Review: Like previous instalments, the eleventh volume of Tronic's Rockets compilation features upcoming producers alongside better-known names. Newcomer Buridan impresses with "Ripple", an atmospheric, filter-heavy deep house cut, while the veteran Belgian producer Van Czar ploughs a similar, albeit more tribal furrow on the hypnotic, looped "Underground Nation". Integral Bread, who runs the Univack label, impresses with the emotive, stepping electro of "Circuits, while Filipe Barbosa, who is known for releases on Naked Lunch, also keeps it deep, but lets his musical leanings play out against a minimalist techno backing on "Bearing". Similar to the other compilations, the eleventh Rockets is sure to go stratospheric.
Review: This split release on Sam Paganini's label delivers four different takes on techno, each as effective as the last. Giovanni Carozza's "Inversion" is a tough, peak-time affair, with pounding kicks aligned to militaristic percussion and a series of killer drops. On "Mahatma", Riddika opts for a minimal approach, with the driving rhythm augmented by a series of thunder claps and one-note stabs. As its title suggests, Rudy Ripani's "Housebeat" is house influenced, with a repetitive vocal sample weaving its way through a jacking groove. Rounding off this release is "Xero" by Alessandro Grops, a peak time affair that's powered by a pulsating, throbbing bass.
Kusp - "Nobody Likes The Records That You Play" - (7:03) 140 BPM
Alessandro Grops - "Beyond" - (7:01) 130 BPM
Charly Schaller - "Moonshine" - (8:40) 133 BPM
Review: For the second instalment of the Electric Soul Music series, Alan Fitzpatrick has recruited some new producers alongside well-known names. Embodying the label's tough but soulful approach is
Niereich Vs. Shadym & Linus Quick's "Don't Let Me Down", where pounding kicks and lithe break beats underpin haunting female vocals. Konrad delivers a similar sound, albeit with more brash vocals delivered over a rolling, filtered groove. Meanwhile, Tenzella represents an intense version of Fitzpatrick's sound, as acid lines are fired at hyper speed over the pounding drums of "Excuse". Representing better known artists and the more extreme end of We Are The Brave's sound, Filterheadz drops the rave siren and hardcore bass-led "Emphasis".