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Metal Master - Spectrum
Metal Master - Spectrum - (6:46) 129 BPM
16 Sep 22
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Cocoon Compilation T
Stephen Brown - "Level Steps" - (9:33) 131 BPM
Claude VonStroke - "Moody Fuse" - (6:51) 125 BPM
Denis Horvat - "Monomono" - (6:19) 120 BPM
Daniel Avery - "Your Future Looks Different In The Light" - (5:59) 128 BPM
Jeroen Search - "Subversive Elements" - (5:34) 136 BPM
Marco Bailey - "Kanai" - (6:54) 130 BPM
Damiano Von Erckert - "500 People, 500 Hearts, 1 Love" - (6:54) 123 BPM
YOKTO - "Vision99" - (7:06) 120 BPM
Jonathan Kaspar - "CCC" - (7:47) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Emperor Machine - "The Art Of Electronics" - (7:06) 113 BPM
Carl Finlow - "Surface Control" - (5:49) 130 BPM
DeFeKT - "Terraform" - (6:18) 128 BPM
Review: The Cocoon compilation series has become an unofficial state of the nation statement for modern house and techno, and the latest instalment is no exception. It features deep, Detroit styled grooves from Damiano van Erckert and Stephen Brown alongside more accessible minimal house from Claude Von Stroke and murky, analogue jams, including the layered, dubbed out Daniel Avery track, "Your Future Looks Different in the Light". The compilation series has also been successful in spotlighting emerging artists, and volume T is no exception, as it shines a light on Yokto's bass-heavy deep house and the swaggering electro-techno of Defekt's "Terraform".
05 Aug 22
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Black Spider
Black Spider - (5:35) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Sticky Carpet - (5:30) 129 BPM
Packed Lunch - (4:04) 138 BPM
17 Jun 22
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Bright Side Of My Room
25 Mar 22
Minimal/Tech House
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What I Used To Play - (7:35) 115 BPM
The Worm - (7:02) 123 BPM
The Inner Voice - (6:17) 125 BPM
Catharsis - (8:46) 116 BPM
Feiern (original mix) - (8:08) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Mystic Voices - (8:19) 128 BPM
Being In Love - (6:06) 115 BPM
Butoh - (7:59) 132 BPM
Nyx - (6:55) 125 BPM
The Cranes Of Gangtey Valley - (4:00) 120 BPM
We Are - (7:29) 130 BPM
Silvi's Dream - (4:42) 120 BPM
Panta Rhei - (5:27) 151 BPM
Review: Catharsis is Sven Väth's first artist album since 2002's Fire. As the vocal on the acid-tinged opening track "What I Used to Play" outlines, it does indeed reflect his 'musical footprint from different decades'. "The Worm" is the kind of bass-heavy minimal track you'd expect to hear during one of Vath's epic sets, while "Mystic Voices" is an intense techno banger, powered by a grinding low end and chain mail percussion. At the other end of the spectrum, the album reveals less documented sides to the Cocoon owner's palette. "The Inner Voice" is a dreamy electro jam, "Being In Love" is a mellow break beat workout and the title track sees Sven indulge his predilection for Asian influences, resulting in a loose percussive jam.
25 Feb 22
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Mystic Voices / Butoh
Mystic Voices - (8:19) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Butoh - (7:59) 132 BPM
Review: Ahead of his long-awaited new artist album, Sven Vath provides a taster of what to expect. "Mystic Voices" rides a pulsating groove and throbbing bass, with a ponderous male vocal intoning the track's title. Shot through with evocative synth lines, it draws on the Cocoon boss' long trance and techno heritage with style. "Butoh" is quite a different proposition; inspired by the veteran DJ's travels to Asia, it sees him fuse layer upon layer of traditional percussion with a malevolent, acid-laced rhythm. These elements provide the basis for Cana Hatsushiba's ethereal vocal contribution. Both tracks set the scene for one of this year's most anticipated techno long players.
04 Feb 22
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Feiern (original mix) - (8:08) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Feiern (dub) - (8:07) 128 BPM
Feiern (radio edit) - (3:50) 128 BPM
Review: The lockdown meant that Sven Vath had the opportunity to spend time in the studio, making music instead of playing it. Now the first fruits of the Cocoon owner's Covid production period are available. Feiern, which appropriately enough is the German for 'celebrate', provide a taster for an imminent artist album. It is also sure to dominate dance floors. Powered by an ominous electronic bass and a mysterious vocal narrative, it's exactly the kind of rousing techno you'd expect Vath to spin. On the dub version, the absence of vocals serve to accentuate those moody bass tones, while the radio edit offers a condensed take that could well cross over into the mainstream - even more reason for Sven to celebrate.
10 Sep 21
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Invert Drift
Invert Drift - (7:28) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Last Romance - (7:23) 119 BPM
Off The Shore - (10:40) 121 BPM
Review: After a string of releases on Ouie and Kompakt, Jonathan Kaspar makes his debut on Cocoon. This is an expertly executed EP that draws on the legacy of German trance, minimal and techno to deliver a really distinctive set of tracks. "Last Romance" is an unusual track that brings together glitchy percussion and majestic synth sweeps. However, instead of going for the jugular, Kaspar keeps the tempo down to create an alluring, infectious track. This theme continues on "Off The Shore"; set to a mid-pace, it allows Kaspar the opportunity to drop a teased out arrangement that is full of subtle sound effects and deft percussive twists and turns. Of course this being Cocoon, there is also a dance floor focus, and this comes on the title track, where Kaspar drops a simmering, moody slice of tranced out techno that will prove irresistible to DJs.
