Easin' In The S-System (unreleased demo mix) (5:45)
Planet Nine (5:12)
Easin' In The S System (original 1994 version) (6:06)
Review: When "Easin' In The S-System" first appeared on wax way back in 1994, Gert-Jan Bijl was still taking his first steps as a producer. In fact, the track was originally the B-side of the Dutchman's very first EP as Gerd on Brave New World Records. Curiously, this 25th anniversary edition places the superb original version - a deliciously intergalactic fusion of ambient techno sounds, hypnotic deep house drums and Detroit style sci-fi electronics - right at the tail end of the EP. It comes accompanied by a wonderfully ghostly, acid-flecked alternate version, plus four previously unheard cuts rescued from an old DAT tape. The breakbeat-driven chunkiness of "Brave New World" aside, these offer varied and largely high quality explorations of the futurist sound of vintage Motor City techno.
Review: Gerd's archival Frame of Mind label continues to offer up reissues of sought-after European techno classics from the turn of the '90s. The latest 12" to get the repress treatment is Dave Campbell's second outing as Hi-Ryze, 1990 EP "Cyberia". Of the two versions of the Motor City-inspired "Cyberia" that are on offer, it's arguably the heavier, stripped-back "Lo-Pass Mix" that resonates most, though many will be attracted to the rave style stabs and crazy drum edits of the "Midi Edit". "After The Flood" is available in two variations, too: the filthy, bleep and bass-influenced sleaze of the "Harmo Bass Mix" and the rush-inducing chords and melodies of the "Optimistic Mix".