Review: Following on from 2020's Headrush, outing Alex Stein returns to Terminal M with another impactful two-track release. Like the mythical bird that it derives its name from, "The Phoenix" rises gradually and then soars, with Stein fusing sweeping synths with ghostly vocal samples together and letting these elements play out over a throbbing, pulsating bass and well-timed snare rolls. On "Rise", he opts for a similar approach: using a rolling, menacing bass as the backdrop, the Berlin-based producer conjures up crystalline synth lines that build into euphoria-inducing crescendos. Both tracks are brilliantly arranged and executed and are sure to create dance floor mayhem.
Review: Alex Stein follows last year's Rebirth release on Terminal M with a four-tracker that has already won support from Umek and Oliver Huntemann. It's not hard to understand why the latter producer is a fan of "Headrush": the title track is built on a belching, ominous bass and rickety percussion, with these elements providing the backdrop for a crescendo of synth builds. "Line of Sight" is more musical, with Stein weaving tranced-out melodic builds and tonal bleeps into his nocturnal, bass-led sound. Meanwhile, on "Had Matter", Stein veers into a more full-on sound, deploying a hoover-style bass and a moody vocal sample that spiral to a heady climax.
Review: More moody and brooding main room techno excursions from the ever reliable Senso Sounds camp. Matter of fact, It's harbour city sorrow all the way on 5Y, under adopted Hamburger Oliver Huntemann's careful curation - celebrating a a strong half decade in the business. Surrender to the void on label staple Andre Winter's sub bass snarler "Carte Noir", Maksim Dark from Russia truly signals the end of days on "Mega Pulse", Shaded who traded the sunny shores of Los Angeles for the black beach is on form with the slinky hypnotiser "I Got Haters" or trance out to the bleak mentalism of Carlo Ruetz' "Thunder" while Distale's "Hooka" will get your tunnel vision on with intoxicating style.