Marius Maier makes his debut on Kompakt Extra with a two-track EP that embraces the sub-label's weird approach. "Fantasy" is set to a loose rhythm and rolling bass, which act as a basis for wave upon wave of discordant tones. It has echoes of Prins Thomas psychedelic take on disco. By contrast, "Robot" is much harder and more aggressive. It feels like Meier is following the noisy minimal techno of Kompakt Extra's mid-00s output, as waves of distorted synths bubble up like Sulphur over a menacing, growling bass. Not even the presence of a garbled vocal sample can detract from the sense of dread that "Robot" emits.
Berlin trip-hop/electronica legends Terranova are back and inaugurating new label Younion and by the looks of it, it's very much a local thing. Their track "The Girls Are Hungry" gets a remix by main man Fetisch and is a sleazy, tunnelling tech house groove for late night mischief. Fellow Berlin stalwart Re:You also contributes to the EP with "Break It Down", a deeper and more restrained cut that's perfect to build the vibe during the warm up. Finally emerging young duo Eins Tiefer throw down the dirty analogue driven jam "Dzone" complete with some afro-dub vocals for added effect.