Boomkat Product Review:
Another highlights package from the Soma label, casting a reflective eye over the past twelve months of releases, drawing on a whole host of remixes as well as one or two untouched, original productions. You'll bump into repeat offenders like The Black Dog, Silicone Soul, Vector Lovers, Octogen and Funk D'Void, as well as guest remixers like Rob Hood, Orlando Voorn, Mark Broom and Adam Beyer, who gets the disc underway with his reworking of Slam's 'Staccato Rave', a nicely proportioned mid-tempo track featuring pinpoint beats and a helter skelter synth riff. The ensuing productions take on the expected electro-house guise, all unified by crisp, sheeny beats and synth lines that ride high in the mix, but the results are rather different when Rob Hood teams up with The Black Dog: there's a far more direct and economical approach to technoid narrative shaping, utilising more traditional, classic elements, and in so doing rendering one of the compilations most immediately satisfying moments. There's plenty more good stuff to come though, including some wacky modulations form Mr Copy, some pummeling bass compressions from Harvey McKay and epic electronic funk from Silicone Soul's 'The Pact (Bassline Dub)'.