Manuel Tur – Es Cub [FRLP033]

Spontaneity, simplicity and playfulness, combined with the warmth and solitude of an Ibizan hideaway, not to mention the cold, industrial minimalism of Manuels Ruhr Valley Essen roots all make for an interesting fusion on Es Cub. Take opener Ara Anam for example, we could just as easily be on the Space Terrace as we could at Panarama Bar. Tracks such as Werk and Flux combine hints of clipped minimalism with the driving, analogue synth sounds of say Ame or Baikal whilst About To Fall and El Soplo contain both depth and a certain majestic beauty gained from the simple, stripped back, rolling beats and flowing pads. Far from being the throwaway sketches that Manuel modestly implies, we hear strong melodic motifs and hooky samples appearing throughout the entire LP which brings a unique identity to each track as well as adding a cohesive gel to Es Cub.

listen

Manuel Tur – Es Cub [FRLP033]

Sascha Dive – Dark Shadow [DVR024LP]

That Dope Loop Pinning down Sascha Dive as Cocoons deephouse wunderkind wouldn’t really hit the nail on the head however it isn’t far from truth. Compared to most other artists of this genre he can for sure be classified as a young gun but there is no soundproof for his age in his music at all. Sascha Dive’s music is loaded with a respectful amount of taste and house history you would normally find in the productions and DJ-sets of artists who started in the early 90s. And this is not unwanted: Dive admires and follows the big names of house and deep house and his musical efforts to pay respect to them brought him on par with his legends! So it’s no wonder that Sascha Dive productions found their way to top notch labels like Tsuba, Freebase, Deep Labs (Balance US) or Raum…Musik. Not to forget his release for Ornaments and the Moodyman remix for ‘Deepest America”. Having in mind where Dive started with his first album ‘Restless Nights’ and what he achieved until he received remix-honours from Mister Kenny Dixon Jr. one could think Sascha Dive scored all goals he wanted to score. However the journey didn’t stop here: Being a Cocoon artist and having played for some of the major Cocoon nights in Ibiza and around the globe Dive incorporated a decent amount of electronic soul and after-hour-madness to his music over the last years. He even admits that his current productions and DJ-sets are definitely influenced by current techno- and techno-house artists and this special feeling this music adds to a party.

listen

Sascha Dive – Dark Shadow [DVR024LP]

Jackmate – Halios EP [TURDJR005]

JACKMATE - Halios EP

The Stuttgart papi Michel Baumann alias Soulphiction aka Jackmate presents three new power generators on – Treat Your Dj Right’ equipped with the right measure of steam and courage. On Halios EP he’s getting the juices flowing, however manifested as a compulsion to move. Beyblade’ is a glossily illuminated, sensory-enhanced modern club production which shows that Chicago and Detroit could be sister cities, in the heart of Trollinger-Town! Juan is soaked with pure chi-town pads, and applied, frenetic subterranean bass. Through a fully conscious, shifting rhythm and hi-hat that whispers as if a drum is being stroked with a brush, it manages a compelling groove. Length doesn’t play a role here, answering the question of why anything should be extended when the moment of euphoria has been reached. Sunbeams demonstrates how a ‘whitey’ can produce the same velvety, soulful sound of black music, and with the same understanding to boot.

listen

Jackmate – Halios EP [TURDJR005]

Norm Talley – The ReWorks [LANDEDREC0106]

With Landed marking one of the recent high points in an illustrious career for Detroit producer Norm Talley, the man himself returns to Landed to examine lead track “Travlin” with a pair of revisions that showcase different outcomes with the confines of slender, refined deep house. “Part 1” takes a dubby path, anchored by a hypnotic chord pattern while the beat ticks away in an unfussy manner. “Part 2” is the more sublime turn though, paring things down even more with a thoroughly minimal set of drums and a wonderfully hypnotic melodic tone undulating throughout. For a classy set of stripped down house shakers, look no further.

listen

Norm Talley – The ReWorks [LANDEDREC0106]