09 Jul 21
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20 Years Cocoon Recordings
Rampa - "2000" - (6:16) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Emanuel Satie - "Departure" - (5:50) 124 BPM
Solomun - "We'll Never Have Today Again" - (7:40) 123 BPM
Gregor Tresher - "Nostalgia (Is The Enemy)" - (7:15) 130 BPM
Joseph Ashworth - "Eavesdrop" - (7:12) 125 BPM
Pig&dan - "Trauma" - (7:31) 128 BPM
Josh Wink - "Nuclei" - (8:25) 129 BPM
Ricardo Tobar - "El Eterna" - (12:01) 124 BPM
Tiga & Roman Flugel - "Look To The Sky" - (5:32) 128 BPM
Planetary Assault Systems - "Raww" - (6:13) 133 BPM
Jacek Sienkiewicz - "Digitavi" - (9:01) 137 BPM
Andr? Galluzzi & Daniel Stefanik - "The Regulator" - (7:32) 126 BPM
Extrawelt - "Murder Ballet" - (6:50) 131 BPM
Petar Dundov - "Overtone" - (8:29) 123 BPM
Sebastian Mullaert - "Kikaqu" - (14:28) 127 BPM
Review: It's hard to believe that Cocoon is celebrating its 20th anniversary, but what's not difficult to grasp is that Sven Vath's imprint is marking the occasion in style. Rampa and Emanuel Satie kick-start this compilation with emotive, tranced out tracks - in particular Rampa's "2000" is particularly poignant - while Cocoon mainstays like Gregor Tresher and Ricardo Tobar up the pace with the musical but clubby techno of "Nostalgia (Is The Enemy)" and "El Eterna" respectively. As always, Cocoon strikes a flawless balance between showcasing local producers and international names; 20 Years is no exception and features frazzled acid from Josh Wink as well as steely percussive bangers courtesy of Planetary Assault Systems and Jacek Sienkiewicz.
19 Feb 21
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Doom - (6:11) 127 BPM
2121 - (6:23) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Egyptian born, now Barcelona-based DJ and producer Raxon returns for his first solo release on Frankfurt's Cocoon Recordings, after contributing "The Turbulent" to 2019's Compilation S. Deep techno is the order of the day on the moody "Doom". This one is an equally slinky and hypnotic journey that's perfect for the warm-up, with its roaring bass and trippy pitch shifted vocal effects. Raxon goes for a less ominous and more uplifting vibe on second offering "2121" which takes its cues from Italo disco, complete with vocoded melodies, cosmic aesthetic and seriously low slung groove all round.
29 Jan 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Extra Welt Hits
Fernweh - (5:55) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Die Zitrone Der Schopfung - (5:14) 126 BPM
Titelheld - (8:09) 128 BPM
Die Welt Ist Nicht Genug - (5:51) 128 BPM
Minilogue - "The Leopard" (Extrawelt remix) - (7:02) 125 BPM
Pink Panzer - (6:33) 120 BPM
Soopertrack - (8:02) 130 BPM
Herzstuck (live In Tokyo) - (5:02) 120 BPM
Dark Side Of My Room (live At Fusion Festival) - (5:35) 128 BPM
8000 - (6:44) 130 BPM
Doch Doch - (4:33) 128 BPM
Gott Ist Schrott - (5:08) 124 BPM
Drehfehler - (7:24) 129 BPM
Neuland - (5:17) 124 BPM
Zu Fuss (live In Paris) - (6:17) 128 BPM
Review: Following up the terrific 'Little We Know' EP a mere few weeks ago by Hamburg heroes Extrawelt on Traum Schallplatten, they are right back with this amazing full length on the powerhouse Cocoon imprint.15 years into their careers, it was never their plan to release a 'best of' album, but here it is. 'Extra Welt Hits' is a time capsule drenched in the essence of the act's DNA. Accentuated by newly remastered tracks that serve their ever evolving, clever and out-of-the-box sound. Highlights come in the form of the brooding minimal funk of "Fernweh", the ethereal and introspective remix of Minilogue's "The Leopard" and the slinky and hypnotic live version of "Dark Side Of The Room".
30 Oct 20
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Trident - (7:09) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Pariah - (7:59) 130 BPM
Witchcraft - (7:24) 124 BPM
Review: Despite this summer being a write-off, this autumn release by Gregor Tresher provides a taster for a hopeful resumption of clubbing and festivals in 2021. The title track revolves around a seductive, low-slung groove that's peppered with airy synths and supported by a squelchy bass. The overall effect is like an updated take on Get Physical's classic melodic house sound. "Pariah" is tougher and darker as Tresher moves to the big room. Dramatic synth stabs cut through the pounding groove to create an expertly executed peak-time track. On "Witchcraft", he returns to more tranced out territories, with a pulsating groove underpinning melodic flourishes.
18 Sep 20
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Medusa EP
Medusa - (6:06) 132 BPM
My Castle - (5:53) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Their Kingdom - (5:25) 132 BPM
Noises - (6:33) 138 BPM
Played by: Theta state
Review: Following 2019's Yuzu, Klein returns to Cocoon with this powerful techno EP. The title track is a riotous affair, with wild acid lines unfolding over a pumping groove and punchy drums as Klein makes a nod to the menacing synths of Frankfurt's past. In contrast, "My Castle" is a lean, rolling affair, with a tight, rolling groove populated with steely percussion and visceral, filtered stabs. But as "Their Kingdom" and "Noises" both demonstrate, old school influences are never too far away, and Klein drops tranced out hooks that swirl over rolling techno rhythms and tough drums - exactly the kind of material you'd expect Sven Vath to spin.
