Monkey Safari's label has done a fine job in putting a focus on Avidus, an upcoming act from Germany. On the title track, there are echoes of early Booka Shade as a building, euphoric bass and haunting, melancholic synths mark out a subtle direction for trance. "Ruins" is even more understated, with electronic keys and evocative tones unfolding over a slinky groove. The label has also done a fine job with its choice of remixers; Monkey Safari themselves turn the title track into a full-on acid assault, while on Marino Canal's take on "Ruins", low-key break beats and wispy, building chords prevail.
Bortz has mainly released on Pastamusik, but appeared once before on Permanent Vacation, together with Sascha Sibler. Now he makes his full debut on the German label with a diverse EP. As its title suggests, "Glide" is a euphoric, tranced out techno track that could have come from Dominik Eulberg's studio. By contrast, on "Irie", he visits the kind of murky, distorted bass-heavy dub techno sound that Peter Grummich excelled at. "Faces" sees yet another shift in approach, with Bortz focusing on dreamy, cinematic break beats. "Suffering" is the final track on the EP and revolves around detuned riffs and down tempo beats as Bortz reveals yet another facet to his considerable production skills.