Amsterdam label Indigo Aera, the brainchild of Jasper Wolff & Maarten Mittendorff, celebrates five years with Lost Archives Special compilation. The five-vinyl box set features 18 tracks from the likes of Skudge, Makam, Don Williams, San Proper & Antal, Ø [Phase], Deniro, Louis Haiman, Antigone, Sterac, Stephen Brown, Joris Voorn and label heads Jasper Wolff and Maarten Mittendorff.
Five reworks of Delano Smith’s recent output on Sushitech Records. Featuring the talents of Marcel Dettmann, Makam, Steve O’Sullivan, Oracy and the legendary Convextion.
A second 12″ sampler for Ryan Elliott’s soon to drop Panorama Bar 06 mix opens with “Take It Slow”, a rugged house jam of the finest order from The Oliverwho Factory and proceeds to take in cuts from former label manager Nick Hoppner, Deadbeat, Dettmann and Sushitech mainstay Makam. Individually the standard of these exclusives is remarkably high and it will be interesting to see how Elliott has slotted them all together for the free to download mix. If we had to guess, Deadbeat’s superb glistening house burner “Woah” would make an appearance towards the end thanks to his high tempo, whilst Dettmann’s swirling layers of ambience on “Light” feel very much like a set opener.
Heavy modern almost dubby techno house tools by Makam.
Tom Trago’s Voyage Direct series brings us another Amsterdam based talent. This time its the debut release of Interstellar Funk, who delivers the haunting and sleazy “House Train” which is backed up with a Makam remix. With its raw drums and deep bassline “House Train” sounds like an 80’s Chicago production, however the vocals give the track an unique timeless character and make you want to listen to the track over and over again. Oddly addictive. On the flip, Makam adds an extra drive to the track with its forward drums and synth lines.
Since Jasper & Maarten played at one of the first ever-Concrete party’s called “Twsted II”, they knew this Parisian movement was something rare and unique. As an ode they made these tracks keeping in mind these magic early Sunday morning hours. The result is two melodic and atmospheric influenced tracks. Their brother in crime Makam is responsible for the remix. Machine soul techno music are the keywords of this Paris-Amsterdam affair.
The second EP in their new “Lost Archives” series stands out in it’s clear dancefloor direction and it’s recognizable oldschool feel. On the A side Makam brings in a typical oldschool techno track which resemblances a mixture between old Jeff Mills material and Robert hood’s Floorplan output. The title of the B track simply points out it’s purpose. Roch and Pacou were resident DJ’s at Tresor, when they recorded this track for Roch Dadier’s Label Portrait in 2002. However, short afterwards it was recorded, Roch stopped his label, so this gem never saw the light of day. Pacou and Roch Dadier show us that tribalistic techno is still actual these days with this rhythmic piece of music.
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.
Next on Sushitech is a solid double pack with 6 amazing tracks, modern effective club tunes by dutchman Makam.
Pariter, the deep techno sublabel of Sushitech Records, presents the new release by Makam. The EP features two deep and trippy cuts.
Sushitech presents the first part of the Makam Reconstruction serie, with three remixes from MRSK, Delano Smith and XDB.
Guy Blanken aka Makam delivers a nice collection of modern house tracks spread on a 3×12” full length. The album is comprised of almost entirely new material. Makam has shown a strong propensity for classic-rooted house grooves these past two years, which will no doubt carry over to this debut full-length.