The compilation kicks off with Reinhold’s own ‘Point Zero’ a pulsing, moody scene-setter, before dropping into Dominik Eulberg’s superlative re-rub of Shane Berry’s ‘Fillertet 2’. In its original form, ‘Fillertet 2’ was a rave monster; in Eulberg’s busy hands it takes on even more epic, contorted proportions. Trapez is all about enervated glitch and blip stretched and squeezed into tight, insidiously funky shapes, and offerings from Eyer & Atto, 3 Channels and Rico Pustel fit this blueprint perfectly - when really you wish they would explode or reinvent it. One of 2007’s biggest success stories, Gabriel Ananda, offers up his remix of Marek Bois’s ‘You Got Good Ash’, a tightly-coiled, moody clicker that’s been a big hit with DJs in recent months. It’s one of the only tracks on this compilation taken from outside the immediate Trapez family, and it shows: the warm, trippy keys which Ananda brings to the fore form just the kind of hook which the other tracks frequently hint at but can’t or won’t quite deliver - all too often, the tracks which comprise this compilation sound aimless, their minimalism masking a lack of depth or progression.
Triple R’s fast-cutting approach to mixing (there are 20 tracks on here) is clearly intended to keep things interesting, but it has precisely the opposite effect – with each component track given very little room to breathe, the bombardment of vaguely appealing percussive sounds becomes wearing, even a little nihilistic. Tellingly, the stand-out tracks are the two bizarre takes on ‘pop’: dressing their slick rhythms with off-kilter vocals, Und’s ‘Fox in the Box’ and Noze’s ‘Kitchen’ burrow into a consciousness basically unbothered by the rest of the album’s cuts.
Still, it’s important to note that a great number of the individual tracks cherry-picked by Reinhold (Andrea Ferlin’s Mobilee-esque ‘Clear’ is terrific, and the likes of Swat Squad, Audio Werner and SLG are all on fine form) will rock floors if well-deployed. Trapez 12”s are, after all, an essential weapon in any minimal DJ’s arsenal. As a DJ, though, you wouldn’t play one after the other after the other after the other – and this compilation represents the reason why.
Wed / 21 Feb 2007
1 Riley Reinhold - Point Zero
2 Shane Berry - Fillertet 2 (Dominik Eulberg Rmx)
3 Rico Püstel - Chief Redden
4 Eyerer* & Atto - Supersnack
5 Marek Bois - You Got Good Ash (Gabriel Ananda Rmx)
6 SLG - Rushhour
7 Luke Le Mans - The Docks
8 3 Channels - Amnesia
9 Jeff Samuel - Gonadodropin
10 Sandiego - Rogoredo
11 Florian Meindl - Tamiflop 2
12 Alex Under - El Danubio Universal
13 Swat-Squad - Escoria (Audio Werner Rmx)
14 Mark-Henning - Pokerbot
15 Andrea Ferlin - Clear
16 Nôze - Kitchen
17 Und - Fox In The Box
18 Renato Figoli - La Stelle Sono Tante
19 Toro - Geht Auf Zwei
20 Eyerer & Atto - Supersnack (Oliver Hacke Rmx)