Compilation Review: ‘The Mix Collection – Tiefschwarz’ (Renaissance)



Hail to the latest Tiefschwarz weight loss program — you’re always bound to sweat off a few kilos in their deep house gym, though this is a straighter, narrower circuit compared to the sometime off-the-cuff kinks of say, Chocolate. Between their customary furrows through the night (Dischords) and teasers of beats lighter on their feet (Axel Boman’s “Cubic Mouth”), your schedule finds the sweeter scents of Eric Volta & Jonny Cruz and the almost inevitable appearance of Koze’s “Royal Asscher Cut,” amidst travels through synth pop provocations. Ewan Pearson acts on behalf of Bachar Mar-Khalife, and Michael Mayer plays hard nosed yet immaculately manicured. Knox’s offer of a lovingly weightless there-there, as Ali & Basti roll in blue grass, approves the mix’s unity under disco lights (or lack of them).

Though the burn you feel is not a trial by hot coals, Martinez & Carballo will sound better if you get your head down. Tiefschwarz’ “Voices” and Elon’s “Andres” test you as the mix’s mugginess starts to rise and drowsiness drifts in time with fluctuating blood sugar levels, and the gritted teeth of Kenny Leaven wants your all or nothing. Put work in and thou shalt be rewarded – those rewards being Dyed Soundorom’s immaculate swing jacker, Sonodab’s funky worm, and more synth turns through constellations. Tiefschwarz’ turning of the reps up and down gets you plenty of variation subtly locking together the transparent and translucent.

File under: Tale of Us, Mathew Jonson, Isolee

Compilation Review: ‘In the City Vol. 2’ (Souvenir)


The Souvenir sessions still come across like a deep house movement requiring a secret knock for you to gain entry. Like last year’s first installment, reviewed as “non-descript, with a sunken layer of tics and tricks,” ten tracks from label newcomers trundle away with the same self-effacing, gun barrel-straight, strict machine style, providing pointers for dance floor guidance and leaving the brain and limbs to reach an agreement.

Laila Tov could be draped over a piano as Sierra Sam gets things underway, a relative sweetener to what develops into a selection that’s heavy instead of heavy-going, and a little more progressive in character from the point of the stony CJ Jeff & Thodoris Triantafillou onwards. Emanuel Satie’s “No One Like You” is a chat-up line wrapped in bouncing bass and pretty unromantic application, kind of like saying, “I think you’re hot, here are my terms and conditions” — refer to Volume One again.

Satie comes again and counters with “Moonbounce,” the German getting funkier as he can feel daylight is somewhere close. A partier, kept strictly hush-hush. Not one for being told to keep it down is Kasbah Zoo’s “FAME,” a niggly acid hothead lapping up the darkness with moody sibling “Make Me Dance” following. As po-facedly smart as the first edition, adding a bit of passion to In the City Vol. 2 makes for even greater interest.
File under: Chris Wood, Tapesh &amp, Maximilijan, Denis Horvat