Taylor Caldron - "A Flock Of Devils" - (4:53) 125 BPM
Group Niob - "Tangent" - (4:39) 127 BPM
GDX & Dibek - "Sky Is Falling" - (5:40) 120 BPM
Aura Anthropica - "Drummondii" - (5:41) 163 BPM
M Step - "The Gap" - (6:39) 138 BPM
Ian Dunstaple - "Watermusic" - (6:02) 120 BPM
GDX - "Want You" - (4:48) 140 BPM
Dibek - "I Wait, I Wait, I Wait" (Draft) - (4:59) 155 BPM
Various - "1st Annual Report" (continuous DJ mix by Dibek) - (37:36) 133 BPM
Review: Vienna has always been a hub for alternative music, and two of the Austrian capital's veterans, Hans Platzgumer and Gerhard Potuznik, are behind Phlox. That the label's first compilation has a Throbbing Gristle-style title already suggests that it won't be full of Ibiza-friendly house. The glitchy ambience of Dmitry Mazuro's "Nostromo" confirms this, but it would be wrong to assume it is full of gloom-laden experiments. Both "Aint Gonna Love You" by GDX and Dibek's "Thick Carpet Of Leaves" are beautifully atmospheric, melodic tracks that unravel to disjointed breaks and dubby basslines, while GDx's "Want You" is a gloriously melancholic UK garage workout and Otzim Lee's "La Routine" is a techno groove based on swelling chords. . On this evidence, it sounds like Vienna's still a hub for the weird and very wonderful.
Review: The always impressive Inspirato label presents a new EP series packed to bursting with a selection of forthcoming singles. Opening with the beautifully chilled 'Cry A River' from V-Gar, they also cover uplifting bases with bigroom cut 'Ladensa' from Aura Qualic, and 'Saddest Sand' by Guto Putti. For something more banging head for Danilo & leons 'Volcano'. A very solid collection from this label and a great introduction for those not yet in the know, at just L3.49 for the lot you to head straight into the wallet!