By Chris Liebing
Starts with a thud, that strengthens, the syncopated cymbal starts and you know you're listening to techno. Mixed by the man from whose name the label name is derived from, and celebrating the tenth birthday of CLR, this CD is made of entirely new release's to show where the label is now. With names that have been around for as long as I have known techno, such as Adam Beyer and Speedy J, mixed with new additions to the label Tommy Tour Seven and Pfirter. No taking the easy route of remixing established tunes, or rehashing previous success, this is a forward thinking release, but still exactly what you expect. Driving Techno. Dark and industrial. Dance music that makes you want to dance, and not worry about the stylist.
That energy created by the slowly rising tension and claustrophobic sounds, pushed along with grooves the size of a superstar DJ's ego, is tempered with the mechanical noises that help the mind wander through the soundscapes. This CD is in no rush, using high quality production in order to slowly increase the energy. While some of the sounds remind me of NIN, the feel of the album is non-pretentious dance music with massive bass.
Anyone who likes the darker side of techno will like this, perfect to listen to while getting ready for a night of shenanigans, while a lot of these tracks will be heard in the clubs.