Review: The Adana Twins deliver the third edition of their annual compilation series, and Spektrum 3 is the best volume yet. It features swirling, vivid electronic jams from Echonomist and Hadiid - the frosty synths on the latter's "Neuro" is especially memorable - alongside the raw percussion and melodic hooks of Aaaron's "Smile". The pace picks up on Cabaret Nocturne's "Afterlife", with Eleonora's breathy vocals set to a pulsating groove, while DC Salas' "Solar Walk" is a chugging piece of Bordello A Parigi-style Italo. However the centre piece in the compilation is the purring bass and the tight drums of the Adana Twins' own "Nordlys", a killer modern electronic disco workout.
Review: Berlin clubbing institution Watergate proudly present the 25th edition of their Watergate compilation series, mixed and compiled by Hanseatic tech house heroes Adana Twins. It is the first Watergate mix that consists of 100% new and unreleased tracks from the likes of Lehar, Acid Pauli and Musumeci and two new works from the pair. They are releasing the exclusive material on separate EPs after the mix, with Part 2 here featuring such highlights as Adana Twins themselves on the moody dancefloor drama of "Ocelotes", Andre Hommen delving into hypnotic and evocative territory on "Nowadays", and Daniel Bortz/Sascha Sibler delivering some seriously sensual and slinky tech house on "Yuppie".
Review: The Connected label is a joint venture between Terranova and Stereo MCs and it celebrates three years in operation with this fine compilation, featuring new remixes of the label's catalogue. First up is a dreamy, offbeat take of Re.You's "They Vibed" by Olaf Stuut, with Reboot's version of Aaron's "Entropy" featuring Hazel and Carolina Melean following in a similar vein. Tim Engelhardt's dreamy, tranced out take on David Mayer's 'Drained" ups the tempo, while Moscoman's edit brings a deeply hypnotic dimension to David Mayer's percussive "Movement". The compilation is also notable for the fact that it features new material from Stereo MCs, with the breathy vocals and tranced out tones of "Light At" showing how far they have come from their original rap days.