Review: Bloody Mary's Dame Music imprint has long been a reliable source of forthright peak-time fare. There's naturally more to be found on The Melting Point Volume 2, a belated follow-up to a mini-compilation released at the tail end of 2017. Remarkably, the A-side boasts cuts from two heavy-hitters of the 1990s. Hardfloor kick things off with a typically boisterous, mind-altering acid workout in their inimitable style ("Thisishowwedo"), while Josh Wink wraps undulating TB-303 lines around beautiful melodies and dreamy pads on the luscious "Dame Deep". Over on the flipside Alien Rain slams down a ridiculously heavy chunk of foreboding acid techno ("Contact"), before Bloody Mary fittingly rounds things off via the classic Chicago acid-jack of "Mono".
Review: Story has it that UK techno legend Tim Taylor paid a visit to DJ Slip in Minneapolis, where they collaborated on "Pleasure Unit" back in 1998 - and it quickly became a cult track. The intention was to return to work on some tracks from that session, and they entertained the thought of releasing them as an alternative limited series project named "Fear Of Music" on Taylor's Missile imprint. 21 years later, Dame-Music proudly presents the original track in all its barrelling and austere intensity, remastered by Thomas P. Heckmann. It also features remixes by Super Rhythm Trax's Jerome Hill, plus a truly pounding rework by label boss Bloody Mary that can easily match the brute force of the original, complete with a bonus functional "Drum Workout" mix.