Review: Following on from the recent UK and Germany EPs, this expansive collection further sheds light on Rekids' wide-ranging approach. There's Radio Slave's own 'Shaking The Tree' remix of Mr G's "Makes No Sense", which draws on the bongo-heavy house of US producers like Halo & Hipp-E, replete with birdsong and Rastafarian stream of consciousness toasting. In contrast, the raw, analogue stomp of Colin McBean's "Get on Down" sounds like Richie Hawtin's Circuit Breaker doing house, while Wink delivers an insane, acid-tweaked take on Radioslave's "Screaming Hands". The compilation also features lesser-known nuggets like Jjak Hogan's "Optifreeze", where tripped out synths combine with a low-slung rhythm, and the muffled vocals and dreamy synths of Amir Alexander's take on Liviu Groza & Kennedy Smith's "Could Be Anybody".
Review: Judging by the title of this release, it sounds like Matt Edwards' label has developed a bunker mentality. The reality however is that Rekids hunts high and low for release material, evidenced by the geographical diversity on this release. Nina Kraviz delivers a typically sultry house groove on "Tanya", with hypnotic vocal samples and dramatic synths combined over a clicky analogue groove. By contrast, Nikola Gala's "The Pump" bristles with steely drums and churning chords, while Jochem Paap aka Speedy J goes back to his roots to deliver "Klave". Recalling classic releases like "Ginger", its subtle claps and subtle tonal shifts make for a timeless techno groove.
Review: One of Europe's biggest electronic music parties sets out an impressive taster for this year's event. Mixed by French DJ/producer Brodinski, it moves from the deranged, siren-led "Slope" by Joe, through the swinging techno of Randomer's "Bring" and the chord-heavy groove of Brendon Moeller's take on Appleblim & Peverelist's "Over Here" before moving into more raw forms. This is articulated by the rough analogue jack of Marquis Hawkes' "Outta This Hood" and the firing, lean techno of Robert Hood's "Protein Valve (Edit 1). Brodinski also deserves kudos for dropping the grainy, surging bass and crisp drums of Claro Intelecto's rumbling electro killer, "Tone"
Review: Most box-set releases tend to focus on reissues and re-releases, but on Brainbox De:tuned opts for a different approach. The compilation features artists who defined European techno and electronica's golden age during the 90s, but the Belgian label has commissioned new or unreleased material from these acts. Fans of that era will be thrilled by B12's moody electro, the raw, analogue warmth of John Beltran's "Nineteen Eighty Nine" and the resonating bass-y techno of In:Sync's "Crack in the World". While not every track impresses - Move D's contribution sounds tepid - there are enough jaw-dropping piece of music on this compilation, witness the autumnal majesty of as One's "Where Did He Go & Why" to make Brainbox an essential release.