You are here

Album of the Week: Various Artists '6 Years of Hive'

We look at a compilation to celebrate 6 years of Hive for this weeks album.

By Spotlight

Artist: Various
Album: 6 Years of Hive
Label: Hive Audio
Release Date: 22/03/2012

Opening with Jan Blomqvist’s I Don’t Think About You, this compilation from the imprint offshoot of Zurich’s world famous Hive Club states its intention with purpose. A warm, melodic, vocal cut that’s as inviting as you like, it neither falls on the side of tough driving techno or sauntering, shuffling house, instead occupying that rarely discovered hinterland of music that’s perfectly poised to go either way.

From here David Keno’s I Know Now then takes things into techier directions, using lyrics as hooks and laying down a classic, bumbling organ baritone, sounding somewhere in between H.O.S.H. and  Chaim. But don’t expect everything else on here to follow suit, as we veer between darkness and funk throughout the remaining eight tunes offered on the collection.

SIS, for example, takes things into percussion-heavy, moderately progressive directions on Ilkbahar, a cut that melds droning basslines and resonant drums with rolling beats and an overwhelming sense of atmosphere, the kind of thing that should make those on the dancefloor feel nice and disoriented. Hypnotic, repetitive, dark music that reminds us all why clubbing in its proper form is still a niche pursuit.

Matthias Meyer gets on a similarly confident tip, seemingly disinterested in taking prisoners. His track, Free Your Mind, isn’t obvious, and it doesn’t really do very much. Yet the wide-load kicks and feeling of continual build ensure that, when heard roaring out of a decent speaker stack, this is the epitome of stepping marching orders. Basslines wobble, cosmic warbles spiral off into inaudible distances and subtle pianos loop, whilst voices utter indecipherable messages and, as a result, the feet and head of any listener continue to move.

We close with Searchin from Niko Schwind, a vocal, e-funk house cut that’s got everything from a huge, late 80s diva chorus to equally gargantuan synth stabs, guitar licks, and snares a plenty. A far poppier tip compared with much of the preceding fare, it’s evidence of why Hive remains a label that can (and frequently) does find favour with DJs playing a wide range of genres. That said one common trait to be found in anyone with an interest in Switzerland’s finest would be an understanding that music doesn’t have to be obvious to work on a dancefloor and be memorable- it just needs to be as well conceived and deftly executed as everything on this collection.


Related content

Dâm-Funk hits us with an ear bending 20-tracked offering with his ever celestial sound in Invite...
Take a peak inside Nils Frahm's musical box.
An eclectic and intricately woven journey into Joris Voorn’s favourites.
The magic of changing light, in music.
Solid summer party-ready grooves from Kerri Chandler’s label, Madtech.
A journey through futuristic soundscapes of unimaginable beauty; ladies and space cadets, this is '...
The prolific young producer takes us on a dark and brooding conceptual journey.
A tribute to the scores of night owls who help make clubbing memories round the world...
...asserting Schwarz’s position as one of the dance industry’s most technically proficient...
Surprise, surprise! A brand new release from two old masters.
Playful, evocative and experimental, Cartoon Hero is a direct wormhole to childhood in the 80s.
From the brassy stabs of the first few seconds one feels the power and energy behind this historic...

Latest news

Tennis for everyone


DJ EZ had a banger of a year and the bang is all set to boldly continue into 2016.

5 days ago

Pork's on the menu

6 days ago

Richie Hawtin and The Martinez Brothers headline....

7 days ago

Children's fiction in multi-art forms

1 week ago

You are here