Review: Wania come through with the oddness once again! It's not clear who is behind ASIS, though there are breadcrumbs of info out there that suggests the involvement of main players in Acido, Sex Tags and SUED. It certainly wouldn't surprise us if the name was a cloak for any number of Sex Tags associates to jam in the studio and lay down this 14 minute exercise in abstract sonics!! As with some of the recent Wania releases, "Asis Part 3" is cerebral stuff and we highly recommend it for the weekends you want to kick back and trip out in the company of some strange music. The more adventurous DJs out there might even find some room in the earliest moments of a club night to deploy "Asis Part 3" and lay down a marker for how deep you want to take it!
Review: Warehouse find! Sex Tags Mania co-founder DJ Sotofett's Dritfett EP is an unabashed homage to the visceral, brutal power of the 909; five tracks of pure drum-fuelled machine madness. "Track 1" sees a manic shower of exploding hi-hats rain down on a warbling bassline while "Track 2" is a more reflective affair, with a charming organ bassline at the fore. Flip over for three more Sotofett workouts; our pick of the bunch is "Track 5" which is characterised by some delirious snare rolls for guaranteed mind f*ckery on any dancefloor - it sounds like an outtake of "Plastic Dreams" at times. If you missed this first time round, don't make the same mistake again.
Review: Sex Tags Mania alumni DJ Sotofett returns with some more idiosyncratic house movements on the Wania label, after the blink and you'll have to shell out on Discogs Driftett EP that proved so popular last year (Jackmaster and Ben UFO among that single's more illustrious fan base). Lead track "Pulehouse (Reggi mix)" sounds like a Workshop artist covering "Pacific State" then subsequently getting bent out of proportion by John Heckle, deftly combining dreamy synth work with gurgling analogue textures and rippling, metallic drum sounds that threaten to pierce the ankle high sub bass. "Pulehouse's" soothing powers are intoxicating enough you can easily picture Move D ending one of his emotive sets at Freerotation with it while holding back the tears. It's complemented by two further tropical excursions on the flip with the lolloping rainforest beatdown of "Sta Opp Med Sola (Chiang Mai version)" complemented by the full on "scare a darkened room of people at 3am" psychedelic afro house wig out of "Assa Med Den Derre Floyta". Highly recommended.
Review: Serial Sex Tagger Sotofett flips to his other mothership for a casual drive to deepest Turkey. All smoky woodwind and eastern chords, wafting heavily over a roomy percussive drum arrangement, there's a great sense of mystic charm to his foggy sojourn. New artist Vera Dvale makes their debut on the flip with a dense drone that pulsates and quivers with a life of its own, gradually getting lighter and lighter towards the end. As with all Sotofett-related releases, this is a real record to lose yourself in.
Review: DJ Sotofett's Wania label return with another must have transmission which formally introduces the unknown E GZR, last seen extending an AI production from Fett Burger and SVN for 15 glorious dubbed out minutes on WANIA 9109. The five tracks on the unpretentiously titled Wania presents E GZR find the unknown quantity in a more vibrant and no nonsense mood however with the label's descriptions of "stomping tooled-up drum-drives" and "Dutch-clapped acidics" quite accurate. The Sex Tags crew may well be know for their quirky ways but records like this prove they are also more than willing to put out a 12" of DJ tools if they sound right.
Review: Shadowy producer E-GZR set tongues wagging three years ago with a forthright debut EP on Sex Tags offshoot Wania. Here the publicity-shy producer returns to action with more untitled doses of Metalurgic Funk. Interestingly, all four untitled cuts boast subtle variations on the same trippy, mind-altering electronic motif, with only the style and intensity of the rhythms below changing across the course of the EP. It's an interesting approach, inspired either by reggae style "versioning" or, given the hypnotic nature of the lead line, a Steve Reich style sequence of minimalist movements. All four cuts are hazy, locked-in concoctions designed for pitch-black basements and hot, sweaty rooms; in other words, heavyweight body music for altered minds.
Review: LNS and DJ Sotofett clearly enjoy working together. "Jugando Con Fuego" is their second collaborative single in the space of six months for Sotofett's left-of-centre Wania imprint. As you'd expect from the eccentric Norwegian, each of the four available versions is notably different from the others. So, while the A-side "Club Mix" is a thrillingly loved-up, glassy-eyed trip into Latin-tinged Italian dream house territory (think Morenas covering Keys & Tronics Ensemble's "You x Me"), the "Cosmix" take is the kind of deep space ambient you'd once have expected to hear from Pete Namlook. Similarly, the tribal style "Percussion Mix" is entirely different in tone to the piano-driven "Sunrise Mix", which sounds like a long lost ambient house classic.
