Somewhat surprisingly, this is Amsterdam techno stalwart Patrice Baumel's first release of the year, following an action-packed 2017 that included EPs on Kompakt Extra, Afterlife and Crosstown Rebels. As expected, both tracks hit the spot. A-side "The Hatchet" boasts some seriously bouncy drums, but also the twin attractions of a relentless, dubbed-out synth riff - very hypnotic - and swirling, effects-laden vocal loops that build to a climatic conclusion. Flipside "Serpent" is deeper and more seductive, with an attractive, occasionally sparkling arpeggio style melody line that bobs and weaves around Baumel's booming, mind-altering groove.
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