Review: Stuttgart based Voltaire Music are back with another banging tech house compilation, featuring an all star international cast and providing DJs with a surefire arsenal to tear up any serious dancefloor. There's many a highlight on here: rising stars such as Frag Maddin who gives us the uplifting old-school NYC vibe on "Stumpf Ist Trumpf", while Madrid's Danny Serrano serves up the tough, rolling main-room weapon "Thug Life". But it's their fellow countrymen that represent best on this collection: The Mannheim sound is still alive and well - best represented by homeboys Gorge & Markus Homm with their slinky and hypnotic "Dizz-Co" while Frankfurt minimal heroes Chris Wood & Meat serve up the tribal tech-funk of "That's Fresh".
Review: Mannheim's finest returns; Nick Curly's one time right hand man Gorge teams up with Nuremberg's Markus Homm for the Balance EP. Starting out with the adrenalised progressive house of the title track (which features some sublime arpeggios), they then get stuck into some solo efforts. First Gorge presents "Don't Give Up" which brings his trademark percussive tendencies into the mix for this exotic and esoteric feeling drifter, while Homm delivers the bouncy party starter "Come Into My Life"; the kind of peak time tech house that has earned him releases on the likes of Saved and Highgrade.