Review: Black 8 is not limited by one subgenera of house or techno and, instead, he likes to dabble in a bit of minimal or indulge in some progressive as he pleases. This new beast of an EP for Hope Recordings lies on the more stripped-down end of the spectrum, serving up to terrific dancefloor swingers that will slip in pretty much any set without much effort - the tools of tools! Both "Before The Rising Dawn" and "Euphoria" are powerful juggernauts to conquer pretty much any floor out there, dusting their logical percussion patterns rigidly among solitary melodic patterns. Strong, no-nonsense remixes come from Dmitry Molosh, Interlaxxis, and Dimitri Nakov.
Review: Progressive house supremo Hernan Cattaneo takes us on a journey to the deep side here, and it's very much the proverbial game of two halves. In the first half, the Argentinian skillfully weaves a path through dreamy midtempo numbers (see Kymatiks' Green Fields & Lemon Skies'), moody, broody synth chuggers (Cattaneo & Soundexile's 'Flair') and full-on ambience (Navar's 'Zion'). For the second half, the dancefloor ante is raised considerably by the likes of Cid Inc's driving Balearic prog jam 'Forgotten' and the chunky, atmospheric 'Mein Sohn' by Subandrio. The deep/prog hinterland has long been Cattaneo's home, and this engaging collection shows why he's one of the scene's most revered selectors.