Classy Italian label Where We Met unveil a new signing on their seventh release, which also marks the mysterious ReKaB’s debut. His skills belie that newbie status, because this is atmospheric techno with emotional and musical depth. “2019” is a real highlight with its twitchy synths and breezy electro grooves making for a pensive vibe before things cut loose on warm and rubbery house jam “The Hassle”. The ambient synths that colour these tracks is what make them standout, and closer “Self-Destruct” is a prime example of that. “Music Makes It Better” is a title we can all relate to, and in the case of this track, it sure is a beautiful place to be.
His knowledge of electronic music is unrivaled, yet it’s his understanding of how we’ve barely scratched the surface of techno that separates him. The genre, in essence, has no boundaries, so why should we apply them, why can’t we foresee a future in which electronic music is tapping into technology and human psyche that we never thought possible? Why can’t it be a vessel that transports a viewer to a character in a film, or a link through time? A look back can often pave the way to the future, one in which we can see and hear beyond the final frontier.
Interview and text by Lee Shields
Very special and highly limited electro / electronics project (tributed to James Stinson) from the Fundamental Records camp, produced by different artists that will remain anonymous, if they choose to…
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River Rapid is the new label from Eclair Fifi. Known for her tastemaking dj sets steeped in upcoming exclusives and unknown rarities as well as her essential monthly radio show on NTS it seemed only right that she should start her own imprint. The first release features 4 brand new tracks by Afrodeutsche AKA Henrietta Smith-Rolla . These raw hardware driven tracks evoke classic Rephlex in the same breath as Underground Resistance. Respectful to the originators whilst keeping an eye firmly on the future.
Although he is known to have an incredibly wide range of stylistic approaches, he is probably best known for the music he makes for the dance floor. His classic releases Cool Warm Divine (Valentine Connexion) and GB Presents: The Abstract Eye (Eglo) have solidified a unique analog electronic sound of his own as The Abstract Eye that he further explores and expands on in these six pieces. This record displays a diverse range of emotions, textures, rhythms and colors, sounding like it could have been made any time, past, present or future. While simultaneously staying open to the ever-changing world of music and also observing the current record industry in which many factors besides the quality of the music itself seem to take precedence, The Abstract Eye asks the question, what’s real anymore? For him, it comes down to the feelings this music evokes. That is as real as it gets.
For the 5th release of the label, Partout welcomes legend Juan Atkins starting the Detroit series and providing a reissue of tracks from 1993′ to 2011′.
Versalife aka Boris Bunnik is one of the most respected producers in electro. He now presents his debut release for 20/20 Vision as the label continues it’s path into the world of pure electronic music. ‘Machine Life’ immediately stood out as one of those rare killer club cuts that works it’s way into a wide range of DJ boxes, simple but massively effective. ‘M05’ returns to more classic sounding Versalife electro with complex layers of synths, strings and analogue squelch all held together by a solid bass hook. On the flip side Bunnik shows off his pedigree in producing Detroit influenced string laden beautiful music with the EP rounded off by ‘Axion’, a heavier trip to the dark side.