Kristian Heikkila - "Block" (Alex Bau Repaint) - (6:10) 130 BPM
Max Jahn - "Reactivate" (Alex Bau edit) - (8:28) 125 BPM
Review: Some pretty ferocious techno on offer here from Munich based Credo on Recycled Tracks once again. We're up to part five now! Clement Landrau's "Uncontrol" gets a pretty effective re-edit by Credo head honcho Alex Bau. Kristian Heikilla serves up "Block" which also gets a remix by Bau: the kind of stomping dark side futurism you'd expect to hear at Berghain or Culture Box. Finally Max Jahn gives us "Reactivate" a melodic electro-disco jam you'd expect to hear from Kirk di Giorgio or The Hacker back in the day which also had Bau's midas touch lent to it.
Review: The second Reprise EP brings together some of Europe's finest new techno producers. Mathias Fridell has been making waves with his post-Sandwell dubby sound and "Durnadal" is one of his finest tracks to date. Heavy, dense beats and chiming chords are underpinned by stepping beats and a subsonic pulses. Parick Gil's "Li Jet" gets remixed by Jeroen Search, who turns it into a no-nonsense jacking techno affair. Advanced Human's "Hungry Jack" is also pared back, but in this instance, the main elements are pitchbent vocals, driving percussion and a welling chord sequence. On the subject of big chords, Kristian Heikkila's "Skalpell" is a churning, chord big room affair.
Oliver Way - "Music Is So Special" - (5:33) 128 BPM
Mark Broom - "77" - (5:00) 128 BPM
Paul Mac - "Disc Electronique" - (6:45) 124 BPM
Luis Martinez & Keytone - "Lost At Sea" - (6:31) 124 BPM
Cristian Vogel - "Tyrkisk Peber" - (7:37) 130 BPM
The Third Man - "Pipes At Helios Canyon" - (6:16) 127 BPM
Ben Long - "Simple Soul" - (7:17) 127 BPM
House Of Black Lanterns - "Drown" - (6:33) 125 BPM
Kristian Heikkila - "Konstruktion" - (6:06) 128 BPM
Esteban Adame - "Handed Down" - (5:15) 125 BPM
Review: EPM Music is a label headquartered in Maastricht, the Netherlands that has recently presented terrific work by the likes of Mark Flash, Floorplan and Mark Broom - so it's evident that purist techno sounds are on offer by this fine label. For the seventh edition of their long running EPM Selected series they certainly have a special and well curated compilation on offer that touches on the many shades of the genre- but altogether emotive, soulful and with an undeniable Motor City edge throughout. Highlights not limited to: Detroit veteran Oliver Way's fierce and functional heads-down groove "Music Is So Special", the evocative hypnotism of British legend Paul Mac's fine contribution "Disc Electronique" through to Space DJZ' Ben Long (who's back in fine form) on the adrenalised and cyclical banger "Simple Soul" and the ever impressive Los Angeleno Estaban Adame's hi-tech soul excursion "Handed Down".
Review: Drafting in some of their regular co-conspirators, pan-European techno and electronica outfit EPM have stitched together this compilation packed full of dark and punchy dancefloor bombs. Dirt Crew are in fine form with the measured funk of "Glance", while Carl Taylor dishes out an all-out Detroit assault that leans heavy on tinned strings and lashings of emotion. Arnaud Le Texier delivers one of the highlights with his more contemplative and intricate electronica, working a vast array of details into a crisp slice of leftfield techno. For a sturdy spread of tough beats with a UK tint, there's plenty to sink your teeth into here.