Review: Unbeknownst to most techno heads, 1995's Hippnotic Culture is majorly responsible for the modern rise in minimalistic dance music, especially the strains adopted by labels like Minus or Perlon a decade later. Released on the ambiguous Utensil Records, this was top-shelf material from Terrence Dixon aka Population 1, who has grown and evolved both of those monikers to this day. Holland's Rush Hour, always a source of inspirational dance aesthetics, is responsible for this re-visioning of the now much coveted original issue. "Rush Hour", to which the Amsterdam store owe their name, the wayward "Warped", "Cosmic Drill", "Lovechild", and the dreary-eyed "Lost In Space" all receive a fine remixing tweak, adding to their inherent hypnotism with another fine layer of Detroit dust. Transparent vinyl.
Goon (Entire Kickless) (feat Trish Van Eynde) (5:19)
Anti Political (5:14)
The Swamp (7:11)
Predator's Cave (5:42)
Chicago By Night (6:20)
Turn Left Right Here (9:10)
Review: Since releasing his first album for 14 years in 2013, Dutch techno veteran Orlando Voorn has been almost unstoppable. This is his third album in as many years, and may well be his strongest set to date. From the start, it's a blindingly colourful, vibrant and melodious affair, with distinct tropical, jazz, new age and heavy electro influences adding extra depth and interest to his Motor City techno template. Highlights are pleasingly plentiful, from the spacey, bittersweet depth of "Chicago By Night" and hip-hop influenced IDM bounce of "In My World", to the spine-tingling beauty of "Anti Political", and warehouse-friendly carnival warmth of "Goon Entire Kickless".