Always at the forefront of the best house and techno, Toolroom call on Slovenian ace Umek to helm the latest in their series of Toolroom Knights mixes. Tracks from Funkagenda, Hertz, Gary Beck, Alex Kenji are among the 36 prime cuts on offer (available as seperate tracks or as two full-length mixes), with special shouts going out to Just'n Toko's minimal thriller "Let Me Dig", Christian Smith's brilliant old-school burner "The Price Of Freedom" and Umek's own "Novi Sad".
Berlin-based duo Mind Against is an interesting proposition. While their productions are, of course, rooted in house and techno - and particularly in the woozy tech-house sound promoted by Italy's Life & Death label - they employ plenty of hazy, fuzzy melodies inspired by classic early '90s IDM. While the clear dancefloor favourite on this fourth EP is the pulsating, stripped back murkiness of "Several Times", it's the more atmospheric "Avalon" that really stands out. Its clandestine bassline and shuffling rhythms are topped by the sort of tumbling electronics and skuzzy synths you'd expect to find on a Skam release, circa 1995. It's an unusual and intriguing combination.