In less than a year since first starting out, Guy Gerber’s Rumors label has become one of the go-to outlets for considered, classy and cultured house music. After tastemaking and standard-raising releases from Guy & Dixon, Lake People and Chaim – as well as memorable parties everywhere from BPM to WMC – now the imprint offers up a fantastically strong and seductive nine-track sampler entitled Chinese Whispers.
Across the course of the magical sampler, internationally established artists such as Clarian (formerly of Footprintz), Konrad Black & Martin Buttrich and Chaim rub shoulders with the likes of Hunter/Game, Mario J, Lancaster and Sow Wild Oats.
Opening up are production geniuses Konrad Black of Wagon Repair and Martin Buttirch of Desolat. Their ‘Siamese Connection’ is a kinetic, rubbery afterhours track filled with weird sounds, great sonic design and captivating rhythms. UK newcomer Rhymos then offers the dubby roller that is ‘Grey Table’, Israel’s accomplished Chaim then gets seriously spiritual and serene on his ‘Too Dark For You’ and Italian pair Hunter/Game make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up with their truly moving, majestically melodic ‘Squares’.
Elsewhere, former Footptrinz man and now Visionquest solo star Clarian impresses with his stunning trademark synth work, Lancaster lays down a warm, stripped back basement track with ‘Time To Rest’, Mario J gets physical with his hard hitting ‘Do It All’, Sow Wild Oats explores trippy tech with ‘Atermath’ and Vonda 7 do big room melodic house in some style on ‘Epiphany’.
This terrific label taster shows the world what Rumors is all about – artistic, emotional house music that mesmerises dancefloors and makes a big impact on souls and as well as soles.
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