A thoroughly blazing selection here from Leipzig's Mikesh, alumnus of Maceo Plex's Ellum imprint and classy spots like Hamburg's sterling Liebe*Detail. 2014 was actually the year of the horse (presumably when he made it), but matters such as the timely accuracy of the Chinese zodiac will likely be far from your mind when 'Power Plant' washes over you. It's bliss. 'Havok In The Stable' has the feel of DJ Koze's peerless Pampa imprint — joyous house music with a twist, the break-inducing shivers. 'Standing' goes for the off-kilter beats, while 'Phoenix' is gut-wrenchingly beautiful. One of the best of the year, for damn sure.
Luciano's Cadenza can find itself all too ponderous, but this from Jamaica-via-Zurich producer Ezikiel for the spin-off imprint Cadenza Lab lets loose, notably the bubbling 'Watch A Bassline'.
Synth pop and breezy disco nuggets on Let’s Play House, featuring classic NY style house mixes from Shit Robot.
This is loud, fast and intensely hard. From the very first drop this track screams neuro, putting its deep stabs and cutting breaks in the spotlight, but saving some room for some dark, techy influences.