Stu Robertson aka Asok comes through on his very own Scenery label after a rather glorious first outing on the ever-reliable MOS label from Holland. "Hunter" takes a gritty, broken house groove and chucks in a rolling punch made of distorted 4/4 kicks. Conforce appears under his Versalife moniker for the remix of the title track, transforming the original into an even deeper, more sinister affair boasting dreamy pads and a rickety, swinging percussion. "Cabal" is a little lighter and more club-ready, and the same goes for "Millenium 2:2" - what a punch on that bassline! Strong sounds on this sixth release from Scenery.
Away from her more austere techno output, Steffi can known to be a big lover of unabashed party-time electro, and it doesn't get more exuberant and catchy than this collaboration with Dexter and Virginia in a departure from most of the output you'll find on Ostgut Ton. "Treasure Seeking" is a craftily penned crossover cut with as much pop nous as underground clout, with Dexter's squelchy sound-design looming over the mix. The "130 BPM" version gets a little more of that Detroit electro style looming over proceedings, while Diep delivers a straight-talking Motor City techno version loaded with plush string synths and stacks of energy.
After some initial forays into the lime light for the likes of Hippos In Tanks, Physical Therapy gets the golden ticket in to the deranged Unknown To The Unknown workhouse to turn out some of that irreverent but archly delivered party-smashing business. "C'mere" is a perfect case in point, putting forwards a strong argument for how deep footwork-infused electro can be, while at the same time keeping the cheeky vocal samples bouncing around with wild abandon. "The Black Night Is Calling My Name" keeps things low-slung and rude, while the title track speaks more to a dishevelled, mildly unhinged version of deep house. It's a fun and creatively worthwhile EP at every turn, which is exactly why it fits perfectly on UTTU.
The tempo is high and the trance vibes are up on Joe Davis Junior's debut seminal Detroit label Submerge. This three-track release is a high intensity listen, and "Theory Of Light" is smooth, jacking and intergalactic. "DTW To Frankfurt Main" pays homage to Sven Vath's home town and it's a heroic session of synths and melodies that will make you want to work out in lycra, while "Electro Minded" is a rambunctious production of criss-crossing beats and spacey bleeps.