Review: We know Alex Bau, he's a familiar face, an artist who has been part of the modern house scene since the turn of the millennium and, importantly, one who has always managed to reinvent himself, and approach dance music through a fresh pair of lenses. This new release for Sven Vath's Cocoon imprint is the perfect example of this man's versatility and creativity behind the mixing desk; neither "Illuse" or "Etah" sound like they belong to particular sub-genres of house or techno, they're just great club tracks that have used different aspects of the past to arrive at something new. The former is a driving bullet of a techno tune, a missile with only the dance floor mind and a single bleep to carry it forwards, while the latter heads down a much darker, more intricate web of pseudo acid that'll blow the socks off just about any sort of dancer.
Review: Dustin Zahn's mix of "Kinda High Auf Und Ab" leads this release on Chris Liebing's imprint and it's a real techno treat. The vocals from the original are processed and looped stunningly over the top of a moody and hypnotic beat that maintains its momentum perfectly throughout the tune. Alex Bau's ?Arctica? is also included, and it's again made up of all the classic components - dark rumbling bass and ear-piercing hats that show no mercy.
Review: Odd Even is already home to respected producers like NX1 and Johannes Heil, and now the German label welcomes two more veteran artists, Alex Bau and Mikael Jonasson to the fold. The title track strikes a balance between big room minimal and classic techno, as the pair deliver a pulsating tonal groove and looped vocal samples. Underpinned by firing percussion, it makes for a hypnotic and effective combination. "Timber" is less conventional and sees the pair lay down dense, filtered percussion and a teased out but equally bruising rhythm, while on "Swedish "Massage", a softer side to their sound with some soft-focus ambience.