Review: To celebrate its 100th release, long-established label My Best Friend has put together a mammoth compilation. Featuring classic MBF releases like Cosmic Sandwich's "Man in a Box" and Dirt Crew's "Rock Da House", 100 is also notable for unearthing some lesser-known killers. There's Crowdkillers' "Miss Jones", an awesome stripped back house track powered by lithe Latin vocals and a disturbed female vocal, and the deep, haunting synths of Florian Meindl's "La Nuit". Even when My Best Friend follows more conventional sounds, as it does on "Get Down" by Filthy Rich and Danny Serrano's "Likenobody", the tribal drums are loose and organic, the filtering subtle and the vocal samples atypical.
Noir/Victor Ruiz - "I Am" (feat Cari Golden) - (8:15) 126 BPM
Veerus - "Mind Awake, Body Asleep" - (6:44) 125 BPM
Julian Wassermann - "Neurose" - (6:58) 125 BPM
Review: Senso Sounds is Oliver Huntemann's label for underground electronic music, based out of Hamburg and already racking up an impressive back catalogue of releases. Kickstarting a new series of EPs with exclusive tracks from various artists, Senso Sounds Level 01 ventures further into the abyss with four brand new killers from the roster. Starting off with boss man Huntemann and the brooding and adrenalised dancefloor drama of "Kamikaze", Denmark's Noir teams up with Brazilian Victor Ruiz on "I Am" (feat Cari Golden) and Italian Veerus delivers the druggy main room stomper "Mind Awake, Body Asleep". Finally Munich's Julian Wassermann serves up the EP's finest moment on with the devilish minimal tech house killer "Neurose" featuring the most razor sharp bassline you'll hear this year!
Review: Filth On Acid is Reinier Zonneveld's new label and he launches it in style with a series of collaborations with his peers. First up is "Cold Conquest", a pulsing, ominous track. Produced with Oliver Koletzki, the dark synth clouds that hover over the acid backing track are the polar opposite of euphoric trance. Moving towards techno, Secret Cinema's "Kickstreem" production with Zonneveld centres on a heavy, prowling bass with echoes of Positive Education. "Got Me', penned with Gabriel Ananda, is a blissed out psychedelic techno groove, while the release ends with "Kapot". Written in association with Matt Sassari, it brings a brash, buzzing end to this impressive debut release.
Review: If you're looking for evidence that hard techno is still alive and well, you'd be well-advised to check 'New World Order'. Tuomas Rantanen's 'Echo Tangents' is the most intense contribution, its distorted break beats and droning synths bludgeoning the listener into submission, but it's a close battle as Oliver Kuchera's 'Keychain' is an insane panel-beating track and the evil analogue yelps and droning synths of Pablo Bosio's 'Baalzephon' are reminiscent of the highlights of James Ruskin's and Surgeon's late 90s work. The highlight however is Luis Ruiz' 'Greenskin'; less pacey than the other contributions, its eerie chords and intense filtering and driving percussion will endear it to fans of Technasia and Jerome Sydenham.