Matt Morra - "Resort To Violence" - (6:40) 136 BPM
Stefano Moretti - "UNT1" - (5:41) 136 BPM
End Train & Burden - "The Poem" (Burden remix) - (6:27) 130 BPM
Pablo Wesler - "Lobos 11-c" - (5:28) 130 BPM
SDB - "SB" - (7:13) 133 BPM
Review: Berlin's Code Is Law label bring us a 10-track collection that explores several different shades of techno. Antonello Teora's 'Mental Wealth' starts us off in melodic, proggy territory, things take a turn for the more glitchy and experimental with End Train's 'The Poem' and Aviron's 'AV112', Glos's 'Post Patch 1.1.2 Arrow Far' is pure Detroit, while Kill Ref's 'Square Rhum' brings a dose of acid and sets us up for the second half, where pounding dark room cuts from Matt Morra, Stefano Moretti, End Train & Burden and SDB go straight for the jugular, only Pablo Weser's 'Lobos 11c' offering brief respite from the madness.
Review: It's time to batten down the hatches and lock up your daughters as the third Golden Circle compilation lands on Code Is Law. SDB's moody, building banger, "Dissociate" sets the tone, while label regular Stefan Moretti keeps the pace going with "CK", a low-slung, droning affair. Although End Train's "The Whisperer" is more spacious, it still resonates to a clanging metallic rhythm and deranged vocals. It's only a temporary reprieve however, and soon enough, Rommwick, who featured on the first two Golden Circle compilations, blazes through with the distorted kicks and nightmarish synths of "Kolloq". Despite being hard-edged, Golden Circle 003 is never senselessly so, and Irregular Synth's "Multiple Personalities" is a master class in acid techno.
Stefano Moretti & Under Black Helmet - "Break Bitch" - (7:02) 134 BPM
Sawlin - "Ausrasten" - (7:20) 128 BPM
Review: Following on from the first instalment of Golden Circle, issued earlier this year, Moerbeck's label returns with a second volume. Some of the same artists feature again, and
Antonello Teora kicks off this new compilation with the break beat-led deep techno of "I Feel You". There's also a 90s techno style workout from Hadone and a pulsating, electronic disco collaboration, "Break Bitch", from Stefano Moretti and Under Black Helmet, all of who featured on the first instalment. In what is clearly a family affair, label regular Sawlin delivers the noisy broken beat techno of "Ausrasten" and WYAD drops the droning, visceral rhythm of "Authority".