Review: Subsonik doesn't mess about, diving straight in and remixing two absolute belters from darkside soldiers Black Sun Empire and Quadrant & Cease respectively. First up is "Crash Bunny", which he re-works into a discerning dancefloor bomb with stuttering synths and cool percussion. "Rage & Rapture" undergoes a similar treatment, with a trance-like, sci-fi vocal-led intro and spaced out atmospherics, it drops into an epic adventure with rapturous synths and euphoric SFX. One for the ravers.
Review: Codex Empire's wingspan tech has been a glorious new entry into the techno sphere, as of late, and we have welcomed his output for aufnahme + wiedergabe with open arms. This week, he appears alongside Marmo with a heavy EP for the sublime Khemia label, an imprint which has taken 2016 by storm with a series of magnetic releases from artists like In Aeternam Vale, Rrose, and Volte-Face, a Junodownload favourite. The former's tune "Sevde" is a veritable steam-roller of a tune, banging its bumpy drums away helter-skelter, and accompanied by dark, brooding industrial sonics, while Marmo's "Alchimia" is more distorted, more deeply intertwined in its various percussive webs, but still of the same calibre as Codex Empire's tune. Two menacing techno killers with a simple yet effective vision.
Review: Stil Vor Talent up the ante with some seriously dark and pummelling techno by German duo Hidden Empire who have previously appeared on Traum and Trapez. To classify these efforts as 'dark journey tracks' (the label's usual fare) would surely be an understatement. For as much the synth leads are wonky and atmosphere are nefarious, "Lost In Time" and "Get Lost" also pack a whole heap of adrenaline and aggression that could see them appeal to Drumcode fans. Next up is local lad Boy Next Door who serves up the driving peak time tech house tool entitled "Dael" while "Kuba" is more ethereal and atmospheric in its subdued approach to trance aesthetics, with those epic arpeggios working a treat.
Review: Wisely, house legend Kerri Chandler has used the opportunity provided by this DJ Kicks mix to showcase some of his greatest influences and inspirations. For the most part, that means a slick selection of soul, jazz-funk, disco and boogie gems, with highlights including the dubbed-out, synth-heavy early electro/hip-hop fusion of Fantasy Three's "It's Your Rock (Instrumental)", the sumptuous, solo-heavy bounce of Andre Seccarelli's "Shock Number 1" and the sensual modern soul warmth of The Foreign Exchange's body. Throw in a wealth of specially created interludes, an exclusive Chandler production (the spaced-out Afro-dub deepness of "Stop Wasting My Time") and one of the Innerzone Orchestra's greatest moments (acoustic soul cover "People Make The World Go Round") and you have a suitably superb collection.