When we talk about something fresh, I must name Float Records, which is a relatively young Techno label from Amsterdam and is controlled by the stunning local duo TWR72. Titled Reflect (Part 1) which is their first release of 2015 and the fourth in their overall catalog, comes with an original mix from the label bosses and remixes from the brilliant Developer, Kwartz and Myk Derill.
The first in line is Developer, thickened out with rough textured sounds, it’s a vibrant tune full of mind blowing intriguing details. Complex rhythms from the low section are punched by a slightly driven kick and dusty hat combinations make a top end blessed with character. A beep which consists of two pairs of notes make the hypnotic melody, like if it someone were calling you from the distance and setting the mood for the rest of this journey.
Kwartz has a similar approach but with a more pounding kick, industrial sounds blend nicely with the bass line, filling the room with drum vibrations for the cool groove. He proposes a chained noise blended with closed hats on top. Beeping notes also design the melody, but this time a sharp stab sound is answering back every 4 beats that is my highlight. The breakdown is a pad full of reverb sustained by the chained noise on top, from where the stabbing answer is built from.
Now is the turn for the Original Mix. A low formation of different percussions married with the fat kick makes an awesome and active groove. Filtered notes from a dusty synth travel in the mid, whilst a reduced attack on the additional textures blend with the rhythms in the low end, achieving an intense momentum. Reverberant pads at the breakdown are introduced by closed hats, then open hats take charge later, just when the beat drops back in. An excellent track for building a set.
Myk Derill proposes a fat/filtered type of sound, like those you find on vinyls and I personally love that. A tight clean kick is complimented with bouncy low drums, creating a deep groove. A constant lead note makes the smooth melody, which expands with extra panning and delay from time to time, adding a sense of hypnosis. Steady shakers unfold on top with ticking noises full of reverb, leaving a grainy trail behind for extra amplitude.
Float Recordings bringing the heat, one bomb track with 3 educated remixes. My patience will be tested waiting for the next material from these guys!
- Reviewed by Juan Trujillo for deathtechno.com