Review: Crosstown Rebels head honcho, Damien Lazarus, has taken it upon himself (and his crew) to mark the "cosmically significant" date of December 21 with a 24-hour megaparty in Mexico. For those of us unable to attend in person, this accompanying compilation is the next best thing. Beginning with Pier Bucci's fittingly titled, and deliciously trippy, "Mayans", we get the exotic and trancey "The Prophecy" by Quenum, Matthew Jonson's sinister tech-houser "In Search Of A New Planet With Oxygen", the sublime "Cosmic Dancer" by Francesca Lombardo, the urgent menace of "Greed Insanity" by Fur Coat and the haunting, end-of-the-world vibes of "2012" by Jay Haze.
Review: The latest edition of the the Sum compilation series features a mixture of established and upcoming producers. First up are The Reason Y and T?mas Sinn, who deliver the tough, reverberating groove of "Trip Tales". Meanwhile another emerging act, Risa Taniguchi, impresses with the deep, tunnelling techno of "She" and Eme Kulhnek drops the mesmerising, hypnotic groove of "Efforts". Mindful of electronic music's rich heritage, Second State has also commissioned some of Europe's most established artists to contribute to this edition; Quenum drops the clicky minimalism of "Fact Action" and on "Zurich" the veteran producer Secret Cinema, combines gritty drums with atmospherics to devastating effect.
Review: As one of the most feted labels in techno, it's not hard to imagine that Cocoon receives a ton of demos. Fittingly then, the Dots & Pearls compilation series shines a light on the type of music that is bubbling up from the underground via the label's inbox. Youandme's"Claret Loss" sets a high standard, with its lush strings underpinned by a robust groove. Similarly, Florian Hollerith's "Ohrenzirkus" - which also features on label owner Sven V?th's Sound of the 19th Season - strikes a balance between the musical and the functional as deranged horns unravel over a gritty back drop. Maintaining this melodic feeling is Petar Dundov's beautifully mournful "Pyroelectric". However, there is another side to this equation, with Marc Romboy dropping the menacing bass-led "Sequential Error". Irrespective of the mood however, Dots & Pearls V is sure to become an integral part of this year's clubbing soundtrack.