So this is interesting, after juggling Aus and Simple for sometime, you'd be wrong for thinking Will Saul's studio days are over. Instead, with Close, Saul has temporarily (I think!) departed from bass-laden heavier music and arrived instead at Tell Me More
After the effortless Alex Arnout/Tyree Cooper EP in the April just gone, One Records return re-deploying Yaman and Eda with cream of the crop remixes. Opener and title track 'Planet Brooklyn' is all about enticing. Bobbing along at a mere Tell Me More
As a prelude to Ibiza, Cocoon has announced its annual compilation outlining the sounds it will be championing in the coming months. Cocoon's compilations are a welcomed staple, normally serving as a reference point for the tracks which are Tell Me More
February's Think and Change compilation on Boddika's Noneplus confirms the transformation the imprint has undergone; initially putting out Drum and Bass where as now it stands as one of the go-to-places for a sideways/darker take on Techno. The compilation had Tell Me More
So this is interesting, after juggling Aus and Simple for sometime, you’d be wrong for thinking Will Saul’s studio days are over. Instead, with Close, Saul has temporarily (I think!) departed from bass-laden heavier music and arrived instead at the opposite end – in the simplest form, imagine the crossover from club to afterparty. Why? Think Disclosure, that sort of context, and all in all its a genuinely impressive effort. Full credit to Saul for being brave enough to try something new!
My Way was the first release to come from Close, an original accompanied by three remixes: Dusky, Midland and Tanner Ross/Slow Hands’ collaborative effort. The latter of these three was the one that caught my ear, mainly because of the brazen and daring approach taken. Basically it strips the original back to its core vocal, adds some XX-inspired strings and then backs the whole thing with a stretched out synth. Enjoy!
After the effortless Alex Arnout/Tyree Cooper EP in the April just gone, One Records return re-deploying Yaman and Eda with cream of the crop remixes. Opener and title track ‘Planet Brooklyn’ is all about enticing. Bobbing along at a mere 120 BPM, all the obvious elements are in place; kicks, hats, vocals, and for nearly seven minutes it plods along in a lazy, laid-back way. In effect it’s just an opener, and with the use of some expert networking skills courtesy of One Records head office, it ties neatly into its successor; an all-star remix from Shaun Reeves, Jay Haze and Bill Patrick. It would be interesting to know which specific element each person was assigned to, if that’s how this shit works, but in any case the remix tows a more rigid, club-focused line. Gone are the swirling backing-synths present in the original, and instead arrives a more assertive interpretation which combines firmer percussion with an underlying bite; exploring distant territories whilst panned out vocals are used to plug the gaps. If anything it’s the counter-balance to the original, meaning all in all the A Side is a smooth and balanced affair.
Over on the B, Eda and Yaman take control once more, conducting ‘All Out’, a track which conjures up some nostalgic memories of Lee Curtiss – ‘Smoking Mirrors’. Clean-cut vocals form the core, whilst swift synths and a loose bass tease with the call-and-response technique. Like the prior original it’s loose and predominantly low-frequency, and what’s key is how the the duo cut between dark, murky, slow and suggestive, not going too overboard on either aspect.
Up last is the Subb-an 5am remix, and if you haven’t already gathered, One Records is as much about the remix as it is the originals. Rightly so because the returns are just impeccable, and in this case co-head Subb-an takes the original model of ‘All Out’ but chooses to launch the entire thing into the more fun spheres of house. By and large this boils down to the simple backing melody combined with additional up-front vocals; keeping the kick of the original but adding more colour and soul. In comparison to Planet Brooklyn and its remix, the 5am take doesn’t stray that far from the original – presumably to support, not eclipse it. Taking everything into account it’s a dam sturdy package. Furthermore if the early support is to be believed, expect to hear this all over Sonar.
As a prelude to Ibiza, Cocoon has announced its annual compilation outlining the sounds it will be championing in the coming months. Cocoon’s compilations are a welcomed staple, normally serving as a reference point for the tracks which are most likely to blow up. However for the labels 12th edition, M, a slightly different direction is taken by the introduction of a number of rookie names.
Take wAFF, Mind Against and Kyle Geiger as prime examples, all of which sit next to the more established names of Makam, Tuff City Kids (AKA Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer) and a collaborative work by Matt Tolfrey and Inxec. From the previews it sounding more or less like the expected Sven Vath set: old and new tied seamlessly into a warped-melodic style.
As always the compilation comes in both vinyl and digital form, and the release date this year is June 17th. Here’s the tracklist:
01. Makam – Samsara
02. Inxec & Matt Tolfrey – Never In Doubt
03. Alejandro Mosso – Grinding Love
04. Douglas Greed – Dynamit feat. Kuss
05. wAFF – BeatmakerZ
06. Temma Teje – Nueva
07. Kyle Geiger – The Comedown
08. Gary Beck – Stranger
09. Ray Kajioka – Never Ending
10. Mind Against – Argo
11. Tuff City Kids – Meshnerize
12. Julien Bracht – Anthem Rhythm
February’s Think and Change compilation on Boddika’s Noneplus confirms the transformation the imprint has undergone; initially putting out Drum and Bass where as now it stands as one of the go-to-places for a sideways/darker take on Techno. The compilation had offerings which went on to be some of the months most dominating tracks, for example just look at Joy O and Boddika’s &Fate or Four Tet’s For These Times. Because of this it feels as though Instra:mental & dBridge’s contribution slipped under the radar.
Indeed, White Snares was never intended for release, and maybe with it being locked this explains why it feels as though its dripping with warmth and nostalgia. Above anything it’s just a stirring piece of music, something that’s propped by the call-and-response between the lighter strings and the heavier bass. So so good, all of it.
From June 22nd till October 2nd, tINI will resume her weekly residency at Sirocco Beach Club Ibiza. Branded as ‘tINI & the gang’, the concept is as the name suggests: tINI accompanied by her nearest and dearest AKA her gang. Like last year the line-ups are weighty, and you can expect to hear an array of minimal/techno from the likes of Oshana, Anthea, Rossko and Hector, right up to Yaya, Enzo Siragusa, Bill Patrick, Mountain People, Robert Dietz and special guest for a closing party, most likely Loco Dice. My personal pick is the Fuse takeover, which takes place on August 22nd and sees Fuse residents Enzo Siragusa, Seb Zito, Rossko and of course tINI all playing.
Just like last year the events remain both daytime and completely free of charge, keeping the Ibiza wheel spinning with tINI’s fingerprints all over it.