Review: According to the info provided by Oiwa, this EP was "compiled" by noted alias-hoarders DJ Normal 4 and Dj Carrera. While we can't prove it, we'd bet good money on the two of them being the producers behind all four tracks on Rave Racing Top Hits Volume 1. Interestingly, the EP's full-throttle, rave-fired workouts - see the bold, happy hardcore-ish piano stabs and bustling breakbeats of DNAonDNA's "AM Phantasma" and acid-powered house trip "Africapilla (N'R'Gee Mix)" - come accompanied by two ghetto-tastic electro slammers. There's the low-down "Planet Rock"-after-a-messy-night shimmer of Latinoz's "Don't Stop (Young P Re-Ape)", and the darker, funkier "Cult System" by Henry 3000, which may be the EP's best moment.
The Normalboyz - "99%" (DJ Normal 4 Slam version) (5:05)
Slouch - "Basarwa" (6:31)
Aki Aki/Rasputin - "Lady Land" (5:05)
Review: Germany's Aiwo label made an impressive debut last year, offering a fresh selection of artists with a refreshingly non-outsider approach to underground house music. To be precise, the music on the label is raw and provocative, but it doesn't try to be weird simply for the sake of it. This also goes for 002, this new collaborative EP by a new collective of talent from around the block. The "99%" by The Normalboyz - remixed by DJ Normal - is a powerful house punch that packs mean lean in its groove and bass, while "Basarwa" by Slouch takes a tribal sort of beat and breaks it down into a leftfield chant, and "Lady Lady" by by Aki Aki and Rasputin delivers some fine, nutjob dub for fans of the Sex Tags Amfibia output. Tip!!
Review: Aiwo's latest comes from Dusseldorf pals Aki Aki and Rasputin under the Phaserboys alias. It's a highly impressive EP of left-of-centre house treats shot through with the saucer-eyed bliss of Balearica, the sexually charged bottom-end of disco and the late night bump of analogue deep house. It's also rather bonkers, with "Phase Energie" flitting between sections inspired by glassy-eyed '80s synth pop, sleazy acid house and psychedelic techno. Elsewhere, the duo's madcap fusions variously sound like Pilotwings jamming with DJ Sotofett ("Hallo!"), heroin-fuelled post-punk dub disco ("Including No Information") and Ijduts style, reverb-laden vibrations (opener "Ice"). As a result, this eponymous effort is undoubtedly one of the quirkiest and most entertaining EPs of the year to date.