Rawax welcomes Iron Curtis to the artist family with the “Weather Report EP” on Chiwax.
For the first time Iron Curtis enters the ring over the full EP length for Uncanny Valley. There hasn’t been much of a discussion whether or not this is something for Uncanny Valley when Iron Curtis approached the four label heads with this new pile of dance floor material. These tunes are too good. Iron Curtis must have been particularly inspired by the muse while producing these four outstanding House tracks. You’ll feel a comprehensive knowledge about Dance music’s history when listening. No doubt, the Franconian who is now based in Berlin has spent a good time of analysing House music’s techniques. “Sweet Romancer” is the best example for his studio eloquence. Modulated synths, a classic bass line and a whole batch of drum ideas are combined into a wonderful track. The interplay between subtlety and vitality characterizes “Nixdorf Danse”. Plus, you won’t forget those strings. On “Triroom” he proves that he has a knack for melodies as well. Finally, “Take Me Home” should provide a lot of emotional moments on the dance floor with its dramatic piano and crescendo-like synth line.
Acid Test continues their journey with the return of Achterbahn D’Amour. On their first proper release in three years, Jool & Iron Curtis patiently craft an intricate sound world – with the opening track, major-key pads hearken towards a bright future, hi-hats rustle like leaves and on “Dehaveland,” percussive elements fall into beautiful, random unison like factory machines staging an after hours dance. Samuel Van Dijk’s vaunted VC-118A project steps up for a remix, turning in a taut techno version that unfurls smoke pillars of ghostly ambience. The duo wraps up the four-tracker with an unexpected dreamy electro turn, “Don’t Talk To Me.” Throughout Acid Test 13, they remain in lockstep with the label’s ethos – to bend, hammer and flatten acid lines into new, imaginative shapes.
What do you do when you are part-time bored, when you are part-time broke and – even better – when you claim to make and live dance music (of course, also part-time) Well you are obviously running a record label. This is what Johannes Albert does since 5 fun years and 20 releases. Releasing his own music on vinyl but also his mates stuff. Frank will celebrate this anniversary among life & happiness early 2016 with two 12 inches and a lousy tour. Fred P lifting us up right from the start with his ‘Energy Cloud’. Soulful drum workouts make peace with heavenly layers. Far out bliss. Next in line is good friend Iron Curtis who is calling for sweet operators. Flip side offers our Session Victim boys first time on the label. Let’s have some moody juice wit’ Hauke & Matthias once and for all. Hidden Beauty is the kind of track you wouldn’t expect from Tim Toh of Philpot fame.
Believe it or not but Uncanny Valley looks back on five years of releasing records this summer. Instead of just turning into the typical Greatest hits-routine the label heads Albrecht, Carl, Conrad and Philipp decided to look back and forth. So, besides a record that unleashes four tracks from the vaults of these five years there will be a record with new material too. Here’s “Uncanny Valley: Five Years On Parole – what’s happening”. Tracks by Chinaski, Derive (Sneaker and June), Panthera Krause and Iron Curtis.
The record is about Johannes “Iron Curtis” Paluka’s time at Karl-Marx-Straße Berlin where he used to live next door to label head Baaz and graphic designer Chris Fladung.
Iron Curtis delivers his 2nd full 4 track EP for Hudd Traxx. The opening track ‘Care’ demonstrates IC’s diversity as a Producer as he lays down a killer bassline with melodic keys which will find it’s way into many big hitters bags. ‘Sing Along With Your Friends’ has deep laid keys and an MCDE esk feel to it accompanied by some heavy snares for good measure. Flip for the B Side and find ‘Shouting & Screaming’, a dark driving track that even Spencer Kinsey would be proud of. Iron Curtis rounds off the EP with a solid groovy little number entitled ‘Lasga’s Return’
Achterbahn D’Amour’s machinefunk opus, “Odd Movements.” gets reworked with 4 sonically diverse remixes. Detroit don Marcellus Pittman kicks things off with a massive, unsettling flip of “Holy Roman Empire.” The Italian producer Chevel is up next with a virtuosic take on the LP’s title track. His cubist, artfully restrained version ends with over a minute of icy techno snap. Convextion, as well, chooses to hold back for maximum impact, infusing the moody “Passagen” with subdued electro bounce. Finally, SW. imbuesthe duo’s “Konigstr” with dubbed-out breakbeat pressure, occasionally allowing the original acid line to seep through a skittering rave rhythm.
