Find them at basement nights and warehouse one-offs reaching from New York to Montreal and overseas Berlin, a collect of conneisseuring clubbers. Void of tasteless vagabonds and cheap standards, looking to give credit where credit is due. The recent flood of clichéd counterfeits has made most music today better left unsaid, but it's the rumours stuck in our head that tug at our ego and give us the need to shine light. A compulsive urge to spread from one ear to the next, to draw a line between bottle service cogs and what is honestly the cutting edge of electronic music. There's no room for Vegas roller coasters or casual chit chat, just Night Rumours worth spreading.
Albert van Abbe
Referencing repetitive progression with melody or rhythm in (typically) classical music, Ostinato is Albert Van Abbe's electronic adaptation to such motif. At best, it's narrated with a driving wistfulness already distinctive to the Trolldans imprint. Grandly spacial as it is deep in thought, Van Abbe champions himself once again as an astute observer with formless arrangements that tread ambient, bittersweet tones proportionally. Of course, the experimental electronics come accompanied with a dash of the Dutch producer's usually tense and pulsating techno transfixions, adding an excellent drive to the experience as a whole.
Trascendent enters its second chapter with Boris Bunnik back as Conforce. As he tends to brew it, Travelogue signals Bunnik's crafty and - by now - distinctive decelerated brand of techno. With zigzag modulations focusing more on abstract sounds that replace the familiar pad-sourced atmospherics, standout track "Informatica" closely styles a Surgeon-like demeanor full of sinister magnetism hard to pull away from. B-side tracks "Coast To Coast" and "Zero Five Eight" deserve a listener's undivided attention as Bunnik shines light on his intricately detailed form. Even if the EP as a whole, compared to previous works, hasn't much unity, to downgrade each individual track for that reason would be unjust.
Rødhåd, Volte-Face, Silent Servant Remixes
Phantasy Sound; 01-19-2015
Often noting his taste in music as "odd and weird", Daniel Avery beats to his own rhythm regardless of trends. The batch of remixes off his debut album are a testimony to Avery's broad range in music calling on Rødhåd, Volte-Face, and Silent Servant to provide their respective insights. With Rødhåd's relentless "Drone Logic" mix getting immediate excitement from fans upon its release, his remix is now joined by an easeful, yet blowy Volte-Face interpretation of "Platform Zero" that reaches great heights itself. Silent Servant denotes why he's a Los Angeles staple by claiming the most dramatic remix with his uncanny, piano-driven reconstruct of what, for many, seemed to be a track designed for nothing more than an interlude.
Crowd Control Pt. ll
Boysnoize Recs; 01-12-2015
It's not hard to imagine what Theo Pozoga - aka Strip Steve - intended to do with the first Crowd Control EP released in 2014. The club-focused record was homage to Dance Mania's golden age and Crowd Control Pt. II is a proper successor. One of BNR's long-standing name's since the imprint's early days, Strip Steve offers three bangin' tracks that much rejuvenate the label's lengthy catalog. "Ridin'" springs with mounted energy as boastful kicks overcome the scene with fragmented vocals. "Metadata"'s bounce revisits a throwback Detroit flair, but it's "Motions of Life" which takes the cake. An entirely feel-good vibe that'll give your stomach that warm feeling of nostalgia you won't want escaping from you. This song alone is worth a quality vinyl pressing, which hasn't surfaced yet for Crowd Control Pt. II (WHY?!).
Nelcorpo (Part One)
Leo and Omar accredit their Re-UP project as a continuation off the earlier Marc Antona three-way they did. Nelcropo (Part One) fits Dissonant's 24th release and it's made up of moody dance formulas with plenty of rhythmic appeal for those late night sets. And while Nelcorpo won't send you over the edge, it will keep you focused on your body movements. Deep characteristics saunter stealthily from the beginning 'til the very last beat. If Part One already sounds this good, it's probably safe to assume the following segments will pick up where the former closes.