Jesper Dahlback / Thermal Voltage (1&2)
2x Vinyl / Digital
H Productions / Released May 9th 2011
What does it sound like?
The resurrected Hybrid imprint continues to deliver glorious bits of gut-wrenching, semi-industrial beats, with the unmistakable analogue hooks of imprint favourite Jesper Dahlback also clearly audible. As is inherent on the title track, a warehousey piece of stripped techno, made up almost entirely of lunging bassline, bare-naked kicks and robotic cymbals. It doesn’t really do much, except introduce an occasional filtered tone, and declare itself to be techno, but that’s fine when things are this well put together.
Which is pretty much the vibe the whole package goes for. No less than four tunes are offered, all of which sound as they should, if you’re in the market for mildly atmospheric, solid, drum-led dancefloor fare. Sure, there might be a reverberating air-raid synth breakdown that implodes back into spanking rhythms defining Transfer Function. Likewise, Transistor Buffer has one of those percussive sections that gets into your head, and a suspenseful constant key that maintains its undeniable build. But ultimately this really is best described simply as a quintet of solid club material.
Where would I dance to it?
Basements of the world.
What highlights can I expect to hear?
Those looking for muscular tempo-retainers will be spoilt for choice, making the highlight difficult to locate. In contrast, if warbling acid baritones and a housier tech kick are more your sort of thing, then check out the relentless, punchy roller Diode Ladder, a truly useful crossover piece.
Why should I pay for it?
Quality deserves credit.
Where can I buy it?