Hiver – Soundescence [CURLE058]

The dynamic duo Hiver return to the Belgium imprint, Curle Recordings, with their latest EP, entitled ‘Soundescence’. This excellent four-track offering is the Italian pairing’s third EP on Curle. Kicking off the release is the title-named track, ‘Soundescence’, displaying the melodic, psychedelic sound Hiver has been praised for previously. Delicate synth patterns perfectly bled with the understated drums and percussive elements. This ethereal approach to Techno continues on the following deep-groover, ‘One More Snooze’. The B-side opener, ‘Phonotis’, immediately breaks the silence with a steady 4/4 rhythm, seeing a squelchy synth bassline, warm pads and floating atmospheric textures scattered throughout the six-minute number. Closing the EP is ‘Floor Diving’, which once again showcase Hiver’s sleek and seductive style of dance music that is made for the dark, underground clubs of Europe and beyond.

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Hiver – Soundescence [CURLE058]

Gavin Russom – Body Minimalism EP [CURLE053]

NYC synth maestro Gavin Russom continues on with his recent streak of killer techno releases, this time, surprisingly, for peak time specialists Curle. Punisher” is dark, tunnelling and hypnotic business, perfect for the 6AM comfort zone. “All Souls (NYC Mix)” uses sinister droning atmospherics and infectious syncopations, but just wait ’til that warbling melody comes in. Finally we’ve got “Thrashing Truth” which doesn’t leave much to the imagination; with its no nonsense EBM bassline and harsh industrial rhythms.

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Gavin Russom – Body Minimalism EP [CURLE053]

Hiver – Blue Aconite EP [CURLE045]

Italian newcomers Hiver continue to explore the crawlspace between US and European styles of house and techno on the Blue Aconite EP for Belgian imprint Curle. Brandishing a crisp and icy sound that makes their name all too fitting (it’s French for winter don’t you know) Hiver impress from the off with the breathless, subtle deep techno of the title track By contrast, “Egaltine” is more European sounding, its dubby groove revealing tantalising acid licks and a broadside of hi-hats as the filters build and drop, whilst “Teasel” demonstrates Hiver’s capacity for soulful productions. This later track is remixed by Tobias, with the German choosing to implement some shuffling, metallic drums and ponderous bass.

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Hiver – Blue Aconite EP [CURLE045]

Lucy – Finnegan [CURLE041]

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Lucy makes a return to Curle with Finnegan, a 12″ release made all the more intriguing by the presence of two Pariah remixes. “Finnegan” is a prime example of Mortellaro’s trade, lurching forebodingly through the dark recesses of chugging, industrial techno for nearly eight minutes. Pariah’s two remixes retain the dubby aesthetic while transplanting the track into more relentless, driving territory. The Dub mix is markedly harder in execution, sounding like a halfway point between his solo productions and his techno-focused Karenn project with Blawan.

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Lucy – Finnegan [CURLE041]

Raiders Of The Lost Arp – On And On [CURLEP005]

Classic Italian Electro-House from Mario Pierro’s Raiders Of The Lost Arp, reissued and backed with a brand new Patrice Scott remix. Reservedly sophisticated keys and deft bassline programming make for an enchanting original, while the Sistrum boss’ remix places more emphasis on hefty kicks and modulating acidic tweaks without losing the debonaire groove.

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Raiders Of The Lost Arp – On And On [CURLEP005]

Franklin De Costa – Fragile EP [CURLE031]

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Franklin De Costa goes straight Deep House with a contemporary twist for Curle. Leading off ‘Fragile’ fixes hazy, almost half-heard piano keys with padded bass and heavily smoked late night ambiance, while ‘Circular Beings’ rubs up an electro-edged boompty Houser with deeply jazzed touches. On the flip ‘Ush Ush’ sit in a Nu-Euro-Deep groove and ‘Soulbound’ sets its sights on the deeper side of modern Chicago.

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Franklin De Costa – Fragile EP [CURLE031]

Walt J – Reborn [CURLE-P04]

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Classic 1997 house track from Walt J aka Walter Jones. Curle have jumped at the chance to re-issue it and we don’t blame them. Plus they’ve got DJ QU – easily one of the best underground house producers around at the moment – to do one hell of a rework.

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Walt J – Reborn [CURLE-P04]

Peter Van Hoesen & Donato Dozzy – Talis / Into The Red [CURLE024]

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After Thomas Brinkmann’s first new EP since long, it’s now time for the second Curle offering of 2010. Donato Dozzy has been a long time favorite of us, with his unique hypnotic sound, that you can hear on his releases for labels such as Orange Groove, Elettronica Romana and Aquaplano. In our humble opinion he’s one of the best Italian techno artists around. Peter Van Hoesen on the other hand has been a long time friend of us, being also from Brussels, the home of Curle. He is one of the artists that will certainly have his big breakthrough during 2010, with the upcoming release of his debut album.

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Peter Van Hoesen & Donato Dozzy – Talis / Into The Red [CURLE024]