Review: To celebrate its 100th release, long-established label My Best Friend has put together a mammoth compilation. Featuring classic MBF releases like Cosmic Sandwich's "Man in a Box" and Dirt Crew's "Rock Da House", 100 is also notable for unearthing some lesser-known killers. There's Crowdkillers' "Miss Jones", an awesome stripped back house track powered by lithe Latin vocals and a disturbed female vocal, and the deep, haunting synths of Florian Meindl's "La Nuit". Even when My Best Friend follows more conventional sounds, as it does on "Get Down" by Filthy Rich and Danny Serrano's "Likenobody", the tribal drums are loose and organic, the filtering subtle and the vocal samples atypical.
Review: This German label has a reputation for putting out tribal house-based party music, and as contributions from Oliver Klein and Jay Lumen to this compilation show, it is not without some merit. That said, the most interesting moments here occur when the artists go off script. Thomas Schumacher and Martin Eyerer's "Jigo" is a tripped out, spluttering acid house affair, its filtered vocal and noisy riffs creating an oddly engaging tone, while Namito's "Flaming Youth" sees shimmering trance elements combined with heavy tribal rhythms. However, the standout cut comes from the label boss and Rainer Weichold's "No Sleep till Kling Klong" is a wiry, jacking techno workout, like Kling Klong's tribute to classic Dan Bell and Cajmere.