David Carretta's "Cosmos 70" opens with a science-toned German voice. It is a perfect cliché opening for this disc commemorating one of Europe's largest and most revered techno festivals, Kozzmozz. Compiled by Kozzmozz residents Kozz and T-Quest, this compilation is a solid indication of what captures the ears of European techno masses. And those masses seem to be digging on electro. Carretta's sleazy disco-electrika makes way for a more purist form of the genre with New York's Synapse and DJ K1, formerly of Detroit electro-bass founders Aux 88, who provide the ultra-tight hi-hat/kick syncopation.
But there is still plenty of conventional techno to be found on Kozzmozz: Spread the K.....Justin Berkovi's glitchy thumper, "The Frequencies I've Had," is a quick-sampled exercise that leads into acid-house guru DJ Pierre's minimal jackin' track, "Matrix Chamber." Another Detroit native, Jay Denham, brings in the heavy artillery, with what is likely the fastest and toughest call to black power ever recorded, "Pride (It's Time)." The Advent make an appearance under their Soul Destroyaz guise, although discerning the difference between the two is anyone's guess. Techno listeners will already have many of these tracks, or tracks just like them. The producers of the Kozzmozz event really could have taken the extra step and solicited some new material from their regular DJs. Because they don't, this disc proves to be little more than a marketing tool, fortunately, at least, loaded down with some quality techno selections.