Two spectacular mix albums raised Michael Mayer's stature considerably in 2003, so much so that anyone could be forgiven for not realizing how productive his year was otherwise. Three tracks produced with Reinhard Voigt (a pair on Speicher 7, one on the vinyl version of Total 5), along with remixes of Voigt's "Supertiel," Ferenc's "Yes Sir, I Can Hardcore," the Eternals' "Strange World," and Paul Nazca's "Emotion" would all make for a substantial assembly of tracks. Right at the tail end of the year, Mayer released this, his best solo 12" thus far. To be honest, there's nothing terribly unique about the A-side; it's a straight-ahead dancefloor track, possibly best described as acid neo-trance, with light guitar flicks, vaporous synths, and an all-important acid squiggle that enters two minutes in. Dissect the elements of the track enough -- the way they enter, overlap, disappear, reappear, exit -- and you'll realize that Mayer is applying his instincts as a DJ to his productions like no one else. "Amabile" is a softer and more sleek take on the alien shuffle-tech he and Voigt used to build Speicher 7's "Unter Null," with a similarly twirling keyboard pattern. With the addition of a snarling buzz about four minutes in, it becomes more compatible with tracks of likeminded glam-inspired shuffle-tech.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman