Review: James T. Cotton (known also as JTC, Dabrye and his real name, Tadd Mullinix) has been an integral part of the Spectral family since its origins, and after a string of successful releases on the Creme, Nation and UDEK labels, we
are proud to unveil his new album, the fittingly titled, 'Like No One'. Cotton returns with his confident new album, taking his dark techno paranoia into new realms and this time he's brought a posse. 2004's 'The Dancing Box LP' was a
powerful look into the mind of this creative producer, tracks like 'Press Your Body' and 'The Drain' suggested a dystopian landscape, marrying Belgian new beat and acid into a classic melange. As part of a new wave of
producers exploring the "Jakbeat" sound, Cotton provides a re-understanding of classic house and techno rhythms, which steers clear of retro cheekiness. Cotton has paired up with scene luminary Traxx (as Saturn V) for the
bouncing 'Come Into My Life' and with his 2AM/FM counterpart, D'Marc Cantu, for the ecstatic 'Sensational Rhythm'. Cotton's solo ventures like 'The Boxx' and 'Got To Let You Know' are proof that 'Like No One' plays as a
document of the dance music moment, where genre falls away, and true energy and prowess thrives.
Review: Max Ravitz, aka Patricia states that 'the synthesizer is designed to theoretically reproduce any imaginable structure of sound' and that he was always more interested in sound design than being able to play well and that 'the synthesizer allows for a slow and thoughtful approach towards crafting sound.' He allows his machines to speak for themselves: 'I occupy the role of a composer or conductor, in a sense, determining how the music sounds while employing my various instruments as the players.' For the third and final installment of his new album Several Shades Of The Same Color, be prepared for yet more raw and gothic techno/house/EBM derivatives. From the darkly soulful early '90's techno of "You Never Listen", to the very K. Alexi sounding acid house groove of "Feel Your Body" or the slow burning "German Friendship" which sounds like a D.A.F. record on -8. But he saves the best for last on what is probably the album's finest moment of all: his collaboration with lo-fi house hero Terekke on the dreamy and evocative deep house jam "Upper Peninsula".