London imprint Autoreply celebrates its 10th release with an incredibly solid 12" from Dan Curtin, the techno don responsible for the label's first ever release. His Lifeblood album on Mobilee was one of the more underrated long players released in 2010, and here he marks the start of a new year with two very special tracks. Head straight for "The Fugitive", a peak time party bomb featuring deeply effective synth stabs over a powerful techno backdrop finished with a soulful sprinkling of female vocals. There are simply not enough tracks like this doing the rounds at present - one other that springs to mind is the cheeky Power House 12" that Hardwax fans will have noted with glee in late 2010. Flip over for "Fly By Night", an impressive blend of old and new in which Curtin utilises soaring 303s, reverb-soaked piano chords and a rib shaking sub bass. Stripped back techno at its finest.
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