Review: James Thompson aka Warwick returns to the Lobster Theremin stable with another fine club-focused EP. The title track revolves around a heads-down, pulsating groove, underscored by warbling acid and peppered with ponderous vocals. On "What I Mean", Thompson opts for a somewhat different approach; instead of straight kicks, he deploys tight break beats to underpin the kind of effective acid builds that would make Hardfloor jealous. "Luchini Forever" sees him change approach again, with dramatic stabs unravelling over punchy drums and tight percussion, while he ups the tempo on "Knock" - the result is a galloping rhythm featuring powerful sub bass and euphoria inducing filters.
Review: Garnering a name for itself across the Unknown To The Unknown multiverse and other labels like Manchester's Dansu Discos, Lost Palms and UNDERTHESEA, Serbian-born, Brookyln-based rave revivalist Bojan Cizmic aka X-Coast brings the original sound of '90s rave, acid and techno to a new generation. Pushing at the higher BPMs there's no denying the pure trance sensations inside this EP's title track that goes deep, melodic and a inspiringly-so: melancholic. French producer Anetha (Oak / Work Them) throws down some contemporary industrial techno in her remix but for that pure referential element that sounds just as fresh today as it did back in the summer of love, look to the psychoactive vamps and vocals cuts of "Narcotic Influence" to the yearning themes, snare rolls and booming bass of "Bomba". Techno will always be trance to make you dance.