31 Jul 20
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Carry Through The Winter - (3:48) 107 BPM
Waldmeister - (6:46) 125 BPM
Weasel Magic - (4:09) 150 BPM
Walking Path - (4:42) 123 BPM
Motor City Jarlaberg - (6:58) 128 BPM
Spektrum - (4:41) 128 BPM
Shiftings - (7:36) 125 BPM
202 Day - (2:56) 120 BPM
Medan Du Sov - (8:29) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Vals - (4:02) 120 BPM
Anno 2004 - (5:25) 125 BPM
Dubtrack - (4:39) 115 BPM
Organic As Love - (7:18) 128 BPM
Track Of Life - (6:17) 125 BPM
Review: Harald Bjork has been making music since the mid-00s and is a contemporary and friend of Petter, who has released on Border Community. There are similarities in approach between the two artists, and Shiftings shows that Bjork has an intuitive ability to craft beautiful, bucolic melodies. This is audible on dreamy ambient pieces like "Carry Through The Winter" and the glitchy down tempo "Weasel Magic" of "202 Day". But it's also audible when Bjork picks up the pace to deliver acid-flecked club groovers like "Waldmeister" and the snaking, sinewy rhythm of "Medan Du Sov", a hypnotic affair that'll light up discerning dance floors.
29 May 20
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Dots & Pearls 6
Eduardo De La Calle & Romina Cohn - "I'm Losing My Mind" - (6:50) 126 BPM
Fabe - "Call Of Origin" - (7:22) 128 BPM
Adana Twins - "Origo" - (7:00) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Juan Sanchez - "Narcissus" - (6:21) 132 BPM
Michael Klein - "Continuation" - (5:50) 130 BPM
Rico Puestel - "Perpetua Mobilia" - (6:56) 125 BPM
Radu Dracul - "Spectrae" - (7:44) 125 BPM
Joe Metzenmacher & Borka & The Gang - "Magic Talk" - (7:19) 123 BPM
Review: Cocoon's Dots & Pearls series has been successful in putting new artists side by side with more established acts - and volume six is no exception. With a focus on the deeper side of house and techno, this instalment features "Origo", a rumbling electronic groove from emerging Diynamic / Watergate act Adana Twins and Frankfurt producer Fabe with a melodic tech-house cut, "Call Of Origin". Representing the more established acts is Eduardo de la Calle, who drops a trippy, dubbed out minimal house track, "I'm Losing My Mind", featuring Romina Cohn on vocals and Michael Klein's rave-heavy "Continuation". However, it's one of the new kids who steals the show, with Radu Dracul delivering the deep, bleep-laden techno of "Spectrae".
24 Jan 20
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Sun Universe
Sun Universe - (6:36) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Purple - (6:11) 128 BPM
Catnatized - (4:17) 122 BPM
Review: Having been such the civil servant to an unwieldy scene it's always a pleasure to see legends arnd staunch advocates of their sound make their way onto Cocoon. With the boom of ice cannons and confetti, Landstrumm arrives on the label with some deep, trippy and well inspired electro sounds, with the smooth club-aggro and bassline bounce in "Purple" a nice start. The record pulls slightly leftfield with with the computer electronics and baddass vocals of "Catnatized", with the title track "Sun Universe" your direct route to a sour-faced electro-rave banger.
06 Dec 19
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Sven Vath In The Mix - The Sound Of The 20th Season
Sven Vath In The Mix - The Sound Of The 20th Season Pt 1 - (1:02:14) 124 BPM
Sven Vath In The Mix - The Sound Of The 20th Season Pt 2 - (1:09:27) 126 BPM
Review: Call us old school (or show offs) but we can remember the edition of Sven Vath in the mix back in 2002, where the German techno icon went back to back with legend Richie Hawtin. for an epic mix that's still talked about. The man from Frankfurt is still going with the series and once again carefully curating the very best in contemporary techno flavors - and mixing it altogether with his distinct Midas touch as always. Highlights not limited to: Life & Death affiliate Joseph Ashworth on the epic dancefloor drama of "Trooper", the ever reliable Swede Dorisburg doing his idiosyncratic style of deep tribal trance on "Internet Tension" and the surprising addition of Salon des Amateurs resident Charlotte Bendiks who goes into sublime mesmerizing territory on "Pasco". On the harder end of the spectrum, there are top shelf bangers from the likes of ROD ("Cambodia"), Inigo Kennedy ("2c3d2") and Detroit legend Robert Hood with "Reflector".
22 Nov 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Planetary Assault Systems - Live At Cocoon Ibiza (Continuous Mix)
18 Oct 19
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Yuzu - (6:47) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Eureka - (5:39) 130 BPM
Review: Having put out music for labels like Second State and Micro.fon, Michael Klein now finds his way to Cocoon with this dynamic two-tracker. The title track is sure to be a big-room sensation; featuring wave upon wave of acid and a relentless, grinding riff, this wild sonic fusion is underpinned by a hammering, percussive rhythm. It's exactly the kind of track that label owner Sven Vath would drop at peak time. "Eureka" isn't quite as frenetic, but its dramatic stabs, coupled with niggling, metallic hi-hats and pounding kicks, are sure to propel Michael Klein to techno's mainstream.
