Next up on Moodmusic is the boss himself, Sasse, with his first new material since the excellent Ani EP on My Favorite Robot early in the summer. Here he offers three moving originals and a Lanzarote mix rounds out the package.
Klas-Henrik Lindblad is the long time finnish deep house and dub techno talent who runs this label. He has done for 20 years now and always manage to offer up moods and grooves that are authentic and atmospheric and perfectly designed for the more knowing dancefloors. That is the case again here across all three originals.
Opening the account here is ‘Gino’ which is a melodically enriched track that has big and busy bass synths squirrelling about above firm kicks. Pixelated patterns rain down the face of the track and overall it has a raw and subtle electroclash feel that is sure to make a mark. The Lanzarote Mix has a colourful disco feel to it thanks to the rugged arps, explosions of melodic colour and pumping drums. It’s a fresh re-work that adds a totally different spin to the groove.
The vital ‘Vincent’ is a heavyweight track with big drums and cavernous dub chords. Run through with a meandering synth line it has jack in the percussion but real soul in the synths whislt shades of Detroit colour it and mark it out as a fine bit of work.
Last of all, the glorious ‘Gloria’ is a slow burning but sweeping ten minute opus of rolling rubbery drums, magical synth patterns and watery sounds that are fluid, loose and dramatic.
Once again Sasse’s serious studio skills shine though in all the tracks on offer here. Out on October 21 on Moodmusic.
2. Gino (Lanzarote Mix)
Sasse’s Moodmusic label is one of the finest deep house and techno outlets out there, and now it confirms its status with another sumptuous effort, this time from Ed Ed.
Ed Ed is a Berlin based artist who has released on this label as well as Defected. His sound is cultured and accomplished and he is a regular in some of the best clubs in Europe. He has recently remixed Peter Kaltenberg for Colour in Music Records and also puts out varied beats on Noir and OFF. Here he serves up a fully formed EP that features five tracks of club dynamite that show he has a great breadth and depth of styles.
Opener ‘The Zoo’ is a moody cut with a rumbling bassline and tight claps cutting through a thick, muggy atmosphere. It rolls deep and takes you with it all the way. ‘Delta’ is then a more spine tingling melodic affair with glassy chords rising up the scale as slick tech beats roll below. It’s an epic track that really sweeps you up to a nice peak and is sure to mark a standout moment in any set.
‘Lagoon’ is a more playful, garage influenced cut with skipping drums, slapping hits and a cooing female vocal that adds a sensuous air to the lively drums. This one is a real party starter full of charm, then ‘Monti’ sinks back down into a bubbling, effervescing groove full of dazzling synth smears and colourful chords and finally the title track rounds things out with frazzled, alien synth lines and sparse sonic landscapes. It’s built on a big bed of bass and really gets loose in the latter half.
This excellent EP is more like a mini LP that really takes you on a trip through many different styles, but all with an equal sense of killer groove. As such, it makes for a fantastic listen and is sure to find its way into many DJ bags.