GEM front man Secret Cinema drops his first EP on the imprint. Building on the success of Egbert and Peter Horrevoert's two EPs and mix compilation, the label unleashes another powerful package with "Glad Chord". The melodic title track builds with tension evoking synth stabs before breaking out into a short live euphoria, before the groove takes over once again. The club orientated remix, complete with added strings comes from Irishman Psycatron. "Basically" throws funky percussion over a deep, hypnotic tech- bomb. If you haven't already, switch onto the sounds of GEM and watch the treats roll in.
Talented techno producers don't fade away, they just go off on a new tangent and return emboldened. This seems to be the case with Diego, who made his name at the start of the noughties with storming releases for Kanzleramt. It's fair to say that Hope signals a radical stylistic shift. The title track is a dubbed out tribal house groove, but its seductive strings and celebratory chords show that Diego hasn't lost touch entirely with his techno background - something that the deep space pads of "Stargazers" also make abundantly clear. However, Hope favours a more diverse approach, which is articulated on "Me, Myself & Moog" - a jacking track underscored by an electro funk bass.