Review: Le Bien Et Le Mal have brought us such great themes in electronic music in recent times via wonderfully curated compilations such as My Own Progressive Time, Techno Construct and Minimal Light. Their latest contribution is probably one of the most fitting themes for the times we are currently living through: Lockdown Psychosis. Here we have nearly two dozen tracks to soundtrack your isolation and quarantine blues throughout 2021's COVID-19 pandemic, with highlights coming from: Hangover Boss & Fakku with the west coast influenced low end heavy bounce of "Ma Bass", Mystik Vybe with the meditative tribal tech house rhythms of "Sweet Corner", Michael C. & Jean Luc with the deep down and dubby mood music of "Better You" and Brakick taking you deep into the exotic on the ATB/Jam & Spoon influenced pop dance of "Search The Key".
Review: On this fine compilation, the long-running German label delivers a master-class in contemporary techno. Hypernova's "Komplete" straddles the grey area where underground tracks and electro house meet, and is sure to find favour with fans of artists like Marc Romboy. Meanwhile, upcoming producer Oliver Winters teases out a melodic sound on "Obscurity" and Shuja flirts with shiny trance hooks on "Momento". Meanwhile P41 goes deeper again with "Drop Out", with dramatic synths unravelling over a pulsating rhythm, while at the other end of the spectrum, Noidor's "Life Is Like A Dream" is more stripped back as spooky vocals unravel over a throbbing bass.
Review: The sixth instalment of this series brings together established names with upcoming producers in the deep house / techno scene. Representing the established artists is Dave DK, who has been releasing music for almost two decades: unsurprisingly, his contribution, "Immer Gut" is a wonderfully delicate affair, revolving around introspective piano lines, soft-focused filters and fragile percussion. He's joined by Luke Hess, a regular on Omar S' label and whose pumping "Platte" explores the moody end of dub techno, thanks to its dramatic chord sweeps. However, the compilation is also successful in highlighting the fact that there is a lot of new talent out there, with Anton Djaneiro's wonderfully evocative "Heimweh" and Sevvero's techy "Artemis" both standing out.