Ghetto Gem vs Black Sites – 1029 [PANZER1029]

More fresh new talent from The Hague (Baz Reznik) vs more fresh new talent from Hamburg (F#X in cooperation with Helena Hauff), acid house ghetto tech jam retardedness vs heavy-pounding and brain-crushing acidic darkcore techno insanity.

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Ghetto Gem vs Black Sites – 1029 [PANZER1029]

Erol Alkan – Illumination Remixes Pt.1 [PH032RMX1]

If you’ve been amongst the sweaty throngs worshipping at the altar of Alkan of a Friday or Saturday night over the past few months, you will no doubt have heard Erol laying down the oddball house stylings of “Balls Of Steel” by Beau Wanzer. So it’s little surprise to see the Nation and LIES artist one of the names called on to rework tracks from Alkan’s overdue debut EP Illumination. It’s even less of a surprise that Wanzer’s ‘adjustment’ of “Bang!” stands out, removing all the sharp edges and turning it into an effective techno bludgeoning tool that will shake sweaty basements apart. Don’t sleep on the A Side either however, as U’s version of “Check Out Your Mind” is even more twisted than the chopped up original.

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Erol Alkan – Illumination Remixes Pt.1 [PH032RMX1]

Steve Cook – Tusk Wax Thirteen [TW013]

Be it Tusk Wax, Horn Wax or Porn Wax, the collective of labels continues to develop into one you willingly place your trust in safe in the knowledge the standard of music will be optimum regardless of genre or contributor. Tusk Wax Thirteen sees the label debut of Clouded Vision co-founder Steve Cook who is perhaps the lesser celebrated producer than his Clouded Vision cohort and part time hair model Matt Walsh. However the four tracks here demonstrate perfectly Cook’s capacity to craft thick, analogue house music of various shades and tempos yet all primed for the dancefloor. “Self Control” and “Still Hardcore” are the sort of languid, spacious acid cuts Weatherall would open a set with, whilst “Juno How I Feel” is wonderfully ascendant in its execution. The effervescent “Hacid” is the B Side most selectors will pull for, with a restrained acid line that complements the heavenly chords to a tee.

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Steve Cook – Tusk Wax Thirteen [TW013]