Review: Amelie Lens' first break through releases were on Second State, and now she returns to Pan-Pot's label. As befits one of the world's most popular techno artists, this is a heads-down release designed for big room usage. The title track resounds to rough rave stabs and vocal snatches that are played out over a tough, driving rhythm, while on "Access", she opts for an even more streamlined approach; the central rhythm is sleek and relentless, while subtle filters and a dystopian electronic riff guide the arrangement to a heady climax. Joyhauser's version of "Hypnotized" is more epic thanks to its atmospheric, filtered synths, and completes this excellent peak-time package.
Review: While there has been much debate around Regal's claim that techno should be treated as a business, "Fenix" harks back to a wilder time in electronic music's past. Combining spacey trance riffs and a surging rave bass over pummelling beats, it does a fine job at capturing the raw energy of the early 90s. Amelie Lens manages to refine and streamline Regal's track on her remix, while the Belgian DJ's own "Render" is a rolling, tribal affair, punctuated at occasional shrieks. Rounding off the release is Regal in remix mode, turning "Render" into a menacing, rave-fuelled banger - the opposite of soulless techno.