||3.||"Jack Of Shadows"|
||1.||"I Feel You"|
||2.||"Enter The Maze"|
Formed of Italian producer Ma Spaventi and Dutchman G-String aka Gijs Poortman, whose releases for the likes of M>O>S and Echovolt have provided some of Holland's most interesting deep techno output, Crystal Maze arrive on aDepth Audio with their debut album, Enter The Maze. With only two 12? releases to their name, a full album of Crsytal Maze material is an ambitious statement from the pair, but one that sees Spaventi and Poortman continue to develop the Crystal Maze sound which has been characterised a decidedly dark edged manipulation of analogue techno. Across ten tracks the duo display a wide variety of sounds and influences; "Slow Swirl" sounds like Drexciya taken down to a lumbering, mid-tempo groove, "Indian Tape" combines rubbery, ghetto house textures with swelling deep house chords, "Mirrors Chamber" comes across like the sub aquatic dub techno of Porter Ricks, while "Dr Claw" creates a low slung, warped vision of Detroit techno's first wave. An ambitious album, yes - but one that more than succeeds.
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