Trip Records's seemingly endless list of Italian talent further expands with 'Moon Walker' from Ian Siech who makes his debut for revered imprint this Winter. A long term promoter and DJ in Italy, Siech's transition to production has been a sucessful one, following a few releases for the Overloud Label, is now welcomed aboard. 'Moon Walker', due to the combination of incredibly detailed (and tripped-out) edits/sound evolution and a lolloping loose bassline, is a woozy peak time anthem which doesn't quit.
Its deep and dark with a slowly building pad wrapping around a modulating synthetic hook. The dark and effected echo takes the track into a hypnotic vibe. ‘Take It Back’ delivers a pumping drive the moment it fires up. Snapping percussive force and an infectious rhythmic groove will unhinge dance floors nationwide, whilst ‘Secrets of Vibration’ has a rattling, yet blistering low end presence to it.
Tantra's melodic groove synths help this early morning track really come into its own before the main melodic section, accompanied by strings, will take any clubber to their own dimension. Hypnotizek rounds off the compilation being more upfront about where it's going. This cheeky, groove based track will warm up a dance floor quickly and get people in the mood for a real party! Selection by Ian Carpenter
Distopia features a persistent synth line that combining effectively with lush layers of melody to create an atmospheric impact. Delivers an exhilarating dose of rave thanks to the hypnotizing riff that runs throughout. ‘Atonal’ is a late-night burner, as mesmerizing pads rub shoulders with sparse percussion to create a beautiful eight-minute piece.
‘'Expose' uses an arpegiated synth before storming to the main section of the track and breaking down the doors. The gliding synth sounds really fire with all guns blazing to produce a techno monster that growls and uses raw drums and a catchy synth line to really give the track a lot of energy and power.
‘Black Cube’ is a big room techno groover, driven by crisp drums and the kind of evocative vocal effect that’ll have hairs standing on ends. ‘Atmosfear’ is true to its name, centered on a menacing synth line and gritty percussion, its deep kicks and subterranean bass combining superbly to create a heady dancefloor brew. is propelled by a catchy synth hook and which tips its cap to the artists’ of classic UK rave.
The title track "Heart" is an attitude-packed tour de force; compromised of aggressive snares, warped vocals and a tension-filled break. is an exhilarating Track propelled by uplifting synth lines and a buzzing energetic bassline. A tougher, heads-down techno workout imbued with plenty of energy thanks to a crafty bass melody that runs throughout.
The title track is dark, tough, deeply textured brooding affair, with a menacing touch than runs through its core. Nipocra then brings in a huge synth line and changes up the dynamic of the track, giving it a powerful and driving feel. ‘Backgammon’ is a dark and twisted heavy-hitting cut, driven by aggressive drums and bassline, while a hypnotic synth line sustains a sense of tension throughout the six-minute track. Concluding, a fantastic stripped back exploration into dark atmospheric techno territory that’s tailor made for the winter warehouse raving season.
Into a break-beat influenced, down tempo track using synths to add complexity to the straight, broken rhythms. Galactic, futuristic elements are found in track. Upbeat, groovy, electronic synths resonate, before ‘Doorgaan’ brings the tension to get things pumped up with stratospheric swirls and twirls to lay down one of the most mind meltingly deep drops. its opening beat is a deep and piercing tone that sends the listener into a sensory awareness of their surroundings before breaking into a fully charged, techno track.Two Probabilities shows the positive, starting out evocative and emotional, with a gentle harmony, gazing towards a ‘New Dawn’. On the other side of the spectrum lies the negative. This is influenced with a rhythm that articulates the beat of death, mathematical, cold and metallic in texture, it shows the unsustainability of its nature, with a hectic, anxious break beat influenced ending.
Three tracks, 'No No', "Science" and 'Tonal Grinder', make up the release and within, we see the producers penchant for intensely hypnotic rolling Techno. 'No No' centres around a manic filtered percussion loop which gradually shifts and mutates through the mix with an almost vocal timbre. White noise rides and psychedelic drones offset each other nicely while a lurching bassline rumbles away like an undulating backbone. 'Science' is an altogether more urgent affair, comprising a short, looped bassline that sways and swings the track continually. A long, tense breakdown punctuated with a kickback adorned with militant snares and more white noise rides does the rest, and does so admirably. Ed infine "tonal Grinder" operates within a similar ballpark, delivering much for those seeking bombastic techno while also making room for a little cerebral depth via the intricately structured atmospherics. Working up a warm, hypnotic bassline and teasing out strings to create a low-slung groover that oozes late-night wonkiness.
