Review: New Kontra Musik goodness out of The Netherlands and, as always, this is some very special material, indeed. As a side note, we should say that this label has really impressed us over the last three years, growing into what is now a powerhouse for both house and techno; the sort of material that is shaping the scene. There's plenty to get stuck into with this new X Color compilation, and it all starts with Sebastian Mullaert's remix of "Brevet Hem" by Jonsson and Alter, a frosty house groove with subtle techno influences, which falls neatly into Porn Sword Tobacco's conga rework of Jason Fine's "Workin' It Out". Echospace's version of "Axis Audio" from Mokira is a stupendous sub-techno voyage, Dorisburg does his best to strip down TM404's acid chigger "303/303/303/606/606", Sun Pa goes for the ambient treatment on Mokira's "Manipulation Musik", and the great Max Loderbauer transforms "Wallouian", by Tyler Friedman, into a glitchy, minimalistic tribal soundscape. Excellent and recommended.
Review: This triple-album collection is something of a treat for Prins Thomas fans. Released as an accompaniment to his epic, three-disc Paradise Goulash mix, it's entirely made up of previously unreleased re-edits from the Norwegian maestro. Musically, it's as cosmic and varied as you'd expect, variously touching on ambient (Claude Speed), Balearic jazz (Gabor Szabo), Middle Eastern oddness (Cat Trance), synth-samba (Richard Schneider Jnr), modern classical (a Johanna Billings cover of Arthur Russell's "This Is How We Walk On The Moon"), and all manner of hazy, sun-kissed grooves. There's little slamming dancefloor fare, but plenty of unique versions of overlooked, little known or forgotten musical gems. For that alone, it should be an essential purchase.