Berlin-based Thoughtless Music is a house and techno label that isn’t afraid to flirt with a little bit of melody, and ‘Freaks Back’ is a tech house record that’s drenched with it; though its real charm comes from the mysterious, otherworldly vibe that Beeston and Numan manage to summon in the studio. While its stark percussion and electro bassline bring a certain harshness, it’s dominated by a haunting psychedelia that gives the record a certain dash of classic progressive house. Also check the turbo-charged remix from Emerson Todd.
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It’s obviously no coincidence that the cover of Jesse Rose’s latest, on his own Play It Down label, apes that of Thomas Bangalter’s inimitable Roule imprint. This French fried disco number has been filtered to absolute buggery, and laden with the nifty compression trick that gave all those great releases from Bangalter, DJ Falcon and Alan Braxe their pulsing, heady vibe. It’s an unashamedly massive tune (playing to the crowd with its scarcely unrecognisable sample, from Chaka Khan’s 'I’m Every Woman') and one should treat it as such.
You can always rely on Hospital to add a drop of golden fun to the ever-darkening scene. Logistics returns to his solo endeavours for this release, using the classic imprint blueprint, which he himself helped to create. The track is reminiscent of a time when drum & bass haunts were filled with lovely uplifting chords, its euphoric bassline inducing nostalgia. The real gem on this EP however, is the flip ‘Triangles’.