||1.||Stephen Brown - "Fuego"|
||2.||Stephen Brown - "Polar"|
||1.||Stephen Brown - "Polar" (Ben Sims remix)|
||2.||Stephen Brown - "Fuego" (Ben Sims remix)|
Enjoying something of a renaissance recently, Stephen Brown steps up to Theory to deliver two tracks and surrender them to Ben Sims for surgery. In their original forms, "Fuego" and "Polar" are stunning slices of stripped-back techno. The first pumps on a prominent shuffle carved out of tough, funky drums, but keeps the synths subtle and spacious, while "Polar" gets dubbier and freakier with a soft beat and an ace hiccupping vocal slice. Sims' remixes unsurprisingly jack things up noticeably, retaining both tracks' inherent qualities but giving them a good old UK techno injection to cut it in rougher situations.
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