired by the stunning beauty of their surroundings and the heritage of the region's indigenous people, the German duo produced an album they say forms "a contemporary narrative on ancient dance rituals". Notably more musically expansive with greater use of bold melodies and a range of rhythmic approaches, Noordhoek pairs percussive, tech-tinged deep house shufflers and heavier, early morning dancefloor workouts with slower cuts that variously touch on eyes-closed ambient and mid-tempo Balearic chuggers.
Oliver Koletzki & Niko Schwind - "Subati" (Andhim Electrica Cucar remix)
Dele Sosimi - "Turbulent Times" (Armonica remix)
BOg - "Shila" (Edu Imbernon remix)
Jiggler - "Rising"
Gheist - "Frequent Tendencies"
Polaroit - "Leaving Alaska"
Deorbiting - "Zero Wing" (short version)
Bongbeck - "Winter Sleep" (Kalipo remix)
Review: For the sixth volume in Stil Vor Talent's ongoing Berlin-themed compilation series, the label has drawn inspiration from Tempelhofer Feld, a colossal park sited on land where one of the city's busiest airports once stood. As usual, the eleven tracks on show are all previously unheard and exclusive, with contributions coming from what the imprint describes as "a group of old and new faces". Highlights are plentiful, from the atmospheric, slowly building tech-house shuffle of Niko Schwind's remix of AFFKT's "Jan Mayen" and Armonica's ear-pleasing deep house take on Dele Sosimi afrobeat jam "Turbulent Times", to the booming peak-time menace of Jiggler's "Rising" and the glacial, slowly shifting December beauty that is Kalipo's synthesizer-heavy remix of Bongbeck's "Winter Sleep".