Review: The latest release on Alex Niggeman's label comes from Italian pair Speaking Minds and Amarcord, a new producer. By navigating a path that runs between techno, minimal and the more atmospheric end of trance, the collaborators deliver the pumping but still esoteric "Odissea". On "Hit Me", there is a somewhat darker tone. The tribal drums and percussion seethe with an understated menace, an ominous bass soars up through the arrangement and even the trance hooks inhabit a darker dimension. Bawrut, who has released on Ransom Note and Hard Fist, is tasked with reworking "Hit Me". In his hands, it turns into a stripped back percussive affair, with the bass oozing its way through a wiry rhythm.
Review: Aeon's streak arrives at its 50th release which Alex Niggemann's label decides to represent with a new compilimentary series - Versus. Taking in seven collaborations from a select core of artists, the mini-album of sorts sees Bawrut & Benjamin Frohlich meet with waves of synths in "Kirmes" next to a dubbed-out terror vault of electronic antics in Panthera Krause & Peter Invasion's "Fiesta Hunuku". Power synths combine with UK pop and Euro dance leanings in Darlyn Vlys & Amarcord's "Talking Modern" with Biesmans & Jepe flying the Italo flag proudly through "Fashionably Late". And for your touch of industrial new wave: Kimshies & Futuristant.
Review: Hot on the heels of the Watergate 26 mix, this split release showcases some of the best tracks that were included on WhoMadeWho's selection. The storied Danish trio hook up with Ruede Hagelstein to deliver a slinky, melancholic take on Bjork's "Violently Happy". Working together with Justin Evans, Hagelstein delves into a more moody take on house music with his percussive "Love Over Pyramids", which threatens but never quite manages to spiral out of control. Overall however, this is a melodic EP, as evidenced by WhoMadeWho's mesmerising rework of Alex Schaufel's "The Day Of Rebirth", a wide-eyed, dreamy affair that shimmers and soars effortlessly