Review: Duro's fourth-anniversary compilation series continues with another all-action collection of cuts from their roster of mostly Mexican artists. Fausto sets the tone with "Rumble", a deliciously raw, low-slung affair in which echoing post-punk guitar riffs ride unfussy drums and a booming analogue bassline, before Darlyn Vys layers psychedelic guitars and wild vocals atop a throbbing, arpeggio style groove. Jepe's "Rosmarin" breathlessly joins the dots between robo-disco and acid house, Mordisco's "Sacromonte" is a chugging slab of synth-heavy horror disco and Carisma's "Oto Planeta" is a dark Italo-disco throb-job laden with redlined electronics and foreboding chords. It's an excellent EP for those who like their disco grooves dark, druggy and unflinchingly heavy.
Review: German label Jackoff reboot a series whose last volume dropped way back in 2014. It's an impressively varied set: Matthias Vogt serves up some electro-inspired prog on 'Love Plus One' (nothing to do with Haircut 100), Joal and Jepe flirt with both Detroit techno and Italo-disco, Jakobin pays homage to the hardcore/proto-jungle era with the aptly-titled 'Cold Breaks', DJ Rocca mashes up dub and rave on 'Como Esta', and Freestyle Man takes us into leftfield electro territory on closer 'Phobos Protectorate'. It would be a VERY open-minded DJ or dancefloor that'd love all six in equal measure, but conversely, the stylistic range on offer makes this worth checking for jocks of many persuasions.