Oliver Koletzki & Walter Scalzone - "Cryptozoology" - (6:24) 114 BPM
Review: Stil Vor Talent head honcho Oliver Koletzki takes up the reins for his beloved label's next release, which just so happens to be his ninth full length titled Made Of Wood. Leading up to its much anticipated release on the 16th of July, Koletzki presents the first of two advance EPs here with the track "Copal' capturing the essence of his approach. He delves deep into the exotic on this one; a Middle Eastern-influenced deep house chugger that is at once meditative yet utterly mesmerising. Making a transition to the main room is "Cryptozoology" featuring Walter Scalzone, where he injects more dancefloor dynamics into proceedings. Hypnotic and syncopated tabla drums are an integral element as before, with the addition of glistening keys and moody textures.
Review: Berlin-based Sam Shure breaks out of lockdown to offer three fresh tracks and two remixes on his new EP for local institution Stil Vor Talent on the 333 EP. From the deep dive into the exotic on slow burning opener "Zion", to the melodic dancefloor drama of "Fae", to the emotive progressive breaks of the title track - the EP gets off to a fine start. Then, Canary Islands native Alex Medina (Innervisions / Transmoderna) gets onboard for a remix of "333", while Turkish techno heavyweight duo Murat Uncuoglu & Alican Yuksel provide an utterly mesmerising perspective of "Fae" which is sure to get you trancing out under the strobe lights.
Review: The elusive German duo Township Rebellion have returned from their winter hibernation with an invigorated energy as heard on the 'Rituals' EP. Stepping out with an edgier vibe, it sees them carrying forth the introspection of the dark season into a fresher and lively Spring offering - for a variety of moods and set times. The brooding tones of "Humanity Offline" soon give way to euphoria by way of its rich tapestry of melodies, while further dancefloor drama awaits on the slinky and hypnotic banger "Infinite Meadow". They save the best for last with their remix of a collaboration with label chief Oliver Koletzki titled "The Arctic Voice".
Review: Initially materialising as a fully fledged happening, Stil Vor Talent's latest compilation kicks off 2020 with a big bang. The Last Trip is a mini-compilation of party-friendly styles under the techno umbrella, rolled into 12 exclusive tracks - featuring legends and newcomers alike. There are two selections from Malandra Jr, with the seething banger "Poison" leading the charge, Citizen Kain is no stranger to the label either and his two contributions come in the from of the moody hypnotiser "Crush" followed by the adrenalised peak time groove "Balance". Elsewhere, Heerhorst get on his tunnel vision on the dark journey "Hydra", Transcode explores classic trance melodies and Reese basslines on the epic "Molecular Cloud", the ever reliable scene stalwart Olivier Giacamoto serves up the minimal tech house jam "Bonobo" and Made In Paris wraps up this fine package in style with the slick nightmoves of "Conjure".