2015 Nov 23     
2 Bit Thugs

The latest installment features tracks and mixes from Matthew Dekay, Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig, Deetron, Alex Smoke, The Knife, Floorplan and many more

To say the parties thrown by Sven Väth's Cocoon label in Ibiza are an institution would be an understatement - they've been a fixture on the White Island's summer clubbing timetable since the days when we were all worried about the Millennium Bug. And almost as much of an institution, these days, are the annual end-of-season compilations that they've been releasing for most of the past decade.

So, here's this year's offering. Once more it's split across two discs. On CD1, the mood's a little more groovy and eclectic, with house cuts from Aaaron (Whatcha Say) and Inner City (the classic Carl Craig remix of Till We Meet Again) rubbing shoulders with low-slung tech-house workouts from Patrick Specke & Daze Maxim (Battery) and Matthew Dekay (Fantango) and melodic, Detroit-inspired techno jams a-plenty.

But that's really just the warm-up. For the techno faithful the real meat is to be found on CD2, where we find ourselves in the company of such scene stalwarts as Deetron, Floorplan (AKA Robert Hood) and Pig & Dan - and where it's eyes-down all the way. Tops-off, even... when the Bergweg mix of Stranger's Warehouse Memories drops, it's like we've gone right back to the hardcore era.

"It's the techno party that's as fun as it is freaky!" screams the press release for this one. We'd say that's as fair a summary as any...

Release date: 20 November 2015


Review Score: 8




Tags: Sven Vath, Cocoon Records, Ibiza, techno, tech-house, Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson, Inner City, Matthew Dekay, Pig & Dan, Robert Hood, Floorplan, Deetron, Patrick Specke, Daze Maxim, Aaaron, Bergweg, Stranger