Alex Niggemann had a vision to “launch a label that mirrors diversity”. Now, in 2018, his absorbing AEON imprint celebrates five years in the business. To mark this pivotal moment, he invites a succession of celebrated AEON family members to contribute to this impressive ten track release.

We grabbed a preview of his own contribution to the album – Orion – a dark slice of deep melodic techno, in which heady bass and glitchy beats are laced with a small, harmonic synth section.

The album beings with TVA’s MH17. An ambient and melodic wonder that floats you into a dream-like state. Kincaid featuring Sinal provide a darker beat on Gibberish- creeping synths are complemented by a psychedelic guitar sample, whilst Trails Of Snails from Uriah Klapter creates a twisted and drone-like atmosphere.

Omri Smadar takes the reigns next with his tribal drum-infused Drum Odyssey which leads into the bouncing kick of Speaking Minds & Amarcord’s Dancing Under Bright Lights, taking you on a journey deep into space. Label head Alex Niggemann’s Orion is next, which flows perfectly into the synth-led, broken-beat vibe of Third Son’s Hypernormalisation. The next offering comes from LPZ who continues with the broken-beat theme adding a crescendo of clashing cymbals on In My Mind. Echonomist delivers the penultimate track in the shape of Loosing Less a driving number with a racing and pulsating heartbeat. Radeckt closes the album on a high with Raven- a carefully crafted, playful slice of techno.

A fitting way to mark the fifth birthday of this pioneering imprint.