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".
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: Roter Gitterling is the second release on Dominik Eulberg's own label and sees the German producer adopt a more functional and less esoteric approach than usual. "Roter Gitterling", which is apparently named after a particular type of wild mushroom, is based on a sinewy bass and driving percussion, including the occasional snare volley. Granted, there is an element of Eulberg's bucolic trance sound in the break downs, but he keeps it to a minimum. On "Tintenfischpilz", Eulberg opts for a more stripped back approach; the rhythm is spiky, the drums hiccup away in a hyperactive manner and even the endearing electronic riffs can detract from the fact that Eulberg has come up with a fine if more linear version of his trademark sound.
Review: Nature-loving techno producer Dominik Eulberg has been relatively quiet in the past few years and now makes a return on Stephan Bodzin's label. "Mimikry" is what fans of the German producer have come to know and love from him; tight, clicky beats and a twitchy rhythm supported by hyperactive percussion provides the backdrop for euphoric intense builds and airy fragile melodies. In contrast "Mimese" is more muted and understated; it is based on a pulsing throbbing bass and loose percussion but it's the melodies sombre and autumnal that give it the edge over "Mimicry" - and suggest that Eulberg has matured as an artist.