It’s that time again. Five new essential must-have can’t-do-withouts for your record bag or jukebox. Great Stuff Recordings proudly presents the twelfth edition of Munich Disco Tech, with big names mingling with upcoming talents in the usual way. And this one’s got summer written all over it.
DJ Chus and D-Unity are two legends of tribal house – the former established since the late-’90s with some big releases on Defected over the years, and the latter a duo who have been underground favourites for DJs across the board. After Chus and his erstwhile production and DJ partner Ceballos licensed a D-Unity remix for their 2010 Nervous Records compilation Burn In Hell comes a truly breathtaking slice of peak-time action. Trademark shuffling, galloping percussion bounces under an elasticated subby b-line – one of those grooves that you could happily listen to a 1-bar loop of for hours – and the track slowly builds through extra rhythmic layers, big builds and swooshing effects. Ain’t nothing but a groove, but it’s one of the biggest of you’ll hear all year and one that’s set to destroy Ibiza all summer long. Speaking of Ibiza, island mainstay and rapidly rising star Nicole Moudaber provides her own interpretation of Burn In Hell, stripping things back to basics for a refined techno-focused journey that centres around solidity and subtle frills.
And speaking of techno (keeping the segueway rolling), Tone Depth, star of Bedrock and Audio Therapy, teams up with newcomer Anthony Attalla fort he slow-burning Lionel Cookie. Deep bubbly motifs create a sumptuous undercurrent for this deep yet energetic cut, with classic tech stabs pumped up and reversed to give them a bold, stark feel. Without you even realising, the track builds to a huge climax, and makes for an excellent set-builder.
Oz Romita has surfaced this year with a handful of releases already under his belt across the first half of 2011, but his inclusion on this renowned series marks his biggest result yet. The Orient Express is one for lovers of a quirkier cut, laden with spooky stab sounds and warped ethnic (OK, non-English) vocals weaving a hypnotic tapestry of sound. A little old skool flavour is poured into the heady mix for good measure.
Solo’s Strawberry Swing takes the EP in a smoother direction with its teases of lush Rhodes organ, before dropping into one of the Italian‘s trademark plump tribal grooves.
…and speaking of old skool flavour, label boss Rainer Weichold teams up with Kling Klong signing Nick Olivetti for Mojo Hand, a heads-down affair that takes the spirit of raw tech house and beefs it up somewhat. Skipping beats, live snares, carefully cut samples and little teases of intensity add up to another very useful little cut.