Review: Fur Coat have unearthed some extremely exciting talent via their Oddity label, giving emerging artists a platform to exhibit their craft. On the label's fourth compilation, experience the melodic and emotional sounds of these fledgling producers, ones that also give their label its recognisable stamp. The first half is formed of well crafted tracks which ease you into the sound, and the second half of the package leans towards darker and more driving pieces. Highlights include: the Kompakt affiliated Julian Wassermann who is typically ethereal and euphoric on the breathtaking "Buried Lakes", Betical serves up a lush progressive house journey on "Colors of Noise", Jody Barr is equally as hypnotic on the brooding mood affair of "Pomegranate Skies" and harness the trance-inducing energy of "Revere" by Hollt towards the end.
Review: Oliver Huntemann's Senso Sounds label out Hamburg drops its best frequencies of the year for its annual round up. Large, heavy and progressive as f***, Andre Winter & Heerhorst go deep in "Time-Out", next to the likes of Marco Resmann, Citizen Kain and Timo Maas! The always groovy Timid Boy lands with the stripped back "The Force 2020" alongside Carlo Ruetz' synth heavy "Purple Sky" and Maksim Dark's bassline-centric "Energize". Huntemann himself turns in a minimal beat turned arpeggio-driven epic in "Tranquilizer 2.0" with Raul Facio, BOHO and Frankyeffe keeping it real with their stadium/club-ready numbers. Hats off the kick drum of "Maximizer". Sens-sational.
Review: This third volume of the Twin Turbo compilation is a timely reminder of Turbo's consistency when it comes to delivering varied dance music. The TRACE7000 remix of Jakwob's "Feel So Good" is a pulsating, acidic track, while Kill Frenzy ups the intensity levels with the swampy electronics and ghetto jack of "Follow Me". In contrast, ANNA's "Artha" is a sleek affair, its linear rhythm supporting tranced out rhythms, while on "Build Up Your House", Hoshina Anniversary delivers a modern take on Chicago jack, with repetitive vocals underpinned by a grainy rhythm. Label owner Tiga also makes an appearance, with Dense & Pika delivering a techy take on his version of Public Enemy's "Louder Than A Bomb".