International Anything - "The Future Is Here" (8:44)
Eduardo De La Calle - "Caravaca's Distortion Theory" (7:06)
Inigo Kennedy - "Black Light" (6:04)
Ambivalent & Alden Tyrell - "War Island" (6:30)
Pig&Dan - "Shattered Minds" (5:58)
ROD - "Abel" (5:41)
Ingo Boss - "Junghof Love Star" (10:01)
John Heckle - "Fantasy" (8:06)
Cristi Cons - "Bird In Space" (12:07)
Lusine - "Parallel"
Isolee - "Yes Let"
Mano Le Tough - "Vanishing Landscapes"
International Anything - "The Future Is Here"
Eduardo De La Calle - "Caravaca's Distortion Theory"
Inigo Kennedy - "Black Light"
Ambivalent & Alden Tyrell - "War Island"
Pig&Dan - "Shattered Minds"
ROD - "Abel"
Ingo Boss - "Junghof Love Star"
John Heckle - "Fantasy"
Cristi Cons - "Bird In Space"
Review: In the comprehensive press release accompanying the latest Cocoon compilation - "R", the eighteenth compilation in their alphabetical series - there's a lot about blurring the boundaries between different genres of techno. The basics, though, are pretty simple: like its' predecessors, the club-focused set boasts 12 cuts selected by boss man Sven Vath. There's plenty to enjoy from start to finish, from the stylish, '80s new wave pop-meets-Euro-techno vibes of International Anything's "The Future Is Here", and the driving tribal drums and sweeping, alien-sounding chords of Inigo Kennedy's "Black Light", to the moody Dutch techno freakiness of Ambivalent and Alden Tyrell's "War Island", and the sparkling electronics, positive vibes and skewed drum machine hits of John Heckle's superb "Fantasy".
Review: Chris Tietjen has long been a valued member of the Cocoon family, and mixed his first CD for the Frankfurt-based label way back in 2006. Here he celebrates a decade of collaboration with a tenth and apparently final mix for the imprint. Partly designed as a look back over the label's releases over the past 10 years, Zehn comes across like a labour of love. Densely packed with tracks - he impressively squeezes some 36 selections into 70 minutes, showcasing work from a veritable who's who of techno talent - it offers a typically fluid, atmospheric, late night-friendly chug through tech-house, minimal and European after-party hypnotism.
Review: The annual Cocoon compilation is a perfect snapshot of what's going on in the more popular corners of the European techno scene. Curated by label head and Ibiza party king Sven Vath, this year's edition is a comparatively deep and melodic affair. A big shout goes to Talaboman for their excellently entitled "Big Room Anthemic Groovy Pounding Trance Dub Bomb Superb!" which is indeed a big room anthemic groovy pounding trance dub bomb, while Edward serves up a more twisted roller (the excellent "End Days"), Raxon goes deep with "The Turbulent" and Mark Broom hammers home with tripped out sci-fi banger "Jaded", amongst many other gems.
OFF - "Electrica Salsa" (feat Sven Vath - Roman Flugel remix)
Mirko Loko - "Artificiel"
Wouter De Moor - "Tesla Coil"
Tim Green - "Among Wolves"
Christian Burkhardt - "Karambolage"
Jimi Jules - "Euphrasia"
Einzelkind & Robin Scholz presents Rhythm Factory - "N.2Guts"
Chymera - "7 Hours"
Markus Fix - "Baroon"
Sven Vath - "Robot" (Kolsch remix)
Argy - "How Late It Was, How Late"
Ricardo Tobar - "Red Light" (Lawrence remix)
Review: For the fourth installment of their Dots & Pearls mix series, in which a selected DJ gets busy with the label's back catalogue, Cocoon has enlisted the services of Frankfurt's Markus Fix. His mix is designed to showcase the melodious and atmospheric tech-house tracks lurking in the Cocoon vaults, and predictably does a fine job of fulfilling this remit. There are impressive contributions from the likes of Sven Vath, Tim Green and Chymera, plus a quartet of previously unreleased tracks. These are invariably excellent; check, for example, Fix's own "Baroon" - a kind of woozy 21st century riff on the '88 "Pure Trance" version of The KLF's "What Time Is Love" - and the ethereal melodies and early morning fuzz of Argy's "How Late It Was, How Late".
Review: The legendary Dutch producer Martijn Hoogendijk aka Alden Tyrell (of Clone Records fame) teams up here for some main room bangers with Berlin based American Kevin McHugh aka Ambivalent: who has had a productive past decade recording for such respected imprints as m_nus, Ovum Recordings and Kompakt in addition to running his Delft and Valence imprints - where he records as acid expert LA-4A. The Detente EP brings the furious warehouse style bounce of the title track (featuring some relentless drum work!), the dusty and greyscale dub techno workout of "Dutchless" and the totally heads down and strobe-lit affair of "Wallfall" that is reminiscent of Jell Mills seminal Waveform Transmissions series.
Running In The Underwood (Michael Mayer remix) (6:53)
See Where You Are (7:16)
Review: Frankfurt institution Cocoon throws us a curveball in the form of this minimal pop ditty by local legend Markus Nikolai, one of the great minds behind the legendary Perlon imprint who is joined by Ole Schulte as International Anything. They return with their sophomore effort, following up their debut on Perlon earlier this year with another boompty lo-slung effort in the form of "Running In the Underwood" featuring some super catchy vocals. On the remix is one of Kompakt's main men, the inimitable Michael Mayer, who provides a stellar rework which goes for a frantic and adrenalised electro style. Second original offering "See Where You Are" similarly goes down a (proto) electro route in the vein of legends Kraftwerk for this robotic slice of heaven.
Review: The legend from Leipzig Daniel Stefanik helms the third instalment of Dots & Pearls for Frankfurt institution Cocoon. The long time affiliate of the Leipzig's famed Distillery club has been on the scene for over a decade, with releases on the likes of Moon Harbour and Mobilee so you can trust the DJ on this one.. For this edition (said to be a retrospective of sorts for the label) it will come in a continuous DJ mix with some brand new and unreleased tracks. Stefanik will also include four of his own edits including Guido Schneider & Andre Galluzzi's "Mario" and Luca Ballerini's "Impressions Of A Dawn" and "Orizzonte".