Review: ARTS has recruited Ecilo for its latest instalment of club-primed techno, and he delivers in style. "Bugi Minimalist", with its insistent chord builds and pounding kicks, sounds like a harder, contemporary version of Ian Pooley's evergreen "Chord Memory", while on the title track, Ecilo chooses a deeper approach, with swirling synths unravelling over hammering drums. "Lorong Hitam" follows in a similar vein, but it sees Ecilo focus on more ominous elements - think the darker side of Technasia - and firing percussion. That same nocturnal element is also audible on "Jiwa Maraenism", where Ecilo fuses a driving rhythm with murky filters and eerie synths.
Review: Evangelical deep house from Tronic Soundz second This Is Awesome compilation, bringing together a string of dubbed out, acousmatic and synth-based cuts good enough for the poolside manners of Miami and beyond. Ferns, bright lights, a bar, good atmosphere...white pants and gold chains...even hawaian shirts...or is that just from listening to Forteba's "Olive & Fruit". Get your heavier tracks still but with that discotheque touch in Ecilo's "Revisited" next to some neo-classical and acoustic tips from Paul2Paul's "Let Me Be" (think Robert Miles) and G.Pal's techier "Holdin On". Some trance minimalisms from Maxie Konig in "Radio Brehst" and the sweet as dubbed-out funk from Nacho Romero's remix of "Limited Edition". This Is Awesome, totally wicked.