Nectar (Mr Mitch Lights Off remix) - (3:46) 140 BPM
OIXU (Tia Maria Producoes remix) - (4:52) 128 BPM
Crow (Audri Nix remix) - (3:14) 50 BPM
Nectar (Mr Mitch Lights On remix) - (4:47) 138 BPM
Culled from last year's debut album Trust, this remix collection comes from artists that 18+ respect and occasionally collaborate with. Suicideyear's take on "Cake" is a dreamy, entrancing affair, with haunting electronic melodies and half-heard vocals set to push the listener into a trance. It's followed by the huge bass drops and dissected vocals of Mr Mitch's take on "Nectar", with Tia Maria Producoes' remix of "OIXU" is in a similar vein thanks to its massive subs. Birds cawing, clicking thumb percussion and techno bleeps comprise Audri Nix's reshape of "Crow", while Mr Mitch goes into melodic, atmospheric mode for his remix of "Nectar".
Thus far, Anunnaki Cartel have only been releasing EP's, most of which have been collaborative efforts by Amir Alexander, Joey Anderson and Chris Mitchell, among others. This is their first LP and it's by Alexander himself, a man who is no mood to beat around the bush and gets his sound across right from the start of "Tight Situations". However, it's the album's slower and stranger pieces such as "A Virtuous Woman", "Love & Fear" or "A Child Is Born" which caught our attention! We'd never heard Alexander making more experimental pieces so it's refreshing to hear an artist so capable of making both hard-hitting floor music but also more docile and abstract sounds.
Bittersharp is the work of a Belgian producer and sounds like it was influenced in part by that country's hardcore past. The title track is an intense, high-paced techno track, led by screeching rave riffs and reminiscent of some of Reload Records' more abrasive releases from the mid-90s. "Kobalt" is just as tough and sees Border One drop concrete block kicks and screwdriver riffs. For his final track, he takes inspiration from Germany rather than his home country. "Arachnid" is also high-paced and features hammering drums, but the cold, repetitive bleeps sound like they were lifted form Sleeparchive's studio.
Cari Lekebusch has been putting out quality underground techno for two decades, but he hasn't attained the superstar status that some of his peers now enjoy. There is a relatively simple explanation for this - the Swedish producer never pandered to the mainstream or changed his sound to get big bookings. Available in two versions on this release, "Truth" is testament to this singular approach. Robust drums, dubby bass licks and heads down rhythms all come together to form powerful techno tracks. Of the two mixes, the second version is the more distinctive thanks to its ravey samples, but both versions will do untold damage on the dance floor.