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COMPILATION OF THE MONTH
Guy Gerber: Fabric 64
When a producer decides to take on their Fabric mix CD with a set consisting just of their own work, it shows a degree of confidence in their own ability. Ricardo Villalobos demonstrated this to great effect back in October 2007 for ‘Fabric 36’, but five years on it’s still a rare occurrence, and a bold move from Israeli Guy Gerber. The 16-track mix weaves together recent collaborations with Deniz Kurtel and Footprintz band member Clarian North, plus ‘One Day In May’ which featured on his Visionquest release from earlier this year. Altogether it’s a deep, emotive and progressive journey, and one which perfectly showcases his current direction in sound. It is, in his own words, a ‘composition’ rather than a mix, one which begins with dreamy 4x4 soundscapes and meanders along with slow grooves, occasional vocals and plenty of deeply rooted bass. This is arguably the strongest of the Saturday night Fabric releases in quite some time.
‘One Day In May’
‘Just Wanna See
TUNE OF THE MONTH
The fifth release from weekly London party (and now label) secretsundaze showcases one of the names from their DJ agency, London-based Flori, making his second outing following his collab with Ethyl back in November. The double A-sided single opens with blissed-out journey ‘SU-Z25’, built around a heavenly piano melody layered with intricate drum rumblings. AA-side and title track ‘Lucy’ continues along a deep path with lashings of sub bass and mild acid gurgles.
Dachshund & Quenum
The Mammoth (RebelLION)
The next instalment on Rebellion, the techno-leaning offshoot of Damian Lazarus’ groundbreaking house label Crosstown Rebels, is a two-tracker from Swiss duo Phillippe Quenum and Dachshund. Taking time away from their own Clapper Records for this release, they open with fresh tribal rhythms laced with tasteful distortion, organ stabs and haunting vocal samples. Doing its job on the flipside is the more understated ‘Lipstick’ with intricate, whirring synth lines and deep bass pads, a sound often pushed by the older sister in the Rebels family.
Back Up Queen (Rekids)
Radio Slave’s Rekids presents a debut full EP from Toronto-based Nathan Barato this month. Built around a classic 70s diva-infused vocal sample, it’s an excellent, rumbling, acid party workout for peak-time dance floors. On the remix front, Berlin’s Oliver $ delivers a housey rework with an exciting, chunky bassline which utilises the vocal to maximum effect. The unheard of and mysterious 808 Fake completes the package with an extremely jacking analogue version.
Andrew Grant & Lomez
Has To Be Love (My Favorite Robot)
DC10/Circoloco resident Andrew Grant returns to the My Favorite Robot stable alongside long-term collaborator Lomez for this four-tracker following last year’s very popular ‘Oshno’. Opener ‘Distant’ is a deep, progressive, techno number with delicate whirring synths. Next up is title track ‘Has to Be Love’ which nods to 80s electro with camp vocals and light, pleasant synths. The real picks of the release, though, are the final tracks, the 105bpm sleazy groover that is ‘Be Free’ followed by a remix of ‘Has To Be Love’ by Crosstown Rebels’ new blood Amirali, who could well be 2012’s Jaar.
Jay Lumen & Gary Beck
The superb and respected techno establishment Drumcode, run by Adam Beyer, puts out this first ever partnership between Hungarian producer Jay Lumen and prolific Brit Gary Beck for the label’s 95th release. Title track ‘Lotus’ is out-and-out peak-time techno with a rolling, boisterous bassline from the start, fast-
paced clattering hi-hats and bleeping stabs throughout. On the flip, ‘Strange Fruit’ is lighter – but only just. The constant vocal sample of the track’s title is present for most of it, and it has a much more tech-house feel with its ups and downs.
Take Me Back (Bass Culture)
The popular French imprint Bass Culture marks its quarter century in releases this month with a four-track EP of original material by prolific Argentinean producer Franco Cinelli. The tracks fall nicely into the label’s signature sound with jacking drums, analogue synth patterns and deep rumbling basslines. This one’s sure to be a winner on dancefloors across the world.
Idoru #1 (Convex Industries)
While one half of Instra:mental, Boddika, seems to be conquering the world with solo tracks and huge collabs with Joy Orbison, the other half of the duo, Jon Convex, continues to work the techno template. On his own Convex Industries he delivers this four-track EP sampler for his upcoming album. Opener ‘Fade’ is almost dubbed out pop with a deep techno pattern layered over pitched-down vocals and deep, proggy bass pads. The rest of the release goes into techno territory with ‘New Model’ and ‘Shadows’ aimed at late-night floors. G.Vump make up the release with a post-dubstep-leaning reinterpretation.
Change In A Dynamic Environment Part 2 (Hemlock)
Untold is one of many DJ/producers who have found themselves quickly moving from UK bass towards techno sounds. Part 2 of his ‘Change in a Dynamic Environment’ series follows its predecessor in April with another split vinyl techno onslaught. First up is ‘Casion’, a very heavy, belting track with pounding drums and many of the stereotypical Berlin sounds. As with most B-sides, ‘Breathe’ is a more subdued effort, starting off relaxed and building towards friendly synth patterns with 4x4 rhythms.
Exercise One, Leonard Flohen & Mathew Jonson
Lost Forever In A Happy Crowd/Blind Trapeze (Exone)
Fellow Canadians Matthew Jonson and Leonard Flohen take it turns to make a track with Exone label bosses Exercise One for this split vinyl on the German imprint. Exercise One show off their expertise with hardware, kicking off with ‘Lost Forever’ with Jonson, a 10-minute deep techno jaunt of crisp beats and eerie sounds. ‘Blind Trapeze’, with Flohen, is a dark, rumbling, analogue journey with robotic vocals; it comes with a dub mix for those not feeling the vocal.