Review: Bristol house imprint Banoffee Pies return with more subtle and hypnotic grooves. On the A side is the mysterious Jay Anderson with "Didn't Care Too Much". While not much is known of him yet, we are sure that will change once people listen to this track: deep minimal house that crosses over into electro much in the vein of Frenchman TC80 or what his peers on Japan's Cabaret imprint are doing right now. Next up, Greek up and comer Simonas Paplauskas serves up the rolling and entrancing afterhours cut "Untitled" which takes its cues from the current sounds of Romania: an immaculate production. On the flip, the entire side is handed over to Ukrainian producer Peshka, who delivers another jagged yet downright wacky and unique take on reduced grooves with "Basic Instinct".
Review: While Pheek may have been in operation for as long as anyone can remember within minimal house and techno, Cleymoore has been most productive more recently thanks to his Pluie/Noir label. Following on from last year's Seikou single on Xquisite, here Cleymoore and Pheek link up to deliver some densely packed, production rich jams that keep the spirit of mid-00s clicks and cuts alive. The beats themselves may be slender slices that carry the energy of the tracks, but it's all in the infinitesimal details in between that the true magic of this music comes alive.
Review: The pursuit of the perfect fusion of minimal and tech house is an endless one that gives rise to fascinating new music each and every day of the week here at Juno HQ. No Tech Just Wax is a fledgling label who recently threw their own metaphorical hat into the market and this fourth Various Artist EP is another strong one. It brings a certain hardcore edge and punk spirit to stripped back club grooves with the opener from FRNK being a case in point. Elsewhere there is alien-infected sound from DJ WEB, rugged electro and head-wrecking acid. This EP's strengths is in its fantastic variation.
Review: We are very proud to welcome back on board our good friends Pablo Bolivar and Luke Hess from Detroit. Pablo Bolivar & Javier OrduNa here comes with "Tales from the ground ", passion for music, analog machines, carefully crafted, beauty, elegance, deepness, dub by elements and perfect for the dance floor are what we have. Creating out of loving for the people who will hear the music. After acclaimed releases on FXHE,Beretta Grey, Echocord Colour,Kontra-Musik...Luke's sound is here again with pong musiq.
Review: To launch their One Trip To Avyon series, Heko Records has turned to the combined talents of label regulars Gianmarco Orsini and Pancratio. What they've delivered is an EP full to bursting with tracks that combine the trademark basslines and percussive ticks of vintage Chicago house with the swing of contemporary tech-house, the far-sighted, futuristic synthesizers of Motor City techno and the sparse melodic refrains of UK bleep and bass. It's an alluring blueprint that provides plenty of our highlights. Our picks are the attractive and bass heavy 'PHFT' and bleeping opener 'The Rhythm of Ure Earth', but all four tracks are suitably strong.
Review: A Theo Parrish track plus Carl Craig's massive remix and a brand new version by Chateau Flight out on Syncophone! Another chance to grab the original which appeared only on a Third Ear Ltd Compilation in 2002 of which only 500 units were pressed.
Review: Mathew Herbert's cult Accidental Jnr sub-label is all about left of centre, late night club sounds with innovation at their core. Behind this next one is Raf Rundell and mix engineer James Rand as Part Nails. They concoct a brilliant mix of wonderfully weird loops, fractured vocals, found sounds and then chuck them all together and see what happens. In the case of 'Yassassin' it is a sure to be anthemic rhythms workout that is brilliantly off-balance. 'Motherrr' is a slow and sludgy techno workout that continually whirrs and malfunctions and 'Wobbler' is just that.