Loco Dice delivers a diverse four-tracker for his Desolat label that harks back to an earlier time without losing his own futuristic sheen. "Retox" is the deepest cut here, with Dice fusing the sun-kissed synths and stoned freak samples of Balearic house with his own stripped back, minimal house grooves. "Neurotox" also harks to the early 90s and could be the German DJ's tribute to the crazy days of the Sound Factory as a rolling groove that deploys a drum loop similar to the one used in Xpress 2's "Muzik Express" to propel the arrangement forward. "Autotox" meanwhile, combines birdsong ambience and wired ravey vocals with a walking bass, while it's only on "Detox" that Dice's stripped back approach comes to the fore.
It's hard to believe that Loco Dice's label has been around for so long - or more surprisingly that it covers so much ground. While much of the label's focus remains on toolish, tribal house, 5 Years also covers deep, chiming house, audible on Yaya's "Our Connection" and the driving, vocal-filled groove of Dice's own "Lolopopinho". Of the tribal-styled tracks, the ones that stand out most are the ponderous vocals of Basti Grub's "Drunk & High" and the intoxicating chants of Francisco Allendes' "Platonic Solid". Yet neither can compare to the acid-filled, rolling snares of Horatio's "How Much 909 Can You Take", which sounds like LFO vs FUSE's "Loop" on acid.