Axel Karakasis - "Double Secrets" - (5:54) 132 BPM
Kamara - "Time Waits For No Man" - (6:07) 128 BPM
T?mas Sinn - "Second" - (6:41) 129 BPM
Crazy Sonic - "Into The Ocean" - (6:34) 129 BPM
Adoo - "Just Know" - (6:27) 130 BPM
Nico Cabeza - "The Destroyer" - (5:42) 126 BPM
Actwin - "Cush Man" - (6:54) 132 BPM
Lerio Corrado - "Andante" - (5:09) 132 BPM
Dekkai - "Solaris" - (7:28) 122 BPM
Review: Tronic hits the seventh instalment of its Rockets series and it turns out to be as lucky as the number itself. Like previous editions, it features tracks by new and established artists, united by a common desire to deliver dance floor satisfaction. This results in tranced out tracks from Anna Reusch and the well-known Ian O'Donovan as well as the long-serving Axel Karakasis dropping tough, looped techno alongside a newer production act, Kamara, who impress greatly with "Time Waits For No Man". Like previous instalments, number seven is also peppered with the kind of funky techno that Tronic is best known for, audible on Crazy Sonic's "Into the Ocean".
Review: 2019 has been a busy year for Tronic, and this compilation provides some of the highlights to date. There's DJ Rush & Eric Sneo's rattling percussive "Take Me Back", which draws on gritty ghetto techno for inspiration, while at the other end of the spectrum, the brilliantly named Drunken Kong duo drop a massive, bass-heavy big room workout in the shape of "Two Rivers". Orbit also provides a reminder of the label's heritage, with the shimmering, tranced out "Tesla" by veteran German artist Oliver Lieb, and Christian Smith's long-time friend and musical collaborator Jon Selway delivering an awesomely moody electro reshape of Nematic's "Pecular".
Review: Crazy Sonic aka Rudolf Wrany follows the recent Rain Drops release on Tronic with this hard-funking affair. The title track resounds to heavy stabs, dense drum patterns and wild, filtered drops. It's a heady, effective track that combines the infectious sound of disco-house with tough techno. On both "Earworm" and "The Peak", he opts for a deeper approach as atmospheric chords are filtered over a rolling, no-nonsense groove. The latter track in particular careers its way towards a dizzying climax. Proving that there are many ways to rock a dance floor, "Lost Nights" is an acid-burnt roller with vocal loops layered below the buzzing bee riffs.
Review: Tronic's Rockets series reaches its fifth instalment with another fine collection of material from new and established artists. Representing the emerging producers are Klaps, whose "Acid Head" is a wild, peak-time acid track that samples high-pitched vocals; The Southern, who deliver menacing, churning chords and heavier than lead drums on "Mystical Colobraro" and Sonate's relentless, pounding techno groove "Patchwork". Weighing in for the more experienced producers is German veteran Oliver Lieb with the dramatic chord builds of "Tesla" and the tough, detuned techno of Crazy Sonic's "Shining Pumpkins". Christian Smith's label deserves praise for supporting new and established artists alike.