The debut full-length by Achterbahn D’amour (Johannes “Iron Curtis” Paluka and Jurgen “Jool” Albert), captures two artists coaxing the most emotional sounds to date out of classic Roland boxes. The album is the natural extension of the duo’s live-rooted sound, further defining the oblique dance moves contained on their three Acid Test EPs. They demonstrate a true reverence for the 303 and 606. On “Odd Movements”, lush pads and abrupt toms create a literal pedestal for the bassline machine. The duo have hit on a sound well-suited for dark rooms and towering sound systems.
Frank Music drops another double bomb on wax. Achterbahn D’Amour is back with a bouncy track called JX3. It is Techno-Yes-Techno Music with all ingredients needed for a bumpy ride. Imagine fog machine and strobe lights over the top. Another 9 minutes and 31 seconds into XTC. Fasten your seatbelts. Flipside comes with Albert & Albert and a song that goes on … well … Forever. You will feel good along those strings.
The second part of the “What About Talk About” series by Baaz starts with “Owl’s Night”. A deep house tool with a vigorous bassline, some classic 909 elements, weird vocals and a pumpin’ piano chord. “Those Things” the second Track on the A, infects you with positive vibrations and the magic mood. The B side enters with a remix by the highly skilled producer Michel Bauman under his moniker Soulphiction. He turned the track called K.M.S. into an emotional and strong kicking house tune. The Original is produced by Iron Curtis & Baaz . 90 Bpm, a dippy pipe organ, wooden beats and shaky percussions. The last track ”Whatabouttalkabout” is a lush experimental listening slice, prober for the dark and chilly winterdays.
Finally we are at the last part of the 2012 review. In the first part of our review, the preferences of our followers are shown, according to the number of click and stars. Top 3 albums of the years, top 3 EPs, compilations and mixes loved by our followers can be seen here.
In the second part, I presented some of my favorite events and performances from last year. For more details go here.
Achterbahn D’Amour is delivering the latest 12 inch in the Acid Test series from L.A.’s Absurd Recordings. “Cardbox” is a laid back, stripped down and tripped out groove with a spacey dubbed out remix from Chicago’s Innespace Halflife on the B-side along with the bonus cut “Harmonia”.
Some warm and especially funky treats on Johannes Paluka aka Iron Curtis’ longplayer-debut on the Hamburg-imprint Mirau Musik. ‘Soft Wide Waist Band’ is Curtis’ entrance into the world of long players and the first of its kind for the Hamburg imprint. Of course, the man has earned his four-to-the-floor stripes navigation between deep house and soulful techno leanings, but he has also managed to steer clear of genre silt. Thus the task of creating a coherent, yet amusing album without blinkers is passed with distinction here. It streaks all the places and spaces in the past, present and future: the basic knowledge of engineering skills hones in New York, Chicago and Detroit left its traces here as much as a touch of British freewheeling mixed with the flow and indie poetry of a German country boy who has heard of electronic pop music before.
Iron Curtis debut single for 4lux. Proper House and Disco tracks! The original mix of Thoughts On is a banging Deep House joint with haunting melodies and cut up vocals. The 2012 version provides for a more jumping bassline and hard hitting straight forward beats. Iron Curtis goes mental on Oh Come On with his cut up and vibe-heavy jazz samples and heavy pounding 808 beats. Relentless! On Interlude In The Park the lights are dimmed and the tempo drops. A slow disco burner for those who love slow jams.
Achterbahn D’Amour is courtesy of Edit Piafra & Iron Curtis. ‘JX2’ is a slammer, guided by lush pads and some quirky acidish bassline that cuts from your left brain to your right brain and then straight to the next dancefloor. ‘The middle of’ is a high standard dj tool with heart. Repetitive loops all over and no end in sight. ‘Into the wilde’ is a mix of pop music with a certain love for jackin house music, pitched down and pitched-up vocals, a live bass and drum machine workouts galore.
After their debut, Achterbahn D’Amour (aka Iron Curtis & Edit Piafra) return to Absurd, with 2 new tracks plus a massive remix from Skudge.