Power Plant – 5 Years V/A (06/06)

Power Plant is an essential club label run by La Fleur. The Swedish artist has really risen through the ranks in recent times, with sets on Mixmag TV, her residency at Watergate and many other events around Europe as well as an ever improving Discography that takes in some other key labels. Here she oversees the release of a various artist EP that celebrates five years of trend setting tunes.

Opening up proceedings are Acid Mondays with a bombastic cut that is full of big bass and slick kids. Up top is a myriad of synths, voices, freaky tones and WTF moments that will melt brains on the floor. The boss lady herself then steps up with an engaging, full fat house cut with menacing bass grinds, elastic beats and grooves that make you want to move. It is fresh indeed. Then comes another Swedish outfit in the form of Knutsson/Berg and they opt to go hard into some rolling techno. Earth shaking kicks, menacing knotted little synths and a plump drum line all make it a forceful cut indeed. Of course, some wild 303 licks will also send crowds into raptures.

Justin Massei keeps up the pressure with a slick dubbed out banger that rocks on its heels and has some great chords bringing a metallic feel to the groove. Gospel vocal cries add some human emotion and then finally it is Jesper Ryom who serves up Chants. This one is jostling, punchy, organic and off centre. It has loose claps, smeared synths with real soul in them and rich drum programming that brings a sense of love lost. Overall this is a fine EP and here’s to five more years.

Reviewed by: Ian Fleming