The beginning of this section combines full sounding arrangements before stripping it all back to basics. From here it dissolves into the atmosphere. Organisms then progresses into a break-beat influenced, down tempo track using synths to add complexity to the straight, broken rhythms. Galactic, futuristic elements are found in both tracks in Cosmic Forces. Upbeat, groovy, electronic synths resonate, before ‘Wild’ brings the tension to get things pumped up with stratospheric swirls and twirls to lay down one of the most mind meltingly deep drops. Metamorphosis is mysterious, its opening beat is a deep and piercing tone that sends the listener into a sensory awareness of their surroundings before breaking into a fully charged, techno track, with trademark sounds and textures.
Three tracks, 'Dont you', "Dont You / Tripped Down Version" and 'Dont You / Ian Carpenter Remix. Erik and Stephanie join forces for the lead track ‘Dont You’. It's deep and dark with a slowly building pad wrapping around a modulating synthetic hook. The dark and effected vocal echo takes the track into a hypnotic vibe. Delivers a pumping drive the moment it fires up, Snapping percussive force and an infectious rhythmic groove will unhinge dance floors nationwide, whith has a rattling, yet blistering low end presence to it.
Titled ‘Solo Walk’, the streamlined work throbs with a searing synthetic pulse. Sees its first blow, kicking with a mixture of undulating synths and understated hoovers. Stays true delivering techno vibes, taking us into dancefloor territory, with a barrage of trippy synth work and a melodic underbelly the makes the track both beautiful and heavy-hitting in equal measure.
In Your Mind sets the tone for the EP with a hypnotic fusion of mechanical pitched to a shunting percussive groove that weaves its way through subtle washes of faint vocal snippets. Aups the intensity with a cavernous big room workout that pairs heavyweight throbbing bass and harmonic rhythms to create a deep, snaking sonic ride. Finally, the remix of Erik Pijl continues the percussive feel of the EP with a slamming tech cut built on a swaying groove and punctuated with distinct rhythms and drawn out pads.
Mutating rhythmic synths hark back to the good ol’ days of BXR and the limitless talent of the Italian Techno scene in the late 90s. Boiling over in the main break this is crowd-pleasing dance music at its finest. ‘Silver’ is a bumpy upbeat ride with a strong melodic hook that will have the hands raised and the feet stomping, is a dense, at times claustrophobic roller. Menacing to begin with, the addition of the main melodic motifs lifts the mood midway.
The third Realm Of Consciousness compilation on Tale Of Us’ trip-records Recordings is the label’s most complete statement so far.
After Time is an mini Ep with multiskilled productions at their full potential , opening with the ‘Intro’. Mutating rhythmic synths hark back to and the limitless talent of the Techno. Boiling over in the main break this is crowd-pleasing dance music. ‘ Vera ’ is a bumpy upbeat ride with a strong melodic hook that will have the hands raised. Title track ‘Don't Stop’ is a dense, at times claustrophobic roller. Menacing to begin with, the addition of the main melodic motifs lifts the mood midway, rounds out an great EP.
The evocative ‘EMP’ brings the EP into focus, as delicate strings set an atmospheric tone. ‘Follow Me’ is driven by industrial percussion and brain-bending synth effects that dip in and out throughout the work. ‘Landing’ follows on from its namesake, teasing out some space and introducing melody to the palette for a deep late-night impact.
TRANSCENDENCE "is this talent made in full bloom" . Equality "strikes like a hypnotic steam train, driven by crisp drum lines before a massive synth lead is displayed complemented by a muscular bass line. Trippy synthesizers and a propelling groove give" equilibrium "its bite." Aequilibrium " advances with a lot of low-end technoid swagger, before a riff that tickles the synapse gives a rush." This track reports the procedures on earth, creating a suggestive technoscape suitable for welcoming the sunrise.
