Review: Following on from last year's collaboration on Analytic Trail, Filterheadz and Gaston Zani get together once again for this outing on Tronic. The title track is a heads-down, pumping affair, populated by muffled vocal samples and leading into tripped out synth builds. On "Fortitude", they head down a visceral route; the bass is dark and pumping and builds and builds throughout the arrangement, while the use of ominous, industrial riffs lends the arrangement extra menace. On "Possession", the trio serve up their darkest track on the release, with spiralling acid and ominous rave riffs supporting ponderous vocal samples.
Kusp - "Nobody Likes The Records That You Play" - (7:03) 140 BPM
Alessandro Grops - "Beyond" - (7:01) 130 BPM
Charly Schaller - "Moonshine" - (8:40) 133 BPM
Review: For the second instalment of the Electric Soul Music series, Alan Fitzpatrick has recruited some new producers alongside well-known names. Embodying the label's tough but soulful approach is
Niereich Vs. Shadym & Linus Quick's "Don't Let Me Down", where pounding kicks and lithe break beats underpin haunting female vocals. Konrad delivers a similar sound, albeit with more brash vocals delivered over a rolling, filtered groove. Meanwhile, Tenzella represents an intense version of Fitzpatrick's sound, as acid lines are fired at hyper speed over the pounding drums of "Excuse". Representing better known artists and the more extreme end of We Are The Brave's sound, Filterheadz drops the rave siren and hardcore bass-led "Emphasis".
Review: 2019 has been a busy year for Tronic, and this compilation provides some of the highlights to date. There's DJ Rush & Eric Sneo's rattling percussive "Take Me Back", which draws on gritty ghetto techno for inspiration, while at the other end of the spectrum, the brilliantly named Drunken Kong duo drop a massive, bass-heavy big room workout in the shape of "Two Rivers". Orbit also provides a reminder of the label's heritage, with the shimmering, tranced out "Tesla" by veteran German artist Oliver Lieb, and Christian Smith's long-time friend and musical collaborator Jon Selway delivering an awesomely moody electro reshape of Nematic's "Pecular".
Review: Christian Smith's label launches a welcome new initiative called Rockets, aimed at showcasing new acts alongside well-known artists. The series starts with the excellent, bugged out acid and pitch-bent vocals of Sinisa Tamamovic's "Way Back", before shifting to Smith and Harry Romero's brooding big room techno workout "Power of Future", where thunder claps and raucous filters have maximum impact. Moving back into unfamiliar territory, Matt Sassari and Gaston Zani provide a dubbed out take on minimal house with "Bullet Load", while Rob Hes also impresses with the cranium-crushing riffs of "Home". Here's to many more successful launches from the Tronic base.