Lower Saxony’s best-kept secret, Heideton Records, returns with their most ambitious and comprehensive release to date, a double pack titled Green. Green taps into the rich history of European house and techno, from Panorama Bar to Bar25 royalty, while also championing a new era of producers and cult label favourites.
On the first of two EPs scheduled for release this year, Green Part 1, Heideton has curated the finest club weaponry, from ‘tears on the floor’ deep house to sinewy and psychedelic techno. Although this may sound like it doesn’t work together, the release is remarkably cohesive. This is thanks to the care and precision each producer brings, displaying an intimate knowledge of what works on both the dance floor and in your headphones on the walk home.
We start with sunset hovering over the dancefloor thanks to the dripping percussion of Mexico City native, Bobby Cazanova. Once the chords hit on “Alles ist deine Schuld,” it’s clear the deep house aficionado is tapping deep. Borka and the Gang’s “Saltwater (Deep Water Mix)” is no less poignant, but adds a bit more groove as the evening descends, with some crisp snares giving it just a hint of wiggle.
Things continue to get funky on Florian Hollerith’s contribution, “Wakes Up Asleep” as congas and playful synth chords lock themselves into the patient sashay of a contemporary minimal monster. The minimal swagger continues thanks to Watergate legend, Mathias Kaden, who takes us from dusk into the night. The drums on “Radix” are punchy and crisp while the gated chords have a techno venom to them.
Following up this peak time flare, label manager Joe Metzenmacher joins forces with Borka & the Gang, to keep the intensity up, while also giving us a bit more room to breathe with a slow-building and melodic tech-house anthem built around an earworm arpeggio. Be forewarned: the break is going to send dancers into a craze. The emotional release does not stop once ex-pat Kiwis Murmur Tooth team up with Bar 25 alumni Lars Moston. The tension on “You, Me, Us, Spines” falls somewhere between classic Wagon Repair and next level Innervisions.
Green Part 1 will be released digitally on April 22nd with Green Part 2 to follow on June 6th. A vinyl release is also scheduled for May.
Artist: Various Artists (incl. Bobby Cazanova, Borka & The Gang, Florian Hollerith and more)
Title: Green Part One
Label: Heideton Records
Release Date: 2022-04-22