Review: Dominik Eulberg is a unique producer, merging German techno with classical influences like no other. Here, Rodriguez Jr keeps the gentle touch of the original but adds an energetic and lively feel to it. Then Minilogue come in with three separate remixes as almost an entire journey of their interpretation of the track. Highly recommended.
Review: German producer Dominik Eulberg has always brought his fascination with nature and the outdoor life to his recordings - he is a park ranger during the day time - and the title track here, a gentle, pastoral ambient arrangement, sounds like he means to continue in this vein. However, Eulberg quickly shifts direction and the listener is treated to the menacing tones of "Das Neunauge" and "Der Tanz Der Gluehwuermchen". Less frenetic than previous Eulberg releases, there is nonetheless a sense of menace in the former's throbbing bass and the latter's trancey melodies are served ice cold. However, the most telling proof that Eulberg hasn't got bogged down artistically comes on "Die 3 Millionen Musketiere". There, he combines his love of dramatic melodic sweeps with glitchy percussion and a breakbeat rhythm powered by live, crashing drums.
Microtrauma - "Saturation" (Richie G remix) - (6:31) 128 BPM
Hasten Chimera (Morris Cowan) - (8:41) 127 BPM
Groj - "Motte" - (4:41) 125 BPM
Max Cooper - "Heresy" (Matthys remix) - (6:27) 115 BPM
Empyrean - "Nomad" - (5:13)
Morris Cowan - "Thermal" (feat Duncan Edward Jones - Empyrean remix) - (5:55)
Review: Riley Reinhold's selections never fail to impress and Tour IV is no exception. On this occasion, he succeeds in uniting elements as disparate as the ambient washes of Mark Reeve's "Moving Horizons" and the high octane, trance-fuelled groove of Richie G's remix of Microtrauma's "Sturation". In between these polar opposites sit timeless tracks like the delicate chiming bell melodies and powerful bass of Dominik Eulberg's "Die Strandmieze Von St Peter-Ording" and the chord-heavy, spiralling melodies of Microtrauma's take on Minilogue's "Let Life Dance Thru You". Traum may also have an unlikely hit on their hands in the shape of Hot Chip's hushed vocal and acid-tinged version of Eulberg's "H2O".
Review: The nature-loving German producer delivers one of his most diverse releases yet. "Die Blaue Sekunde" is the most typical Eulberg track on offer here, with glitchy percussion fused with a melancholic bassline and ponderous synths to create a trancey sound that is as colourful as a walk in Bavaria during late autumn. The title track also features glitchy percussion, but on this occasion, it underscores a low-slung rhythm, and huge blasts of psychedelic synths emerging from the tangled rhythmic wreckage. Offenbach also reveals Eulberg's more mellow side, and both "Mikrorogasem im Morgentau" and "Als Er Den Gleissenden Rand Seines Schattens" are gloriously mellow pieces, fashioned using neo-classical piano lines and laid back, wooden beats.
Review: The German label is 12 this year, but as it faces into its teenage life, it retains the same hunger for new music. Get Physical owner DJ T delivers one of the compilation's highlights, a stab-heavy techy take on John Tejada's "Timebomb". Like a slowed down take of Dave Clarke's "Red 2" infused with disco riffs, it sets a high watermark. Nonetheless, T faces stiff opposition from The Martinez Brothers, whose "Issshhh" is all tough percussive volleys and insistent chords, like a tough take on Levon Vincent. Elsewhere, new acts like Siopis and Gorge impress with drum-heavy tools, while old hands Tiefschwarz deliver a spaced out, bleep-heavy version of John Monkman's "Follow Me".
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".