Various - "Tour De Traum II" (continuous DJ mix by Riley Reinhold) - (1:16:09) 125 BPM
Review: An outstanding duo who constantly come to the table with fresh ideas and a leftfield perspective on electro-tech, Dolby Anol are back after dynamite releases such as "Weapons Of Mass Distraction" and the skewed Eastern chops of "Visa Mastercard" with this newie on Tigerbass. Offering two different perspectives on the same tune, "Red Leather" is underscored by Modeselektor-esque deep Moog action, while "Yellow Leather" speeds things up for a more tropical and jacking feel. Both are essential (and loaded with the same incredible spoken-word samples), while the mighty Kid606 weighs in with a rare remix - taking the bare bones and putting together an acid wig-out of a mix. Finland's Obi Blanche serves up an equally schizophrenic version, while CLAWS smooth things out a little on their slo-mo disco excursion.
Microtrauma - "Saturation" (Richie G remix) - (6:31) 128 BPM
Hasten Chimera (Morris Cowan) - (8:41) 127 BPM
Groj - "Motte" - (4:41) 125 BPM
Max Cooper - "Heresy" (Matthys remix) - (6:27) 115 BPM
Empyrean - "Nomad" - (5:13)
Morris Cowan - "Thermal" (feat Duncan Edward Jones - Empyrean remix) - (5:55)
Review: Riley Reinhold's selections never fail to impress and Tour IV is no exception. On this occasion, he succeeds in uniting elements as disparate as the ambient washes of Mark Reeve's "Moving Horizons" and the high octane, trance-fuelled groove of Richie G's remix of Microtrauma's "Sturation". In between these polar opposites sit timeless tracks like the delicate chiming bell melodies and powerful bass of Dominik Eulberg's "Die Strandmieze Von St Peter-Ording" and the chord-heavy, spiralling melodies of Microtrauma's take on Minilogue's "Let Life Dance Thru You". Traum may also have an unlikely hit on their hands in the shape of Hot Chip's hushed vocal and acid-tinged version of Eulberg's "H2O".
Minilogue - "Certain Things Part 2" (Salz remix) - (7:22) 125 BPM
Stefan Gubatz - "Nord" - (9:03) 154 BPM
Review: This excellent German dub techno label delivers again with an unusual mix from the Salz duo. The opening segment focuses on ambient, atmospheric sounds, with Stefan Gubatz's downtempo beats and ethereal textures impressing most. Gubatz is also the producer who brings the mix up to the next level with the chiming chords and seductive off-beats of "Offshore". From that point on, the mix swings into action wth the chord-heavy groove of Salz's take on Riley Reinhold & Stefan Gubatz's "The Next And The Next" and the chiming deep techno of (Joergmueller's take on Salz' "Stainless Dub"). Despite this, the label's mellow side is never too far away, as evidenced by the jazzy flourishes of Sven Weisemann's killer house tune "Elapse".