Category: Reviews

Review: Halloween in LA with Circoloco & Minimal Effort

No matter what city you live in Halloweekend is always one of the biggest party weekends of the year. Los Angeles is a popular destination for partygoers throughout the US and also abroad not only for it’s West Hollywood parties; but, also for music. However, Halloweekend in Los Angeles has been known as a particular musical highlight of the year here.  This year the most anticipated in town were the Circoloco party at the Union, a dark warehouse venue, on Friday night and Minimal Effort Halloween at the LA Center Studios, a new venue for the year old underground event in ... Read more

Review: Jeff Mills – The Planets @ Concertgebouw

Two queues of bodies were lined outside the sumptuous building, outstretched their tickets to Jeff Mill’s world of “The Planets”. Instead of a scent of hesitation and wonder, the foyer was filled with an equanimity, quite particular to the Dutch character. The symmetric red velvet lining, the lines of still empty red seats and steady structures of arcs hinted this man built Chef d’oeuvre, this Hall of Royal beauty can take in any kind of surprises and rebels with stoicism. The conductor decided to shorten the concert, thinking that since the public were being given a totally new language like that, “half an hour ... Read more

Review: Junktion – Monologue EP

The cosmopolitan vinyl-only label Slow Town Records has roots in Spain, France and the US but is keeping rather mysterious on the masterminds behind it. With this upcoming EP they are heading for their eighth release and second time with the Dutch, Nijmegen based artist Hans Peeman aka Junktion. As it should, sound-wise, this four tracker is perfectly in line with the imprints’ earlier releases. The label was set up unpretentiously to print 180gram wax for each release with an old school fat & sweet and deep & warm house sound, giving an answer to the current mainstream sound. And ... Read more

Review: Nachtbraker – Janus EP

The Berlin based family that is named Dirt Crew takes up new infants with every release and is ever growing while celebrating ten years of quality releases this year. In 2004 James Flavour and Break 3000 launched the imprint after releasing their first EP’s “Cleaning Up The Ghetto part 1+2” as the identically named duo Dirt Crew. The list of releases they built up in the meanwhile is impressive. A grasp of the last couple of months includes artists like Detroit Swindle, Downtown Party Network, Waze & Odyssey, Chimera and Tigerskin amongst others. Quality after quality house and deephouse release ... Read more

Review: Artifact – How Did You Change

Sharing a passion for soft porn, the owners of Saints & Sonnets decided to give a shallow stab towards releasing “half decent house music” and the results were far beyond their expectation. The label to this date counts a number of 12 releases and it features names like Roman Flugel, Detroit Swindle, Shenoda or Huxley. It seems that brushing off the dust of old vinyl and today’s chaos in electronic music offered Saints & Sonnets the authority it deserves especially with their 13th release from Artifact. The fact of the matter is that Bristol is foremost peaking when it’s about astonishing self-taught ... Read more

Review: Downtown Party Network – Disco Ball Drama

Futureboogie is a label that has its home in Bristol, one of England’s most exiting cities for cutting edge electronic music. The concept Futureboogie – as we know it now – started off as a club night in Bristol somewhere in the early nineties and transformed into a fruitful management and booking agency and a highly regarded record label. The current success of the Futureboogie crew stems from the experienced Dave Harvey and Steve Nickolls who boasted ten years of experience into the scene when setting up the label. Their first release dates back from 2011. Julio Bashmore set the ... Read more

Review: Presk – Babou EP

Something Happening Somewhere, or shortly SoHaSo, is the name of the young record label launched in April 2013 by Dutch stronghold DJ Nuno Dos Santos. Nuno, who has been the driving force behind the label and SoHaSo clubnights at Tivoli in Utrecht and later at Trouw in Amsterdam, stood at the basis of the success at the latter club since its opening in August 2011. With the imprint, he wants to “release music from befriended producers, new talent as well as his own work.” So far so good, the first two releases received tons of positive reviews. And now this ... Read more

