Germany's Voltaire Music return with some heavy hitters in techno, tech house, deepness and beyond. While it's mainly a Deutsche affair for the most part, they even managed to rope in Croatian hypnotic techno veteran Petar Dundov - who in conjunction with Systematic's Marc Romboy delivers the spiralling and melodic sorcery of "Caper Tran". Elsewhere, there's some epic dancefloor drama like on Tim Engelhardt's remix of "Florian Kruse & Hendrik Burkhard's "Crack In The Wall" featuring some heartfelt vocals by Mi.li.an. Highly lauded mastering engineer Hannes Bieger delivers the moody and entrancing "Strato" geared for those heads down moments under the strobelight and Frankfurt's finest Sascha Dive - he of Deep Vibes fame - delivers the goods as always on the darkroom dub of "Renegade" (Long version).
There's a great meeting of musical minds here, as Berlin DJ Amount hooks up with Schlepp Geist, best known for his work on Katermukke. The title track is based on a searing bass and raw percussive elements as a dramatic falsetto plays out over the arrangement. "Bay of Joy" sees Schlepp Geist raise the tempo, but the same sense of musicality is present. Coupled with bass tones that contain an epic feeling and vocodered vocals, it makes for an understated but still epic affair. The release also features dub versions of both tracks: with the vocals absent from the dub take on the title track and "Bay of Joy" reduced to a more dance floor friendly take, there really is something for everyone on this release.
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