Aside from hosting a pretty spectacular line-up each and every June in the Amsterdam area, Dekmantel also know how to lay down some hard dance tunes and, since their inception, they have been a pillar to the modern house and techno spectrum. This series of releases marks ten years of activity from the Dutch crew, and they certainly know how to celebrate in style - Bufiman's opening "Hymn To The Moonface" is a stunning slice of progressive sci-fi rolling, Betonkust and Palbomen II's number is sleek and tech-minded, while Scotland's Space Dimension Controller rolls through with some spectacularly cinematic electro-tech, and Lena Willikens' appearance is marked by raucous bass tones and sharp-edged beats. BIG.
It's hard to believe that Phantom Delia is Cologne-based Lena Willikens' debut record as it has more personality and identity than 99 per cent of music being released right now. Bookended by the dense, droning title track and the brooding bass textures of "Howlin Lupus", Delia is as expansive as it is diverse. "Nilpferd" is a spooky soundtrack about an unfortunate soul who has lost their way, while "Asphalt Kobold" sees Willikens drop slow-motion hip-hop beats and punishing subs. Despite all of these offbeat twists, there is also no doubt that Willikens can rock a dance floor - "Noya Noya" is led by tight 808s and noirish electro stabs and "Mari Ori" is a brilliant, mysterious groove whose only, admittedly vague reference points are Clock DVA and Silent Servant.