Review: Tronic's Rockets series reaches its fifth instalment with another fine collection of material from new and established artists. Representing the emerging producers are Klaps, whose "Acid Head" is a wild, peak-time acid track that samples high-pitched vocals; The Southern, who deliver menacing, churning chords and heavier than lead drums on "Mystical Colobraro" and Sonate's relentless, pounding techno groove "Patchwork". Weighing in for the more experienced producers is German veteran Oliver Lieb with the dramatic chord builds of "Tesla" and the tough, detuned techno of Crazy Sonic's "Shining Pumpkins". Christian Smith's label deserves praise for supporting new and established artists alike.
Review: Tronic introduced the Rockets series to introduce new artists as well as providing a platform for established producers. On this sixth volume, both groups are well-represented. Veterans like Kaiserdisco and Karotte come together to deliver the tranced out "Redneck", German DJ George Perry drops the tough tribal "Eptu" and the prolific Matt Sassari delivers a hypnotic disco house banger, "Minor Elixir". There are also some superb contributions from newer artists: Anton X's "Phoenix" is a hypnotic techno roller, with some neat trance undercurrents, while The Southern's "Skank" is redolent of the steely 90s rhythms of Detroit artists like Stacey Pullen.
Review: Having put out seven editions of the Rockets series so far, Tronic is now giving the featured artists the opportunity to remix one another. This has led to some fine results such as the pulsating Teenage Mutants & Heerhorst remix of Luca Marchese's "Transmit" and the plucked bass on Loco & Jam's take on D-Unity's "Feel". Rockets//Remixed #1 also caters to fans of tougher techno; for example, Eric Sneo delivers a drum-heavy version of Adoo's "Percussion Night", while Ron Costa's take on LAAT's "Take Me Back" sounds like an update on the rolling tribal techno that the label originally made its name with.