7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A lighter take on the glitch sound,
This review is from: Fabric17: Akufen (Audio CD)
This came out in the middle of Fabric's big deep Euro Tech house push, Glitch House, Click House ... call it what you want. Its a fine alternative to Craig Richards fantastically dark minimal and moody Tyrant mix and Michael Mayers deep dark robotic offering.
From the off its a pacy little mix and instantly lighter in mood than the aforementioned mixes. Lots of nice deep house to start with, the intial two tracks blending together perfectly with gentle male vocals and little vocal snippets. Very tight music, every beat and vocal stab all precicely programmed to keep the tunes driving along nicely. A few tracks from the Perlon label see the mix go darker, more minimal and experimental before you get a joyful bit of madness with what appears to be a bizarre cover of Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water with some good driving click beats laid underneath from dub.e.us. Something that you really have to hear rather than have explained to you! Also seems like the mix was done live as you can hear the little tweaks to the dub.e.us track to keep things running in time. You can admire the gaul of sticking your neck out with a mix like that in the middle of your set, and it works.
From there we flit between dark minimal tech house shufflings and warm deep house music, yet still very danceable rather than just pure smoking material, with more than a nod towards the Todd Edwards cut'n'paste style of house music. It all ensures that you don't get bored and bogged down in just one stream of bleeps and squarks coming at you.
A mix that will age well, a none too obvious track selection that gets better with time while all those 'big hitters' fade away. Initially I would have given this a 4 but its been pleasing me more and more over time so I'll whack an extra star on there purely for it sticking a smile on my face recently!