There are some real big peak-time tunes. Plasmik’s ‘Sanatorium’ uses a powerful US-style bassline married to housey but edgey-sounding and paranoid chords to create a very nasty but very dancey combination. You could imagine Tenaglia playing this in a parallel universe where he was still good. Jochen Trappe takes a more electro-y route with ‘Monte’ but it has a strong jerky appeal. The biggest tune is probably, however, Daso and Pawas’ ‘Crawl Around’. It’s fast and pounding with pulsing trance bass, nagging percussion and a Stephan Bodzin feel to the production. However it’s distinctly sweeter in approach than Bodzin with a very direct and very trancey melody taking centre stage. Girresse and Erb’s ‘How’ uses an indistinct vocal snippet layered up with bells and soft tones to build up to a trippy oscillating climax. It’s captivating and completely unexpected and might be played by Dixon if he were feeling experimental. Estroe and Zoexenia’s ‘Can’t Forget’ is equally unusual with its Matthew Herbert-goes-to-Cologne vibe, but perhaps a little less successful as the fascinating intro gives way to a slightly cheesy vocal.
Not Bad For a Compilation !
(Also this track is crazy!!)