Review: Trip has been instrumental in promoting a wide array of upcoming artists - now it's time for its founder, Nina Kraviz, to release some of her own music. "Stranno.." follows hot on the heels of Kraviz' recent collaboration with Parris Mitchell, and there are traces of that release's raw ghetto sound on the high-paced, pumping "I Want You", even though it is tempered somewhat by deeper melodies and dreamy vocals. In contrast, "Dream Machine" is more laid back, with Kraviz laying down a dreamy, dubbed out groove. At the other end of the spectrum there's the title track, a fast-paced techno groover with just the right level of depth and atmosphere.
Review: Nikolai Reptile is Shadowax's debut EP on Trip, and in keeping with the label's overall approach, it's an off beat affair. It starts with the title track's low sub-bass, which supports indistinct vocals - possibly in Russian - before giving way to the equally off-beat "Ochen". There, a vocal is looped over a dense broken beat as Shadowax introduces more low end emissions. "What About Me" inhabits a space that is right at the edge of the dance floor, with minimal drums playing host to dark synths, before the high speed "Mortal Talking" ends the EP with a tempo that exceeds 170bpm.
Review: Dubyshkin is the latest addition to the Trip roster, but don't let what seems like his youthful demeanour fool you - Cheerful Pessimist is a potent techno record. Already supported by label boss Nina Kraviz in her DJ sets, it starts with the looped vocal sample and rolling, hypnotic rhythm of "Belissimo". The release takes an acidic turn on "I Decided to Fly", with its pacey drums, crisp claps and looped vocal samples all covered in a humming 303 line. It sounds like an update of classic DJ Skull. Meanwhile, "Machines Behave Badly" comes across like a particularly moody take on Mike Parker, before the release concludes with the gabba meets hardcore workout, "Rooyggbiv".