Wise words from Don’t DJ there. All Love Affairs Fail But They Never End is a somnambulant, wistful collection of techno-noir. Don’t DJ’s originals range from purring electronica in the vein of Jan Jelinek (‘Veles’) to lengthy and pensive synth ambiences (‘Two Of Pentacles’). Newworldaquarium provides a deep, minimal and ethereal re-rub of ‘Veles’.
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Don't DJ is, of course, Durian Brother Florian Meyer, back on Berceuse Heroique with his fifth outing for the label, no less. On the first plate, ‘Reapercussion’ is a fine example of the Don’t DJ sound - he has a grasp of infectious rhythm that appears deceptively rudimentary/minimal on the surface but will control the bodies of dancers like the pied piper. It’s subtle things like the fluttering/filtering of the woody kickdrum that seems to work like some sort of voodoo magic. Before even realising, the whole body is grooving in a trance. When those chimes kick in there’s no turning back - he’s got ya. These ageing bones are really appreciating the tempo too, lest they crumble into dust. On the flip we get the mesmerising ‘Veles’ which gets going in freaky mode with a bunch of cooing and clucking hens before he gets to work with some fine beat and bleep hypnosis, while forlorn choral drones add a darker shade of melancholy.
Over on the second plate, ‘Two Of Pentacles’ is a proper deep space tripper that’s reminiscent of Pete Namlook, and a pleasure to get lost in over its almost seventeen-minute duration. Even when he’s not utilising percussion it feels like there’s something happening on a subliminal level.
The icing on the cake is Jochem Peteri’s superb Newworldaquarium 451 Dub which takes core elements of ‘Veles’ and remoulds them into his own vision, resulting in a wonderfully immersive and lush, ethereal interpretation. Celestial synth glides across weighty skeletal kicks and sparse 909 claps, leaving intoxicating vaporous trails.
Don’t DJ records are always refreshing and never really sound like anyone else. This one is no exception. Cut on super DJ friendly 180g vinyl for maximum ease and optimum sound to boot.
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