Desolat 030 – Annual Sampler
Following up from last year’s critically acclaimed ‘5 Years Desolat’, the label has once again compiled a collection of 12 scintillating productions from an exciting pool of talent that together accurately represent the future direction of the label. It witnesses a focus on both new and established artists that are fast becoming associated with the imprint, and thus signals the coming together of three generations of producers for Desolat.
2013 was another successful year for the Desolat camp. It’s impressive release schedule included the likes of Jerome Sydenham, Mathias Kaden, Butch, Pulshar, Francisco Allendes, Tiger Stripes and label co-founder Martin Buttrich, who alongside Mousse T, all put out key releases. And Desolat 030 signals that the coming 12 months are going to be exciting as ever.
First up are a couple of artists whose are now firmly part of the Desolat set up. Robert Dietz has established himself as one the most exciting new talents on the house and techno circuit and his ‘You’re So Hood’ is snapshot of his intricate and pumping style that has seen him become a favourite on dance-floors. The other Desolat regular is Hector who brings a dark and brooding production in ‘Make A Move’ that is sure to entice DJs and music aficionados from across the house and techno spectrum.
Returning to the fold after previous releases on Desolat are a number of artists at different stages of their careers. With ‘Assymetric’ Danny Ocean continues to prove that one doesn’t need to be a huge online presence to be one of the finest producers around. A suitable pumping start to the year the track delivers on all fronts.
Shlomi Aber continues to deliver the goods on Desolat with ‘Mind Tribus’ following his ‘Rough Steps’ EP and his track on last year’s sampler.
House legend Eddie Fowlkes debuts on Desolat with an ethereal bubbly cut in ‘I’m Telling You’. The track delivers warmth and groove in equal amounts and proves Eddie is still on fire after all these years.
And finally there are a few producers whose relationship with Desolat is in their infancy, but that look positive considering what the tracks on offer. Circus ringmaster Yousef has teamed up Blakkat and delivered a polished, warbling anthem in ‘Analogue Times’. Carlio Lio, a regular on Dubfire’s SCI+TEC, demonstrates with Don’t You Worry’ that he is still attuned to providing more housier cuts in addition to his fierce brand of Techno. Argy also debutes with ‘Closer Than Most’ and NY legend Joeski also joins the party with a subtle and inviting track in ‘Beware of the Drum’.
As ever, the sampler provides an all-encompassing demonstration of what Desolat is about. On offer is a wide selection of styles that all represent what the respective artist is about musically, but of course the consistent Desolat musical thread runs through all the productions.
A1 Shlomi Aber – Mind Tribus
A2 Argy – Closer than Most
B1 Eddie Fowlkes – I’m Telling You
B2 Anthea ft L.K – Booty Call
C1 Yousef & Blakkat – Analogue Times
C2 Robert Dietz – You’re So Hood
D1 Joeski – Beware Of The Drum
D2 Hector – Make A Move
Carlo Lio – Don’t You Worry
Marco Faraone – Overvision
Danny Ocean – Assymetric
Blimas – Blast