After 15 years in the game, Kenneth Christensen’s Echocord mark that achievement with an exclusive ten track compilation spanning their broadest parameters, from a beatless panorama by STL thru mesmerising dub techno from Deadbeat. Along the way they present a clinical, squashed dub-stepper from Arovane, Struktur 1; the Detroit ghetto acid of Hoodmode by Luke Hess; purified dub suspension from Fluxion; and strangely enough, a vocal turn from Mike Dehnert in Track Providing Home.
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With five Beat Pharmacy albums and almost a dozen vinyl releases on Francois K’s Deep Space imprint, this dubby and eclectic project of Brendon Moeller needs no introduction. Chugging along at 120bpm, underpinned by a thick sub-dub bassline and a modulating Maurizio-style synth cord arpeggio, Pump is a hypnotic slap of deep smoky house with some memorable hooks to boot. Swirling rhodes keyboards and a slick piano riff serve as a lovely counterpoint to the swinging funk of the hi-hat groove. With remixes by Echospace head honcho, Stephen Hitchell under his Intrusion guise and London’s Bearweasel this proves to be a solid package.
Vivace is a project of Stephen Hitchell (cv313, Echospace, Intrusion) and is a unique hybrid of deep house, dub, jazz, & soul, a sort of new school/old school fusion which pays homage to Chicago house heroes like Chez Damier & Ron Trent in their Prescription era but with a modern twist. This project is the continuation of his previous Soultek material initially featured on Germany’s Force Tracks & Force Inc family of labels back at the start of the century. The title track in its original form is a sub-aquatic journey through space and bass, as deep as you would come to expect from an Echospace production but the sound palette has changed, shifting into a world filled with ambience and free form jazz. The use of live instrumentation & vocals are a driving force behind this project and add a depth and soul oceans deep, its like melting in sonic butter. The Soultek mix is a frenzy of edits, funked up and sounds like it could be a schizophrenic’s take on house music, Brendon Moeller dives deep into soul, shifting and morphing the original into a proper late nigh house jam you could only imagine Derrick Carter or Theo Parrish dropping at the wee hours of the morning. The closing Intrusion mix gives the original a frosty lime green haze best absorbed while inhaling, real trippy stuff. This first release has already earned countless play from Francois K and in its inception (as Soultek) was hailed as “Jack’s Echo — The Future Sound Of Chicago” by De-Bug Magazine, Germany.