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Tresor, Vol. 5

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Just as it did on previous collections, Tresor changes its style for the fifth volume in its long-running series of CD compilations, this time emphasizing the experimental techno of similarly styled British producers Cristian Vogel, Neil Landstrumm, Tobias Schmidt, and Si Begg. These four produce five of the collection's 12 tracks, each contributing a solo production and Vogel and Landstrumm collaborating as Blue Arsed Fly. In addition, a few Tresor regulars contribute tracks -- Pacou, Scan 7, Joey Beltram, Holy Ghost, and K. Hand -- as well as two newcomers, Naohisa Furusawa and Heat. The resulting lineup of contributions is then mixed together DJ-style, albeit rudimentarily. Given all of this, Tresor 5 isn't quite on a par with previous volumes -- or successive ones, for that matter. Many of Tresor's most reliable producers from past volumes, most notably Maurizio and Jeff Mills, are absent; furthermore, those that are featured here, most notably the aforementioned British foursome, tend to employ a similar style, one that is dark, quirky, hard, and experimental. You must commend Tresor for not relying on its past laurels and, yes, it's great to see the label extend its empire from Detroit and Berlin to Great Britain as well. But there's just not enough variety here to satisfy anyone outside of those who feverishly savor Vogel-style experimental techno. Thankfully, Tresor followed this somewhat disappointing volume a year later with one of its strongest, and certainly most diverse, yet, its Love Parade-commemorating sixth volume.

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