Review: 2020 is a year that many people will want to forget, but as this compilation shows, it was still a time of remarkably creativity. This is borne out by Regent's "Drama", a crystalline, tranced out groove, while in stark contrast, Vinicius Honorio's "Rock Da House" is a visceral jacking affair that has echoes of DJ Rush. In between these two ends of the spectrum are deadly effective club techno contributions from Yan Cook, with the turbo bass-led "Order and Steve Parker's acid-heavy "Resonate". Best Of also impresses by covering wide range of styles - as A.Paul's rolling "Incidence" and Re:Axis bleepy "Unveil" ably demonstrate.
Review: Spain's Albert Salvatierra is up next on the esteemed Planet Rhythm imprint out of Rotterdam. Salvatierra follows up a great run of releases recently for the likes of GND, Combined Audio and his own Elart imprint with this fierce collection of pounding grooves - the Villiman EP. Opening cut "Sirvilli" calls to mind the cyclical machinations of early Downwards releases, the title track's strobe-lit and hypnotic melody is perfect for dark Sunday morning warehouse vibes, while a cerebral effect creeps into the greyscale and industrial textures of "Villicar". Finally, closing track "Santa Maria" lunges straight for the jugular - a true peak time cut.
Review: Planet Rhythm can always be relied upon to shine a light on emerging techno talent, and this split release is no exception. Albert Salvatierra delivers "Modern Warfare", where a jacking analogue rhythm supports electronic bleeps and repetitive vocal samples. In contrast, Ricciardo deploys layer upon layer of searing acid and soaring bass on "Calm Before The Storm" in the process sounding like a modern version of Emmanuel Top's trance-techno. While Vegim's "Ark" is a dusty, minimal house shuffler, on "Transit", Lenfloot picks up the pace to deliver a building, hypnotic groove, while RNGD's "Lala" is a more understated affair, thanks to its spaced out filters and loose drum patterns.