Review: Space 92 returns to Reinier Zonneveld's Filth On Acid imprint with a wickedly dark three-tracker. The title track is a pounding tech-trance track, featuring menacing stabs and powered by a relentless groove. It's like a modern verso of Zombie Nation. On "Hydra", Space 92 recycles moody rave riffs, adding them to a pulsating rhythm. It has peak-time Ibiza written all over it. Last but certainly not least, there's "Populate Mars". In trance terms, it sounds like the arrival of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, as Space 92 rains down malevolent stabs and relentless drums to create mayhem.
Review: Label owner Reinier Zonneveld teams up with DYEN and continues on his journey to deliver the wildest acid and rave-fuelled tracks. On the title track the pair combine a vocal intoning 'MDMA' with gurgling acid lines and rave riffs and let this fusion play out over rolling snares. "Blades" is a dark rave workout, with the duo conjuring up an ominous bass and relentless bass drums as the backdrop for relentless hardcore stabs. While "Bonnes" is more restrained, it too is powered by a menacing low end - this time fused with acrid 303s to create a soundtrack for a warehouse party at the end of the universe.
Review: Teenage Mutants aka Kristian Samujlo has released on labels likes Stil Vor Talent and Suara, and now he brings his hybrid sound to Filth On Acid. The title track kick-starts the release with a throbbing groove and pounding kicks that support epic synth lines. Meanwhile on "Tough Night", Samujlo opts for a harder sound - the kick drums are heavier and provide the backdrop for the German producer to weave in wild rave stabs over an ominous sub-bass. Changing tact again, "Fall" sees Samujlo opt for a driving track, replete with murky bass and a build that is nothing short of mesmerising.
Review: Next up on Reinier Zonneveld's label is a 303-heavy dance floor compilation. The label owner sets the ball rolling with the pile-driving rhythm of "I Can't Sleep", which features wild rave stabs and repetitive vocal samples populating its pulsating acid lines. Roberto Capuano's "A Ray of Light" is more epic, with trance hooks accompanying an ominous bass, while there's also a trance influence on Beico's "Dear Loneliness". Meanwhile, the mood darkens on Harvey McKay's "Circular Dimension", a steely jacking affair that's inspired by 90s Chicago techno. Uto Karem's contribution ventures farther down the intensity route, with the Italian producer deploying pounding kicks and a growling bass on the relentless "Zero Gravity".
Review: Harvey McKay follows last year's Black Horse release on Filth On Acid with this excellent peak-time EP. The title track is a jacking affair that features a combination of epic synth builds, snare rolls and the well-known "something for your mind" vocal sample. On "Drugs", McKay opts for a different approach: dense tribal drums support piercing steely riffs that build and build throughout the arrangement, while "Indigo Girl" sees the Scottish producer choose a different approach. Underpinned by tough kicks and ticking percussion, McKay drops dubbed out chords and repetitive vocal samples that create a hypnotic effect
Review: As if encouraging you to feel good while feeling free, Rotterdam's Reinier Zonneveld throws down a gauntlet of gabba infused techno with "Feel Free" and "For The People". Classic hardcore rave stabs and bursts of synth fire around the builds, drops and crescendos of the title track, anthemic in nature, with "For The People" channelling some moodier frequencies from the realms of Chain Reaction and German dub techno. Two sure fire numbers for your techier, free flowing hard trance raves and warehouses techno sessions.
Review: The latest release on Reinier Zonneveld's label comes from Metodi Hristov, who impressed recently with the Awaken EP. Mover is of a similarly high standard. The title track snakes and pulsates seductively, its throbbing groove underpinned by eerie synths and a series of understated but effective builds. "Insane" sees the Bulgarian artist map out a darker path, thanks to the use of grimy drums, metallic riffs and gurgling acid lines. Rounding off this release, Hristov moves into a tribal techno direction; "Hidden Signals" is harder and more pounding, but the menacing synth line and acidic squelches mean it stands head and shoulders above standard club tracks.
Review: Following on from last year's Inferno collaboration, Filth On Acid owner Reinier Zonneveld again teams up with Christopher Coe and Carl Cox. On the 'Filth' version of the title track, an ominous bass rolls in, accompanied by acid spirals that build powerfully before a vocal sample announces, 'this is our moment, our time'. The 'Pure' version is less visceral, and is realised against the backdrop of atmospheric synths and lithe break beats. The 'Awesome' version sees the trio head back to the dance floor; after a reflective intro, the synths give way to a pummelling rhythm track and surging chord builds. This release certainly lives up to the claim that its title makes.
Review: Klangkuenstler aka Michael Korb follows last year's releases for Filth On Acid with this slamming affair. "Lebendige Geister" follows the classic German techno-trance sound of the mid-90s, with pummelling techno drums supporting a haunting, epic synth melody. Streamlined but seductive, it's the kind of track you could imagine Sven Vath spinning back in the day. On "Acid Hotline", Korb goes for a similar approach, but this time his peak-time track is accompanied by a soaring acid line. He maintains the same intensity levels on "Teufels Schneide", but here grinding riffs accompany spiralling, Heckmann-like builds to the inevitable climax.