Human Lung Chair EP
Part Of The Gang
DJ and producer tINI brings the musical vision from her beloved party brand to a label. 'POTG001' is served by tINI herself, and includes a remix from Mr G, plus a collaboration with Steffy Argelich and JAW for a downtempo, after-hours treat. She storms out of the blocks with lead track ‘The Authentic Blach’: an ethereal masterpiece that’s built around delicate synth atmospheres and a haunting vocal sample, supported by a sturdy rolling sub and drum combo. Mr G tears up the script, remixing the original into a freaky mess to ensure this is an absolute landmark debut release.
Mihai Popoviciu & Markus Homm
You could say it’s a coup having the combination of Popoviciu and Homm in control for Kenja’s 36th release, and they certainly don’t disappoint with the big-room roller, ‘Follower’, and tense and bouncy ‘Recall’. But what about Nick Curly remixing ‘Follower’? On his mix, swells of hypnotising synths flutter around a tough, booming tech-house undercarriage. This EP is the real deal.
Joey Daniels & Eder Alvarez
'Late Night '
This is one of the most astute productions we’ve heard this month, certainly in tech-house circles. A breakbeat drum structure, intricate percs and sound FX, and cool, restrained sub bass: underwhelming much? Yes, but it’s all in the detail: this is a sonically balanced masterpiece doing everything right, an invaluable DJ tool, with a flip coming from Sascha Dive. He weaves synths perfectly to form a tense build and release mechanism for the dancefloor.
The Phantom's Revenge
'Nine Thousand EP'
Of Unsound mind
This is The Phantom’s first release under his TPR moniker, and it marks a clear-cut return to the unabashed, sample-heavy, filter crazy club music we came to expect from him, up until he flipped his creative output to the DJ RIP DVD project in 2016. Here, the French producer offers up six hefty tracks, with chopped vocal hooks powerful enough to supply France’s energy needs for a year and the kind of pumping drums that only Mella Dee’s gotten away with in 2018. A bonkers release, fittingly out on Of Unsound Mind.
'Tactics Vol 3'
Label head (Richard) Fletcher delivers a technical house assault for 'Volume 3' in the 'Tactics' series. Leading this vinyl-only package is the bumpy opener, ‘Oildrum’, emitting savage sub bass and scuttling highs. Long time label affiliate Luke Black jumps on the second track, ‘Faucet’, and it’s a dubbed-out affair, with swollen synth stabs and meandering, ethereal chords drawing you in. Final track ‘Brewed’ uses lively percussion to help carry the hypnotic, rolling tech structure forward.
'We R House 04'
We R House
Rising Dutch minimalist maestro Toman joins We R House’s ranks for a juicy four-track EP, which you may have guessed is the fourth release on Cinthie’s Berlin-based label. Toman wastes no time getting acquainted with a pair of technically minded housers in ‘Broodrooster’ and ‘Fever 105’ to kick us off, the latter fronting the iciest chord stab loop. Next up, a pair of introspective, wonky cuts titled ‘Slapback’ and ‘Murmur’, which will warm up the room and keep the afters twisted, respectively.
Argy’s 'Worthless' EP is anything but, as he makes his debut on Crosstown. It’s tech-house par excellence, not surprising, given his current catalogue of efforts for 2018. He’s created the perfect recipe, mixing conventional track components — grooves, effective sound design, pumping drums and FX — and arranging them in a brilliantly unconventional way. The case in point here being ‘La Vida’; though all three tracks will find their way to DJs' bags, it’s ‘La Vida’ that’s got the je ne sais quoi.