Review: Bassiani resident Hector Oaks steps up for a two-part series that shines a light on mesmerising material from the catalogue of his Oaks label. This first part, Ano V-I, focuses on music he has released under his Cadency guise; the broken beats and tense bass of "I Learned That On The Street" opens up the compilation with a menacing tone, before Oaks heads down the relentless but funky dance floor route with tracks like "Please Proceed to the Nearest Exit" and the throbbing pulses of "Cybertunnel" and "Bringing Down Their System". This compilation also serves as a reminder why Oaks is such an acclaimed artist - this is especially audible through the deft use of vocal samples and crafty percussion on "All This Was Fire" and "I'm Talking To You" really set his work apart.
Review: This is the first in a three-part compilation series on Bpitch, named after Ellen Allien's party. This volume is an uncompromising collection that takes influence from 90s styles: Allien herself drops the buzzsaw, Heckmann-style "XTC", while Lady Starlight's mesmerising, acid-soaked "Re-15" occupies similar territory. On "Force Majeure" Introversion channels the energy of early Drumcode for a bombastic, drum-heavy workout and Nocow's "Let Em Fall" sounds like man update on DBX's minimalism, with a pared back, jacking rhythm paired with time-stretched vocal samples. Bpitch also deserves kudos for showcasing original techno innovators, and the he compilation includes DJ T-1000's pile-driving "Frequency Kill".