Review: Berlin native Oliver Koletzki has cited his hometown as a main point of reference and inspiration throughout his career. His last two albums are said to be 'wholehearted tributes' to the German capital and its importance in the current climate of electronic music. The label's aesthetic - right down to the cover art is testament to this - featuring photos of local landmarks and graffiti adorning his fair city. There are little to no corners in the city that haven't brought a spark of inspiration into the mix and the eighth instalment of the Schneeweiss (English translation 'white snow') compilation series, is said to be a tribute to the many aspects or 'particles' consolidated as a series of carefully curated tracks. There's so many highlights on here and we're only going to name a few, but they're not limited to: hometown hero and one time Terranova member Rampa's brooding dance floor drama on "Fluke", Frankey & Sandrino bridging the gap between tech-house and nu-disco ever so gracefully again on "Solaris", Cologne's finest Andhim lend their deft hand on a remix of Leipzig figurehead Matthias Tanzmann's "Coffee Clouds" and the man from Mannheim Ray Okpara who's still going: his track "Satin Curtain" getting a smooth remix by the legendary Kevin Yost.
Review: Alex Kruger aka Tigerskin delivers a classic electro house release for Get Physical. "The Blackness" has all the desirbale elements and none of the cliched sounds that characterise the often misunderstood sub-genre. The beats are loose and dubby, the synths dreamy and the bassline lurching and repeating a few basic but very catchy notes. Add in some cowbells and a druggy vocal saying 'beware of the blackness' and you've got all the ingredients for another "Body Language". The Rhadow Meets NTFO version is recognition that not everyone is enamoured with this classic sound; it's groovier, more rhythmic and at its heart boasts a dark, predatory bassline.