20 Sep 19
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Cocoon Compilation S
Love Over Entropy - "As If" - (8:09) 122 BPM
Stimming - "The Gift That Never Stops To Give" - (6:12) 123 BPM
Talaboman - "Big Room Anthemic Groovy Pounding Trance Dub Bomb. Superb!" - (7:48) 117 BPM
Emanuel Satie - "Planet XXX" - (6:45) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Edward - "End Days" - (6:15) 126 BPM
Florian Hollerith - "KURZVOR12" - (6:22) 127 BPM
Raxon - "The Turbulent" - (6:24) 127 BPM
Mark Broom - "Jaded" - (5:18) 132 BPM
Egbert - "Tering" - (7:41) 126 BPM
Dino Lenny - "Keep Changing Basslines" - (7:32) 124 BPM
Neil Landstrumm - "Flesh Is A Prison" - (4:53) 126 BPM
Red Axes - "Hevk" - (5:49) 128 BPM
Review: It's been twenty years since Sven Vath's Cocoon operation set up in Ibiza; since then the label's annual alphabet-themed compilations have also come to define techno's stylistic twists and turns. According to S, 2019 clearly saw the re-emergence of trance in its various forms, from Love Over Entropy's wide-eyed abandon to Stimming's more musical approach - audible on "The Gift That Never Stops To Give". Musicality is also a common theme on the house and techno that features on Compilation S, with Emanuel Satie's "Planet XXX" resounding to melodic chord stabs and Giegling artist Edward's "End Days" favouring chattering samples and a soaring bass - inspired by E-Dancer with a modern, Teutonic twist.
23 Aug 19
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Holocene EP
Holocene - (10:37) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Fifth - (8:21) 123 BPM
Review: Apir is the alter ego of UK producer Tim Green, whose decade long relationship with Frankfurt's Cocoon Recordings culminated in last year's acclaimed Her Future Ghost LP. Here, together with New York freshman Justin Marchacos, they collaborate on the deep and emotive tech house journey of "Holocene" powered by its driving groove. This is followed by the slinky and hypnotic entrancer "The Fifth" and its absolutely infectious melodic bassline. Either track is an electronic soundscape of epic proportions, built for a huge soundsystem and best experienced under cover of a warm, balmy summer night.
19 Jul 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Running In The Underwood
Running In The Underwood - (9:35) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Running In The Underwood (Michael Mayer remix) - (6:51) 127 BPM
See Where You Are - (7:17) 128 BPM
Review: Frankfurt institution Cocoon throws us a curveball in the form of this minimal pop ditty by local legend Markus Nikolai, one of the great minds behind the legendary Perlon imprint who is joined by Ole Schulte as International Anything. They return with their sophomore effort, following up their debut on Perlon earlier this year with another boompty lo-slung effort in the form of "Running In the Underwood" featuring some super catchy vocals. On the remix is one of Kompakt's main men, the inimitable Michael Mayer, who provides a stellar rework which goes down a frantic and adrenalised electro route. Second original offering "See Where You Are" similarly goes down a (proto) electro route in the vein of legends Kraftwerk on this robotic slice of heaven.
28 Jun 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Perlas - (6:35) 126 BPM
Love Summer - (6:03) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Electro Indianer - (9:26) 128 BPM
Review: Hollerith previously released on a number of Cocoon compilations, and now finally gets the chance to fly solo. It's an exhilarating journey; the title track chugs along with understated menace, with a rickety rhythm powered ahead by a dark, murky bass and muddy beats. Listen closely and you can even hear some breathy vocals in the background. On "Love Summer", he uses vocals again, but this time integrates them with a stop-start, stripped back techno rhythm. This unusual approach is also audible on "Electro Indianer", where he layers eerie synth lines over rolling drums to create a mesmerising slice of modern club techno.
31 May 19
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Disco Rout Remixes
Disco Rout (Tuff City Kids remix) - (7:06) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Disco Rout (Catz 'N Dogz remix) - (5:57) 130 BPM
Disco Rout (Younger Rebinds remix 2) - (5:45) 128 BPM
Disco Rout (original mix) - (5:43) 136 BPM
Review: Back in 2002, "Disco Rout" propelled Danny 'Legowelt' Wolfers from the Dutch West Coast underground to Ibizan big rooms thanks to its catchy nature and also due to the support of Cocoon. Now it re-appears in time for the 2019 summer season, albeit in remixed format. Tuff City Kids deliver a rolling, percussive take on the original, but let Legowelt's catchy synths shine through. For CatzN' Dogz, their version's focus is a pulsating electronic disco groove, while the latest reshape from Younger Rebinds sees the tempo increased and a slightly more ominous undercurrent added to those distinctive synths. Seventeen years on, Rout is still sure to cause mayhem in Ibiza.
COR 12164
17 May 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Mantash EP
Mantash - (6:10) 125 BPM
Rapture - (4:51) 127 BPM
Loud Whisper - (7:22) 127 BPM
Sketch - (6:02) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Oliver Kapp has been making and releasing techno for the past quarter century and brings this expertise to bear for this release on Cocoon. The title track recalls the deeper approach of Kapp's seminal Raygun imprint, with melodic echoes and whispers unravelling over a robust groove. On "Rapture", the veteran producer opts for a more stripped back, tracky approach, with a vocal sample looped against the back drop of a rolling tribal groove. Kapp ups the intensity levels and tempo on "Loud Whisper", with a tough rhythm and insistent filters prevailing, while "Sketch" is a mean, rolling affair, led by rasping bursts of percussion.
