Matthias Tanzmann is spoiled for choice on Moon Harbour Inhouse Vol. 7

Artist: Various
Title: Inhouse Vol 7
Label: Moon Harbour
Release Date: Out Now!
Genre: House/Techno

Matthias Tanzmann is a name that will be familiar to many, due to his long established Circo Loco residency at Ibiza’s legendary DC10. Slightly less well known is the fact that he has been the kingpin for one of the most consistent deep house labels of the last 15 years. Moon Harbour has quietly gone about its business since its foundation back in 2000 with the ever dependable Leipzig-based label providing a welcome home for artists as diverse as Daniel Stefanik, Gregor Tresher, Steve Lawler and Santos. Whether the artists on board have been local or international, the ethos has been clear; high quality deep underground music that is primed for the dance floor. Here Tanzmann gathers some of the Moon Harbour family back together for Vol 7 of his In House compilation series.

Kicking things off here is Emanuel Satie fresh from his smashes on Get Physical, Defected and Saved. He continues his successful foray into housier territory with ‘Now You Know’. It’s a jackin house track that sees Satie in full on shuffling garage-house mode, with warm chunky drums and a looping vocal refrain. This is catchy, tracky house, slightly reminiscent of older tracks on Classic Music but with the added bonus of some Tiefschwarz-style bleeps thrown in for good measure. The track climaxes with some neatly programmed fat snare builds so that by the end you are left bobbing up and down like some deranged Minion, eagerly anticipating the next slice of musical cake.

Riva Star provides it, dropping in to lay down a cheeky wedge of funk-laden live bass on his upbeat house remix of Paulo C and Paulo Martini’s ‘Rotation’. Meanwhile, the live feel continues on ‘Call The Police’ by label regulars Luna City Express. Hip-shaking latin rhythms and bongos snake along next to some down and dirty Rhodes on this loose organic cut. The whole thing feels like a wild fusion of deep US house and seventies cop TV soundtrack, complete with obligatory police sirens.

Mobilee label boss Anja Schneider takes things deeper with her cut ‘Caracas’ a glorious slice of warm but precise late night house. Sidney Charles provides ‘House Is All I Need’, a slamming modern house track, which would sit comfortably alongside his work on Moda Black. The twisted old school vocals on this one drive the dancefloor towards a frenzy and some judicious use of glide on the synths create a real highlight.

Elsewhere Mathias Kaden brings the acid with the menacing ‘Settle Down’ while Sven Tasnadi’s minimal 808 bouncer ‘Real Box’ throws in all manner of hip-hop vocal hooks to good effect. Other high points come from Dan Drastic whose ‘Room Full Of Heroes’ revolves around some infectious old school chords and the kind of deep dubby house bassline Halo Varga would be proud of. Finally, Sidney Charles returns for a fitting conclusion to the package with ‘People Of The Sun’, a rolling house cut loaded with funk and perfect for soundtracking those DC10 sessions. Tanzmann clearly has his finger on house music’s pulse and this compilation keeps its eyes firmly locked on the dance-floor.

About the Author

Record collector, music maker and spurs fanatic Geraint Rees has been involved in DJing and club promotion for well over a decade. He is currently a promoter and DJ for the four:four project, a Manchester collective who organise club events that support a range of worthwhile charities and promote high quality music. Over the last few years he has produced techno as Acitone for labels such as Stripped and Hype Music. In his free time, he is found regularly inhabiting a dark box like hole known as ‘the studio’ and trying to rear his band of unruly cats.