Oliver Huntemann's label returns with more dancefloor drama from the dark side, by some of the scene's most exciting players on Senso Sounds Level 04. French techno producer Bruno Demoeugeot aka Citizen Kain teams up with STAB Virus on "Torium" which ticks all the right boxes for a Senso track: doom laden pads, dark chords, steely rhythms and grinding arpeggios - all compressed into one big, brooding package. German producer Carlo Ruetz cuts to the chase on the aptly titled "Sky's Black" (and strips things back while he's at it) on this tunnelling and sinister epic. Finally, man of the moment Dubspeeka continues on with an impressive streak of releases on International Deejay Gigolo, Knee Deep In Sound and Get Physical recently - the cavernous, bass heavy tech house of "Aakash" further cements his status
With a name like Stab Virus, it would not be unreasonable to assume that the accompanying sound track would be abrasive and visceral. However, the opposite is true. While South African duo Siphe Tebeka and Makonwabe Bekwa aka Stab Virus do not come close to the traditional house sound of their home country, the title track is a pulsing, racing electronic disco groove, underpinned by a throbbing bass. On "Grease", they opt for a tougher approach, but despite the prevalence of a brooding low end, eerie sirens and an insistent acid line, the track's central rhythm is imbued with an infectiously funky sensibility.