Time To Express marks its 30th release, presented by label founder Peter Van Hoesen. The Belgian producer takes up the opportunity to expand upon his previous work on the Coast To Coast EP. No longer exclusively restricted to straight 4/4 rhythms, Van Hoesen’s music investigates hybrid, broken grooves infused with a clear sense of spatial sonic awareness. This is made clear with the first two tracks, Towards Manifestation and Shapeshifting. On the second half of the EP Van Hoesen launches two solid techno cuts, shifting from dense bassline work (Concrete Variation) to percussive, shuffling grooves (Fox Tactics).
Oscar’s Blood is Peter Van Hoesen’s tenth solo EP for his own Time To Express label. It features four new tracks, composed and refined in the producer’s Berlin studio and properly tested during several shows in late 2016 and early 2017. Both Oscar’s Blood and Circumference 12 feature Van Hoesen’s take on driving and hypnotic techno. He applies a different approach to Unit Prep and Theoretical Terminal. Both compositions take their cue from subtle yet vibrant percussive patterns, extending into blissful atmospheres.
The last instalment of the ‘Stealth’ vinyls focuses on the productions of the Time To Express founder. Reflecting the themes of the series, Van Hoesen offers his own vision of hypnotic techno on ‘Shadows & Concern’, a powerful and expansive piece. The series is completed in appropriate fashion with ‘Unicorn’, an emotive track that displays Van Hoesen’s more melodic side.
The Stealth triple vinyl series presents six tracks taken from Peter Van Hoesen’s ‘Stealth’ mix compilation. The same philosophy is carried across: it marries Peter’s music with the sounds he is influenced by. The result is a powerful selection of vibrant techno, with a warm, almost spiritual, feel to it. Both Donato Dozzy and Neel have appeared individually on Time to Express before, here they appear for the first time together as Voices From the Lake. The Italian duo offer more evidence of their distinctive brand of hypnotic techno with ‘Zulu Vortex’, a spiralling percussive workout. This is paired with a track from Wata Igarashi, a rising Japanese DJ and producer. ‘Night’ is a glowing, radiant piece of techno that has become a regular feature in Peter Van Hoesen’s recent DJ sets.
The Stealth triple vinyl series presents six tracks taken from Peter Van Hoesen’s ‘Stealth’ mix compilation. The same philosophy is carried across: it marries Peter’s music with the sounds he is influenced by. The result is a powerful selection of vibrant techno, with a warm, almost spiritual, feel to it. Chris Madak (aka Bee Mask) epitomizes the dissolution of distinctions between music for the mind and the body. His stunning live performance of ‘Headband’ at the 2014 Labyrinth festival left Van Hoesen dazed and enthralled. This was the origin of the remix found here, which perfectly conveys the themes of ‘Stealth’. The remix is complemented by one of Van Hoesen’s own productions, the epic ‘Breach’.
Some serious hot techno tracks again by SP-X. Part 3 of the Moving Through Mirrors series closes off this triple release by SP-X. Fleeting Image and Lingering Resentment leave no doubt about this producer’s main objective: fresh, contemporary techno aimed at the waistline
SP-X and Time To Express present part 2 of the Moving Through Mirrors series. Once more SP-X lays down the groove with two lean cuts of innovative, jackin’ techno.
Big release again on Peter Van Hoesen’s Time To Express label. A set of 3 releases by SP-X. The Moving Through Mirrors series showcases lean, contemporary techno. Part 1 kicks off with E.T.A. and Return To Function, both prime examples of the stripped-down sweatbox grooves SP-X excels at. For adult dancefloors only.
The Call & Response EP features five brand new tracks forged in Van Hoesen’s Berlin studio during June and July 2014. It marks a further development of the Belgian producer’s sound, combining solid dancefloor material with highly personal leftfield techno.
Time To Express presents its first release of 2014 with a stunning appearance by London-based Italian Marco Shuttle. Sing Like A Bird is a gorgeous, hypnotic techno anthem. Stretched out over almost 12 minutes, the track’s lean groove teams up with a stunning vocal line. The listener is taken by the hand, slowly directed towards a high-flying crescendo. Peter Van Hoesen’s remix takes the existing framework of the original and adds a dose of psychedelica to it. His interpretation emphasizes the trancy, hypnotic aspect of Marco’s track. Several synth lines take turns twisting and shifting in and out of the mix, leading up towards a great buildup.
