If this is what arrives in Tresor's inbox, then they are luckier than most labels. With a focus on tough techno, Demo Tracks 2 showcases some fine new talent. Acronym's "Nabu" is a dark rolling affair, its detailed textures creating a hypnotic cavernous sound. JC's "Chenox" is more direct, with rough, distorted drums fused with a slamming, grainy rhythm primed for the peak time. Neither can compare to Zadig's "Panic". The tempo is far higher, the rhythm more stripped back and visceral, and the arrangement filled with the kind of ferocious percussive bursts that would singe your hair if you stood too close to the speakers.
The legendary Moscow club delivers a third instalment of future-facing techno. Zadig's "Solar Analog" kicks off the release in frenetic style with a firing percussive workout, while veteran producer Savas Pascalidis shows why he is such a respected name, thanks to the grimy acid and concrete kicks of "Kontext". Conscious of Propaganda's propensity for tougher sounds, DJ Deep's "Night Scan" is among his hardest musical iteration - and is based on a lean rhythm and mean filters that swoop in and out of the arrangement. Finally, Versions take inspiration from the eerie, steel-plated minimalism of Space DJz' 90s sounds with "Broken Strings".