Christian Linder ‎– Polaris

Phono Elements ‎– PHO 003
Vinyl, 12"


A Polaris 9:50
B Spellbound 11:52


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PHO 003 Christian Linder Polaris(12", Promo, W/Lbl, Sti) Phono Elements PHO 003 Germany 2000 Sell This Version



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August 23, 2018
Scorching deepness across both sides of this majestic piece of wax, yet each side with a distinct approach. Christian Linder, aided by Jörg Querner drops an atemporal two tracker of sublime late night grooves. The title track is a delight. A cross between a dub techno excursion with bleepy techno effects, and a thumping tech house banger anchored by an overseeing acidic pad. The beat is super punchy and tight. There is a sample tossed in the mix as well, sounding like a communication attempt from a lost crew member from Apollo 13. Turn the lights out. Move towards the middle of the floor. Bring the smoke in, and let the beat kick back in at the 06:40 mark. One of those moments, indeed. It's a wonderful mid tempo number that perfectly examplifies a time frame when it could equally do the trick when it's either not that late, or perhaps the after hours have still not reached that point of easing up on the tempo pedal. Love it, been nodding my head along for years now.

Flip to the B side, and Spellbound will have you cast under an aural spell. That was corny, I know. Could not really help myself. For those of you undaunted of spicing up your techno set with heavily melodic elements, you will adore this elaborate, intricate techno banger with avalanches of euphoric orchestral, tonal touches. Proper techno with vintage trance sensibilities.
The melodic drop is highly unexpected, yet executed with meticulous finesse and brilliant self confidence. I say unexpcted, because the tracks builds up for almost full five minutes, revolviong around your classical techno percussive elements, and then, without much ado, the hook line. God, the melody. Petar Dundov is trying to do something similar these days, although he tends to get trigger happy on the harmony tip. This, on the other hand, is a tunneling techno affair with sudden outbursts of light at the other end. One of the finest set closers, or after hours enhancers I have ever come across.
This was a sought after record in the more connoisseur circles. As such, I would be bald enough to say it's a toss-up between this and "Ultramagnetic" as the favorite record of his. But it's a matter of taste really. You really would be doing yourself a favor to scope out the B side of this piece of wax, although both tracks are cherubic.