Review: This two-track single marks Rene Pawlowitz's return to 50 Weapons following the release of his divisive album The Killer last year, which saw him stepping outside of his usual home of Ostgut Ton for Modeselektor's club-focused imprint. Straddling the line between techno, bass and ambient, it was the kind of album that saw Pawlowitz largely leave behind the clubbier focus of his Head High, Wax, EQD or WK7 aliases to the frustration of some. This release however sees two more distinctly ravier tracks: "The Dirt" which combines turbulent synth textures and threadbare but propulsive rhythms, and the hardcore-influenced "Fluid 67", which packs enough '90s tinged euphoria into its 5 minutes to silence the naysayers.
Review: All lists are subjective, but there's no doubt that Bambounou aka Jeremy Guindo-Zegiestowski has done a fine job in compiling this selection from Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. Tracks that start off as functional techno workouts - Datei42's "They Explore Themselves" and the Truncate take on Benjamin Damage's "010x" - progress to reveal glowing chord sequences, while the compilation twists and turns through noisy soundscapes (Benjamin Damage's "Spirals"), thumb-snapping tight footwork (Addison Groove & Sam Binga's "Thr3id)" and some ultra-lean techno from Marcel Dettmann and Cosmin TRG. However, nothing can compare to the washes of old school rave synths and lithe break beats that constitute Shed's "The Dirt".