Review: The latest release on Portuguese label Monocline is a combined effort between two of its regular contributors, Re:Axis and Cardao. Clearly, this collaboration has been highly productive and the end result is a slickly executed underground release. It starts with the sharp percussion, smart filtering and dense kicks of "Gravitate", while on "Chaotic" acrid acid burns its way over rattling percussion and heavy drums. "Erratic" has echoes of late 90s techno thanks to its heads-down rhythm, looped to infinity, even though the accompanying filters are inspired by minimal house. There is no such ambiguity around the inspiration for the title track - it's an eerie, sleek techno track in the finest Jeff Mills tradition.
Christian Smith & John Selway - "Delirium" - (7:45) 128 BPM
Dr. Motte - "Faze DJ-Set 88" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:11:07) 128 BPM
Review: Love Parade founder Dr Motte celebrates 30 years of the landmark event with this fine mix of underground classics. It starts with the timeless trance of Der Dritte Raum's "Hale Bopp" and Tube & Berger's electro house banger "The Young & The Wild Ones". As one of Berlin's most established DJs, Motte's sound is also rooted in techno, and he doesn't disappoint here, dropping the low-slung minimalism of Joey Beltram's remix of Abe Duque & Blake Baxter's "Let's Take It Back" as well as tougher tunes like the hammering, Chicago style of DJ Rush & Eric Sneo's "Take Me Back" and the bugged out acid on Christopher Kah's "Heatwaves".