This German label may have made its name with melodic trance house releases, but BT5 shows that the mood has darkened somewhat in the interim. Schlepp Geist's "Tura" sets the scene for the release, as a lone vocal, dissected and alienated, floats over a pulsing, throbbing bass. There's a similar feeling on Ataxia's "Visa V", where dramatic woodwind sweeps in over rickety percussion and a malevolent backing track. This menacing approach reaches its zenith on Jon Charnis & Hands Free's "Leviathan", a bass-heavy, sleek and menacing affair with the technical precision and power of a high-end Porsche. The only concession to Connaisseur's more carefree sound is the mellow, tranced out breaks of Moosefly's "The Space Between".
You'd expect a track called "Lovely Stars in Open Skies" to be decidedly picturesque. Unsurprisingly, Maher Daniel and John Charnis' original is just that - an intoxicating blend of stargazing melodies, bongo-laced deep house grooves, pads you can get lost in and evocative vocal samples. The label claims it's been "melting ladies' hearts", and it's not hard to see why. Endless label boss Luca Bachetti provides the remix, which is attracting plenty of attention thanks to vocal support from Dixon and Ame. It's a superb rework of the original version, full of shuffling, intricate rhythms, emotive melodies, sensitive builds and expertly timed drops. You'll be hearing it a lot over coming months.