Tuesday, May 31, 2011

[event] Above & Beyond, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Gabriel & Dresden, Moby (live), Dubfire ... 05 & 06.08.2011 @ Hanul Piratilor

The Mission strikes yet again with a dream lineup. And all is happening this august, at Hanul Piratilor Beach, Navodari, a Romanian resort at the Black Sea. The annual dance event reaches number 4 this summer, and it just might be the best. 

Trance dominates the first night (05.08), with Above & Beyond coming to play tracks from their newest album, Group Therapy, that will hit the stores this June. Paul van Dyk, another trance superstar is here to do his annual visit to Romania, together with dutch dj & producer Ferry Corsten (who last came in Romania to present his Twice in a Blue Moon album) and Gabriel & Dresden, who this year have decided to resume their project and reunite. Romanians Snatt, Vix & Alexandra Badoi will provide the warm-up.

In the second night (06.08) we move away from trance and, besides the techno set from Dubfire (who rocked Studio Martin in autumn), we get live representations from Moby (out with this latest album, Destroyed) & Romanian acts Suie Paparude and R.O.A. (Rise of the Artificial). The Model, OK Corral and Greeg will do the warm-up. 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

[digital] Dominik Eulberg - Diorama

Artist(s): Dominik Eulberg
Name: Diorama
Genre: techno, minimal
Label: Traum Schallplatten
Catalog: TRAUM CD24
No. of tracks: 11 (CD), 12(digital), 8 (2 x vinyl)
Type: unmixed album


01. Taeuschungs-Blume 
02. Echomaus
03. Das Neunauge
04. Teddy Tausendtod
05. Islandmuschel 400
06. Die 3 Millionen Musketiere
07. H2O 
08. Der Tanz Der Gluehwuermchen 
09. Aeronaut
10. Wenn Es Perlen Regnet
11. Metamorphose 
12. Die Strandmieze Von St. Peter-Ording


Dominik Eulberg is known for his dj-ing skills as well as for his production, totaling 4 albums and more than 20 EPs, most for Traum Schallplatten but also for Trapez and Cocoon. I heard his latest album, Diorama, and wanted to share my thought with whoever is interested in quality techno.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

[digital][vinyl] Loco Dice - The Lab 01

Artist(s): V.A., including artist like Jay Haze, Joseph Malik, Onur Ozer, Loco Dice, Robert Dietz, Terry Lee Brown Jr., Lopazz, Guti, Damian Schwartz & remixes by Mathias Kaden, Damian Schwartz, Loco Dice
Name: The Lab 01
Genre: techno, deep-house, tech-house, minimal
Label: NRK Sound Division
Catalog: LAB001DJ
No. of tracks: 19 (digital & CD), 12(3 x vinyl)
Type: unmixed + mixed by Loco Dice


01. Sascha Dive Deepest America (Samuel Davis Dark Soul Mix)   ***
02. Nick Holder Inside Your Soul (Sirus Remix)   **
03. Daso & Pawas Det
04. Terrence Dixon Below Radar (Mathias Kaden's Rhythm Is Rhythm Remix)   **
05. Jay Haze Mama Coca
06. Joseph Malik Believe & See (Plastic Avengers Remix)   ***
07. Damian Schwartz & Guti  Salsón   *
08. Önur Ozer Eclipse (Loco Dice Remix)  **
09. Someone Else  You Don't Got Me   *
10. Akiko Kiyama Hakobi
11. Loco Dice Black Truffles In The Snow (Mike Huckaby's The Jazzed Out S Y N T H Remix)
12. Audio Soul Project Song For Fred
13. DJ Ali You Don't Know (Ruff Cut)   *
14. Robert Dietz Klondike
15. Terry Lee Brown Jr. In A Deep Session With The Timewriter Everyday   ***
16. Alex Flatner Feat. Lopazz Perfect Circles (Damian Schwartz Remix)
17. MHM 1 Bubububadub   **
18. 95 North Forever Underground (Bass Dub)   ***
19. Second-Hand Satellites Orbit 1.3    *     

Note: the * mark the tracks that were also released on vinyl, and their number indicates the number of the sampler


Loco Dice is one of my favorite artists when it comes to production (the review for his 7 Dunham Place album you can find here, and for the two Desolat samplers where he is present, here and here) but also when we`re talking about selecting high quality tracks. This compilation, released at UK based label NRK Sound Division, demonstrates that fact.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

[digital] V.A. - 5 Years 8bit (Part 1)

