Review: 5 Years shows that this label's remit has been wider than most. While there are a number of drummy, toolish tracks on offer - the most notable being the dense tribal drums, disco filters and 'no way to me' vocal sample of Stu Patrics' 'The Girl Next Floor' - the most rewarding tracks are those that divert from the dominant script. Dzeta N'Basile & Spieltape take inspiration from the time-stretched basslines of 2-step for "Know You", while Dirty Culture's "As I Walk" is a killer deep house jam, replete with soulful vocals and fluttering, jazzy piano keys. However, the real highlight is the deep, breezy techno of Elzy's "Kuntao".
Review: This compilation spans a range of sounds, but is testament to the fact that despite its diversity, Affin has always been a byword for quality underground dance music. From the stepping, understated "Minus One" by Truncate to the woodwind-led house of "Stalking You" by James Hunter and the gorgeous, jazzy, filtered groove of Jamal Moulay's "Le Push", 100 does a lot to showcase the label's penchant for deep dance music. Joachim Spieth's "Sensual" boasts hypnotic Basic Channel-style chords, but the beats are tougher and denser. Reggy Van Oers's "Centipede" veers further down this chord-driven, dubby techno path and Affin also celebrates the harder end of techno with the utilitarian, Berghain-influenced linear sound of Chemie & Ian Kran's "Nucleated Thought".