Unclear Mechanics (original club mix) - (7:19) 128 BPM
Fedde Le Grand - "Metrum" (UMEK remix) - (7:00) 128 BPM
Jack The Groove (original club mix) - (7:33) 125 BPM
UMEK & Beltek - "Let The Bass Kick" (original club mix) - (7:08) 126 BPM
Love To Dance (original club mix) - (6:26) 125 BPM
UMEK vs DJ Dan - "Mighty Wind" (original club mix) - (9:12) 126 BPM
One More Sound (original club mix) - (6:46) 125 BPM
UMEK & Beltek - "Out Of Play" (original club mix) - (6:41) 128 BPM
UMEK & Mike Vale - "Fluid Feel" (original club mix) - (7:34) 127 BPM
Review: Slovenian producer Uros Umek has come a long, long way since the searing minimalism of his Consumer Recreation releases and Zeta Reticula's dark electro. In fact, those early releases have little bearing on Umek's current incarnation as a permanent feature in DJ Mag's top 100 poll or as a White Island-conquering international attraction. As befits a techno DJ of such stature, Umek's sound is geared towards the big room. Shaped by mid-00s minimal, this collection features the insistent, rolling rhythm and pitched up monkey chatter of "Unclear Mechanics" and the insane sirens and drum rolls of his remix of fellow traveler Fedde Le Grand's "Metrum". There are still flashes of his past - the scratchy rhythm of "Jack The Groove" and the ominous chords of his "Mighty Wind" collaboration with DJ Dan - but this collection is very much Umek 2.0.
Review: It sounds like Ibiza 2013 will be remembered as the year that the piano returned. At least that's the sense one gets from listening to the latest Toolroom compilation. From C2's edit of new school house act Bicep's "Vision of Love" to the trance meets old school techno of Kaiserdisco's "Night & Day", the plaintive ivory keys loom large. Of course there are exceptions, like Breach's stripped back, abrasive remix of Jamie Jones' "Tonight In Tokyo", but when even the darker tracks, like Ejeca's "Witchdokta" sampling, break beat house monster "Rosario", drops into an evocative piano break down, you know that it's the dominant sound of the season.