Vinyl Speed Adjust – Passing Waves EP
Label: Crystal Structures Records Format: 12″ Vinyl Released: 30 Aug 2012
Credits: We start off our string of releases with a flash back to the groovey days of Chi-town, breakin’ it up and layin’ it down like it is. And to boot, we got Sushitech regular Anonym to back us up with a stompin’ acid rework of A side, just for you. So here you go everybody, Crystal Structures release numero uno, enjoy.
Felipe Valenzuela & Dani Casarano – Better Than Less Label: Melisma Limited Catalog#:ML01 Format:12″ Vinyl Country:// Released:30 July 2012
Credits: Dani Casarano & Felipe Valenzuela’s Melisma imprint has, over the course of its seven releases, swiftly built a strong legion of supporters. Its support of young artists has been bolstered by the inclusion of remixes from internationally acclaimed artists including Lee Van Dowski and Markus Fix. With Satoshi Tomiie’s “Prism Vision” ep still causing global dancefloor waves, Melisma ready themselves to enter the realm of the black gold. Yes sir, Dani and Felipe announce the first of their Melisma Limited series. With only 200 vinyl copies of each ep available and a full digital release some month away, this digi-DJ promo is that much more exclusive! First up and its the label chiefs themselves who take centre stage with “Better Than Less”. The original with its warm and deliciously funky bassline, twisted piano stabs and smooth synth chords is a perfect slice for summer. Ryan Crosson’s rework sees him match the sounds of his electronic laboratory with organic bongo beats. Mysterious, atmospheric and with a brilliantly elasticated bassline, the mix sees the Detroit native take us for a wonderful walk on the wild side. On a similar but far more percussive tip comes Valentino Kanzyani. The Slovenian producer reworks the original in stunning fashion, creating a perfect terrace moment. Welcome to the jungle! Marc Antona – “Love the rhythm of Ryan Crosson’s remix and Valentino’s stylish vision of the track !” Anthony Collins – “Hey guys, Valentino’s remix is super good!!!” Raresh – “Cool tracks inside this EP! Valentino’s mix is my fave.Support!” Luca Bacchetti – “Nice organic elements and atmospheres for Ryan and Valentino, both remixes are great!! Ryan! really digging the percussions and the effected reggae piano . I’m sure I’ll play these versions all summer long. Great job on the original too.
Albert Schwartz – Berry Deep / Drop Label: Ultrastretch Catalog#: U_STRETCH03 Format: 12″ Vinyl Country: Ger Released: 30 June 2012
A1: Berry Deep
B1: Berry Deep (Restyled by Rhadoo)
Credits: Following EPs from Matthew Burton and Seuil, the third release on Sammy Dee’s Ultrastretch label introduces one of Berlin’s most intriguing outsiders: Albert Schwartz. A native of Ghana now based in Germany, Schwartz has been DJing and making tracks for years, but aside from a few gigs with Sammy at Club der Visionäre, has mostly been kept secret until now. With Berry Deep / Drop, he shows a modern and organic style of house that makes him a perfect fit for the Berlin-based label. “Berry Deep” is true to its name: subtle, plodding and atmospheric, driven by an elliptical vocal bit. Much like Ultrastretch’s past releases (or old Perlon records for that matter), it’s the tiny, meticulous details that breath life into this one, like the bubbling major chords competing with the mournful strings, or the ghostly, almost imperceptible Marvin Gaye samples (“Hey brother! What’s happenin….”). “Drop” brings the energy up a notch without losing its subtle touch. The drums are punchier and have a bit more momentum, but the tone is still somehow hushed. This time Marvin takes center stage, with lines from “Inner City Blues” strewn across the track. The EP’s remix comes from Rhadoo, a core member of Romania’s a:rpia:r crew (along with Raresh and Petre Inspirescu) and a past guest at Sammy Dee’s Ultrastretch parties at Club der Visionäre. His microhouse “restyle” of “Berry Deep” gives the original a trippy edge, plus a bit more club-friendly oomph.