29 Mar 19
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Definition Synematique
Petrichor (feat Thyladomid) - (5:45) 159 BPM
Orenda (feat Thyladomid) - (7:13) 144 BPM
Verstehen (feat Thyladomid) - (3:38) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Geum Sabba (feat Thyladomid) - (4:45) 125 BPM
Avoir Le Mal De Quelqu'un (feat Thyladomid) - (3:40) 160 BPM
Wackelkontakt I - (1:48) 119 BPM
Wackelkontakt II - (1:19) 115 BPM
Polot - (2:21) 111 BPM
Ayurnamat - (7:02) 156 BPM
Koyaanisqatsi - (4:23) 120 BPM
Sabsung - (7:34) 113 BPM
Filter Kaffe I - (7:55) 146 BPM
Filter Kaffe II - (3:18) 102 BPM
Meltem - (0:47) 120 BPM
RatjAsst - (5:13) 120 BPM
RazljubA­t - (4:32) 120 BPM
Synematique - (6:08) 119 BPM
Definition Synematique (full Length) - (1:17:36) 120 BPM
15 Mar 19
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Nevergreen - (7:28) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Awareness - (7:02) 130 BPM
Played by: Carlos Nilmmns
Review: Volk's latest EP for Cocoon may surprise some followers of Sven Vath's label. The title track after all centres on a massive, pulsating electronic groove that draws inspiration from the Hi-NRG and Italo of the late 70s and early 80s rather than the imprint's usual techno sources. Having said that, there is no mystery as to the appeal of "Awareness". While it also has a groovier feel than most of Cocoon's output, its frazzled bass and receptive, one-note riffs combine the raw energy of early 00s minimalism - and is exactly the kind of track one could image Sven Vath himself dropping.
01 Mar 19
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Dots & Pearls V
YouANDme - "Claret Loss" - (8:04) 122 BPM
Florian Hollerith - "Ohrenzirkus" - (8:01) 127 BPM
Quenum - "Blue Mountain" - (6:49) 123 BPM
Petar Dundov - "Pyroelectric" - (7:40) 123 BPM
Marc Romboy - "Sequential Error" - (7:35) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Blackrachas - "Paracasta" - (6:09) 127 BPM
Emanuel Inglese - "Rain" - (7:15) 124 BPM
Batian Bux - "Inner You" - (7:18) 127 BPM
Review: As one of the most feted labels in techno, it's not hard to imagine that Cocoon receives a ton of demos. Fittingly then, the Dots & Pearls compilation series shines a light on the type of music that is bubbling up from the underground via the label's inbox. Youandme's"Claret Loss" sets a high standard, with its lush strings underpinned by a robust groove. Similarly, Florian Hollerith's "Ohrenzirkus" - which also features on label owner Sven V?th's Sound of the 19th Season - strikes a balance between the musical and the functional as deranged horns unravel over a gritty back drop. Maintaining this melodic feeling is Petar Dundov's beautifully mournful "Pyroelectric". However, there is another side to this equation, with Marc Romboy dropping the menacing bass-led "Sequential Error". Irrespective of the mood however, Dots & Pearls V is sure to become an integral part of this year's clubbing soundtrack.
18 Jan 19
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Reset Your Bassline
Reset Your Bassline (dub) - (7:27) 128 BPM
Lost Another Angel (dub) - (8:32) 127 BPM
Reset Your Bassline - (7:29) 128 BPM
Lost Another Angel - (8:28) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Theta state
Review: Pig & Dan have enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Cocoon that stretches back over a decade. The pair's latest release on Sven Vath's imprint will not disappoint fans of their big room sound. First up it's the title track; over understated beats, they lay down a moody, pounding bass and niggling, metallic percussion before letting loose with a wild, system-levelling filter. "Lost Another Angel" isn't as visceral; based on a similar, rolling rhythm and featuring a menacing bass, this time it's all about the melancholic melodies, Weave their way up through the arrangement, it guarantees that the Spanish duo will find favour with trance DJs as well as techno selectors.
30 Nov 18
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Sven Vath In The Mix - The Sound Of The 19th Season
Sven Vath In The Mix (The Sound Of The 19th Season Part 1) - (1:16:32) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Sven Vath In The Mix (The Sound Of The 19th Season Part 2) - (1:08:51) 127 BPM
Review: It's hard to believe that it's been almost two decades since Sven Vath's Cocoon night and label decamped to Ibiza, bringing techno to the island's masses. Of course it was never that simple, and as the 19th instalment of Vath's annual mix series shows, there was always a deeper side to Cocoon parties. This is articulated in the form of DJ Ease's remix of his own Nightmares on Wax project, Love Over Entropy's beautiful deep house / techno track "9576" and the spine-tingling piano keys of Adam Port's "Do You Still Think of Me?" That said, Vath still has his finger on techno's pulse as the building "Dark Commodore' by Fabrice Lig and the rolling, filtered and aptly named "Cocoon" by Ilario Alicante demonstrate.
23 Nov 18
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We Are The Asteroid! - (3:56) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Fischmarkt On Acid - (3:10) 120 BPM
Ausloser - (5:19) 129 BPM
Ort Und Impuls - (4:50) 128 BPM
Runway Hitchhiker - (5:55) 125 BPM
Die Vorahnung - (4:50) 120 BPM
St Morley - (5:04) 121 BPM
Under The Fridge - (5:00) 124 BPM
Das Diktat - (4:42) 125 BPM
Streetwise - (5:07) 115 BPM
Die Zitrone Der Schopfung - (5:17) 126 BPM
HerzstAcck - (5:06) 120 BPM
Review: Unknown is Extrawelt's fourth artist album and sees the pairing of Arne Schaffhausen and Wayan Raabe try something different. It's clear from the vocodered vocals and Italo-inspired melodies of "We Are Asteroid!" that the pair have gone down a new route. This becomes more evident on the atmospheric electro of "Fischmarkt On Acid" and the somewhat more abstract 808 shuffle of "Ausloser". While fans of the German duo's trance-influenced techno may balk at the direction that Unknown takes, this is an assured, innovative album. As the pulsating bass and magnificent synth sweeps of "Ort Und Impuls" show, Extrawelt's dive into the unknown is to be welcomed.
