H.O.S.H. – End Of A Chapter EP

H.O.S.H. - End Of A Chapter EP

Many of you will be familiar with German producer and DJ H.O.S.H. who has been a staple for Solomun’s Diynamic label, releasing gems such as his collaboration with Andhim ‘Captain,’ his remix of Abby ‘Halo,’ and his own ‘Cilantropy‘ EP last fall. His newest release ‘End of A Chapter’ finds him trying something a little different via My Favorite Robot’s own label, My Favorite Robot Records. This choice was quite a departure for H.O.S.H. and we weren’t quite sure what to expect. But, we were very pleasantly surprised and quite pleased to hear the direction he’s taking this different sound with three new originals ‘Meloman,’ ‘Aire,’ and ‘Libre.’

First is ‘Meloman,’ a key and stab driven piece that defines the upbeat and techy nature of this EP. As always, the track is incredibly well produced with a great progression and nice, subtle use of sweeps.

‘Aire’ is next with an expansive and truly summer sound, that is perfect for the peak energy time of any set. “Euphoria” is the word that comes to mind!

‘Libre’ closes things out with a darker and more synth-heavy tone.

Be sure to let us know what you think about this one in the comments. H.O.S.H. ‘End Of A Chapter’ is out now on My Favorite Robot Records.

V.A. – A-Sides Volume 4

Various Artists - A-Sides Volume 4

Drumcode is kicking off the new year in style with a brand-new A-Sides compilation. This fourth installment on the Swedish label features tracks from household names like Alan Fitzpatrick, Harvey McKay and Nicole Moudaber, but it also includes newcomers like Pirupa and Ilario Alicante. Selling point of this compilation is that each track brings something different to the table, which makes it an excellent showcase of what the label has to offer.

The compilation opens with Adam Beyer’s track “Pluto”. The track starts out with a short melodic riff, which builds towards the break where the track unleashes all of its power. It does so with a raw and energetic melody that’s unlike anything that Adam has released before.

Next track is Alan Fitzpatrick’s “Eternia”, an upbeat track with sparse percussion that gives off a somewhat melancholic vibe. With deep basses, lush synths and a short, repeating vocal part, Alan has managed to create a captivating journey that will find its way to the hearts of many listeners.

Pirupa debuts on Drumcode with a production under his “Brain Zoo” alias. The track is called “Dee Pawa”, which can be described as upbeat, melodic and very different when it’s compared to earlier tech house releases from the Italian producer. Already heavily supported by Adam Beyer, this track is guaranteed to become one of the hits of 2016.

Harvey McKay makes a grand return to Drumcode for the first time since last year’s “Glasgow Safari” with “The Mad Drummer.” Right off the bat, it is easy to hear that this is something special, with a swooping, bass-range synth, coupled with dark snare and hat rolls that come into the mix soon afterwards. All in all, the atmosphere is different than expected, making it one of the top tracks on the compilation.

Ilario Alicante makes his first appearance on Drumcode with “Temporary”, a very melodic track that’s driven by an intricate bassline, various, interchanging percussion layers and a charming melodic section, which changes and is built upon during the break. A promising debut!

If you thought Harvey’s track was different, wait until you hear Dustin Zahn’s offering, a big-room stomper called “Born Spark.” Dustin himself has mentioned that this track is different than what he normally likes to produce, and that the purpose was to produce something that would sound good in his big-room sets. He did not originally intend to release the track, but we’re glad that it has seen the light. Listen for a heavy Fitzpatrick-style bassline, a siren-like lead, and the periodic sample of a Piccolo Pete firework, which may be where this tune got its name.

Up next is a new track from techno and house heavyweight Nicole Moudaber, and this one is far on the techno side. It is her first contribution to the label since “Rooted,” on the second edition of this compilation from a couple of years back. One thing is clear: Nicole really knows how to take her listeners on a journey. The track evolves over the length of its nine minutes, first expanding the percussion, then adding haunting vocals and sweeps, and finally adding a stab that’s straight out of Drumcode’s golden age (read: 2013).

Mark Reeve makes his return to Drumcode only one release after his last Drumcode EP. Thus it could be tempting to think of his offering for the compilation as an “extension” of the EP. But don’t be fooled–“Exodus” is more similar in many ways to his debut Drumcode release “Drumatic” than it is to the recent EP. With an arpeggio that loops separately from the beat, the track has a flowing feel, which is reinforced at the break by long synth swells.

Nick Curly delivers with “BBC” a modest tech house track that slightly resembles his earlier track “Crossroads” that was released on Truesoul in 2014. With the help of subtle synths, a funky bassline and atmospheric pads, the German producer has created a track that’s exactly what you’d expect from him.

Closing the compilation is a tune that is, in my opinion, easily the best track of the album. dubspeeka has been on fire lately, with a streak of massive releases and remixes that began last year with “Primary,” continued with EPs for Truesoul, Sasha’s label Last Night on Earth, and dubspeeka’s own Skeleton imprint, and shows no sign of stopping now. “K185” keeps things properly simple, while still giving off a vibe of something incredibly subtle and complex, from its bell lead, to its dark and windy pads, to its ghostly vocal accompaniment.

