Review: This year, Richie Hawtin has been in a nostalgic mood. With the Plus 8 label he co-founded reaching the grand old age of 25, he's been revisiting his youth and releasing a series of anonymous - but barely disguised - white label 12" singles that doff a cap to his most famous early projects, including FUSE, Circuit Breaker and Plastikman. Here he gathers those together, alongside other similarly minded tracks, on the surprise full length From My Mind To Yours. Largely focused on drum machine jack-tracks, acid, electro and no-nonsense techno, the two-disc set's 16 tracks feel like products of another time. Given the quality of Hawtin's work throughout the '90s, though, this is no bad thing.
Review: On his fifth full length - and first solo effort for six years - German veteran Oliver Huntemann shows few signs of mellowing with age. From start to finish, Propaganda is an exercise in late night dancefloor dynamics. While there are occasional moments of heady beat-less contemplation, for the most part the album is an invitation to get lost in the producer's dark and woozy world. That means that hypnotic techno rhythms, booming basslines, weird noises and clandestine chords dominate, with Huntemann choosing to showcase his numerous influences (electro, dark ambient, Kraftwerk, film soundtracks, industrial music and Red Rackem's "Wonky Disco Bassline Banger", for example) within this rigid formula. The results are quietly impressive, with Huntemann serving up a string of solid club tracks for DJ use.