Review: Djax-Re-Up is an invaluable slice of European techno history. Issued on Dekmantel as an accompaniment to the recent documentary about Djax-Up-Beats, it brings together music from the Dutch label's 90s catalogue. Featuring obscure artists like Ismistik - whose early 90s house track "Flow Chart" still sounds fresh - alongside respected producers like Glenn Underground, with the frenetic techno of "101 Dolmations" and "Real Space' and Felix Da Housecat's throbbing "Freakadelica", it serves as a reminder of the huge range of music that the label released. It also shines a light on the hugely fertile Dutch scene of the time, with Planet Gong's fragile ambience and Terrace's jacking techno-house "916 Buena Avenue (Influenza Mix)" also featuring.
Review: Arms & Legs is a Berlin based house and techno label founded in 2011 by Daniel Steinberg and Nils Ohrmann, that they now run together with Kristin Velvet. Over the past decade, Aussie Kristin Velvet's life has been devoted to music in one way or another - first as a promoter and DJ in Tokyo, then as the Australian label manager of UK's Domino Records and today - where she is an essential figure of Berlin's club scene. As the track title "Marshall & Pierre" may let on - this is indeed a classic house affair where she has enlisted the vocal talents of Windy City legend Felix Da Housecat over her bouncy and nostalgic groove. Second offering "It's Hot" is a stomping acid house workout that takes it cues from Chicago's second wave - namely the sound of the seminal Relief Records in the early to mind '90s.