Review: Subtil is run by Nils Weimann and Martin Glowacz. The latter teams up with label stalwart Martin Glowacz for the Berlin label's twelfth release, following up some great ones by Romanian tech house heroes Piktor and Vlad Arapasu. The A side features the slinky and hypnotic groove of "Frankonia", followed by the rolling and esoteric sorcery of "Lower". The flip belongs to an epic 13 minute long remix of "Frankonia" by Paul Agripa - of the trio Sahau with Dan Andrei and Serban Goanta. The Bucharest based producer's trippy daydream of a rendition is pure magic and exactly the kind of thing we could have imagined the crowd at Sunwaves 23 trancing out to last week.
Review: After a run of rock-solid releases on his own GETTRAUM imprint, Romain Raynaud AKA Traumer has decided to mix things up via a first outing on German imprint Subtil. The headline attraction is undoubtedly A-side "Temple", an attractive, ear-catching chunk of retro-futurist tech-house powered forwards by deep, undulating sub-bass, sparkling choral synth-sounds and fizzing, deep space melodies. Over on side B, "Spheria" is an altogether chunkier, deeper and darker tech-house box jam, while closing cut "Fortuna" cloaks a typically rolling, glitch-sporting beat in heavenly chords and the kind of rush-inducing operatic vocal samples that were such a feature of turn-of-the-90s classics such as Orbitak's "Belfast" and the Beloved's "The Sun Rising".