Cocoon Compilation G
One of the most successful compilation serieses in Germany ascends the alphabet to the letter "G." This is the best of the Cocoon label, and the names on this release are a veritable "who's who" of the techno universe. Contemporary music in the year 2007 refuses to be pigeonholed to only one style -- more and more, it is simply a matter of whether the music is good, genres and categories be damned. After a slamming contribution from the lauded My My comes Cobblestone Jazz -- with a deep tech house track that appeals a bit to trance and dub. Chaim's track "Genesis" sounds trippy with Oriental harmonies and Detroit-like basslines, weird beats and hi-hats that should rock every rave. "Treibsand" by Stephan Bodzin breathes Frankfurt techno air and sounds like Johannes Heil and Anthony Rother without copying them. Tiefschwarz represents the "peak time" part of the CD. Marcel Dettmann presents us the first real techno track, "Sepia" which is a classic old school techno pusher with minimal but fat beats, a lot of reverb and echo. Aki Latvamäki's contribution features rolling beats, staccato synths and driving hi-hats, creating a true techno monster that may catch the ears of fans of Mathew Jonson. Next, Audion cools down the temperature with "Fire," Phil Kieran stomps around with "I Think I'm A Monster," and newcomer Jamie Jones gives us "Harijuku" -- a very elegant tech house tool with a deep and driving basslines, fat house-y beats and soulful strings, making a nice transition to Onur Özer's piece which sounds a bit like a mixture between some old Mike Ink Studio1 records and current Pier Bucci productions. Magnificent! Deetron finalizes Compilation G and arouses us, unpacking a solid bassline and mean synth sounds, slightly moving towards electro, but never becoming too hectic. Leaving a lot of space for a long intro, he creates an absolute highlight of the CD. A hefty mix for hefty parties, indeed.