Review: The tenth missive on Vortex Traks is full to bursting with tasty treats. As with many of the Berlin-based imprint's previous outings, it's a multi-artist affair. Marshall Applewhite kicks things off via the deep electro/dusty IDM fusion of "Better Do Not", where eight-bit electronics and undulating acid-style motifs rise above a crunchy beat, before Forehard attempts to batter dancefloors into submission via the full-throttle, Klakson-style Rotterdam electro filth of "Rhythm Device". Das Ding invites us to party in deep space via the high-tempo beats and swirling, some would say psychedelic electronics of "Analog Devices", before VCS2600 serves up some seriously punchy, acid-fired electro ("Modular Device").
Review: Berlin based producer Thomas Pahl aka Vertical67 started the Vortex Trax imprint last year after releases on 100% Silk, Lunar Disko and Photic Fields. "Crystalline" straddles the line between classic early '90s Chicago deep house (think Larry Heard/Alleviated) and electro (with its chunky vintage synths and rusty rhythms) superbly. "Dry Land" is dark electro noir with vocoded vocals and infused with some gritty sounding acid for added dancefloor drama. On the flip "Raster" is more straight up Drexciyan electro-funk for freaks; lots of layers of dark, brooding synths on this one, we loved it! Finally "Manic" ends things on a more restrained and serene note with this ethereal journey to the stars.