It's been a while, but Damon Wild's Synewave label is back in action to continue more than 20 years of service to the techno game, and this collaborative release with Jurek Przezdziecki shows that both label and artists are on searing form. Of the original tracks on offer, "Clutch" presents a slightly more subtle approach with its low frequency acid thrum steadily building in intensity compared to the upfront jackhammer intensity of "Snatch". Cisco Ferreira gets invited to do a remix of "Clutch" as The Advent, and makes it into a deep, cyclical stomper, and then Gotshell ramps up the noise for an even tougher version of the track.
Fresh from releasing their 100 compilation, Affin delivers another record that is sure to prove to be attention-catching. The title track is an anthem in waiting, its stuttering synth line looped in a similar way to Carl Craig's big room approach. Unsurprisingly, it also gradually builds into an epic climax. Reggy Van Oers's take is less upfront and the synths sound more evocative, but the end result is more reflective, favouring a constant, steady arrangement instead of going for the jugular. Przezdziecki also proves that he's not a one-trick pony on "You Say Tonight", where a shuffling house rhythm is littered with discordant bleeps, tonal stabs and an amusing German vocal.