The “A-Sides Volume 4” compilation is out now on Drumcode.

Written by M1KRONAUT (4, 6-8, 10) and Bram (1-3, 5, 9).

Sidney Charles – Black Sun

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It’s only been 6 months since Sidney Charles released his first EP on Truesoul, but now he’s back already with a brand-new release. This EP, called “Black Sun”, contains two club-oriented tracks and also a deeper track that more or less resembles the sound of his earlier “Impermanence EP”. Missing from this package is the highly anticipated “Justice”, but even without this track, this EP is still worth checking out.

“I Need You” was clearly influenced by the sound of Harvey McKay, but it should be noted that this track is in no way a rip-off. With a combination of different sounds, stabs, vocal hooks and upbeat percussion, Sidney manages to turn this track into a funky and rhythmic endeavor.

“Black Sun” takes a more straightforward and melodic approach. With simple, upbeat percussion, subtle pads, rumbling synths and a short melodic part during the break, Sidney delivers an atmospheric and somewhat funky track that’s quite different from his usual style.

“Just Don’t Stop” is a slow-paced dub track that features airy background sounds, an eerie riff and a frail, whispering vocal section that repeats throughout the track. In contrast to the other two tracks on the EP, this production seems to be aimed more at afterhours sets and Boiler Room events.

“Black Sun” is out on January 4th on Truesoul.

Leftwing & Kody – Detection EP


Today we have a new three track EP from UK duo Leftwing & Kody called ‘Detection’ out on Leena music, the sister label to Anja Schneider’s Mobilee Records. We’ve written about Leftwing & Kody at length (including their Off Recordings EP ‘I Know‘). They have a long history of releases on Anjunadeep, Lapsus Music, Suara, and their own label Lost Recordings.

‘Detection’ is quite a different sound in our opinion, one that we would expect to find on a label like Crosstown Records. But each track has its fill of techy goodness. The title track ‘Detection’ revolves around a vocal loop and funky synth bassline with a typical side-stepping tech house beat backing the track. Our clear favorite.

‘Indigo Child’ follows a similar style, with a repetitive vocal loop and intricate percussion.

‘Intuition’ is last, and we can sense some classic Green Velvet influences in this one. A nice tech stomper.

Leftwing & Kody ‘Detection’ EP is out NOW on Leena Music!

The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Undercatt Remix)

The Italian duo of Undercatt has been making waves the past year, with a big showing of support from the Diynamic music family. They’ve been making the rounds at all the festival events, and we’ve been really impressed by the recent sets we’ve checked out, like SW4 and supporting Solomun’s Ibiza nights. We weren’t sure if their bootleg of The Temper Trap ‘Sweet Disposition’ would ever get an official release, but here it is. The Undercatt remix really injects new life into a track that we’ve all associated with EDM and Swedish House Mafia. Their rework overlays a dark and brooding bassline while really showcasing the beautiful vocals of the original. Take a listen below and let us know what you think!

The Undercatt remix of The Temper Trap ‘Sweet Disposition’ is out NOW via Diynamic’s sister label 2DIY4!

Reset Robot – Rebellion

Reset Robot - Rebellion

Reset Robot, one of Truesoul’s household names, delivers with “Rebellion” his 8th installment on Adam Beyer’s label. As you’d expect, it’s once again a varied EP, only this time with two tracks instead of the usual four. Let’s take a closer look at this EP, that, not only because of its length, but also because of some musical changes, differs quite a bit from its predecessors.

“Rebellion” is an interesting blend of techno and tech house. It’s an energetic, club-oriented track with subtle sounds, effects and the occasional vocal sample, that blend together well and interchange throughout the track. It’s the kind of track that you’d expect to hear in a B2B set from Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg.

Things quickly take a deeper turn with this second, and final track. Unlike the opener, “The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon” is a very atmospheric and slow-paced track that’s perfect to end your set with. That is, if you’re an opening DJ or if you are not too focused on peak-time techno.

“Rebellion” is out now on Truesoul.

H.O.S.H. – Cilantrophy EP

For Diynamic Music’s 80th release we have an interesting original three track EP from H.O.S.H, who has been a familiar face on the label for some time. First teasing a track called ‘Cilantro’ almost six months ago on Soundcloud, it is a welcome sight that this EP is finally being released. The EP comes almost one year after his last set of EPs, the heavily played ‘Forever Young’ series. The cilantro theme may seem odd to some, including the herb itself on the cover art, so we’ll be sure to ask the next time we sit down with him.

‘Cilantro’ kicks things off in a tech house fashion with a dancey little number. It may be a different sound than the past few Diynamic releases, but we loved the vocal sample that comes out of no where.

The second track is ‘Camino.’ We much prefer this one with its strong melody, fantastic groove, and “kick clap” percussion.

Closing out the EP is ‘Cambia.’ Upbeat rolling hi-hats and sweeping synths make this one quite galactic and cosmic. We can very much picture this one being played at the Off-Sonar parties.

We definitely have not heard this EP played out as much as we would have like, so it’ll be interesting to see the reception.

‘Cilantrophy’ is out Friday September 11 on Diynamic.