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- Ride / Slaves' March by Marcel Dettmann / Lucy
8/10 Ant Staff review, 09 August 2013
The fourth instalment in Bleep's Green Series comes from a pair of Berlin dwelling producers. Marcel Dettmann of course being resident at the infamous Berghain club and also runs his MDR imprint. Lucy runs the excellent Stroboscopic Artefacts label and is fresh from remixing Rrose as well as collaborating with Speedy J as Zeitgeber.
Dettmann's side 'Ride' reminds me a little of a track from early Surgeon EP 'Electronically Tested' or perhaps even some early Blueprint material but less driving. Theres a pitched down indecipherable vocal sample adding a darker edge. It's a decent tune, all well tooled and dancefloor functional. For some reason though I can't help imagining the sort of posers you see mincing about in front of the camera on Boileroom. You know the Berlin hipster types with asymmetrical haircuts.
Lucy's side is the one for me here with the pounding 'Slave's March' which will shake the foundations of any discerning techno filth den. It's an epic builder with many layers of noisy hissing loops, dubbed out effects, metallic clanging and clever sound design. It's pretty much thee definition of Berlin techno in 2013, with one eye looking back, paying homage to Basic Channel with the other looking firmly into the future. I could probably live without the Dettmann track but Lucy's makes this well worth owning.
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