The fifth instalment of this split release series gets off to a raucous start: Alex Stein's "Gojira" features an ominous bass and the kind of nocturnal synth stabs that could be the soundtrack to curfew in a bleak dystopia. Olivier Giacomotto's "Eake" is more restrained, but it does feature what sounds like a hyena yowling at regular intervals over its blend of percussive rhythm and morose bass. It's only a brief respite however, and on Distale's "Tantal", a pounding techno groove unravels to the sound of ominous chords and a buzzing bass. Oliver Huntemann deserves props for supporting new artists through this series - and the Senso boss is sure to especially proud of the closing track, the chilling "Full Of Magic" by Murat Uncuoglu.
Oliver Huntemann's Senso Sounds returns with more brooding dancefloor drama here courtesy of new signing Distale - who's appeared previously on Upon.You, Shaping Music and Lapsus in recent times. The German producer (real name Michael Knop) describes his tracks as 'raw Berlin techno' and that's evident on his new EP entitled Keep Watching. The title track is a tunnelling and strobe-lit warehouse jam, full of Hawtin style ping-ponged risers, while "Isolate" or the particularly trippy "Mezzo" go for more stripped back and dubby factory floor dynamics - much like music on popular imprint Drumcode. Following up some great releases by Carlo Ruetz and label staple Andre Winter, it sure likes like this Hamburg based label is off to a stellar start in 2018.