Review: Has it really been fifteen years already for Monika Kruse's Terminal M imprint? Gosh time flies but oh well; let's celebrate and commemorate in style. There's various moods and grooves on offer here. Anna's ?Where Are You Now?? is a dark and tunnelling techno number with enough funk for summertime dancefloors. Pig & Dan are still around and showing off their ever evolving style; this time teaming up with Mark Reeve for some sweet progressive house on ?Daydreamer?. Staying on the euphoric proggy tip also is Henri Matisse with the surefire ?Gear?. The power trio of Luca M, Just2 and Alex Rise gives us the sexy rolling tech house of ?No Obstacles? that you could imagine Richie Hawtin or Carlo Lio smashing out at peak time on the island.
Review: Following a recent sell-out London show to celebrate the milestone anniversary of Digweed's iconic and genre leading record label he drops volume 14, and to us it sounds like one of the biggest and best yet. Across the 21 tracks, label favorites get a good showing, with; Pig & Dan's 'Crazy', Guy J with 'Mish Mash', and 'Whispering Leaves' from Marco Bailey. Plus a plethora of new talent coming through such as Maxime Dangles on 'Unsteady Curve'. Check out the tasty Electric Rescue mix of Digweed & Muir collab 'Raise'.. This is an essential for prog heads.
Awakening Of The Birds (feat Karmon) - (8:34) 125 BPM
Meeting Mia Lee (feat Mia Lee) - (6:26) 120 BPM
Review: Fresh off the first two parts of HOSH's Stories From Sa Talaia series, the next volume takes tracks from his recently released album of the same name and releases them on his new fryhide imprint. First up are two collaborations with power duo Pig & Dan. "Atlantis Is Not A Fairy Tale" sees the Drumcode duo team up with the Diynamic affiliated artist for a dark and tunnelling techno slow burner. "Awakening Of The Birds" features Karmon and is a brooding journey track that you'd more typically expect of the man from Hamburg. Finally "Meeting Mia Lee" ends things on a deep and minimalistic note and features the heartbeat of HOSH's unborn daughter. Once again then, this is another richly rewarding EP from the German artist.
Review: It's hard to believe that Sven Vath's empire has been in existence for 11 years, but what's easier to comprehend is the label's unerring knack of releasing killer club techno. This compilation gives some of Vath's favourite artists - like Roman Flugel and Steve Rachmad - as well as newbies like Patrick Kunkel, who also provides a DJ mix, a chance to rework the catalogue. From Visionquest's murky but driving take on Dinky's "Acid in My Fridge" through the abrasive, jacking Flugel remix of Martin Buttrich's "Hunter", Carlo Lio's tribal take on Dubfire vs Huntemann's "Diablo" and the fist-pumping, big room techno of Paul Ritch's interpretation of 2000 & One's "Tropical Melons", there can be no doubt about this compilation's dance floor credentials.
Review: With so many producers involved in this release, it is surprising that "Morphism" manages to sound so cohesive and flow so seamlessly. Built on tough but heavy dubby beats, its deep, textured chords lend it an opaque, mysterious feeling. However, this is only a temporary state and soon enough, the four-man act drops in a resonating, plunging bass that cuts through the sonic ether. It acts a wake-up call from the surrounding musical fog, but it also gives the arrangement the dance floor muscle it needs. Dreamy but effective, this is exactly the kind of track that will make its way into Digweed's re-cord box.
Review: Pig & Dan have enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Cocoon that stretches back over a decade. The pair's latest release on Sven Vath's imprint will not disappoint fans of their big room sound. First up it's the title track; over understated beats, they lay down a moody, pounding bass and niggling, metallic percussion before letting loose with a wild, system-levelling filter. "Lost Another Angel" isn't as visceral; based on a similar, rolling rhythm and featuring a menacing bass, this time it's all about the melancholic melodies, Weave their way up through the arrangement, it guarantees that the Spanish duo will find favour with trance DJs as well as techno selectors.
Review: Chemistry is the third EP from Pig & Dan on Adam Beyer's label this year and sees the duo deliver three more powerful, big room tracks. The title track revolves around an embrace of trance-y melodies and shimmering chords, but these melodic elements play out against a framework of tough, metallic beats. On "Ukraine", the pair put their focus on linear club techno, albeit with a slightly different twist; the kicks are tough and unrelenting, but the rhythm skips and steps. There is no such ambivalence on "Devotion"; rooted in concrete kicks and a firing rhythm, a pin-pick riff is filtered in and out of red-level intensity throughout this heady arrangement.
Review: It's been ten years since Pig & Dan first set their stall out as purveyors of vaguely progressive tech-house. Since then, they've released just one album - Imagine on Cocoon back in 2007 - but impressed tech-house DJs and critics with a series of well-received singles. Here they celebrate 10 years in the game with a second album of original material, this time for Glaswegian techno and house stalwarts Soma. It's perhaps not an ideal match - Pig & Dan's shuffling, soft focus take on techno seems at odds with the label's fun time remit - but Decade is at least an impressive collection of club tracks. There are few surprises, but plenty of atmospheric, bubbling cuts to tickle the fancy of tech-minded DJs (see the excellent "Doing It For Yourself" and percussive "Natives").