Renovatio is all tense synth stabs lighting up poised, deep drums. The rumbling bass really brings the drama and the whole thing will lift clubs off their feet. After Dimension then layers up more rich synth sounds with plenty of sci-fi motifs. It's a dramatic tick full of detail and perfect for the late night hours. Interdimensional Planets then gets more lively with a busy percussive line sprinkled over tense beats. Chattering claps and sheet metal pads all bring plenty of tension and build as this track gets you locked in to the astral groves. This is another well designed EP from this underground mainstay.
trip-records Recordings ends 2018 with an impressive statement from German duo Innellea.
The ‘Vigilans’ EP combines wide-ranging elements – a heavy, guitar riff on the title track, unhinged drumming, zippy synth melodies and distinctive sounds – to stamp the Innellea identity on a bold and high-energy record. They push limits and refuse convention in fine style, making for a standout entry in the trip-records catalogue.
trip-records Recordings welcomes back the Fideles duo for a new EP, ‘Endless Sacrifice’.
The opener ‘Heading North’ pairs the heavenly vocals of Flu with a subtle, acid bassline and radiant melody, setting the scene for the eerie and transcendental sounds of ‘Harmed’ and the title track ‘Endless Sacrifice’. ‘Tynos’ is a more hard-hitting take on the theme, primed for a night’s peak hours. Fideles express a full spectrum of dancefloors moods and kick off the year in style.
Mathame refine their singular sound on ‘Skywalking’ and a collaboration with Tale Of Us, ‘Departure’.
Following 2018’s ‘Nothing Around Us’ single, Mathame show no sign of slowing down. Their trip-records Recordings follow up is a dancefloor single of epic proportions, taking the duo further into a realm of their own. Tension hangs off the sliding chords and spacious arrangements. In the case of ‘Skywalking’ it reaches an uplifting, euphoric crescendo, in Tale Of Us’ intro edit of ‘Departure’ the theme goes darker and off-kilter. Bona fide anthems in the sets of Mathame and Tale Of Us.
ROD is a new artist for trip-records Recordings and ‘Brighten Up Bunny’ is another high-quality entry in Benny Rodrigues’ acclaimed discography.
The EP’s title track opens the record with bright, uplifting synth notes and a weighty kick drum – Rodrigues’ fresh take on the trip-records sound. Getting deeper and darker with ‘Welcome Back Mama’, ROD fuses razor-sharp claps and a punchy bassline to dazzling effect. ‘Melodi’ takes an eerie turn, burying the drums under metallic shimmers and disorientating reverberations. On the remix, FJAAK treat ‘Welcome Back Mama’ with a warehouse-ready pulse and sharpen its edges.
With the fourth Realm Of Consciousness compilation, Tale Of Us shine a light on the artists whose work has shaped their sets in recent times.
There are contributions from trip-records’s longtime regulars like Recondite, Adriatique, Mind Against, Woo York and Vaal. From those who have come through the label in more recent times: Ae:ther, Mathame, Agents Of Time, Innellea, Fideles and Kevin De Vries. And, as always with the compilation, there are new faces: Colyn, Blausch, ANNA, ARTBAT, Coeus, Lyke, Murat Uncuoglu, Lehar & Aldebaran and ENØS.
The sound encompasses everything trip-records represents: introspective electronica, euphoric peak-time cuts and more subtle rollers. Twenty inspired interpretations of the sound Tale Of Us have developed.
Various – Realm Of Consciousness Pt.IV (AL027)
A1 Recondite – Savaaq
A2 Adriatique – Hound
B1 Adamant – Last Promises
B2 Mind Against & Blausch – Trust My Eyes feat. Running Pine
C1 Colyn – Amor
C2 Woo York – Discovery
D1 Ae:ther – Arteon
D2 ANNA – Spectral
E1 ARTBAT – Element
E2 Mathame – Farewell
F1 Agents Of Time – Superia
F2 Vaal – Weakness Pays
G1 Innellea – Lost In Fades feat. Ameli
G2 Fideles – The Last Glow
H1 Kevin de Vries – Phoenix
H2 Coeus – Eden
Digital Only: Lyke – Lem
Digital Only: Murat Uncuoglu – Abetone
Digital Only: Lehar & Aldebaran – Da Levante
Digital Only: ENØS – Neptune
Maceo Plex joins trip-records Recordings with ‘Lonely Tribe’.
