VA – Workshop 28 [WORKSHOP28]

YONE KO/KIKI KUDO/IKU SAKAN/YPY - WORKSHOP 28

German label Workshop offers up a four track VA packed with gold. It kicks off with the lush and ambient-laced deep house of “Strip Down to E” before taking off with the wonky chord hits, off balance drums and withering sci-fi effects of “Grand Street Piano”, which is rave re-imagined. Things get as deep as you’d expect of a track called “Cerebral Repertoire” with its crystal clear and reflective pads, then “Zero” catches you off guard with its skittish rhythms and unusual arrangement. As always here, Workshop have cooked up some truly beguiling brilliance. Excellent leftfield House compilation.

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VA – Workshop 28 [WORKSHOP28]

Magic Mountain High – The Schnitzel Box Vol. 1 [WORKSHOPXX]

MAGIC MOUNTAIN HIGH - The Schnitzel Box Vol 1 (Front Cover)

News first surfaced over a year ago of Move D collaborating with Juju & Jordash on an analogue heavy live project entitled Magic Mountain High with the added promise of Workshop released material to follow. Several illuminating festival appearances and many months later and the Workshop label finally present The Schnitzel Box Vol 1, with three untitled productions from the trio that ensure the wait was worth it. Granted the freedom of the A Side, the opening track is allowed the time and space to incorporate both brooding analogue drone and sprawling key laden melodic glisten. Flip over and “Untitled 2” is quicker off the blocks, swiftly settling into a fizzing house jam rich in warm colour and tone and driven by crisp Roland rhythms, whilst the final arrangement is surely the most eminently danceable with yet more warm analogue patterns and Hitchcockian synth drones worming their way around a skipping techno beat.

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Magic Mountain High – The Schnitzel Box Vol. 1 [WORKSHOPXX]

Marvin Dash – Workshop 14 [WORKSHOP014]

Marvin Dash aka Ronald Reuter lays down three authentically deep and heavy grooves for Workshop. A-side is suave, mid-tempo nod to Detroit Beatdown inspirations with that effortless sense of German finesse and soul control. Flipside there’s a disco-looping killer, before finishing on a weirder, left-field boogie-House number.

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Marvin Dash – Workshop 14 [WORKSHOP014]

Move D – Workshop 13 [WORKSHOP013]

Cover art - Move D: Workshop 13

New release from Move D on Workshop. The A-side is a insinctively jazzy number he specialises in, working in a distinct Afro-rhythmic lilt with bobbling marimba-like patterns around sensually tingling strings and light-headed guitar licks. B-side finds a more muscular House groove powered by chunky Toms and seductive chords corralled with an unmistakable expertise, and tips out to a down-slow Boogie soul joint in his deeply charming style.

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Move D – Workshop 13 [WORKSHOP013]