Developer ‎– Olympian 5

Olympian (3) ