Dots & Pearls 6


Cocoon Recordings invites well-known international artists to once again rub shoulders with some of the freshest new talents around on Dots & Pearls 6. First up, Eduardo de la Calle and Romina Cohn's "I'm Losing My Mind" does a decent job helping you lose yours. Taking the classic DBX template as a start point, Cohn's random, spaced-out musings elevate things to another level as they filter through all manner of machinery, bathing the hypnotic percussion in a lysergic glow. Fabe's "Call Of Origin" pulls no punches either, the energetic, bass driven intro bouncing its way centerstage before expanding into lush open spaces with occasional melodic scatters and washes of warm pads that radiate good vibes. Over the last couple of years, Adana Twins have rightly consolidated their position at the top table, so it's a pleasure to have them on board with "Origo". Like snake charmers relentlessly teasing and twisting the infectious hook line in all manner of directions, they demonstrate complete control of their art, pushing all the right buttons to bring things nicely to the boil. As with all Cocoon compilations the deeper you dive, the stranger the vibe and Juan Sanchez delivers a dose of trance-inducing, minimal techno. Abiding by the same dogma as the track before, "Narcissus" offsets a constantly morphing hypnotic hook line with raw, stripped 909 beats in a classic mid '90s style. Michael Klein's "Continuation" maintains the intensity as Cocoon's Techno Tardis transports the listener even further back to a sweaty early '90s warehouse. It could be London, it could be Berlin... wherever it is, but it sure sounds like home. Rico Puestel then snuffs out the candle, plunging you back into darkness. With "Perpetua Mobilia" he unleashes a deep, prowling beast of a track. As you motor on towards morning, Radu Dracul adds some bite to proceedings with "Spectrae", a slow-burning psychedelic trip with gently percolating acid lines that smooth out the rough textures of the preceding tracks before giving way to a cavernous breakbeat inflected breakdown. And then finally, Joe Metzenmacher and Borka & The Gang close out the collection, paying homage to the melodic side of Detroit with the quirky, idiosyncratic yet ultimately beautiful "Magic Talk". It surrounds the dancefloor in a warm embrace as keys, strings, and bass combine effortlessly to produce a priceless moment of collective euphoria.