Review: Roebrt Babicz has always excelled at doing something not so many dance music producers are any good at: making albums. Utopia is his eight such full length. It comes on on Marc Romboy's Systematic Recordings and is another record of unity, flow and cohesion. It is a work, we are told, that draws on his own personal experiences and forms a life soundtrack to epitomise moments of both elation and hardship. Each track offers a world of soul to explore, with intricate percussion, rhythms and harmonies to get lost in and expertly designed snares and kicks all making it a lush sounding work.
Review: 'Eternal Light' was the B side of 1995's Microwave Prince ?- Vol. 3 on German imprint Le Petit Prince - a right classic for those who know. It also happened to be the first business venture for Klaus Derichs and Marc Romboy - the latter reissuing it here on his established Systematic imprint. Usually associated with the group Rave Allstars, Steffen Mueller-Gaertner struck out on his own here for this deep and evocative acid trance epic - a true zeitgeist of mid '90s German electronic music. It comes with a rework by Poker Flat staple Martin Landsky, who deviates from his usual tech house style to take the track into cavernous and glacial dub techno territory.