Review: Gesloten Cirkel's opening salvo on Moustache Techno is a hard act to follow, but Du Mosch does a good job here. Like the first release on the label, diversity is the key. The first untitled cut is a slamming, grainy techno rhythm, like a European update of early Mike Dunn or Steve Poindexter Chicago techno. The second cut is deeper and more groovy as an insistent bassline provides the basis for a rolling disco techno arrangement, while Du Mosch revisits his familiar Italo approach on the third and final track, the synths soaring to a melodic and wonderfully epic crescendo.
Review: If your finances couldn't quite stretch to buying all four releases in the unique Dekmantel x Patta series - in which limited edition vinyl EPs came packaged with exclusive items of clothing - this digital compilation is something of a lifesaver. For starters, the exclusive material - first included on the hard-to-get EPs, and now showcased here - is pretty darn tasty. The various Amsterdam-based producers involved generally hit the spot, from the melodious, analogue-rich Balearic techno of Young Marco's "The Best I Could Do (With What I Had)", and sparkling Detroit retro-futurism of Mark Du Mosch's "2nd 5ystem", to the cosmic deep house shimmer of Tom Trago's "Brutal Romance", and bizarre, off-kilter deep house-jazz of Makam's "The Struggles". Aardvark's quirky rumba-house workout, "Kubaa Rumbaa" is rather good, too.