One year on from ‘Perceiver’, Peter Van Hoesen presents his first live album, documenting his performance during the Time To Express label night at Tresor on July 19th 2013. Armed with three synths, a drum machine, two iPads and some outboard effects, he covers a brace of new material woven with recent releases in typically disciplined and unrelenting PvH style, capturing his highly efficient energy transfer and breathless momentum in full effect and perhaps providing better context for his music than any studio album could.
The ‘Receiver’ series presents six remixes of tracks from Peter Van Hoesen’s acclaimed ‘Perceiver’ album. The third Receiver release teams up Marcel Fengler with Italian producer Neel. Fengler brings his trademark Berlin sound to the table, craftly reworking Inspection In Solitude. He strips down the original and builds it from the ground up, using shuffling percussion and an insistent melody. Time to jack. Neel’s remix brings a deep and dark tunnel to mind. It builds and builds and builds until the original loop from Objects From The Past appears out of the fog, bringing this stunning remix to an epic end.
The ‘Receiver’ series presents six remixes of tracks from Peter Van Hoesen’s acclaimed ‘Perceiver’ album. The second Receiver release presents two solid interpretations by Scuba’s SCB alter ego and [Phase]. SCB brings out the groove on his edit of ‘Seven, Green and Black’, giving priority to the warm square bass sound of the original. [Phase] takes no prisoners with his tough as nails rework of To Alter A Vector.
The ‘Receiver’ series presents six remixes of tracks from Peter Van Hoesen’s acclaimed ‘Perceiver’ album. The first Receiver release sees Donato Dozzy reworking Attribute 39. The Italian maestro steers the original into a blissfull, emotional domain. It is the perfect recipe for coming down after a long night on the dancefloor. Sigha also chooses an atmospheric approach to enhance the original of ‘Attack On The Reality Princicple’. He injects crackling electricity into the track, supported by a huge booming kick.
Finally we are at the last part of the 2012 review. In the first part of our review, the preferences of our followers are shown, according to the number of click and stars. Top 3 albums of the years, top 3 EPs, compilations and mixes loved by our followers can be seen here.
In the second part, I presented some of my favorite events and performances from last year. For more details go here.
Belgian producer and DJ Peter Van Hoesen offers a new full- length album, on his own Time To Express label. ‘Perceiver’, his second full length album following 2010’s ‘Entropic City’, is evidence of Van Hoesen’s continual experiments into sound. The textural, shifting and dynamic synth elements, hooks and arpeggios that characterise the album’s voice often reach into abstract zones, but never too far that the listener cannot easily delve into the hypnotism of the moment. Gently rhythmic pieces such as the album’s opening voyage, ‘Objects From The Past’, or the reduced modular electronics of ‘Spectral Participant’ plant the tone of the earlier tracks firmly in the high-tech, experimental realms of modern electronica. With careful editing Peter arrived at a complete and concise album, spanning 60 minutes, exploring largely varied yet complementary fields of sound. It is clear that intricacy and diversity are high on Van Hoesen’s sonic agenda. With that in mind, ‘Perceiver’, offers a telling insight into the explorations of a producer who is little concerned with fulfilling or expressing his artistic ego, and much more by the genuine discoveries one can make by diving deep into sound. The album ascends patiently from serene and perplexing sound pieces into fierce club-ready movements. With each track we find bold new percussive elements and sharp, textural, modulating synths entering the fold. In the later half of the LP the emphasis is clearly on headstrong body shocks designed for cavernous off-world clubs – the biting snarl of ‘Decoder’ – or futuristic festival settings with the entrancing arpeggios of ‘Inspection In Solitude’. ‘Perceiver’ presents an organic, flowing and modern take on techno – vitally alive, pulling us away from genre boundaries and more into the adventurous realms of electronica.
Time To Express welcomes back Dario Zenker for his second release on the label. After 2010’s euphoric ”Insirer” Dario increases the tension with ”Cat Stance”. Label owner Peter Van Hoesen provides a rolling remix.