26 Oct 18
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Live At Cocoon Ibiza
Live At Cocoon Ibiza - (1:12:49) 127 BPM
Review: Acclaimed live act Strahil Velchev aka KiNK is said to have been a vital ingredient of Cocoon's ecstatic nights on the island over the years. The man from Sofia offers up a recording of one of his explosive performances there, featuring well known tracks and exclusives alike on what the label best described themselves as a 'spontaneous tour de force through the history of electronic dance music.' As always, the Bulgarian hardware maverick takes the best of The Windy City and The Motor City alike, and all the while adding his distinct magic touch. It's a wild ride from start to finish, with peaks coming in at moments like that of "The Russian" with it's massive Detroit style chord progressions, the heads-down and direct techno attack of "Kink In De Kabel" through to last year's thrilling anthem "Perth" and the uplifting "Disco Transition".
12 Oct 18
Deep House
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Kevin De Vries - "Meraki" - (6:34) 126 BPM
Kevin De Vries/Weska - "Sonorous" - (6:11) 128 BPM
Kevin De Vries - "My Blurred Dream" - (7:35) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Young Berlin based producer Kevin De Vries returns, with more of his trance inspired techno sounds that have previously made waves on top labels Afterlife and Drumcode. His latest offering surfaces on the massive Cocoon imprint - let's not forget the hit "Time Traveller" was one of the most played tracks by chief Sven Vath back in 2016 - which proved to be an extremely successful year for De Vries. Harsh yet hypnotic arpeggios make for proper tunnel vision on the dancefloor with "Meraki", while the uplifting "Sonorous" (in collaboration with Weska) allows perfectly for moments of euphoria with its rich tapestry of melodies. Finally "My Blurred Dream" is a fitting title for this late night chugger, experly geared for heads-down moments under the strobe light.
28 Sep 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Cocoon - (7:26) 128 BPM
Scelta - (6:59) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Luce - (7:17) 127 BPM
Senza - (7:57) 125 BPM
Review: Ilario Alicante continues his long-running association with Sven Vath's label with this no-nonsense but individualistic club release. "Cocoon" is powered by a hammering kicks and bursts of white noise, but it also features a stuttering vocal sample and atmospheric Detroit elements that accompany the spiraling snare rolls. It's a tough but musical affair. "Scelta" is based on a similar approach, with heavy, acid-soaked kicks leading into dramatic, break downs and breathless builds. The title track sees Alicante also deploy musical elements, but on this occasion, he speeds up and slows down the pace as a trance-led sequence unravels. "Senza" is the most laid back of all tracks, but again the Italian producer flexes his musical might to deliver a deeply atmospheric, dub techno workout.
07 Sep 18
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Detente - (6:33) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Dutchless - (6:08) 126 BPM
Wallfall - (6:21) 128 BPM
Review: The legendary Dutch producer Martijn Hoogendijk aka Alden Tyrell (of Clone Records fame) teams up here for some main room bangers with Berlin based American Kevin McHugh aka Ambivalent: who has had a productive past decade recording for such respected imprints as m_nus, Ovum Recordings and Kompakt in addition to running his Delft and Valence imprints - where he records as acid expert LA-4A. The Detente EP brings the furious warehouse style bounce of the title track (featuring some relentless drum work!), the dusty and greyscale dub techno workout of "Dutchless" and the totally heads down and strobe-lit affair of "Wallfall" that is reminiscent of Jell Mills seminal Waveform Transmissions series.
24 Aug 18
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Equity - (7:38) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Immunised - (7:50) 125 BPM
Review: When a veteran like Sven Vath continuously plays your tracks, you know that you're doing something right. Rico Puestel provided Vath's label with three killer Eps last year, and he follows this salvo in style with Equity. The title track is a mesmerising mixture of rough, tribal drums and tranced out but somewhat sinister rave stabs. Like Caravel, Puestel's previous outing on Cocoon, it is destined to be played out at big rooms. "Immunised" is just as potent, with the fast-rising producer fusing a pulsating electronic groove with steely percussion and repetitive rave hooks - exactly the type of wild techno that Puestel's patron loves to spin.
COR 12154
10 Aug 18
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Cocoon Compilation R
Lusine - "Parallel" - (6:25) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Isolee - "Yes Let" - (7:53) 120 BPM
Mano Le Tough - "Vanishing Landscapes" - (5:16) 122 BPM
International Anything - "The Future Is Here" - (8:46) 124 BPM
Eduardo De La Calle - "Caravaca's Distortion Theory" - (7:04) 126 BPM
Inigo Kennedy - "Black Light" - (6:06) 130 BPM
Ambivalent & Alden Tyrell - "War Island" - (5:56) 128 BPM
Pig & Dan - "Shattered Minds" - (6:24) 128 BPM
ROD - "Abel" - (5:40) 125 BPM
Ingo Boss - "Junghof Love Star" - (10:25) 127 BPM
John Heckle - "Fantasy" - (8:10) 122 BPM
Cristi Cons - "Birds In Space" - (12:08) 124 BPM
20 Jul 18
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Paprika - (8:04) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Balearia - (8:47) 122 BPM
COR 12155
06 Jul 18
Deep House
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Tears & Walls
Tears & Walls - (8:51) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
A Little Story About Time & Space - (7:14) 129 BPM
Review: Lifeworld boss Johannes Volk ha moved on with his impressive run of Jeff Mills tributes and fair play to him - he has released on The Wizard's revered Axis imprint in the past. The German producer now appears on the Cocoon powerhouse following up greats ones on Dial, Token and Avenue 66 with some driving, trance infused techno on "Tears & Walls". It is jam packed full of grinding, euphoric arpeggios and geared for true elevation - all the while supported by his signature steely rhythms. Second offering "A Little Story About Time & Space" is indeed a fitting title - this emotive science-fiction journey will propel you into the stratosphere. With its intricate melody and emotive pads, it'd be great to help create a transition to or from the harder grooves in your set.
