Just brimming with heavyweight, palpable atmosphere, Munich's Pastamusik presents a towering slab from family member Daniel Bortz. 'Steady Note' is minimal yet dramatic, somehow tough and delicate at the same time. When it returns from a break into white, distorted noise, it truly shakes. 'DOH' is thick with percussion, while 'Chortz' rattles and rolls. 'Wohin Willst Du (Where You Want)' loads up the bass, underpinning warped vocals. It's a real piece of work. We await 'Bella Avgvsta Part 2' with baited breath.
It's great to see so many new artists and alter egos releasing on this label, with the Subground sound picking up more momentum worldwide now, having carved its own sound. Now that house music is moving away from the harder sounds, this is here to stay! Featuring big room house melodies and heavy subby pounding drops, this will pick up plays from all the acts across this genre.
Equaling the dancefloor resonance of Tale of Us & Mano Le Tough’s rework of ‘Can’t Do Without You’ was always going to be a near impossible task, but gosh, Carl Craig certainly does a formidable job with his own take on Caribou here. A synth-heavy affair that’s propelled by a rippling electro bassline, its twinkly melodic flourishes give way to a slamming house groove that goes straight for the jugular. Crammed to the hilt with exciting surprises.
Rolling at a techno tempo, the four tracks from the sometime Fog drummer and Andrew Bird associate Dosh and his partnership with Ghostband are immediately quite different from the material you might expect — and purposefully so. Whilst they certainly retain some of the switches and unpredictability of Dosh’s solo work, it’s all a completely different beast that feeds off bleeps, squelches and acid basslines as much as it does organ voicing and percussion layering.