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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sven Vath In The Mix (The Sound Of The 19th Season Part 1) - (1:16:32) 125 BPM
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Secret (Quenum & Cesare vs Disorder mix) - (7:20) 123 BPM
The Secret (Cristi Cons remix) - (11:34) 126 BPM
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.
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.
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".
Fear Of An Extra Planet (Blackout) - (7:34) 123 BPM
Hail The Whale (original) - (5:00) 125 BPM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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").
Review: Cocoon has put Rico Puestel in charge of its latest release. With over 100 tracks to his credit, it looks like a very shrewd piece of A&Ring on the part of Sven Vath's label. The title track is a driving filtered house affair, with a heavy bass navigating its way through the soupy textures. "Enokid" is radically different - whether or not the title is a reference to the great ambient producer is unclear - but it's a highly effective minimal workout. Revolving around a repetitive, pinprick tone, it rides a stripped back, woozy rhythm, resulting in a mesmerising - and highly distinctive - techno track.
Review: Southern Italian techno hero Ilario Alicante's profile continues to rise after releases on a who's who of labels from Cecille to Soma to Dubfire's SCI + TEC. This time around it's for Sven Vath's Cocoon powerhouse where he smashes out a high octane, peak time techno affair on "Virgo Storm" which could have equally been at home on Drumcode. Adventice aka DJ Deep and Roman Poncet deliver a fine rendition of it next, reminiscent of Robert Hood's cyclical minimalism. Speaking of which, "Hypno" again goes for that trance inducing vibe with with its churning and modulating synth loops and driving rhythm. Who better to remix it that British techno don Mark Broom: his version creating more time and space to play with and a fine edit indeed that'll come in handy for serious DJs.
Sven Vath In The Mix - The Sound Of The Seventeenth Season, Pt 1 - (1:19:07) 123 BPM
Sven Vath In The Mix - The Sound Of The Seventeenth Season, Pt 2 - (1:16:46) 125 BPM
Review: In the summer of 2016, 'Papa' Sven Vath invited the global electronic music community to the Mediterranean island of Ibiza for the seventeenth time. The first part of this double mix compilation guides you into the night with this chilled out mix featuring talents young and old. There's Roman Flugel's legendary remix of Vath's 1986 pop hit "Electrica Salsa" and Detroit legend Eddie Fowlkes with "Oriane". Then you are are ready for the release of energy and passion on the second disc, featuring the likes of New York City stalwart Levon Vincent's A1, Berlin's rising star Adam Port with "Sonnenfinsternis" and the legendary Robert Hood aka Floorplan with the high octane funk of "Spin". Prepare yourself for a wild ride with one of techno's finest on another superb mix compilation.
Review: We know Alex Bau, he's a familiar face, an artist who has been part of the modern house scene since the turn of the millennium and, importantly, one who has always managed to reinvent himself, and approach dance music through a fresh pair of lenses. This new release for Sven Vath's Cocoon imprint is the perfect example of this man's versatility and creativity behind the mixing desk; neither "Illuse" or "Etah" sound like they belong to particular sub-genres of house or techno, they're just great club tracks that have used different aspects of the past to arrive at something new. The former is a driving bullet of a techno tune, a missile with only the dance floor mind and a single bleep to carry it forwards, while the latter heads down a much darker, more intricate web of pseudo acid that'll blow the socks off just about any sort of dancer.
Review: Sven Vath's Frankfurt based powerhouse Cocoon returns with two legends serving up some surefire anthems to close out this year with a big bang. Scottish hi-tech soul merchant Vince Watson appears first with the emotive and elevating "Speaker Freaker", which sees this veteran producer serve up something much more accessible than what fans would be used to, but fantastic all the same. Next up Frankfurter Frank Lorber appears and although usually more known for his tech house stylings, here he takes a cue from fellow homeboys Lauer and Gerd Janson on the retro feelgood vibes of "L'obscure Objet Du Desir".