Little did we know that the excellent Freerange label were cooking up a follow-up EP by Clavis, the production duo consisting of Manuel Tur and Adrian Hoffmann, who deal in a very specific brand of techy house. Much like their debut EP for the label, "Alcine" rolls its pseudo tribal drums at a steady pace among dissolving melodies, and "Mangogul's Dream" offers a similar yet even more minimalistic take on the genre. The dub version of the latter is what really gets our juices flowing, though, because we're deeply into that swollen bass and well-rounded beats...not to mention that echoing cascade of percussion that spills so well over the tough groove.
Betoko is Beto Cohen, a Mexican producer based in London who has previously appeared on Get Physical, Exploited and OFF Recordings. He now appears on Berlin haven of hedonism Kater Blau's in house imprint Kater Mukke with the Solarium EP, where he teams up with Frenchman The White Shadow. The title track is a dark and melodic journey track with all the right elements that's sure to cause some peak time headrushes at all Berlin's clubs this Summer. "Soony" is more uplifting but still mysterious and emotional with those wonky synth leads working a treat. Finally "Moony" gallops away like a dark horse through the darklands with another killer synth lead which growls away nefariously throughout; you won't forget this one!