EGOKIND & OZEAN | TRANSITION (TRAUM)

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What immediately grabbed my attention about the debut album from Berlin-based producers Egokind & Ozean were the big names that the album promo compared the duo to - Jon Hopkins, Caribou, James Holden and Four Tet. These are all artists that I have fallen in love with because of the beautiful, melodic and emotional music that they create. This bold claim certainly grabbed my attention and within minutes I was listening…

‘Transition’ is an album with the perfect blend of emotional, melancholic tracks alongside energetic, feel good compositions. The duo recorded each track with live instruments, later manipulating in post-production to develop their beautifully unique and transformed sound. The LP is made up of thirteen tracks, each of which offer an individual feel and input into the album. For example, you have the driving beats and warm sounds of ‘Mega’ which could certainly pass as the product of a Four Tet/Jon Hopkins collaboration; ‘Mute Memories’ is a down-beat, melancholic track with distorted vocals and delicate melodic elements; ‘We Float Around (And Hang Out On Clouds)’ is soft and chilled with a beautiful piano at its heart (that really does transport you to a cloud if you close your eyes); ‘Silverbird Wake Me Up’ has to be my pick of the album – it’s a feel good, melodic track with the production quality you would expect from Four Tet.

This was my first introduction to Egoking & Ozean and it was a pleasant surprise. It’s not often you find an album that delivers tracks of such high quality and consistency throughout. I’ve been genuinely impressed by the style and originality of their sound and, of course, enjoyed the elements of their music that hint to influences from the pioneering producers they are boldly compared to.

‘Transition’ the debut album from Egokind & Ozean is released in the UK 3.10.14 on Traum (CD/Vinyl/Digital)

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NO ARTIFICIAL COLOURS | THE MENACE EP (MADTECH RECORDS)

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Kerri Chandler’s MadTech imprint continues to impress us with another EP serving up classic deep house. This one comes from South East London duo No Artificial Colours, (Lewis Wright and Ryan Ellis), who have been name checked by artists like Maya Jane Coles, Jamie Jones and Paul Woolford. Title track ‘The Menace’ features emotive vocals and grooves so deep you can get lost in them; top dance floor fodder and pretty f*cking sexy. ’Hypnotize’ is a melodic and dreamy venture into the deep, with subtle eerie sound effects and loads of hi-hats to keep you shuffling. ‘Hawk’ rounds off the trio with a touch of the old skool and a thumping dirty dance floor bass.

out now – buy it here

STAN RICH | NO ROLE / WORLD GATE EP

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This is the second EP from Stan Ritch on NTFO’s label Sintope Digital.  As the title implies the release is made up of two tracks, both of which serve up a hefty serving of emotional electronica.  ‘World Gate’ consists of simple beats and bass with a twinkling melody that builds with sinister background tones; ‘No Role’ has a euphoric synth melody at it’s heart and warbling pads that inject energy.  Dark and tingling stuff. We like a lot!

No Role / World Gate are both out now – get the EP on Beatport

PATRICE BAUMEL & RODNONSONJON | THE TOWER EP (MY FAVOURITE ROBOT RECORDS)

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‘The Tower’ from Patrice Baumel & Rodnonsonjon is pretty terrifying. Techno with a crashing build that will really work up some atmosphere on the dance floor. It gets right under your skin. We would love to hear this played by Adam Beyer at the upcoming Drumcode Halloween party – if you’re reading Adam! Flip side ‘To the End of Time’ is equally as dark. Voices chat in German over the menacing grazing warps. We imagine they’re having a chat about whose turn it is to take the dog for a walk, German speakers please correct us if we’re wrong. Faint beeps and bleeps and lots of crackle give this track the vibe of a sci-fi horror soundtrack, think Sunshine or Moon. Perfect tracks for when you want some dark drama.

out now on My Favourite Robot Records – buy it here

SANKEYS 20TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM BY DARIUS SYROSSIAN

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Sankeys Music is a brand new label set up by the seminal Manchester club and headed by Darius Syrossian. What better way to kick it off than with a banging double CD mix that celebrates Sankeys 20 years at the top of the underground clubbing scene. Disc 1 was recorded live in Manchester (crowd noises included) and is rammed with exclusive and unreleased productions, most of which are from Mr Syrossian. True to his style the tunes are big and bouncy and full of a special energy. Syrossian’s remix of ‘Bigger Than Prince’ is the perfect opener to this full-on party mix. We adore his twisted remix of Todd Terry ‘Bounce to the Beat’, pure funk crowd-please ‘Rise’ and the deep and shexy ‘Jazztime’. So many good tunes on this one and the crowd noises make you feel like you’re sweating it out in Sankeys itself.

Disc 2 pays tribute to the records that made the club what it is today. Loco Dice, Green Velvet, Kerri Chandler and Gemini all feature. The mix starts off with a rave vibe to get the party started. We love wonk-fest ‘Swimmin Wit Sharks’ from Gemini and the minimal-tech sounds of Argy ‘Love Dose (Luciano remix)’. It’s a superb selection full of lots of treats.

