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Review: Prosumer – Panorama Bar 03

Label: Ostgut Ton
Catalog#: OSTGUTCD17

Tracklist:

01. Steffi – Sadness
02. DJ Duke – Heard
03. Hunee – A Leaf For Hand In Hand
04. Soundso – Untitled
05. Theo Parrish – Twin Cities
06. Morgan Geist – Current
07. Romanthony – The House O’ God
08. Circulation – Sincerely (Creation Mix)
09. Lil Silva – Pulse vs. Flex
10. Soundstore – Take U
11. J.T. Melody presents Tina René – Prove It (Instrumental)
12. Fingers Inc – Music Take Me Up
13. Oracy – Bass Mood
14. i – L.T.B.C.Y.B.
15. T.S.O.S – Over And Over
16. Servo Unique – Let’s Swing It
17. QX-1 – Love Injection (Inject Me Love Mixx)

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Recommended!

Putting the discussion about “how important mix CDs are today when podcasts are around” or similar aside, and simply enjoying being in the hands of one of the most competent and no-nonsense house dj’s around, you surely not only forget useless debates over this and that, but you also sink into a area without time and only space.

Leaving the controls perfectly balanced on the mixer to leave maximum headroom is a technique that has been around for ages, but when it comes to creating headroom through music—that’s a different story.

I remember once when Prosumer was letting ‘DJ Boom – Kinda’ Kickin’ go, doing something very strange as lowering the pitch into unbearable slowness. For a afternoon with sunlight going through the shutters, myself and the fellow dancers got lost for a moment. For myself and probably other people as well, these moments are rarely there, but when they are, it’s something you remember forever.

When it comes to ‘Panorama Bar 03’, the sound of the bar is not where the emphasis is put. Interestingly though, Prosumer has captured a moment in his sound where it blends perfectly by the high standards of his residency, as well as releasing a personal document in time, not far away from the legendary ‘Berghain 02’ that came three years ago.

The mix starts off with Steffi’s best track to date, continuing down a long stream of classics that is either a little bit forgotten or previously unexplored. Theme-wise, it’s hard to pinpoint the ups and downs in the mix, which is actually very refreshing. Hearing a few small pushes on the vinyl’s here and there actually brings more magic into the atmosphere, by sensing the sweat and hard work that shines through not only the track selection, but the composition as a whole.

For ‘Panorama Bar 03’, it’s certainly a mix you will carry with you for at least some time to come in a use-and-throw away culture.

Review: Robert Hood – Omega: Alive

Label: M-Plant
Catalog#: M.PM12

Tracklist:

1. Bells At Dusk
2. Run
3. Alpha: Alive
4. Omega: Alive
5. Minimal, Minimal
6. Who Taught You Math?: Alive
7. Unix: Alive
8. Side Effect: Alive
9. Minus: Alive

Bonus Tracks:

10. Alpha – James Ruskin Remix
11. The Family
12. Atomic

Recommended!

With the ‘Omega’ album from last year, Robert Hood took charge of techno once again. By going for his own interpretation of ‘The Omega Man’ movie from 1971, Hood showcased a side of his music that would fit in a new context, filling up the atmosphere with a more experimental mindset—but not at the cost of his forward headed and driving tracks from the early days.

At the time of the release of ‘Omega’, the very structured sound could at times feel that it was lacking something more. ‘Omega’ came on and off by delivering structures that was firm but at the same time Hood-like, which was forgiving. Although. almost a year has passed since ‘Omega’, where the sound has grown steadily, especially when it comes to Robert Hood’s own dj and live sets from last year, where his material from the album made perfect sense in the way he played it.

‘Omega: Alive’ is almost an hour long showcase of how the previous album could sound when Hood performs it, where the sound architecture fits perfectly and creates a killer mix CD.

Combining old and new material into new shapes, Hood starts out with the tripping ‘Bells at Dusk’, which completely engages and forges the rest of the album in a special way. Continued along the track ‘Run’, which draws a lot of the more classic Hood tracks, with steady and static arrangement.

The mood is transformed a lot throughout the mix, where Hood blends both the calm and wild aspects of his tracks, shining special light over ‘Alpha: Alive’, a new version of ‘Alpha’ from the ‘Alpha / Omega (End Times)’ EP from last year. This time, the sound of this track is more down to the earth and less penetrating, as a new atmosphere follows in line with new melodies—a perfect reworking into a new state of mind.

Straight from the mind of the master; ‘Minimal, Minimal’ is an anthem of crazyness. Working perfectly as a bridge for the live set, it is interesting and good that Hood includes the briding tracks too, as they are needed to continue on when playing live. Even though it might seem as a strange track, it makes perfect sense in a live set, especially from the man himself.

A dangerous move, but a very good one in this case, is the reworked classic material from Hood’s extensive back catalogue. He manages to rework them so they fit the atmosphere of the ‘Omega’ live set and pushes them into a new territory. The reduction both limited to the style of his, but also by the probable equipment used at that time has made the tracks into the special ones that they are today. Interestingly, Hood has elevated the sound of them into a different one, not being able to compare them (there’s really no point), but gives a feeling of refreshment and excitement.

For the bonus tracks, Robert Hood included the James Ruskin remix of ‘Alpha’, as well as the previously released ‘The Family’ and the new track ‘Atomic’. ‘Atomic’ is more experimental in a way that was introduced in ‘Omega’—just as with the album from last year, it will probably grow a lot within time.

‘Omega: Alive’ is released on CD and digitally the 20th of June.

My favorite tracks:

Minus: Alive

Alpha: Alive

Bells at Dusk

Minimal, Minimal

Thanks to Jonas at EPM and Robert Hood for this release.

Review: Soundstore / Steffi / Hunee – Panorama Bar 03 EP

Label: Ostgut Ton
Catalog#: o-ton46

Tracklist:

A: Soundstore – Take U

B1: Steffi – Sadness

B2: Hunee – A Leaf for Hand in Hand

Straight from the combined forces of tracks from the ‘Panorama Bar 03’ mix CD due later this month, Ostgut Ton releases a sampler with three previously unreleased tracks. As with the previous mix CD’s from Ostgut, a lot can be said about the diversity that the label is displaying by getting this material out for other djs as well.

The difference this time though, is that it’s much harder to pin-point a common ground for the sampler, due to the diverse range of styles being put into it.

Soundstore’s ‘Take U’ strikes out in a traditional sound, based around a high energy mode and extravaganza, being balanced perfectly between what could be considered a “party” sound but keeping the depth of sound in check. A momentum track that goes straight for the gold—as well as a perfectly insane ending not suitable for any eardrum.

‘Sadness’ is a new track made by Steffi, who with her excellent and unique ‘Yours & Mine’ LP set her ambition soundwise, where ‘Sadness’ feels even more thought out and carefully crafted for the special moments. Especially the moments created by her residency, but Steffi manages to also transform that spirit into a track that carries a lot more weight than a specific place, which in return makes it stand out a lot and almost reaching out of the structures of a track-like sound.

The last track of the EP comes from Japan’s Hunee, who goes deep into the momentums and details, bringing in a fresh approach to the essential piano tune action. ‘A Leaf for Hand in Hand’ showcases a studied sound, with a perfect balance between the old and the new, making the atmosphere positive as well as pushing into territores of Prosumer’s dj style—something that explains a lot for Prosumer’s choice to feature Hunee’s track on the Panorama Bar 03 mix CD.

The EP is out soon, together with Panorama Bar 03.