Review: The second instalment in the Parquetechno series gets off to a dramatic fashion, with the soaring strings of Cassidy's "Ancestry" and the melodic, atmospheric groove of HA|XO's "Alone In The Club". These are sandwiched between a different type of drama, namely the tough, Terrence Fixmer-style electro-techno groove of Several Definitions' "Enigma". Label owner Solee keeps the intensity levels up with the pulsating, tranced out "Verboten", but the compilation also reveals a flip side to these energetic tracks - audible on the deep minimal house of Djos's Davis' "Shimmer Mist" and the hypnotic, throbbing tech-house that Room Service delivers on "Antrazit".
Review: Acid, rave and big room antics land back on Berlin's Katermukke with a split EP from tongue-in-cheek scenesters Marc Depulse and Lake Avalon. Touching on strands of techno, electro and progressive trance the Leipzig native Macc Depulse turns in two techier numbers aimed at the night's peak moments with some new wave in "Kiss The Frog" and the epic, arpeggio driven "Trench Goat". Lake Avalon on the other hand is welcomed to the label as a newcomer following a recent outing on Stil Vor Talent and his delivery provides two deeper tracks of percussive melodies and stadium shaking basslines. Shoot for the stars on "Silver".
Review: Stuttgart's Parquet recordings has built a solid reputation across the world with its intelligent yet accessible blend of lush deep house, groovy tech house, melodic techno and progressive elements. Its releases have received support from huge figures across the spectrum of house and techno and has a fantastic reputation - widely associated with some of the most respected and in-demand names in dance music. The label makes its way to the Dutch capital this year for the electronic music community's biggest event that is ADE, with a massive party at Chicago Social Club featuring label boss Solee, D-Nox & Beckers and veteran Gabriel Ananda. This compilation features some of the sonic arsenal that the label will be packing on the night. Highlights come from: Rinzen & Evan Casey's moody Innervisions style dancefloor drama on "Fractal", Marc DePulse's neon-lit and sensual "Pov", the glassy eyed and heartfelt narrative of Several Definitions "M24" and label affiliate Alex Preda's off-kilter and sombre "Vortex".