Review: Tronic introduced the Rockets series to introduce new artists as well as providing a platform for established producers. On this sixth volume, both groups are well-represented. Veterans like Kaiserdisco and Karotte come together to deliver the tranced out "Redneck", German DJ George Perry drops the tough tribal "Eptu" and the prolific Matt Sassari delivers a hypnotic disco house banger, "Minor Elixir". There are also some superb contributions from newer artists: Anton X's "Phoenix" is a hypnotic techno roller, with some neat trance undercurrents, while The Southern's "Skank" is redolent of the steely 90s rhythms of Detroit artists like Stacey Pullen.
Review: As per usual, the UK's Toolroom imprint has put together the definitive summer collection when it comes to tech-house and anything minimal. As you can see - and hear - there are 67 tracks on here, all from the very best and most coveted talent in the scene; Mark Knight features prominently, of course, alongside established house entities like Erick Morillo, Format: B, Sascha Funke, Nic Fanciulli, and many others. But, don't stop there, as there is plenty of new talent to discover in artists like SecondCity, GotSome, Marcellus Wallace, ANOTR, and many more. There are three continuous mixes available, also, one for each summer setting. This is BIG!
Review: Mark Knight & Co. are straight up with their latest title - but considering their current 15th birthday celebrations, these guys can do whatever they want - they hardly do wrong anyway! House, Tech House, Techno Vol 2 does exactly what is says on the tin with a whopping 62 tracks and three continuous mixes - each dedicated to said subgenre. From that massive remix of Fatboy Slim's "Right Here, Right Now" by current scene favourites CamelPhat, Saved main man Nic Fanciulli's collaboration with Damon Albarn on "Saying" (Kolsch remix), label head honcho Knight himself steps up to deliver the pumping and white noise filled "We Get High From The Music" (feat Mr V) and the inimitable Danny Howells is always welcome - particularly with a track as electrifying as the recently released "Isolar".
Review: Kaiserdisco released their third artist album, Another Dimension, on Tronic last year, and now Christian Smith's label has commissioned a set of killer remixes of the album's highlights. First up is another German duo, Adana Twins, who turn "Veruna" into a tranced out, building affair, replete with dramatic chords and epic breakdowns. Given his pedigree as a no-nonsense techno producer, it's no surprise that Andre Crom's take on "Orcus" is a rolling, tribal affair that brings the listener back to the late 90s days of Tronic's party sound. Rounding off this remix release is another seasoned artist, Spain's Aitor Ronda, who transforms "Hydra" into an ominous, bass-heavy workout that has shades of vintage Joey Beltram.