DJ Hi-Shock, that master-blaster behind the whole Elektrax phenomenon, takes time out from label CEO duties to return with an explosive track - ‘Melancholia’ is a devastatingly deep, heavy, dark warehouse experience that storms the senses on so many levels. This is moody techno with an industrial edge that’s so immaculately conceived that it would destroy any grinding dancefloor at peak time.
The second track is a remix from Dave Tarrida (Tresor), who goes all wistful and cheeky, in a bouncier, lighter deconstruction of Hi-Shock’s original. At times it pauses to wind down the sizzling, frenetic funkiness, then reboots in that Sativae style Tarrida is famous for.
Japan’s almighty DJ Warp gets all the more funky-tech, in a butt-shaking Detroit style jam Jeff Mills might be pleased to call his own, and drifting in tone towards Takkyu Ishino’s superlative ‘Berlin Trax’ efforts from 1998.