mardi 10 juillet 2012

Tim Xavier - Arco-della Devozione (RBL010)

The RebelLION imprint, younger sibling to the firmly established underground leader Crosstown Rebels, has reached its 10th release as the daddy label edges towards its tenth year and 100th release! Nurturing the more leftfield club music catching the radar of Damian Lazarus, RebelLION next delivers the creative juices from American heavyweight Tim Xavier with the driving, tribal master stroke ‘Arco della Devozione’.
Loved and respected by many, Tim Xavier’s passionate personality and lifestyle have kept him at the forefront of the techno scene since his first releases almost a decade ago. On the stage Tim is known for his undeniable talent as a once-hard techno mixer turned minimal trend-setter but behind the scenes, the expert sound engineer and key artist for the fast-rising imprint Clink Music, runs a highly successful mastering company based in Berlin. Also working with Tony Rohr as one half of The Afternoon Coffee Boys, Tim’s production style overflows with maturity and fluent simplicity and the results are always deep, dark and emotional. This RebelLION installment is no different.
The ‘Main Prime Time’ mix of ‘Arco della Devozione’ is a deep and brooding tribal roller nestled in a dense and dubby sound bed of rich percussion, distorting bass and howling sonic winds. As the disembodied vocals descend and echo through the pulsing beats, the atmosphere drives into murkier waters. On the alternative mixes, the ‘Paint-The-Sky-Dub’ lends a heavy dose of sub-bass and wonky FX while the ‘Dub Version’ allows the track to throb unbounded by the shuddering voices - a magnificent weapon for any DJ wanting to inject some freakiness into the dancefloor.


  • Label: RebelLION
  • Cat no: RBL010
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  • Distribution: Above Board
  • Released: Mon Jul 30th, 2012


    jeudi 5 juillet 2012

    SIS - Round pen EP (CRM099)

    An aficionado’s household name ever since riding a well-deserved wave of hype in 2008, SIS has continued to impress with his instantly recognisable percussive grooves and unmistakable production style, making him a favourite amongst highly revered players such as Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano. Stepping up for the 99th release on Crosstown Rebels (having previously appeared on the first ever RebelLION) the German producer delivers ambitious four-tracker - the ‘Round Pen EP’.
    Shakers and bongos open things up on ‘Faces’, before a big, unwavering 4/4 kick enters the floor coupled with a hazy bassline. An evocative vocal loop is used creatively in trademark SIS style and will no doubt have the same devastating effect on the floor. For A2, things get a little darker with a minimal, almost micro house intro on ‘Unforty’. Spacey pads and a menacing bassline lead the way hypnotically until an organ synth line snaps us out of the trance, giving the track a new perspective.
    On the flip we dive straight back into some more vocal-led, peak time madness on ‘Miles From Me’. SIS displays his renowned propensity for manipulated vocals, chopping up a blues sample beyond recognition and then releasing the full vocal later on; whist a gratifying combo of warming distortion, elongated reverb tails and echoed stabs ensures that sounds twist and turn for the duration. Finally we return to the deep for ‘Forward Line’, a driving and relentless piece characterised by a slick percussive groove and hypnotic synth lead.
    Born in 1980 in Michelstadt, southern Germany, Burak Sar aka SIS was from a very young age Inspired by his musician father, who introduced him to a myriad of musical instruments and rhythms with his Turkish musical group. SIS formed a rock band and played the drums, but an experience at the hands of DJ Karotte in Frankfurt led him to the inevitable dancefloor epiphany and SIS turned his passion to electronic music. With big club records on esteemed labels such as Cecille, Cocoon, 8Bit, Connaisseur and a live mix for Get Physical in 2011, SIS is a refined producer unswerving in his prolific output.

  • Label: Crosstown Rebels
  • Cat no: CRM099
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  • Distribution: Above Board Distribution
  • Released: Mon Aug 6th, 2012