Review: Fiedel is the latest Berghain resident DJ to contribute to its mix series and this sampler release captures the machine-driven energy of his varied sets. Electric Indigo's contribution, "Registers", is a cavernous, steely arrangement designed for maximum impact in the Berlin club's high-ceilinged main room, while Stefan Rein's "Panther" is more of a heads-down banger, charged to provide a boost to tired dancers. Fiedel makes a diversion with the off centre broken beats and odd but inspired combination of industrial drums and animal sounds on rRoxymore's "Tropicalcore", while Fiedel himself gets down and dirty with fellow resident Boris for the bleep-heavy, tone-shifting "Div'hain".
Stefan Rein - "Amorphous Material" - (6:03) 129 BPM
Review: To date, the Crossing label has been an exclusive platform for Avion, but for this seventh instalment, the mysterious producer gives over the reins and welcomes some like-minds into the fold. Pfirter kick-starts the release with a more laid-back, house sound than usual with "Sut", while Avion's "Thrill" resounds to raw drums and breaks, accompanied by the occasional burst of white noise. The release even strays into experimental mode as Doka messes about with tonal bleeps and abstract rhythmic twists on "Mural". However, the last contribution will leave the listener in no doubt that Crossing is still a techno label, as Stefan Rein drops the firing minimal techno of "Amorphous Material".