By Funk D'Void
Signed to the esteemed Soma label, home to Silicone Soul and Slam no less, Funk D'Void's latest release has the weight of expectation behind it. Combining sensual, sonorous melodies with back-breaking beats, this debut album succeeds in soundtracking the best night out you've ever had.
Replete with an enticing mix of emotions, the 72 minutes contain four to the floor killers, "Diabla", as well as more moody and dark tribal offerings such as the brilliantly titled "Beat the Beep". Reminiscent of some of the less ear shattering promptings of Sven Vath, whilst also containing the melodic hooks favoured by Felix da Housecat, Lars Sandberg has manufactured what was once deemed an oxymoronic term, Emotional Techno.
Without wanting to evoke nightmares involving rucksacks and overarched 7 hour set which go precisely nowhere, this is truly a musical journey. Intersplicing the pounding rhythms are a myriad of layered squelches and synths, progressively building and expanding on the previous track. The depth of musical creativity is ably showcased by the clubland smash "Emotional Content", reprising dream like noises with a burgeoning harmony, destined to unite lovers of house, techno and even trance. Sounding as accomplished and innovative on headphones, on a deck or on the stereo, this is a truly remarkable album. Soma, so good.