A massive release that showcases what the well-loved club is all about. We love Sankeys!

Out now on Sankeys music – buy it here

TIEFSCHWARZ | FIRE IT OUT (WATERGATE)

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Tiefschwarz are back!  Three years after they mixed the ‘Watergate 09′ compilation they now have their first release on the Watergate label – a remix EP by the name of  ‘Fire It Out’.

They kick things off strongly with the ‘Tiefschwarz Extended’ version – a dark and moody adaptation featuring a sweeping melody that comes in and carries you deep into this remix.   You’re then presented with the original which seems far removed from the previous cut with more prominent vocals and layers of melodic tones.

Two further remixes come drom dOP with both a ‘Girl’ (digital) and ‘Boy’ (vinyl) version; both strip down the original and bring in unique elements of their own.  ‘Girl’ has to be our favourite as it introduces piano stabs and soft chords – angelic.  Closing it off is the Fango remix – a pounding techno release that will rattle your brain.

Tiefschwarz – Fire It Out EP is released on Watergate 28.07.14 | details here

TRAUMER | DEDUST EP (DESOLAT)

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Traumer’s latest EP is full of big sounds. The 8-track vinyl only release showcases his strong style and he sounds like he was in his element producing these tracks. I was hooked from the opener, ‘Hoodlum’, an infectious driving track with a killer build/drop moment. Next up, ‘Insolia’, is the kind of tune that would work you into a silly-sweat on a dance floor, followed by ‘Shuttering’ which is raw, energetic and hypnotic. ‘Static Run’ delivers the kind of fuzzy minimal-tech we associate with the Desolat label and ‘Swish’ and ‘Wasp’ sit nicely next to each other offering pulsating rhythms and melodic stomp. ‘Chord X’ brings the rave to the party and ‘Mobius’ rounds off this superb EP with a totally trippy adventure.

Get stuck in. There’s some stuff which will do some serious dance floor damage here!

out now on Desolat | vinyl only | buy here

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JONAS SAALBACH & SAMUEL FACH | GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE EP

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Germany’s underyourskin records continue to impress with another strong release from Jonas Saalbach and Samuel Fach. The title track is an emotive, beautifully crafted deep house tune full of wonderfully moody percussion and dark twinkling melodies that create a magical but mean atmosphere. It gets three equally compelling remix outings from Krink, Yapacc and Thomas Atzmann. The second original track on the release ‘Sometimes’ continues the seductive vibe with delicately layered sounds and more enticing melodies. Digital exclusive ‘Scottish Spaceships’ see’s the pair do euphoric warmth with sweet sounds that make you want to sway with your eyes closed. This EP is excellent; beautiful sounds all round.

coming soon on underyourskinrecords

KITTBALL KONSPIRACY VOL.8 | COMPETITION

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In exactly one weeks time label Kittball will see the release of the eighth instalment of their popular compilation series Kittball Konspiracy. The collection showcases the best music on offer from the Kittball family with names like Fat Sushi, Ikaro and Julian Thomas. This edition has a nu-disco come deep tech sound. We’re especially enjoying the warping warmth of ‘Bodyloop’ from label owner Juliet Sikora & Flo Mrzdk, tech-meets-disco from Ikaro with ‘waxwing’ and Cory Gibbons’ deep spinner ‘gravity’.

WIN ONE OF THREE DIGITAL COPIES!

The lovely people at Kittball are giving TTK readers the chance to win one of three digital copies…the first three people to leave a comment on this post (click on ‘leave a comment’ up to the left) will grab it – it’s that easy. We’ll message the winners and send over the digital copies next Tuesday 15th July.

Kittball Konspiracy Vol.8 is out Tuesday 15th July – preview the release below

GUTI | ROMPECORAZONES (DEFECTED)

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The long wait for Argentine man of the moment, Guti’s, new album ‘Rompecorazones’ is finally over. Never knowing quite what to expect next from such a wonderfully diverse artist I was pretty open minded when first listening. Guti is renowned for his relationship with his piano and this album has a really fresh feel to it with a gentle yet far from subtle classic vibe throughout.

The title of the album translates as ‘heart-breaker’ and Guti has based this album on the move he made from South America to Europe five years ago. The album speaks from the heart which is apparent in the dramatic yet calming tone. Released on Guti’s own label Rompe Corazones, ‘Rompecorazones’ also features close friend of Guti, Miguel de Ipola. For me it’s really impressive to hear that most of the tracks were recorded first time around, something that just makes me love both Guti and this album even more.

The title of the second track ‘Bedtime Stories’ is a fairly accurate description of how this album can be perceived. I can however assure you that having listened morning, noon and night, never once did this album send me to sleep; the intrigue is far too overwhelming for that to happen, each song is like a new chapter of what is a beautiful story. ‘La Salida’ and ‘Desidia’ (the final track) stand out for me – however, I couldn’t pick an absolute favourite.

I can’t recommend this album highly enough. It would appeal to any music lover, whatever genre your preference. Love and respect to Guti. I cannot wait for his next piece of magical, mysterious and creative work.

out now on Defected – buy it here

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