Review: Based in Berlin but inspired by the soul and spirit of Central America, the Cacao label brings a particularly colourful take to house and techno music. This flair is audible on the jazzy, freeform vibes and vocal drenched groove of "Endless Summer" by Tigerskin, and even the warbling, uptempo techno of And.id's "Jet Lag". Label founders K.E.E.N.E. manage to bring an offbeat sensibility and melancholic melodic undercurrent to the teased out "O Coast", while SOSANDLOW's "Agbara" resounds to organic drums and a bass that snakes and ebbs its way with sassy intent through the arrangement.
Review: What a cool way to celebrate half a decade of dark dance dynamics. Not just a cool reminder of Paradise Lost's contribution and dedication to the scene, but a subtle way of showing that their b-sides are just as important, timeless and essential as their A-sides. Highlights can be found in every direction across the 26 tracks but here are a few for starters: the demonic guitar chugs on "Titanium" (which actually sound like they could be from the metal band Paradise Lost!), the thick dream-weaving atmospheres and trippiness of "Elephant Walk", the jugular-slicing riff of "Cuttin" and the loopy vocal insanity of "Guardian"... we could go on all day here. Dig deep and you'll find many more highlights. Here's to another five years!