Eric Estornel, alias Maceo Plex, has become a key artist for trip-records in recent times, playing a number shows at trip-records Ibiza and worldwide. The collaboration now goes one step further with the release of this distinctive single. ‘Lonely Tribe’ is a festival-ready hit of epic proportions. It snakes through passages of woodwind melody and vocal samples, driven forward by typically powerful and crisp percussion. On the B-side, Fango is tapped for a remix, stripping back the original over a lean, sliding groove.
Following Colyn’s standout track on the Realm Of Consciousness Pt.IV compilation, we see the full breadth of his scope as a producer on his first EP for the label.
The soaring synth lines and vocal of title track ‘Resolve’ are a bold statement, worthy of the most epic moments in a DJ set. ‘Eriador’ is comparatively restrained, with gently rolling drums and unusual flourishes. ‘Exchange’ and ‘Gravity’ distil euphoric elements into deeply moving techno cuts to fit the trip-records mould.
A year after the release of Adriatique’s debut LP, ‘Nude’, trip-records presents a seven-track remix package to breathe new life into the originals.
The album found Adriatique, the duo of Adrian Shala and Adrian Schweizer, explore a more downtempo, contemplative sound than they were known for. Its profound musicality makes rich source material for a set of dancefloor interpretations, which Tale Of Us have curated together with Adriatique for the label’s 30th release.
Adriatique – Nude Remixes (AL030)
A1 Mystery ft. Jono McCleery (Tale Of Us & Mathame Remix)
A2 Nude (Solomun Remix)
B1 Tachykardia ft. Delhia de France (Kobosil Remix)
B2 Nude (Rampa Remix)
Digital only: Buchla’s Dreaming (Agents Of Time Remix)
Digital only: Ray Reincarnation (Johannes Brecht Remix)
Digital only: Mystery (Isoleé Remix)
Available on 12” vinyl and digital
Innellea return to trip-records with another EP of unique dancefloor creations.
The duo first appeared on trip-records late in 2018 with the striking sounds of Vigilans. They’re now back with four more tracks brimming with their signature, organic percussion and ever-original touch.
‘The White Blanket’ is hauntingly beautiful, with an eerie vocal and piercing synth line at its core. The title track is equally epic, balancing dark and bright, uplifting elements to a euphoric effect. ‘Visionquest’ and ‘We Thrive’ continue the theme with two singular and inspired takes on the trip-records sound.
Kas:st release the anthemic ‘Hold Me To The Light’ on trip-records with a Tale Of Us remix.
The French duo Kas:st are behind the highly-anticipated vocal track that has been creating special moments in recent sets. The original is arranged to journey through downtempo, piano and vocoder sections as well as a powerful peak. Tale Of Us’ remix extends its climax into a true dancefloor epic. The vocal breakdown, subtle progressions and monumental sound design is the perfect complement to Kas:st’s own masterpiece.
On the record’s B-side, ‘The Hymn Of Fallen Dreams’ switches the title-track’s lyrics for a more understated, ghostly lead line whilst retaining its extended form. Closing track ‘Be Yourself’ is the most direct of the four with a groove and deep pulse primed for the peak-hours.
Patrice Bäumel is back for his third release on trip-records, ‘Transmission’.
The two slick, hyper-detailed rollers have all the markings of Bäumel’s best work: patient progression, dubby chords and moments of slow-release euphoria. Both ‘Sender’ and ‘Receiver’ deal in the refined dancefloor power that made ‘Glutes’ (AL004) and ‘The Hatchet’ (AL013) stand out. They add new flourishes and elements of Bäumel’s sound, making ‘Transmission’ a distinctive and exceptionally well-executed entry in the trip-records catalogue.
The emotionally stirring sound of Mathame is back on trip-records.
Their signature, processed vocals shine on the infectious and entrancing ‘For Every Forever’. It’s a sound they have developed over their releases for trip-records and is now truly their own. A Dub Mix of the title track offers a slightly more pared down alternative. ‘Stairway 3000’ completes the record, an eyes-down roller with a bassline to shake any room to its core.
