italian legend francesco farfa debuts on memento with “synchronicity 13”, with remix honours and duties left to m.r.e.u.x. and the analogue cops. farfa s long-lasting original track is a dancefloor skyrocket designed with skilful craftmanship. the humonguos drums and the driving bass line stockpile the explosive potential of a synthetic flock of sound, eventually becoming unwordly bloops pierced by evocative strings. the analogue cops rework the evocative potential of the original with a raw jacking grab in their “dance of the condor remix”, anchoring a biting kick drum and an highly corrosive acid bass. finally, m.r.e.u.x delivers his “green trip mix”, a very effective minimalistic reinterpretation, built on pounding rhythms and hypnotic sequences.
memento records honcho idriss d is back on his own dib sublabel with * khomsa* a 3 tracks banger with a steady pace and a fresh sound, blending together house chords and rhythms with techno bleeps and structures. “khomsa” is a peak time dance floor anthem focused slowly built up by shuffled grooves and bouncing synthesised drums. “watching my self” is darker, faster and relentless, while “stability” is a fine crafted esoteric percussive trave into outer space
marieu is the otaku member of the analogue cops and restoration records -the drum island- e.p., his debut e.p. on memento is an compelling mix of three dancefloor-rollers. in full compliance with his trademark style, characteristic of the releases on his own label enlightened wax and on hypercolour, marieu artfully blends militaristic rhytms and heavy basslines with delightful funk and sideral atmospheres.
after more than 10 years in the game and a string of successful eps to his name, idriss d releases his first proper album on his own memento records. at first conceived as a succession of singles for his “dib 00” series (the first two being constantine and alger), the project then became more of a collection of dance floor tracks influenced by what he likes to play in his dj sets.
memento s steadfast head-honcho idirss d is back on his own label with -shams-, a maxi-single with two cuts of pure sonic bliss, finely embellished with soul and dedication for his personal d.i.b series. “shams” is an overwhelming dancefloor tune that expands on a flangered sequence, crackling arpeggios, an uplifting galactic pad, shredded male hooks and finally an esoteric slice of a female lyric. “piramide” is a fast technotic ride over an hypnotic tribal chant. a fat saturated bass drum and crispy claps open the way to an highly resonant synthetic lead that spins around itself over and over again, submerging and resurfacing with furious snares and rapid hi-hats. the two sides of the record entirely disclose idriss sharpened club sense and his superb taste for graceful arrangements.
vinyl only ... memento is proud to announce a brand new maxi-single of the extraordinary lithuanian producer mario basanov, better known as ten walls. with this moniker, marijus adomaitis has been releasing a bunch of deep house gems, and has remixed artists such as robert owens and hercules & love affair -swan- begins with a smoky dramatic introduction, that in a rapid glance become a obscure minimalistic dancefloor killer with a grueling bass line and unremitting hi-hats. finally taking off with a gust of monochromatic sequences and a whirl of dampings. in -lake-, after a dense windy evocative prelude, metallic percussion leave the footprint to the headway of a stomping kick drum and a mesmerizing bass line. sedately flowing synthetic notes, filtered bleeps and rapid beads lead the track to a grandiose finale in which whiffle and wafts become an ubiquitous polyphonic pad.
queen (extended)- is ten walls s first release for memento records. this 8 tracks album on double vinyl is a vivid depiction of the lithuanian artist top-notch production skills, his wise use of subtle melodies and harmonic progressions, as well as his pointed dancefloor instinct.
eduardo de la calle brings back to memento his trademark analogue sounds and musical experimentations with the golden archives 1 ep. two tracks that once again define the spanish mavericks personal hybrid of detroit techno and european electronica, veering into psychedelic territory and progressive rhythms, and continuing to explore the outer limits of the underground scene. * missing you (edit)*s chants and deep soulful atmospherics build up with emotional piano melodies, while * quasicalligraphic*s mechanical stabs and ghostly synths are accompanied by spectral percussions and melancholic chords.
