Review: Shinedoe and 2000 & One's label has been one of the most consistent Dutch techno imprints of the past decade, and they gear up for this year's ADE with an incendiary collection. First up is 2000 & One with the slamming rhythm and pile-driving claps of "Bonus Beats Thang", while Intacto's other co-owner delivers a droning, cavernous groove in the form of "Shadow Boxing" and the muscular minimalism and snappy percussion of "Rubber Band". From there on in, the compilation focuses on other artists: Hybrasil drops the loopy "Breasal", and Atoll delivers a more spacey variation on this sound with the winding bass of "Home" and "Mental Madness", where eerie bleeps are added to the arrangement.
One - "Kontrafunk" (Scuba's Hotflush Remix) - (6:04) 140 BPM
Review: The Swedish label showcases its diverse approach on this remix package. First up is Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann; like his last remix on the label, of Mokira, he succeeds in shattering perceptions. Instead of dreamy dub techno however, on this occasion his remix of Agaric's "Playing Games" delivers a rolling, housey rhythm, with repetitive stabs and rasping percussion sounding similar in tone and tempo to his recent reworking on Trus'Me. Scuba also surprises with his take on One's "Kontrafunk". Harking back a decade, it captures the spirit of UK breakbeat as it fuses a booming bassline with a cut-up filtered vocal sample. As always with Kontra, it's a case of expect the unexpected.
Airwave & Santiago Nino - "Metropoli Sunrise" - (8:18)
Airwave - "Escapades On A Lawnmower" - (7:05)
Airwave - "The Sum Of All Questions" - (6:12)
Airwave - "Ten years" (feat Di) - (8:10) 128 BPM
Airwave - "While Elly Sleeps" - (5:20) 132 BPM
Various - "Bright Lines" (continuous DJ mix by Airwave) - (1:42:37)
Airwave - "When Things Go Wrong" (unplugged version) - (3:16)
Airwave - "Save Me" (2012 remaster) - (10:10) 132 BPM
Review: The trance fraternity was pleased to welcome back Airwave this year, a true pioneer of the genre who found a great new home in JOOF and deliver two brilliant LP's. To wrap up the 12 months they bring 'Dark Lines' and 'Bright Lights' together for a special bundle addition and what's more there are two exclusive bonus tracks, a 2012 remaster of 'Save Me' and an Unplugged mix of 'When Things Go Wrong'. Two albums for the price of one, so if you missed out on either of these journeys through trance the first time round, make sure you grab them now!
Review: So it would appear that the Goons Music imprint has put together an all star squad here as they unveil the second part of their 'GOONsquad EP IV' release, featuring six exciting production talents. We begin with a gander at Alenn and Angry Beats, who join forces for the hardcore inspired piano switch ups and niche bassline rolls of 'Fabulous', before Crazy Funky Crew and Triptyque join forces for the lofi minimlisim of 'Next Door'. Next, Mike Epsse arrives with his inspired bass-heavy roller in 'Bas Princess', combining dancefloor inspired drum sounds with hard hitting bass tones, before we finish up proceedings with the experimental bass stitchings of 'Donk' from ONE&TWO.
Review: Lacktic unleash some deep and moody techno from Dean Amo and Spektor One on their latest release, "Sleep Lost". Amo takes on the first three tracks, delivering some driving techno that comes with quick percussion but still keeps it highly atmospheric. Spektor One takes things a bit wonkier with his brace of tracks, building his tunes around twisted synth structures.
Review: Three despatches from the outer limits of the jazz spectrum make up an EP that defies easy categorisation. As One's 'Elsewhere' is up first, and comes on like a free jazz excusion underpinned by the intriguing combination of a live double bass line and an almost jungle tempo breakbeat. As One are then back again to take on Sensurreal's 'NewBrandDesign', which again has Reece/Bukem-ish drums but married in this instance to long, lingering pads, disco stabs, shimmering keys and more. And then there's Jedi Knights' 'Solina', again remixed by As One into a head-fried slice that draws on Detroit techno for inspiration. An interesting package that rewards repeat listening.
Review: Auxiliary's first vinyl experience of 2015, the "Veil/Unveil" series returns with four stark visions of the future. ASC lights the touch paper with an 85BPM swagger jam, all sheet metal snares and creepy vocal shots and Synth Sense follows with a warped, squidgy bass journey into the darkest pastures of the fractured beat fields. Further on Sam KDC goes all sci-fi with heartbeat subs and a rising bassline that creeps up alleyway-style before Method One closes the show with a deeper, cosmic affair where the palpitating bass plays the consummate beat bedrock as scattered drums ooze in and out of the mix.