Drumcode?s beloved A-Sides compilation makes a welcome return after a two-year absence, with a mammoth 25-track feast covering every shade of the techno spectrum split across seven, 12 inch parts. The project was devised in 2012 as a way of showcasing the wealth of strong material Adam Beyer receives each year, which due to Drumcode?s busy release schedule, might not otherwise find a home on the label. Since then, it?s grown to become an essential fixture on the techno release schedule and a marker for where the genre stands in any given year.
No holds barred for part 7’s opener from A.D.H.S. ? Razor, acid arps and monster synthwork a plenty, before an oscillating peaktime stormer courtesy of Julian Jeweil ? Pulsation. Flip it for Marco Faraone?s ever intensifying head spinner ?Dream? before Gary Beck closes it out with a swirling warning call ?Ship Went Down?.