Artist(s): Alex Niggemann, Audiofly, Chily, Daniel Dubb, Darius Syrossian, Dave Rosario, Federico Locchi, UGLH, Gorge, Hector, Johhny D, Nick Curly, Oxia, Quell,  Ray Okpara, Sasch BBC, Caspar, Stefano Libelle; remix by Liapin & Tjoma
Name: 5 Years 8bit (Part 1)
Genre: tech-house, deep-house, house
Label: 8Bit
Catalog: 8BITCD004
No. of tracks: 20
Type: unmixed + mixed by Oxia


 01. Alex Niggemann – El Hechizo
 02. Audiofly – 1999
*03. Chily – Just Can’t Stop
*04. Daniel Dubb – Gone To Soon
*05. Darius Syrossian – You Can Change
*06. Dave Rosario – Her Circus Mind
 07. Federico Locchi, UGLH – No Category (Piano Dub Mix)
 08. Gorge – Imara (Liapin & Tjoma Rework)
*09. Gorge – Lolo Ross
*10. Hector – Danzante
 11. Johnny D – Requiem Of A Dream
 12. Johnny D – Walkman
 13. Nick Curly – Aymara
*14. Oxia – Meaningful
*15. Quell – Anybody Got A Body
*16. Quell – Anybody Got A Body (Stabs Mix)
*17. Ray Okpara – Around The Cong
*18. Sasch BBC, Caspar – Sakara
*19. Stefano Libelle – Do You Know (Dub Mix)
*20. Stefano Libelle – Do You Know (Vox Mix)

Note: tracks marked with a star * are released especially for this compilation and have not been released before.


8Bit is a great record label when it comes to tech & deep-house. Also it`s one of my favorite and I would buy a new release without even hearing it first. That`s because I know that quality comes first when it comes to the German-based label. This month they are celebrating 5 years of existence , an important milestone, with a double-part compilation and a three-vinyl pack.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

[digital] V.A. - Eleven Years Cocoon Recordings (Selected Remix Works)


Artist(s): Dinky,  Martin Buttrich, Argy, Joel Mull,  Dubfire vs Oliver Huntemann, Pig & Dan, 2000 & One,  Guy Gerber, Extrawelt; remixes by Visionquest, Roman Flugel, Tim Green, Steve Rachmad, Carlo Lio, Gary Beck, Paul Ritch, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Petar Dundov, Patrick Kunkel, Dexter,  Kassey Voorn & Pete Mccarthy, Nick Curly
Name: Eleven Years Cocoon Recordings (Selected Remix Works)
Genre: techno
Label: Cocoon
No. of tracks: 9 (on CD), 12 (digital)
Type: unmixed + mixed by Patrick Kunkel
Some tracks appear on vinyl as samplers. 


01. Dinky – Acid In My Fridge (Visionquest Remix)
02. Martin Buttrich – Hunter (Roman Flugel Remix)
03. Argy – Unreliable Virgin (Tim Green Remix)
04. Joel Mull – Harmonautic String (Steve Rachmad Remix)
05. Dubfire vs Oliver Huntemann – Diablo (Carlo Lio Remix)
06. Pig & Dan – Deliverance (Gary Beck Remix)
07. 2000 & One – Tropical Melons (Paul Ritch Remix)
08. Guy Gerber – Timing (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix)
09. Extrawelt – Titelheld (Petar Dundov Remix)
10. Extrawelt – Titelheld (Patrick Kunkel Remix)
11. Extrawelt – Titelheld (Dexter Remix)
12. Guy Gerber – Timing (Kassey Voorn & Pete Mccarthy Remix)
13. 2000 & One – Tropical Melons (Nick Curly Remix)


What made me get this new compilation? Well, first it`s Cocoon. And every true clubber knows what a big brand it is: parties, clubs and a label bear this name. And they are surrounded by good quality techno, and some variations including minimal and tech-house. I saw a small review on a site praising the house & tech-house sound of this album and I remained puzzled. Do really people listen before they say their opinion?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

[vinyl] Paul van Dyk - Reflections (Special Edition)


Artist(s): Paul van Dyk
Name: Reflections
Genre: trance
Label: Vandit
Catalog: Vandit 035
No. of vinyls: 2
Type: special edition (dj friendly)


A1: Buenaventura (Reflections Vinyl Remix)
A2: Crush (PvD Album Remix)
B1: That's Life (PvD Mix)
B2: Reflections (Club Mix)

C1: Nothing But You (Berlin Mix)
C2: Kaleidoscope (Vinyl Mix)
D1: Time Of Our Lives (UK Club Mix)
D2: Like A Friend (Vandit Club Mix)


Paul van Dyk's fourth studio album continues his personal trance style, although Reflections has a brighter, slightly calmer atmosphere than his former works.  The LP has long dj friendly tracks and retains 8 out of the 13 tracks present on the CD, including the work that made me fall in love with PvD`s music, namely Time of our Lives.