Olivier Mateu has had a long association with Mobilee and on Petropolis, he shows why he is such a valued artist. "Cily", with its chiming chords and flowing groove, is redolent of much of the label's deeper output, but he delves into less well-known territories on "Sulfuric State". There, eerie synths and dank 303 lines collide for an atmospheric trip through the outer regions of deep house. However, it's on the title track and "Capitelle" where Mateu really surprises. Tonal bleeps, twitchy drums and growling bass all combine to make for some of the darkest underground house this side of Nu Groove.
This release will surprise anyone who hasn't been following Mathias Kaden's music for the past few years, as "Fin" is a big departure for a producer who was once so much a part of the minimal house sound. It resonates to celebratory piano keys and Lil Louis-style snare rolls over rough, tribal beats. In another surprise development, Josh Wink is drafted in to delivers a queasy, acidic take on "Fin". Try as he might to emulate Kaden or the Philly legend, Rodriguez Jr's tracky "Nausica" can't quite compete, however the driving drums and malevolent acid of Christian Burkhardt's "Under The Wheel" impresses.