Review: In the decade since it was established, Solomon's label has gone from underground outfit to the home of Boiler Room-leveling anthems. The most notable thing though is that it hasn't lost its identity along the way -and it still puts out killer underground house. Dee Montero's "Halcyon" is a classic Diynamic tune, with soaring, dramatic strings taking off over a building electronic groove. It's exactly the kind of tune that the label is known and respected for. On Thyladomid's "Exit", the mood changes - crashing percussion and underpinning a cacophony of acid-led trippiness, while Raxon's "Nebular" is a menacing, minimal affair, resounding to rolling snares. Closing the release is Lopezhouse's "Dark Place", which resounds to an acid-soaked throbbing groove.
Review: Emirati DJ/producer Raxon is back after impressing recently on Ellum, Truesoul and Senso Sound - and this new one for Hamburg heroes Diynamic is further evidence that this guy really is one of the leading lights to emerge from the Middle East. The Destiny EP features all the hallmarks of the Hanseatic label's sound, and this A.M. expert's unique perspective on melodic big room techno. From the moody and all-consuming tunnel vision of terrific opener "Future Past" to the slinky and hypnotic journey "Enter Galactic" which we are sure you've all been hearing as lot this year - it's unmistakable!
Review: Kompakt Extra casts its gaze wide for its latest release by enlisting the services of Raxon. Born and raised in Egypt and Dubai, he now spends his time in Barcelona, the home of Sonar. On "The Ancient", which kick-starts his Speicher debut, he draws on his diverse background; the buzzing, searing central riff sounds like the a Middle Eastern droning chant. Coupled with a snaking, buzzing groove it is exactly the kind of frazzled techno one would expect to hear at one of the Sonar festival's beach parties. On the flip, "Dark Light" sees the emerging producer opt for a more malevolent approach, as an ominous, prowling bass underpins muffled vocal samples.
Review: Hot on the heels of his release for Maceo Plex's Ellum, Raxon aka Ahmed Dawoud drops this two-tracker for Drumcode. "Connection" is a typical track for Adam Beyer's label in that it's designed for the big room, but it comes with a twist; adding in half-heard vocal samples and subtle filters, Dawoud also uses hypnotic, Sleeparchive-style bleeps to create a truly distinctive track. On "Orbit", he opts for a different approach; rolling tribal drums underpin a dense bass and a hiccuping vocal sample that leads the arrangement into a tripped out direction, once again showcasing this producer's diverse talent.
Review: It's been twenty years since Sven Vath's Cocoon operation set up in Ibiza; since then the label's annual alphabet-themed compilations have also come to define techno's stylistic twists and turns. According to S, 2019 clearly saw the re-emergence of trance in its various forms, from Love Over Entropy's wide-eyed abandon to Stimming's more musical approach - audible on "The Gift That Never Stops To Give". Musicality is also a common theme on the house and techno that features on Compilation S, with Emanuel Satie's "Planet XXX" resounding to melodic chord stabs and Giegling artist Edward's "End Days" favouring chattering samples and a soaring bass - inspired by E-Dancer with a modern, Teutonic twist.
Review: Cologne powerhouse Kompakt have continually defined a unique aesthetic as label - deep, atmospheric and absolutely evocative. For the 19th edition of their revered Total series - The Voigt Brothers & Co. curate another splendid compilation featuring the very best in international electronic music from the last year, taking in a wide variety of styles, tempos moods and grooves - yet all with the label's distinct taste. Highlights (and there's many!) came courtesy of: local Gewolbe Club resident Jonathan Kaspar with the mesmerising dancefloor drama of "Renard", label co-founders Tobias Thomas & Michael mayer teaming up on the sexy lo-slung groove antics of "Total Anders", label staple and all round Berlin legend Sascha Funke delivers a typically quirky and oddball groove on "Aus Der Lamang". Elsewhere, you can get your tunnel vision on with the ever reliable Rex The Dog on "Vortex", the ascendant Anii from Poland takes you deep into the rainforest on the tribal trance of "Ride The Tiger" and ANNA from Brazil provides some dystopian narratives for the dancefloor on "Remembrance".
Review: Originally conceived by Adam Beyer as a platform to release music that he couldn't fit into Drumcode's regular schedule, the A-Sides series has reached its eighth volume. Comprising a vast array of styles and sounds, this 25-track compilation puts a spotlight on new and established artists. These include label regular Layton Giordani with the moody, tranced out "Chrome", newcomer Juliet Fox, who delivers the rolling, grainy drums of the Berghain-primed "Was Beautiful" alongside veteran artists like Secret Cinema - representing here with SAMA on the driving, dubbed out "Diviner" - and Joey Beltram, with the dreamy, old school groove and vocal sample-heavy "Can You Feel It".