Various – Mobilee Back To Back Vol. 4 review

Artist: Compiled and recomposed by And.id
Title: Mobilee Back To Back Vol. 4
Label: Mobilee
Genre: Tech-House, Jazz
Format: CD and Digital
Buy From: Juno Records, Juno Download

Ever since Mobilee Records burst onto the scene in 2005, it quickly entrenched itself as the solid benchmark label for deep, driving, hypnotic tech grooves.  Similar to how techno fans for the last decade anxiously await the annual Kompakt Total compilations, Mobilee’s Back to Back compilations and DJ-mix series have already attained such status and anticipation with its consistency and mind-busting originality.

Musical phenom and jazz aficionado, And.id (Andreas Dimitriadis) compiled and recomposed Back to Back’s fourth installment. Disc 1 contains choice cuts from the Mobilee class of 2009 including label stalwarts Anja Schneider (co-founder of Mobilee), and GummiHz, along with seasoned producer but Mobilee newbie, Dan Curtin.  Newcomer to watch, Hector’s thumping groover “Got Fringe” is here as well as Pan-Pot’s eerie “Confronted” – quite possibly the tech track of 2009.

The real kicker is disc 2, a mind trip of its own, consisting of jazz interpretations of classic Mobilee tracks as arranged and performed by And.id and B.A.N.D- a group of studio musicians and graduates from the renowned Berklee College of Music. And.id manages to creatively push the envelope by re-inventing early anthems such Sebo K’s “Horizons”, and Anja Schneider and Sebo K’s “Rancho Relaxo”.  One of the highlights has to be And.id’s remaking of his own track, “First Talk” with its opening pounding kick drum that punctuates into an all-out percussive affair as the piano, bass and brass jump in and out of your ear.

If that weren’t enough, the original versions of the “jazzified” tracks are also included on disc 2 to remind us how far the techno mould has been reshaped. Also included is a free digital download code for an exclusive live mix produced by And.id featuring unreleased tracks and edits.  Next year’s Back to Back vol.5 has its work cut out now that the bar has been raised a couple of (jazz) octaves higher by this release.

Review: Steve Phillips