Review: The second EP of this latest batch of Wania burners, from the talented DJ Sotofett, sees the Norwegian team back up with LNS, a recent addition to the Wania family who seems to be killing it on all fronts. Unlike the Salik outing, this 12" focusses on techno, the sort of original gear that manages to portray a minimal aesthetic without forcing it, or making it seem like a passing trend. The extended mix of "Blot" is a deep, wondrous techno journey that keeps the movement thanks to a punchy kick drum, but it's on the 'Techno mix" where the basslines truly comes out to bang hard - what an absolute driver! The 'Fuge mix', unsurprisingly, offers the ambient version, and while we're weary of bold statements, this might just be our favourite of the lot, spreading its gentle waves of euphoria like Vangelis on Blade Runner. 10/10.
Review: Norway b2b Canada part three: LNS and Wania boss Sotofett collaborate for the third time this year with the mystical odyssey that is "Missed Connection". Long-breath pads, snake-like FX and a deep breeze atmosphere wrap around the steady kicks lapping persistently to create a wave-like sensation, it's a great landing from the dizzying highs of their last collaborative composition "Jugando Con Fuego". For a more hypnotic experience, flip for the tribal mix where a tightly-weaved percussive roll provides more of a mesmerising sense of momentum. Connection made.
Review: This tasty 12" marks a welcome return to action for "metalurgic funk" maestro E-GZR, a shadowy, publicity shy producer whose occasional outings on Sex Tags offshoot Wania are rarely less than essential. The headline attraction here is the saucer-eyed geezer's collaboration with Vancouver's Laura Sparrow AKA LNS. Entitled "Crypto Stock", the track offers a deliciously spacey, funk-fuelled trip into deep electro territory that offers a near perfect balance between weighty dancefloor chops and ear-catching home listening fare. On the flip, E-GZR goes solo, wrapping more deep space chords, jammed-out synth lines and bustling bass around a suitably fuzzy bassline and redlined TR-808 drums.
Review: Paleologos Koukouvelis brings his hypnotic vocals back to the Wania catalogue after a four year absence, riding it out over some mind bending productions from SVN and AU. Up top SUED boss SVN comes across like an agitated Rabih Beaini struck with paranoia off a caffeine binge, with jittering, bugged out production work to "On Tempo" as Paleo dips in sporadically with his deadpan delivery. The effect this will have on a big system! By way of contrast "It Takes Time", the flipside production from AU (SVN and DNL) is bliss personified and finished off with a thick wedge of tape hiss and some doleful vocals from Paleo. One of the 12"s of the year without a doubt.
Review: As much as we love keeping our ears to the ground, this new release from DJ Sotofett's personal WANIA imprint is leaving us guessing at every turn. The music, of course, is utterly on-point, as per usual, but we know little to nothing in regards to the mysterious Tech-Droppers. Taking much more of an electro spin compared to the imprint's more natural approach around techno, this feels like the right place for Wania to be exploring, and this is especially true if every track sounds as hot as this! The first three cuts on the A-side all offer different infusions of industrial high-tek, kicking off with the synth-driven "Crystal-Tech", followed by the rougher, more bass-centric approach of "Acid-Tech", and then onto the moodier, more broken arrangement of "Crystal-Dub". On the flip, "Tech-Strobe" is all wave and far-out vibes, while "Strobe-Revenge" churns out a beat spun the wrong way, and "Tech-Acid" bleeps its gentle waves of acid alongside Wania's characteristic atmospherics. Killer!
Review: Repress! Sex Tags offshoot Wania come through with the goods once again, blessing Trance Yo Lie and Madteo (in Sotofett remixed form) a side each on this special US Edition release! "Cosa C'e' Sotto?" is a stripped back disco house thumper, with hushed vocals sitting deep beneath the glistening keys but it's sort of engulfed by the brilliance of the flip. Individually Madteo and Sotofett have both enjoyed fine 2012s so far, and the mouth watering prospect of the latter remixing the former lives up to expectations with his NYC dub mix of "We Do" a proper rumbling 90s NYC refix in the vein of vintage Kenny Dope. Like all Wania release don't expect this one to sit on the shelves for long, son!