All hail Dettmann! Having included a veritable swathe of unreleased material from artists affiliated with his label on the excellent Fabric 77 earlier this year, Marcel Dettmann has done the right thing and issued the majority across two EPs. As is the case when granted the chance to own these cuts, it's interesting to see if they retain the power and intensity they conveyed when utilised by Dettmann within the context of the mix CD. In the case of "Transit" and "BB 1.0" from Answer Code Request and Norman Nodge respectively, that's a resounding yes! The latter's production is a particularly potent slab of lysergic sonic dementia that the more adventurous selectors will be playing for years to come. Dettman's A&R skills are on full display with cuts from Stefan 'Kryptic Universe' Schindler's new Lockermatik project and newcomer Ryan James Ford.
Irrespective of whether one buys into the appeal of Nina Kraviz as a DJ, there is little doubt about her ability to A&R a label. The latest split release on Trip features Kraviz herself, label regular Bjarki and a rare Aphex Twin track. Recorded under his AFX guise, "P-String" originally surfaced back in 1995 on a Peel session. Its combination of pounding drums and chilling strings stills sounds fresh and, to Kraviz' credit, is in keeping with the tone of the release. Bjakri's "Baepolar" chops up mid-90s jungle bass with glitchy rhythms, while his "Naked Naked" is a storming techno affair, led by pounding kicks. Even Kraviz gets in on the '90s mood, with the deep, abstract groove of "Don't Mind Wrong Keys".