Review: The first release on Apus apus is nature-themed. This is hardly surprising, as Eulberg, a former park ranger, has consistently focused on this subject throughout his musical career. Featuring pictures of birds on the cover, Bienenfresser & Blauracke offers musical drama on the inside to match even the most vocal dawn chorus. "Bienenfresser" is somewhat ominous sounding, thanks to the detuned central riff that weaves its way over waves of epic-sounding bass. It's a wonderfully atmospheric arrangement, and is almost matched by "Blauracke". There, the German producer conjures up a synth line as majestic as the Black Forest at dawn. Unfolding over a glitchy rhythm, it's an impressive piece of electronic mood music.
Review: Clocking in at 50 tracks, Tour shows that the German label isn't just about naive trance melodies and rickety, minimal beats. It starts with the deep ambience of Tominic's "Shine", which over the course of nine minutes moves into bleepy, minimal pulses. In contrast, there's the dubby house of Paul Bart's "Call It Anything You Want" and David Heckhausen's "Hang Zur Sonne Paul", a clicky, mid-tempo groove covered in organic textures. Despite this, trance fans won't be left disappointed; there's the buzzsaw bass and organic textures of Theo Meier's "Eichhorn", the gentle, spiralling melodies of Peet's seductive "Timers" and best of all, the brittle rhythm and day-glo hooks on Reinier Zonneveld's "Gevorderd Spelers".