Auto Repeat - "Auto Disco" (Soundhack Krachapella)
Soundstream - "Disco Crash"
Review: Berliner Frank Timm brought us the second release in the Sound Sampler series, showcasing his work under the Soundstream, Soundhack and T.S.O.S. monikers. The A-side opens with Soulhack's remix of Auto-Repeats' "Auto Disco", featuring an undulating bassline beneath rough textures teetering on the edge of collapse. The kick drum hammers through a raw acid line distorted beyond recognition, while the female vocal intermittently tries to escape the overwhelming wall of sound. Soundstream's "Disco Crash", on the flip, adds a polished touch to the release, delivering a shoulder twitching bass line, crashing textures and flickering guitar licks that can't fail to make a crowd move. As always with Mr Timm, this is essential.
Review: YES. This is exactly what we need after the end of a long summer, and what has been a period of relatively lower releasing activity in the house and techno sphere. A new Soundstream bruiser to add to what is surely one of the most impressive catalogues around. The last one that was released a year or so ago was excellent, but this four-tracker is even better, bolder, and nastier. Moreover, you get four cuts from four different Soundstream aliases, so you know you're in for the score. "Aqua Dance" is an addictive disco slinger with that magic Soundstream sampling touch, but from "Track 440" onwards, things start to turn a little more off-kilter, and that tune itself is a fuzzy, distorted disco-house hybrid that perfectly encapsulates the Soundstudio alias. The same can be said for the Soundhack-approved "What You Feel", a wavy disco mutant that is of the same ilk as Pepe Bradock's material, while Soundstore's "Relief" is a more classic house spliff packed with banging drums and guided by a deep, sweltering bass. Essential.