DTR | Redial Tone - Utopia - VD017

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Redial Tone is the Techno alias of artist Aleksandar Grum, an eclectic producer who has a deep love for electronic music, which can be heard across his wide span catalogue of styles. Having already DJ’d alongside Chris Liebing, Lewis Fautzi and soon Miss Sunshine for example, he is a firm favourite in Montenegro and his hometown Podgorica.

His introspective debut album entitled Utopia contains 13 magical tracks and is also the first long player for label head Trysh Alexander. His French label Vizion Division has featured music from Frank Savio, Urbano, Lance Blaise and Uun just to name a few.

Some of my choices from this cosmic collection:

New Ear” has a tough exterior from a pounding kick and modulated, gritty, bassline as the lead, which expands and sets the tone very well. Some fantastic warbles from the sub and extra glitchy tones are added, creating a really functional and freaky tool.

Fans of some jackin’ Techno will be drawn to the wonder of “Pjescana Oluja” where a real funky, clean and elegant beat is surrounded by bright, melancholic notes and chords that give this an intriguing contrast.

A throbbing intro from “Hours” lets you know it means business, then catching me off guard, the vibe switches as some rolling toms appear, then a cross between chimes and steel drums fill the mix with emotion. Once again highlighting Aleksandar’s quality trait for making the unexpected seem instantly accepted.

Magma” has a straight beat with an unreal groove, that lights up my ears. The sweeping circular atmosphere is greeted by what sounds like a harmonic vocal layered into the background. An abyssal feeling is rooted successfully, that makes it a pleasure to get lost in.

An underground artist I particularly admire as he progresses his sound and capability with each release he puts out, providing an alluring translation of a soulful Techno touch.

- Reviewed by Jack! Who? for deathtechno.com

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