COR 12152
16 Apr 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Countach (original) - (7:39) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Countach (Kolsch remix) - (7:27) 125 BPM
Review: There is no doubt that Butch aka Bulent Gurle is one of the biggest names in European dance music- and this release confirms why he is so popular. In essence, "Countach" is a re-invention of 90s German trance. Its central riff contains the same kind of melancholic qualities that the releases on Eye Q, one of Sven Vath's previous labels during the 90s, boasted. Allied with a buzz-saw bass, Butch now gives those melodic characteristics a tough dance food focus. Cocoon has drafted in Butch's peer, Kolsch, to remix the track, and he deploys a mean, rolling rhythm and prowling bass to give "Countach" a more contemporary flavour.
COR 12150
12 Mar 18
Minimal/Tech House
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The Secret
The Secret - (7:17) 123 BPM
The Secret (Quenum & Cesare vs Disorder mix) - (7:20) 123 BPM
The Secret (Cristi Cons remix) - (11:34) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: A feature of Romanian minimal hero Cristo Cons' DJ sets for sometime, his remix of "The Secret" for Azimute finally sees the light of day. This deep, bumpin' and tripped out afterhours jam is peppered with those Cassy Britton-like vocals and features exactly the kind of hypnotic qualities you've come to expect from the man. That's not to say that the original should be considered an afterthought - far from it. After all, Philipe Quenum and Cesare 'Vs Disorder' Marchese were veterans of the minimal scene long before Cons, even. A smooth and rolling deep house number with some euphoric house pianos and sharp percussion to support those fine vocals. But the remix where they are credited under their respected aliases is where they are at their best. A deep tribal tech house journey for the early evening.
COR 12148
29 Jan 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Sven Vath In The Mix - The Sound Of The 18th Season
Sven Vath/Various
Sound Of The 18th Season CD1 - (1:11:23) 124 BPM
Sound Of The 18th Season CD2 - (1:15:53) 126 BPM
Review: It's been almost two decades since Sven Vath's Cocoon party started its mission to redefine clubbing in Ibiza, and the latest compilation provides a glimpse at how it has achieved this. From the outset, the veteran DJ pushes the limits of house and techno, with offbeat work from Willow and Basti Grub and Eduadro De La Calle's cheeky, Plastikman referencing "The Horus Eye". While relative newcomers like Fort Romeau and DJ Slyngshot make an appearance, Vath also pays homage to veteran producers. This means that Eddie Fowlkes' organ-led house groove, "Twisted Boy" is present, alongside contributions from Aubrey (the warped minimalism of "Clock Funk") and Slam - who drop the vocal-heavy "Clap Your Hands". It would not be surprising if Vath is still preaching the Cocoon gospel on Ibiza in another 18 years.
01 Dec 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Fear Of An Extra Planet
Superposition - (8:05) 124 BPM
Gott Ist Schrott - (5:06) 124 BPM
Oddification - (4:14) 124 BPM
Gentle Venom - (5:40) 125 BPM
Das Grosse Flimmern - (7:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Silly Idol - (5:58) 125 BPM
Punch The Dragon - (5:22) 128 BPM
Fear Of An Extra Planet - (7:06) 123 BPM
The Friendly Coroner - (3:54) 124 BPM
2084 - (5:56) 126 BPM
Review: German duo Extrawelt are back on the scene. Comprised of Arne Schaffhausen and Wayan Raabe, the Hamburg based duo have long been a fixture on the esteemed Cocoon Recordings since their debut over a decade ago. Their very first release was on Border Community, shortly after being discovered by boss James Holden. In addition, they have had regular releases on labels like Traum and Darkroom Dubs. Fear Of An Extra Planet is their third album and don't be put off by the dubious title; it's a great album that covers a wide variety of moods and grooves. From the deep and slinky tech house of opener "Superposition", they further explore the harbour city 'minimal-electro' sound that homeboys like Stephan Bodzin and Oliver Huntemann put on the map - like on "Gott Ist Schrott" or "Gentle Venom". There's nefarious and seething dancefloor drama of the strobe-lit kind to be found on "Punch The Dragon" or the evocative closer "2084".
20 Oct 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Fear Of An Extra Planet (Blackout) - (7:34) 123 BPM
Hail The Whale (original) - (5:00) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Extrawelt aka Arne Schaffhausen and Wayan Raabe have come a long way since the neo-trance of early releases like Soopertrack, but the pair's association with Cocoon has been one of their constants over the past decade. This release signals the latest development in this relationship and is a taster for their third studio album on the label, due this month. "Fear Of An Extra Planet (Black Out)" shows that the German act has shaken off its trance associations; rather than shimmering melodies, they confront the listener with intense bleeps and a jacking rhythm. "Hail the Whale" has echoes of their past thanks to its robotic vocal and mysterious riffs, but the pulsating bass exudes techno menace.
