Release Date: 3 December 2012
Cocoon Recordings is back in full force with the follow up to last year’s superb vinyl compilation ‘Dots & Pearls’. Providing a tracklisting that is nothing less than the modern interpretation of House, Techno and Tech-House ‘Dots & Pearls II’ eschews monotonous loops and predictable formulas and rather delivers a selection packed with energy and depth.
Ilario Alicante and Todd Bodine have the honour of opening the record and very much set the tone for the feel of the album. “Modern Apocalypse” gives the impression that the duo wanted to produce a matching track to follow up Ambivalent’s “Iwato” in a DJ set. The record has a wonderfully stripped and spacious feel to it, conjuring up an early hours feel with its entrancing effect and stabs plucking at the air around you. Next up we have Subb-an feat. Jacob Phono with “In The Night” a track that explores how the sound and atmosphere of big 90s Techno acts like Underworld can be transferred into our contemporary Minimal and Deep House universe, a task in which they succeeded brilliantly. Resonant beats and percussions, some 808 claps, funky fills and filtered layers match perfectly with the hypnotic vocals and form an impressing overall result that fits into the DJ’s set at any time during the night.
Harvey McKay’s “First Strike From Mars” sounds like its title suggests, and Captain McKay doesn’t take prisoners. Demanding, massive and equipped with a mighty beat, the tune is reminiscent of recent Slam releases or some of the stronger Santos productions. A peak time production that has only one message: no escape and total madness on the dancefloor, this is a winner that has been getting plays from Sven Vath and Luciano! Sawlin’s “Posay” is plumbs the depths of the Techno ocean, with plenty of echo and even more reverb, his remote metallic percussion sounds create an atmosphere that would also be perfect as the soundtrack for a big art installation. “Posay” shows that Techno in the year 2012/2013 does not only mean ‘in-your-face’, but rather depth and elegance.
Besides the vinyl edition, ‘Dots & Pearls II’ is also released in a digital version, which contains four extra pearls, in addition to the eight tracks of the vinyl version: With “Sequence Of Moments”, Martinez sends the listener back to the high times of that DBX-influenced Detroit sound full of bleeps and blonks, like Daniel Bell or Fred Gianelli perfected at the time. However, he doesn’t deliver a retro piece at all, but combines the raw and direct vibe of Bell with modern sounds, layers and pads, and thus moves himself a little towards the Reboot or Johnny D corner. With their contribution “The Gate”, Patrick Kunkel & Sascha Barth follow the current sound of now: matching parts of House, Minimal and Techno, in a skillful mix that, on the one hand is reminiscent of the hypnotic-minimal DJ sets of Ricardo Villalobos and on the other hand releases energy galore, in order to make demanding ravers happy. This is definitely one for fans of Pele and Matthias Tanzmann.
Playing, dancing, partying, you have everything in here. With their track “Still Laughing”, Fumihiro Hoshi & Tadac present their unique and different sound and provide a perfect closing opus to this outstanding compilation.
A1. Ilario Alicante & Todd Bodine – Modern Apocalypse
A2. Subb-an feat. Jacob Phono – In The Night
B1. Mark Reeve – Carry Me
B2. Marco Effe – Jellied Eels
C1. Danito & Agent! – Raw Symphony
C2. Ambivalent – Iwato
D1. Harvey McKay – First Strike From Mars
D2. Sawlin – Posay
Tracklist Digital Album:
1. Ilario Alicante & Todd Bodine – Modern Apocalypse
2. Subb-an feat. Jacob Phono – In The Night
3. Mark Reeve – Carry Me
4. Marco Effe – Jellied Eels
5. Danito & Agent! – Raw Symphony
6. Ambivalent – Iwato
7. Harvey McKay – First Strike From Mars
8. Sawlin – Posay
9. Martinez – Sequence Of Moments
10. Patrick Kunkel & Sascha Barth – The Gate
11. Ross Evana – Cheget
12. Fumihiro Hoshi & Tadac – Still Laughing