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Surface Tension

Format: CD
Cat: MS 92CD
Released: 23 Nov 16
Genre: Techno

Tracklist
Side 1
1. "Sakamoto: Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence" (Francesco Tristano rework)
2. "The Mentor" (feat Derrick May)
3. "Pacific FM"
4. "Infinite Rise" (feat Derrick May)
5. "In Da Minor" (feat Derrick May)
6. "Rocco's Bounce"
7. "Xokolad"
8. "Esoteric Thing" (feat Derrick May)
Review

Derrick May's Transmat, a legendary label that has been producing some of the best, most mind-altering electronic music since the late 80s, returns with a highly unexpected album by Luxembourg's Francesco Tristano, an artist who has always had one foot in electronic music and the other in neo-classical. Although this comes as a surprise, it's easy to understand why May would want to associate himself with such a talent; the producer's music is both so varied and well-consrtucted that it must be a dream come true for any artist to remix. In fact, aside from Tristano's own masterful productions on here, from the opening "Sakamoto: Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence" to "Rocco's Bounce" or "Xokolad", Derrick May himself appears across four tunes, all of them reminiscent of his Detroit golden days, and it's great to hear that he hasn't switched to an all-digital set-up. In fact, all the sounds on this superb album sound organic, full of life and, although the arrangements recall many of May's classic tunes, there's something new and compelling about them. Recommended!

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