Review: Last year, French techno royalty Emmanuel Top proved that he's certainly still got it - with his monster underground hit "This Is Cocaine". Here's a proper, heads down warehouse techno stomper on the tunnelling tip. It featured all the hallmarks of his sound - such as sweeping TB-303 basslines and punchy TR-909 kicks, complete with that infamously druggy 'Cocaine!' vocal loop. The Dutch imprint responsible (Filth On Acid) deemed it worthy of a bunch of remixes by current scene favourites - and we were undoubtedly impressed by their efforts. Argentinian Shall Ocin delivers a glitchy and slow-burning rendition that works the moody aspects of the track real well. Regal from Madrid's furious version blows the doors off at 130 BPM, while Balthazar & JackRock take you back to the glory days of Detroit's Packard Plant on their old-school techno tribute.
Review: Released by Belgian label La Musique Fait La Force, this extensive compilation designed to complement Jozef Deville's documentary The Sound Of Belgium includes nascent and trailblazing productions from the likes of Klaus Schulze, Front 242, Neon Judgement, Lords of Acid and CJ Bolland, while other notable classics include Joey Beltram's "Energy Flash", Outlander's "The Vamp" and Emmanuel Top's "Acid Phase". In total, it features 60 tracks of new beat, industrial and rave music from '80s Belgium, rendering it a defining compilation for the curious and interested to the more hardcore EBM enthusiast.