Review: Beesmunt Soundsystem – The Baby Maker EP

For regular people Bristol is just a city in the UK, but for an electronic music enthusiast, Bristol comes as a splash of color in the contemporary music scenery. That unique splash took many shapes and sizes and ultimately left its mark. No, we’re not talking about a sort of pill or weed. In fact it’s a club night which over the course of 9 years flourished into a globally renowned brand. With events in places such as Space Ibiza, the Garage, Eastern Electrics Festival, Off Sonar and much more. With a reach that makes many of today’s labels quite ... Read more

Review: Planet Of Sound – We Are Together

Armada music has been around for over 10 years and is founded by one of the leading icons of progressive/trance music, Armin van Buren.  In recent years the label has broadened it focus to underground sounds, like Green Velvet with Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix) that caught the world by surprise or Groove Armada, Cari Golden, Tiga and Atapy, to name a few more. Their latest release comes from Planet of Sound which to this day hasn’t brought to the table anything mind-boggling. Their latest track “We Are Together”, however, finds itself at the border between electronica and ... Read more

Review: Marco Resmann – Basic Motion

Steve Bugs vision of a new platform to release his music on was born back in 1998 when he first founded Poker Flat Recordings in his hometown of Berlin. Since then, the label has developed in one of house music’s leaders racking more than 150 releases to this date. Among the label’s artists, high caliber names such as Mihai Popoviciu, John Tejada, Alex Niggemann, Matthias Tanzmann, DJ T, and even Trentemöller have released their records onto the label and of course it’s very own Steve Bug. One of their latest releases comes from the Berliner Marco Resmann. Running and pushing ... Read more

Review: Solomun – Samson EP

Hamburg’s based house music label Diynamic is one of Europe’s success stories in modern day house music. The label was founded in 2006 and currently holds 15 artists, hosts the weekly success nights Diynamic Neon Nights at Sankeys in Ibiza during the summer and now gives way to its 70th (!) release by label head honcho’s Mladen Solumun or Solomun, who gives us another delight of his endless musical talent in the form of the Samson EP. Diynamic’s (and Solomun’s) ongoing search for musical talent has put a big stamp on today’s dance scene by creating a podium for names ... Read more

Review: Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants EP

Ever since Innervisions dropped the ‘Gotham’ EP, one of 2013’s undisputed summer anthems, everyone wanted to know who this mystery man (or woman?) is that calls himself Ten Walls. Though his tunes have been supported by great DJs throughout the scene such as Maceo Plex and Tale of Us, the mastermind behind Ten Walls remains an enigma. We’ve sent one of our reporters on a quest a few months back, but he’s been missing ever since… Oh well, be who he may, let’s focus on the music, and talk about the upcoming EP ‘Walking With Elephants’, which is the first ... Read more

Review: Guy Gerber feat. Dixon – No Distance EP

Rumors have started and Rumos has just hit the record shops at the end of last month. Established in 2014, the Guy Gerber’s second label follows his vision within a revolving circle of mystical and delusional sound with his first label Supplement Facts and his own Ibiza parties, Wisdom Of The Glove. The label’s first release is a firebomb, a representative collaboration between the label owner Guy Gerber and the Innervisions boss, Dixon. Adding up their release and residencies to this date, it’s safe to assume that they’re the most representative DJ/Producers to this date. Berghain, Space, Kazantip, Awakenings, Dekmantel, ... Read more

Review: Luis Leon – Borrowed Places EP

Over the past few weeks there has been a buzz going around the dance music industry regarding the launch of a new label out of the Netherlands called Subjekt Recordings. After their first mix by disCerN, the fresh label is about to release their first single, made by Peruvian wonderboy Luis Leon, and Eric Volta contributing a remix to the title track. In the near future, artists like Stefan Z, Discern, Atapy and Tim Paris will take part in releasing music form the Amsterdam based label. With an impressive pack of quality releases like “Love Is A Lie” on Double ... Read more

Review: The Genevan Heathen – Love My Life EP

Soul Clap Records are notorious for releasing tracks with a lot of soul, love and passion. Each new release carries you back into a retro universe where everybody can connect with the disco era of the 70’s. For the house lovers bring back memories of Frankie Knuckles or New York’s Paradise Garage. They’ve been doing this successfully for the past two years and it was inevitable for them to burst out and drag along with them new names like, Nick Monaco, Navid Izadi & Baby Price. Their next project is the Swiss Genevan Heathen, who has come up with a ... Read more