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.
Review: Maelstrom is Alex Stein's second release on Senso Sounds and shows that he is a worthy addition to the label roster. The title track combines the type of splurging, oppressive bass that label owner Oliver Huntemann is best known and loved for - but on this occasion it is accompanied by mysterious synth melodies and doubled up claps. "Steep" is similar in approach: this time the Brazilian producer makes the bass even more malevolent and pounding, and it acts as a backdrop for cavernous filters, delayed claps and an epic break down. It's an energetic, exhilarating affair - don't be surprised to hear more material from Stein on Senso.
Review: The fifth instalment of this split release series gets off to a raucous start: Alex Stein's "Gojira" features an ominous bass and the kind of nocturnal synth stabs that could be the soundtrack to curfew in a bleak dystopia. Olivier Giacomotto's "Eake" is more restrained, but it does feature what sounds like a hyena yowling at regular intervals over its blend of percussive rhythm and morose bass. It's only a brief respite however, and on Distale's "Tantal", a pounding techno groove unravels to the sound of ominous chords and a buzzing bass. Oliver Huntemann deserves props for supporting new artists through this series - and the Senso boss is sure to especially proud of the closing track, the chilling "Full Of Magic" by Murat Uncuoglu.
Review: Oliver Huntemann's label goes down a tougher route than usual on "Atomkraft", one of the highlights of this release by Alex Stein. The German term for nuclear power, it sees the upcoming producer drop a pounding, steely track, full of sharp percussion and dark tones. Andre Winter has been drafted in to rework "Atomkraft". He delivers a take that is more in keeping with Senso Sounds' in-house style, with an oppressive, throbbing rhythm and nocturnal bass to the fore. There is a similar approach audible on the title track, with Stein delivering the kind of menacing low end and gritty tones that Huntemann and his label have become synonymous with.