Cologne-based techno label Traum Schallplatten has been releasing records for 10 years, and this is their 100th release, a compilation of unreleased tracks from its artists, including Broker/Dealer, Thomas Brinkmann, Process, Dominik Eulberg, Minilogue, and others.
The album starts out on the right foot with a highly melodic track by Broker/Dealer, and gets even better with a pretty track from Dominik Eulberg. At the other end of the album, Process delivers with a lovely Detroit-influenced track.
Unfortunately, between the beginning and end of the album, there seem to be way too many tracks that go on for too long and don't contain enough interesting ideas. The arpeggios on the Thomas Brinkmann track sound promising, but the track goes on for 8 minutes and doesn't have enough of a payoff. I like the way the percussive sounds in the Super Flu track are arranged, but it would sound a lot nicer with an actual melody. Gabriel Ananda and Fairmont's tracks lean too close to progressive house and trance for my tastes.
I know it sounds like I'm complaining a lot, but this isn't really that bad of an album. There certainly isn't anything terrible on it, and it's actually quite enjoyable at its best. But the majority of it probably won't convince anyone who isn't interested in long, repetitive minimal techno tracks. 6/10 -- Paul Simpson (9 July, 2008)