Given that this is Audaz's 50th release (good going, given that the imprint was only launched in 2011), it seems fitting that it comes from label boss Lino Rodriguez, AKA Alkalino. The Munich-based producer has predictably gone in hard, delivering a quartet of original tracks aimed squarely at late night dancefloors. Opener "Side It Up" seemingly surges from the speakers, with flittering tech-house elements and murky vocal samples riding a wonky, bass-heavy groove. "Drumberg" sees him charge off into tech-acid territory with impressive results, while "Sparkling" sounds like vintage Orbital fused with 21st century German tech-house. Finally, he reaches for the mutant bass, horror textures and acid lines on closer "Minga", arguably the EP's standout moment.
Tilburg-based producer Kevin Huizing (aka Budakid) has been bowled over seeing his music being released, and on a label such as Jalapeno too. But he has no need to be so humble, with all three tracks on the Blue Robin EP displaying a quality beyond his 19 years. The title track is slo-mo synth funk, a total poolside jam, "Invisible Violet" is fragile trance - all gentle keyboard caresses and effervescent drum bubbles. Lastly "Saint Yellow" ads a slight hip-hop grind to its electro-pop squelch. New talent alert!