If you were expecting floor-friendly electro house, then you have probably come to the wrong place. German producer Oliver Huntemann is known for making grungy bass and soaring melody-led big tunes, but this release opts for a different tact. While "Melbourne" does feature an enveloping filter and an epic breakdown, it does so against the backdrop of a skeletal, minimal techno groove. "Tasmanian Tiger" represents a more radical rethink. The bass is murderous, its subs having more in common with 90s jungle than modern electro house, while its lithe claps and pointillist trance riffs provide the basis for subtle kicks and a stepping rhythm. It sounds like Huntemann wanted to escape the sound he is associated with, and on Play! 04, he has succeeded.
This label is not affiliated with the mid-90s techno imprint of the same name. The differences don't end there; "Erma" casts the listener back in time to the golden age of electro house, when crisp claps, searing basslines and repetitive vocal samples were de rigeur rather than aggro buzz saw bass sounds. Proving their experimental bent, Reiman & Electric Rescue decide to tend the the title track ends with a noisy loop , which sets the scene for Marc Houle's remix. Its eerie synths and one-note stabs ebb and flow over a pulsing groove that spirals and builds until the menacing feeling becomes strangely irresistible.