Alpha Tracks ‎– Orange

Morbid Records ‎– 33 mob 10
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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A1 Sage-Green
Co-producer – Christopher Schweiger, Erdem Tunakan, Mike Inzinger
A2 Burgundy 6:20
B1 Dark Petrol 6:01
B2 Gunmetal 4:08
B3 White 2:13

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June 17, 2016
edited over 4 years ago

Dance records that pay tribute to a classic period often tend to become lifeless pastiches.
Now this here is a different beast. What started half a year ago with the stunning Alpha 3 record has been fully realised on "Orange": a proper modern-day update of early 90s rooted techno, bridging the generation gap and fittingly released on Erdem Tunakan's reactivated Morbid Records.
"Sage-Green" is a dark, acidic peak-time slammer reminiscent of Luke Slater's best Planetary Assault tunes, while "Burgundy" brilliantly combines relentless acid lines with strings. This track works on a more subtle level. Give it a few will grow on you!
The flipside starts with the second "hit" on this record. I'm sure the bassdrum that kicks in after the short intro of "Dark Petrol" will draw a big grin on many a veteran raver's face. I must say it takes some gall to take trancey elements that over the years have become coded as extremely awkward and turn them into something sounding so absolutely cool and fresh in 2016.
The producer has found the right balance between respect and boldness to make this work. In Vienna we call this attitude "Schmäh", which mustn't be confused with irony, especially on the last couple of tracks, both of which ignore the current techno speed limit at 170+ bpm. "Gunmetal" is a gallopping stomper followed by the short but excellent "White", a fitting finale that conjures up the drugged out, slightly paranoid magic of a warehouse rave.
Alpha tracks...for dancers only!