Review: Now using his own name after working under an alias for over 10 years, well-established Hamburg techno producer Bastian Heerhorst returns to Spanish label Nulab Music with this two-track EP aimed at lovers of progressive/melodic sounds. The groovy 'Stairway' itself centres around a nagging, analogue-sounding synth riff that becomes more and more strident as the track progresses, while 'Brunswick' is a more epic, sweeping affair that's all about the big room drama. But both tracks are likely to appeal to progressive house buyers as much as they will to the techno faithful.
Review: The Senso Sounds series showcases emerging techno talent, and the sixth instalment casts its gaze across Europe for inspiration. Talent on the continent is not lacking: Amsterdam DJ Lilly Palmer kick starts the split EP with the pulverising bass and driving rhythm of "Listen To Me", while a similar style comes in the shape of Carbon's rave-soaked banger, "Softly Twisted". By contrast, Heerhorst's "Prisma" is a widescreen affair, the German producer's swirling synths underpinned by an ominous groove. Rounding off another volume of this series is Timid Boy from France, whose "Oniris" is an evocative slice of tranced out club techno.