Review: For underground techno heads of a certain persuasion, the idea of mysterious Detroit collective Scan 7 returning to Tresor - their home for a time in the 1990s - will be enough to bring on a dizzying rush of blood to the head (or, perhaps, the groin). There's no doubt that it's an exciting prospect. So, have they delivered? Undoubtedly, yes. "The Resistance" itself is a gorgeous piece of retro, string-laden techno with a classic house twist - all long, drawn out chords and Knights Of The Jaguar riffs. The remainder of the EP, though, is formidably dark, with the murky, hard-as-nails "In And Out Of The Groove" and shuffling "Why Not" proving their grimy dancefloor credentials.
Review: Hot on the heels of the release of their first album in 17 years, Underground Resistance affiliates Scan 7 return with one of their funkiest and most accessible EPs to date. Opener "Chuuch" is a riotous and righteous affair that sees main men TrackMasta Lou and Mr Hooper peppering a funky techno beat with killer samples from a wild and celebratory gospel disco classic. It's one of those tracks that will have even the most miserable clubber throwing their hands skywards in celebratory release. The pair continues on a similar vein on the organ-driven gospel techno stomp of "No Enemy No Table", before moving in a deeper and more relaxed direction on the equally as impressive "Here To There".
Burdens Down (Terence Parker main radio edit) (3:32)
Review: When they first emerged in the early 1990s, Lou Robinson's mysterious Scan 7 collective was compared favourably to fellow Detroit techno militants Underground Resistance (for the record, they are loosely affiliated). "Burdens Down", their first single for Belgian label Elypsia since 2001, sees them in fine form, delivering a title track that brilliantly joins the dots between Terrence Parker style gospel techno and bouncy, piano-driven house. Fittingly, Parker delivers a cheery, organ and piano heavy radio edit that pushes the track's gospel roots to the fore. The EP's other cut, "Thank You Lord", jogs even further towards New Jersey gospel house territory whilst retaining the futurist ethos and rhythmic structure of Detroit techno.
Review: Militant Detroit techno crew Scan 7 have learned much from their association with Underground Resistance, not least the benefits of myth-making and mystery. This is one of the reasons that "Between Worlds" is fast becoming one of techno's most talked about releases of 2019. Of course, the fact that it's also the seven-piece crew's first album since 2002 has added to the hype, too. So is it any good? Oh yes. Variously deep, spacey, futuristic and foreboding, the album's 13 cuts range from pitch-black acid-fired techno ("I'm Covered") and fizzing techno-funk ("Trackmasta Hoop"), to percussion-laden deep house melancholia ("Deep Roots") and punchy club electro ("It's Time"). For the most part, though, what you get is uplifting, emotion rich techno in the style of their fellow Detroit greats.
Review: Detroit techno hero and former Underground Resistance stalwart Trackmasta Lou (aka Scan 7) drops two new bombs. Very much in the style of "The Bells" by Jeff Mills, these are hard hitting Techno tracks to rock the big rooms hard. Great quality stuff that offers that little bit extra from the usual bang bang bang of today's harder techno scene.