Cocoon Compilation J


Cocoon's hotly-anticipated letter series of inspired dance-music compilations reaches letter "J." For ten years now, the Cocoon-style alphabet is a guarantee of high class and exclusively-produced floor burners by the international techno and house elite, and, beyond that, a reliable indicator for the stylistic bandwidth of contemporary electronic dance music. And even with the previous editions A through I having set the bar high, the "J" edition starts with a true musical sensation, as the opener "Cocoon Dark Dub" comes from nobody less than Moritz von Oswald. So, initially, it's the heartbeat of dub techno that pulsates through a lonely piano and noise fractals, and the club world holds its breath for a good eight minutes. However, the "J" compilation literally pulls out all the stops over the following 110 minutes playtime and shows what modern electronic dance music has to offer in these times. The Dial impresario Pantha Du Prince celebrates crystalline ice dance, while Cécille label-head Nick Curly, with his sensual tribal house, feasts on the most compact form of disco boogie that one can imagine. With "SBboty," the Kompakt ambassador DJ Koze flabbergasts the audience by combining virtually incompatible elements. Improvised horn licks whirr through a flickering, resonating body, while the bass kick fills up the tropical, ambient air. However, the invariably Cocoon policy to always support interesting newcomers becomes visible with the contribution of Basti Grub's "Sick," which climbs into your brain with its melodic high-frequency hook line and mysterious vocals, matching perfectly to the melancholic playfulness of the tracks by Guy Gerber. Ali Shirazinia aka Dubfire and Popof present some stringent hypno techno with a diaphragm-shaking bass drum. Besides the above-mentioned, the "J" compilation holds such well-known producers such as Loco Dice, Extrawelt, Reboot and last not least, long-time Cocoon companion Ricardo Villalobos, whose 12-minute-long dance on the echo-filled "Humusweg" once again draws the bow to the Basic Channel sound from the other side, leaving plenty of room for your own visions in between the pulsing metronome of the bass line.