Review: One of the joys of Dan Curtin's far-sighted and futurist brand of techno is that his records never seem to age. The "When Worlds Align" EP was first released nearly two decades ago, but its three tracks have not aged one bit. This Only One reissue replicates the original track listing, starting with the rubbery techno-funk of "Convergence", where fluttering flute lines and darting Motor City synthesizer flourishes ride an action-packed bassline and swinging drums. "Maniac Lover" is a deliciously melodious chunk of loose-limbed tech-jazz full of machine drum solos and jammed-out keys, while "Luminous Seed Domain" is an ear-pleasing exercise in bespoke techno/deep house fusion.
Review: The Only One imprint returns with their sixth instalment of the series after a bunch of absolute winners by the likes of Ron Trent and Stasis, among others. For this latest outing they've invited Orlando Voorn down with his Format project, which means deep house beats and sci-fi-leaning melodies. The winner on here has to be "Destination", where gorgeous pads unwind beneath swinging slabs of percussion and a militant, heads-down beat structure. This is Voorn at his best and we love to see the man putting out some proper house music alongside his more usual techno shade.