Mind Against are back on trip-records with two emotive, dancefloor masterpieces. ‘Walking Away’, featuring the deeply-affecting vocals of Port St. Willow, centers around uplifting harmonic elements and a resonant drum pattern. It strikes that special balance of light and dark which makes Mind Against’s tracks uniquely cathartic. ‘Bloom’ is more a melancholy, downtempo interpretation of their vision. The percussion is restrained and sits deep below atmospheric pads and piano chords, eventually arriving at a gradual and subtle peak. Mind Against reach euphoric heights once again, though this time by a patient and reflective path.
A special entry in the trip-records catalogue by Lyke.
‘Nothing Around Us’, a 2018 collaboration between Mathame and Lyke, is given new meaning by this piano interpretation. The original track’s melodic heart shines through the shimmering keys alone. A tribute from Lyke to his father, a beautiful moment of solace.
Out of darkness can only come light. ‘Unity’ is a 31-track opus, a symbol of togetherness curated by Tale Of Us, including artists already on trip-records and some new names to the label. Accompanied by a continuous journey through this new music, mixed by Tale Of Us, we hope this compilation brings some escape at a challenging time.
It is more important than ever that we stand together and do what we can to help our loved ones, our communities and humanity as a whole. All profits from ‘Unity’ will be donated to the Coronavirus medical relief fund of the most heavily-affected region so far, Lombardy in Italy. It is a cause particularly close to the hearts of us all at trip-records.
Tale Of Us cover the full spectrum of trip-records sounds, from stirring, sunrise epics and eyes-down techno to more inward-looking moments, individually expressing a collective vision. Crystalline melodies and emotive oscillations connect each work and form the strands which Tale Of Us weave into a momentous Voyage. From the opening tones of the label founders’ own track ‘Alone’, every turn flows further into the Realm Of Consciousness, an unbounded dimension which ends in light.
Woo York follow up their ‘Chasing The Dream’ album with an EP of timeless, acid compositions.
‘Echoes From Beyond’ houses four of the Ukrainian duo’s signature productions. The infectious melody of the title track opens the release in show-stopping style before ‘Dancing With Sirens’ and ‘Minimalism’ take you deeper with triplet pulses, dense basslines and a cosmic atmosphere. ‘Epilogue’ is an eyes-closed epic to end the release on a high.
Stephan Jolk distils his musical universe into the transcendent sounds of ‘Analogy’.
Following Stephan’s highly-anticipated track ‘Doubts’, released by trip-records on the recent ‘Unity’ compilation, comes an eight-track story like no other. The title track ‘Analogy’ is another long-awaited gem that has shone in the sets of Tale Of Us. It begins the ascent through a musical journey where distinct elements collide and emotive reactions fill the spaces behind. Each chapter shows Stephan to be a master of melody and cinematic sound design, whether in peak time mode (‘Esplora’) or with more subdued atmospheres (‘Enlighted’). ‘Analogy’ stands out as a bold statement of Stephan Jolk’s vision and what is to come.
The singular sounds of Coeus’ ‘Beyond Dreaming’ make an indelible mark on trip-records Recordings.
Coeus appeared on Realm Of Consciousness Pt.IV with ‘Eden’ and now displays the full range of his talents in four distinctive and captivating compositions. This is melodic techno with flair, where each track is brimming with ideas and adventurous execution. Imagine the title track ringing out at sunset or ‘Lucent’ taking you deeper into the journey of a night. Coeus evokes strong feelings with all his music, nowhere more so than on this new EP.
An inspired collaboration which delivers more than the sum of its parts.
Innellea and Kevin De Vries have both broken through in the past couple of years, pushing distinctive, high-energy sounds for the floor. On the ‘Hoffnungsschimmer’ EP, the colourful tones of Innellea’s synth work and Kevin’s hard-hitting drama are a perfect match, resulting in three diverse and unique creations. ‘Das Licht’ and ‘Mondfinsternis’ are both euphoric, peak-time efforts full of stirring elements and forward motion. The title track’s more downtempo atmosphere and breakbeats balance the EP into a rounded whole.