Ever committed to the techno cause, Dario Zenker returns once more to his own Ilian Tape imprint with four intense statements of how classic and modern elements should be fused to make timeless tracks. "27 Northwest" undoubtedly has a whiff of original Detroit about it, but there's no escaping how much of a hook the lead synth is over the tough but dextrous beat. "Cooking Booking" meanwhile exists somewhere in that discordant realm Kevin Saunderson dipped his toes into before rave emerged as its own offshoot, all the time still pounding out a detailed broken techno pattern. "Growin" gets a little more heady in its use of old-skool chords before "Karlim" softens the edges of the EP with a glorious slice of emotive techno.
Ben Sims, Stojche, Kr!z (Token Records), Dave Miller, Nihad Tule, Kirk Degiorgio, Tripeo, Cedric Maison (Hypercolour), Will Azada (Proper Trax), Pagalve, Trus'me, John Dalagelis, Kastil (Soul Notes/Stale), Ashworth, J. Haller, Rivet, Philippe Petit, Resident Advisor, Sev Dah, James Welsh, He/aT
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