Review: Two of Truesoul's most high-profile production acts hook up for their inaugural studio collaboration - and the result is the remarkable Challenger. Conceived during lockdown, this two-track release has an atmospheric undercurrent but is also sure to strike the right tone once dance floors finally re-open. "Granular" is powered by a throbbing bass, and features evocative synth scapes: it's like a cinema soundtrack pushed onto the dance floor. The title track also shines a light on an atypical approach to techno, with hypnotic tones laid over a lithe rhythm - and this combination builds gradually to a blissed out finale.
Review: It's hard to believe that Cocoon is celebrating its 20th anniversary, but what's not difficult to grasp is that Sven Vath's imprint is marking the occasion in style. Rampa and Emanuel Satie kick-start this compilation with emotive, tranced out tracks - in particular Rampa's "2000" is particularly poignant - while Cocoon mainstays like Gregor Tresher and Ricardo Tobar up the pace with the musical but clubby techno of "Nostalgia (Is The Enemy)" and "El Eterna" respectively. As always, Cocoon strikes a flawless balance between showcasing local producers and international names; 20 Years is no exception and features frazzled acid from Josh Wink as well as steely percussive bangers courtesy of Planetary Assault Systems and Jacek Sienkiewicz.
Christian Smith & John Selway - "Delirium" - (7:45) 128 BPM
Dr. Motte - "Faze DJ-Set 88" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:11:07) 128 BPM
Review: Love Parade founder Dr Motte celebrates 30 years of the landmark event with this fine mix of underground classics. It starts with the timeless trance of Der Dritte Raum's "Hale Bopp" and Tube & Berger's electro house banger "The Young & The Wild Ones". As one of Berlin's most established DJs, Motte's sound is also rooted in techno, and he doesn't disappoint here, dropping the low-slung minimalism of Joey Beltram's remix of Abe Duque & Blake Baxter's "Let's Take It Back" as well as tougher tunes like the hammering, Chicago style of DJ Rush & Eric Sneo's "Take Me Back" and the bugged out acid on Christopher Kah's "Heatwaves".
Review: Ever reliable duo Pig & Dan return to Drumcode, the label they can safely call home after becoming stalwarts of Adam Beyer's label after several riveting appearances. The Palma de Mallorca based duo stated that it is an honor to be back on the label with this bunch of tracks which have an 'edge' to them and are sure to get the hands in the air. Starting out with the fierce thriller "Infinity" with its seething and razor sharp chord progressions, prepare to venture further down the spiral on the strobed-out tunnel vision of "Terrax" until the barrelling dark energy of "Plex" hammers the message home with its hypnotic sonar pulse. Following up that awesome Reset Your Bassline EP for Cocoon, the Elevate bosses are in fine form here.