Zurichs Hive Club celebrates its sixth birthday with a compilation of exclusive tracks via its Hive Audio imprint this spring.
Taking in tracks from the likes of Luna City Express, Matthias Meyer, Sis, David Keno, and Animal Trainer (who run both the club and label). 6 Years Hive is a package of sleek, modern house music that reflects both the label and the clubs considerable reputation.
Curated by Animal Trainer (Adrian Wollhaf and Samuel Gmur), the vinyl/digital unmixed compilation kicks off with Jan Blomqvists emotive, vocal cut "I Dont Think About You" - a warm and inviting opener that instantly sets the scene before David Kenos "I Know Now" firms up the groove beautifully.
Adriatique, one of two new local acts signed up for the comp via their patronage of the club, delivers a Moog- infused low-slung cut in Freakin while Animal Trainer provide contrast with the wispy melodica of "Lazy Fat Bird".
The second slab takes in some heavy hitters in the form of SIS, Matthias Meyer and Luna City Express. SIS, known for deservedly hyped material for Villalobos Sei Es Drum, turns in a hugely atmospheric peak timer with "IIkbahar" while Meyer employs loose, disco drums and resonant toms for a decidedly old-school, funk laced slant. Luna City Express Take That rolls out punchy bass, brass stabs and vocal samples for a rousing piece of Phil Weeks-esque house that shows off their skills in spades.
The final slab of 6 Years Hive kicks off with Rampa & Re.You ft. Kissey "Say My Name" - a bubbling, shuffled house excursion with delicate chords, breathy vox and punchy bottom end. Benja & Reto Ardour, the second of the new talent on show, turn in a fine, synth heavy electro-disco leaning cut while Stil Vor Talent artist Niko Schwind winds things up with an end of night beast in "Searchin".