Boomkat Product Review:
Astral Pilot is the collaborative venture of Coccoon Recordings impresario/all round techno jetsetter Sven Vath and Steffen Britzke, focussing on the harder, higher tempo end of dancefloor production. The title track lays down the blueprint for this from the offset, delivering a forceful yet melodically cogent production spread across twelve minutes. A little further in and the pace increases that little bit more for 'Into My Mind', filled with hypnotic, detuned vocals and acidic, distorted synths. The shortest piece here (although still clocking in at over seven minutes) 'Kuku Session' offers a little more space, but soon, 'Needle Drama' sees a return to the hard techno format of earlier. Only the twenty-one minute finale bucks the trend, instead opting for serene, ambient house, taking about eight minutes to work its way up to a kick drum, but exhibiting an adaptive, live feel on its way to arriving at that focal point.