COR 12149
09 Oct 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Caravel - (9:46) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Est - (7:32) 123 BPM
Played by: DJ Mau Mau
Review: North Germany's most prolific techno artist follows his debut on Cocoon earlier this year with this full-blooded dance floor EP. The title track is influenced by the early 90s trance/techno interface, as a looped, tranced out riff plays out over a stomping kick drum and steely percussion. It's a heady, powerful combination, made all the more potent by the occasional, well-placed filter. "Est" is less intense but just as effective; it sees Puestel deliver a rolling, loopy groove, aligning it to musical synths. The combination of force and melodic hooks will ensure that it finds favour with big room DJs like Cocoon boss Sven Vath.
COR 12146
28 Aug 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Cocoon Ibiza
Nastia - "Cocoon Ibiza" - (1:08:51) 131 BPM
Einzelkind - "Cocoon Ibiza" - (1:20:00) 125 BPM
Review: The annual Cocoon Ibiza mix is back this summer, with the 2017 edition mixed by two top talents. Nastia is one of the hottest DJs in the world right now. The Ukrainian is headlining clubs and festivals around the globe, showcasing great skills and a vast musical knowledge. In addition, she runs the Propaganda imprint and has also run her own festival, Strichka. Her solid and driving mix features tracks by Luke, Slate, Terrence Dixon and Calibre among others. Taking care of the second disc is Frankfurt's favourite son Einzelkind: he man who runs three labels including JAX and the esteemed Pressure Traxx in addition to releases on local institutions Playhouse and Cecille. He is a no-nonsense DJ who has played the likes of fabric and Space, and as such has helped put his hometown of Frankfurt on the underground dance map. His mix is minimal and cerebral mix is comprised almost entirely of his own tracks, both solo and produced with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Robin Scholz and Markus Fix.
25 Aug 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Free Savioni EP
Free Savioni (Amnesia Pearl mix) - (11:48) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Aya Curanderito (original) - (11:05) 125 BPM
Review: Please welcome Frankfurt's very own Einzelkind to the Cocoon family. His first contribution to the label seems to be endless and gets nicely spiced up with hypnotic vocal elements and discofied space sounds. "Free Savioni" already made the terrace floor move big time at one of their Cocoon Ibiza nights. Said to have had such a strong impact that they immediately had to sign it after Einzelkind played it Second contribution "Aya Curanderito" sounds like a late night party, deep in the forest with witch trolls dancing around a fire. This is deep shamanic business with a slight Villalobos touch and it is no wonder; as the two have collaborated before for some other releases previously. Cool and trippy, something for the long nights at the infamous local institution Robert Johnson club or Berlin's Panorama Bar.
COR 12147
14 Aug 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Cocoon Compilation Q
Kamran Sadeghi - "Anno Domini" - (8:51) 130 BPM
Alex & Digby - "Da Dang" - (9:51) 124 BPM
Sebastian Mullaert - "Ode To Be" - (9:59) 127 BPM
Harald Bjork - "Spring" - (6:50) 115 BPM
Carlos Nilmmns - "Fragile" (feat Genoveva) - (6:29) 124 BPM
Rico Puestel - "If I'd Care More" - (7:58) 121 BPM
Sollscher Und Siech - "Pulse Train" - (5:46) 128 BPM
Johannes Volk - "Luminance" - (7:33) 130 BPM
Fort Romeau - "Sequence In D" - (5:56) 125 BPM
John Tejada - "Blitzar" - (5:27) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Acid Pauli - "Toms Heimweh" - (6:03) 123 BPM
Baba Stiltz - "All I Can" - (7:37) 120 BPM
23 Jun 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Dots And Pearls 4
Christian Burkhardt - "Karambolage" - (7:14) 127 BPM
Argy - "How Late It Was, How Late" - (5:12) 125 BPM
Markus Fix - "Baroon" - (7:27) 128 BPM
Jimi Jules - "Euphrasia" - (8:30) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: This fine EP gathers together four previously unreleased exclusives from the latest edition of Cocoon's Dots & Pearls series, which was mixed by Markus Fix. His contribution to the EP, "Baroon" - a kind of contemporary re-imagining of the original 1988 version of The KLF's "What Time Is Love" with extra TB303 acid lines - is undoubtedly one of the highlights, alongside the ethereal melodies and early morning fuzz of Argy's intoxicating "How Late It Was, How Late". Elsewhere, Christian Burkhardt peppers a rolling house groove with boisterous but blissful stabs on "Karambolage", and Jimi Jules serves up a loose and languid take on the foreboding, stretched-out Innervisions tech-house sound ("Euphrasia").
14 Apr 17
Minimal/Tech House
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Dots & Pearls 4
Markus Fix/Various
OFF - "Electrica Salsa" (feat Sven Vath - Roman Flugel remix) - (7:05) 114 BPM
Mirko Loko - "Artificiel" - (8:42) 125 BPM
Wouter De Moor - "Tesla Coil" - (7:08) 128 BPM
Tim Green - "Among Wolves" - (9:15) 125 BPM
Christian Burkhardt - "Karambolage" - (7:14) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Jimi Jules - "Euphrasia" - (8:30) 124 BPM
Einzelkind, Robin Scholz, Rhythm Factory - "N.2guts" - (8:19) 123 BPM
Chymera - "7 Hours" - (9:12) 126 BPM
Baroon - (7:27) 128 BPM
Sven Vath - "Robot" (Kolsch remix) - (9:16) 125 BPM
Argy - "How Late It Was, How Late" - (5:12) 125 BPM
Ricardo Tobar - "Red Light" (Lawrence remix) - (7:33) 123 BPM
Various Artists - "Dots & Pearls 4" (continuous mix) - (1:17:18) 126 BPM
14 Apr 17
Minimal/Tech House
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