Jono Ma,Dreems – The Dreemas

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Accessible energetic building tasteful techno

Moods

Kind of like jock jams for kompakt records

Thoughts

These are long tracks that rely on repetitive, patient builds. Engaging from the pulse they keep, with ‘love trance mission’ with its chugging core and playfulness; I hear jaguar mas production flourishes for sure.

The later tracks are highlights. Still with that trance-like relentlessness but with more of a focus on melody.

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https://www.discogs.com/Jono-Ma-Dreems-The-Dreemas/release/11382298

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyJBXf6bfEA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dovu_zGukU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBLl-1ncl5s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPyEpmk0WsM

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Efdemin – Naïf

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

A variety of minimal electro ranging from accessible club to thumping industrial with a few experimental noise tracks thrown in for good measure

Moods

Berghain

Thoughts

Apparently this is a mix and I heard the unmixed version on Spotify so I'm totally misinformed in reviewing this. Anyhow, good minimal. The later third, starting with a track by Tobias, opens into more aggressive Berlin techno that capture the Berghain mood well. The rest were mediocre open-ended cuts that never build to anything but perhaps would take on a different meaning if mixed.

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https://www.discogs.com/Efdemin-Na%C3%AFf/release/11966047

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Hunee – Hunchin’ All Night

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
New age / world into clubier house tracks

Moods
Obscure for the sake of being obscure

Thoughts
The 80s world pop on the first few songs is OK but things take a decidedly more interesting turn with ‘ritual of love’ where the house vibe is gradually turned up behind a vocal rambling. This transitions into Larry Heard’s burning 4 love, a fantastic house track. Things finish off OK, better than side 1 at least, but overall not anything I feel the need to revisit.

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https://www.discogs.com/Hunee-Hunchin-All-Night/release/11839108

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Juju & Jordash – Clean-Cut

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Experimental club techno

Moods
Dark dank club

Thoughts

Would love to see them live. Definitely some good moments on the album but overall too much.

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https://www.discogs.com/Juju-Jordash-Clean-Cut/release/6402704

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Juju & Jordash – Juju & Jordash

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Loose spacey electro

Thoughts
My favorite album of theirs, the analog approach works well here. Tracks cover a range of techno but all are done well.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Juju-Jordash-Juju-Jordash/release/1951138

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Avalon Emerson – Narcissus In Retrograde

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Intense techno

Moods
Accessible Berghain

Thoughts
Biting and varied, hits with a booming intensity, reminds me of a more accessible version of Surgeon.

‘Why does it hurt’ is a bit boring, the rest is strong.

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https://www.discogs.com/Avalon-Emerson-Narcissus-In-Retrograde/release/9429305

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Will DiMaggio – At Ease

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

Happy left field electro. Discogs calls this future jazz which I’ll need to check out.

Has a funky sort’ve new world vibe to it, cool pan flute sound.

Thoughts
This is really good, fresh and original sound. He successfully builds on the retro la-funk that’s been so popular lately.

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https://www.discogs.com/Will-DiMaggio-At-Ease/release/11768093

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Grand River – Crescente

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Modern intellectual compositional ambient like electro.

Thoughts
Well crafted with enjoyable moments but overall dull and drifting.

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https://www.discogs.com/Grand-River-Crescente/release/10925592

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Deetron – DJ-Kicks

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Energetic house mix

Thoughts

A dynamic mix that builds in intensity. This is decidedly modern house but incorporates a number of styles and takes large influence from 90s golden age. The later half isn’t quite as good, track selection trades sexy for energy that I don’t particularly like. Ends with a perfect pair. I think this would play well with mature fans looking for something fresh.

My one complaint is he hops between styles and songs too frequently, never really settling on anything for longer than a minute. At times this is fun but I do wish some songs would’ve been stretched out more.

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https://www.discogs.com/Deetron-DJ-Kicks/release/11684630

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Studio OST – Scenes (2012​-​2015)

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Bassy hip minimal house.

Thoughts

Galcher lustwerk makes a pretty solid minimal house record. It’s not outstanding but I like his style direction and overall sound. This is an accessible introduction to his brand of house.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Studio-OST-Scenes-2012-2015/release/8361439

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