Kerberos Revisited (Solomun & Johannes Brecht remix) (8:33)
Kerberos (Andre Hommen remix) (6:40)
Kerberos (Matador remix) (8:06)
Review: In recent times, demand has soared for second-hand copies of Stefan Bodzin and Marc Romboy's 2014 cut "Kerberos". Wisely, Systematic has decided to reissue it, backing the original version - a quietly positive chunk of melodious tech-house bristling with memorable, rising and falling electronic motifs - with a trio of fresh reworks. The first of these comes from Solomun and Johannes Brecht, whose interpretation tends towards the grandiose, elevating the original to a higher level via bolder electronics and stronger Berlinian beats. In contrast, Andre Hommen harnesses the track's innate positivity, inserting a blissful, saucer-eyed breakdown that should get the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention. Finally, Matador delivers a smooth, shuffling and bass-heavy revision that's closest in tone to Bodzin and Romboy's original.
Review: Given that Music Man regular Petar Dundov and Systematic boss Marc Romboy are both hugely successful producers in their own right, you'd expect this first collaborative release to be rather good. It is, of course, with pleasingly melodic A-side "Garden of Cyrus" leading the way. While the track's muted (but heavy) drums and squeezable acidic bassline provide the energy, it's the duo's layered electronic melody lines that really catch the ear. If you're in the mood for something darker and more suitable for pitch-black Berlin basements, creepy and hypnotic flipside "Caper Tran" should more than fit the bill.
Review: The Soul Designer is coming at you again! The legendary Fabrice Lig serves up some more top grade, high tech soul, this time for Marc Romboy's always reliable Systematic imprint which is on form at the moment. The usual nods to the Motor City are ever present once again with track titles like "Life Is Full Of Funk", but there's more quality to be found on second offering "Malfunktion" (featuring his signature SH 101 baseline in full effect) and the wonderful "Gravitational Voyage" which showcases his other trademark: emotive soul. This rich and engulfing track features razor sharp arpeggios, gushing dub chords and all-consuming pads on the kind of track you could expect to be played by Derrick May or Laurent Garnier to push the crowd to the next level.