Boomkat Product Review:
Preparation H... sorry, Compilation H is the newest selection of tracks from Sven Vath's Cocoon Recordings, and boasts appearances from such luminaries as Cassy, Gui Boratto, Raudive and a collaboration between Vath and Roman Flugel. Cassy's 'A Plea For Me' leads the way, characterised by that distinctive combination of perfectly poised, economical drum machine and soulful, fragmented vocals. Immediately after this opener Joris Voorn gets a bit more in-your-face with his self-explanatory 'The Deep Side Of The Moog', before Oliver Ho's Raudive springs into life via the dry, thudding beats and detuning pulses of 'Tempo'. It's hard to say exactly who imposes more of their own voice on the Vath/Flugel face off, but in any case it's a pleasantly surprising, understated affair. There are a few moments of more explicitly melodic production dotted across the compilation too, ranging from the highly successful Gui Boratto contribution 'Golden Axe' to the more customary, off-the-shelf sounds of the Matt Star production 'Am I Dreaming', which finishes off the compilation.