mirko takes his vision to the next level, producing two tracks that defy any convention in todays often monotonous and stagnating music market: * undo* minimalistic intro leads on to a bunch of spooky vocals looped throughout the whole piece, squelchy synth melodies and percussive stabs all around, while * solaris* atmospheric, bright and ethereal pads make for a more than 12 minutes long trip of blissed out magic.
after remixing idriss d’s “alger”, eduardo de la calle returns to memento records with a 2 tracker. the spanish vinyl maestro, analog solutions label owner and beatz documentary maker delivers 2 majestic cuts of deep techno at its best, inspired by the early ricardo villalobos music released on kanzleramt or playhouse some 15 years ago. following the same ideas of building and de-constructing sound patterns made up of pure minimal elements, eduardo here tries to be as simple as he can: direct and repetitive, back and forth non stop compositions that take on a life of their own as they expand and contract. the ep was made in a week of intense and mesmerizing studio work. * die einführung* is a 10 minute number where korg poly 61 arpeggios and spellbinding melodies draw the listener down a psychedelic hole of frequency shiftings and lysergic percussions. * sonst werden* is built around hazy chords and ghostly vocal snippets soaked in a feedback of tape delay, sinister ambient sounds vibrating in the background.
the original opens with a field recording intro followed shortly after by heavy bass shots and a pulsating kick drum. snare patterns and an underwater synth melody hit the speakers with an abstract touch, while halfway through the pace changes with a new bass coming in. an experimental and brave track, it reflects idriss djing style and his long sets, going into different mental spaces, a wavelike combination of beats and up&down rhythms. eduardo de la calle s trademark analog sounds fill his tribute remix with acid keyboards, rim shot grooves, industrial noises and metallic vibes, swinging with a rolling bass line and bringing the original percussions to the fore.
idriss d and fabrizio maurizi welcome back to their label francesco bergomi (a.k.a. f.bergomi) and rush. as eclectic as ever, the iconic memento records takes its music catalog one step further with this split ep, featuring 4 off-the-wall tracks that stand out as some of the most uncompromising ever released on its roster.
memento and french producer/dj okain are by all means a perfect match: the parisian artist is well known for his refusal to conform to mainstream club trends and for his personal and eclectic take on contemporary house and techno, while the italian label run by idriss d caters to the needs of the most sophisticated and well-read electronic music fans. both stand out as true purveyors of unique styles and great taste, and this release is no exception.
label boss idriss d makes his comeback on memento with sunset in kreuzberg, a vicious and sexy track that captures the magic and the passion of his dj sets and the energy he shares with his faithful crowds all over the world. after releasing cross my mind to enthusiastic reviews - it was charted
berlins todd bodine is a fine representation of the underground music culture that has grown out of the city since the fall of the wall: gaining a residency at historical tresor club, he went on to become one of the most sought after german djs to perform around the globe, establishing himself as a...
for the labels 14th release, memento welcomes the collaboration of italys finest house enthusiasts pastaboys, who bring their love of dance musics black roots and afro-american soul sounds, combined with an exquisite european-influenced sense of rhythm and melodies.>tresca< evolves around a sweet italo-disco bass that sends the listener back to the 70s: a soundtrack to a sleazy underground movie, with nightmare-ish synth chords in the background.strong claps and percussion build the tension up to a donna summer-esque break, leading the track to an anthemic climax ready to shake the asses of all the party people out there.
incl. huge luciano remix!! after remixing idriss ds smash-hit cross my mind, lausannes mirko loko is back on memento with a superb release taking us on a journey of delicate melodies and aethereal atmospheres, showing his unique talent in creating brilliant song structures and compositions.
memento12 showcases some of the labels most daring works so far, ranging from sparse soundscapes to elaborate actual song structures, always keeping focused on the feeling and unique inspiration that are its distinctive trait.
nice price deal !!! richie hawtin charts no.1 !!!! second strike for the label which brought us the talent of roger ! two minimal tripping tracks with a killer vocal hook on the flipside which will drive your dancefloor mad....