Review: There's no prizes for guessing the direction that this split release on Monika Kruse's label takes. Right from the get-go, Joyhauser sets the pace with the dark, rolling "Killer Queen", a heads-down affair led by a buzzing bass. On Patrik Berg's "Galactica", a more frenetic tempo prevails, with the Terminal M artist delivering a master class in warbled acid builds, which make for an intense peak time affair. In contrast, Teenage Mutants & Moonwalk draw from the legacy of electronic disco to help shape the epic synth-led builds of "Urania", before Skober brings the release to a rolling, hardcore riff-sampling climax on the aptly-named "Raving Ethos".
Review: Toolroom's compilations have soundtracked Miami's Winter Music Conference for more than a decade and this is no exception. Here they've drafted in three of their key artists to compile the album: Friend Within, Leftwing : Kody & Siege - who all take you on a journey through the various shades of house and techno. Highlights include: Siege's remix of legend Green Velvet's massive "Bigger Than Prince, boss man Mark Knight's electrifying rework of C.O.T.'s "Let It Go" into a uplifting house anthem, Dutchman Franky Rizardo cool as a cucumber on the smooth groove of "X Marks The Spot" through to veteran west coast producer Miguel Migs returning to the spotlight with the ultra deep "Moving Light" feat. Lisa Shaw and the comeback of Canadian legend Hatiras on the slinky and hypnotic remix of Sammy Deuce's "EZY". From certified main room essentials to sun-kissed poolside vibes, capture the magic of Miami Music Week with 'Toolroom Miami 2020'.
Martin Lacroix & Oscar Escapa - "Poison" - (6:42) 125 BPM
Rob Hes - "Avenir" - (7:12) 126 BPM
Dave Sinner - "Absolute Horizon" - (7:07) 128 BPM
Review: Monolith is Kraftek's annual state of the nation techno compilation and Volume 2 focuses on tough, trippy techno. Oscar Escapa's "Molecule" is a heavy, traced out affair, led by pounding kicks and psychedelic electronic surges, while on SAMA's "The Beholder" a throbbing groove underpins epic melodic flourishes that have echoes of 90s German trance. A similar, albeit somewhat darker aesthetic is audible on the buzz-saw bass and growling riffs of Joyhauser's "Galaxy Phase". However, this compilation isn't solely inspired by retro sources: The YellowHeads "8 Bits" is a powerful slice of rugged, bass-heavy techno and Martin Lacroix and Oscar Escapa's "Poison" bears the raw, hollowed out drums of bass artists like Martyn.