Dial Tone - "Echoes" (Digital Bonus) - (6:22) 128 BPM
Review: It's a pity that more underground labels don't follow Interstate's example. The newly launched label has decided that it will use its debut release as a platform to promote new, upcoming artists. Varying in styles, from Dial Tone's dubbed out minimalism, to the mid-90s inspired, spiralling acid techno trance of Hedrome's "Hard Education" and Inhalt Der Nacht's brilliant, ebm-referencing "Lichter", this diversity may not be to everyone's tastes. However, with fewer outlets open to new producers, it's an admirable approach. As Mental Resonance's dubbed out "Equality" demonstrates, if labels take such chances it can often yield some truly unexpected highlights.
Matt Morra - "Resort To Violence" - (6:40) 136 BPM
Stefano Moretti - "UNT1" - (5:41) 136 BPM
End Train & Burden - "The Poem" (Burden remix) - (6:27) 130 BPM
Pablo Wesler - "Lobos 11-c" - (5:28) 130 BPM
SDB - "SB" - (7:13) 133 BPM
Review: Berlin's Code Is Law label bring us a 10-track collection that explores several different shades of techno. Antonello Teora's 'Mental Wealth' starts us off in melodic, proggy territory, things take a turn for the more glitchy and experimental with End Train's 'The Poem' and Aviron's 'AV112', Glos's 'Post Patch 1.1.2 Arrow Far' is pure Detroit, while Kill Ref's 'Square Rhum' brings a dose of acid and sets us up for the second half, where pounding dark room cuts from Matt Morra, Stefano Moretti, End Train & Burden and SDB go straight for the jugular, only Pablo Weser's 'Lobos 11c' offering brief respite from the madness.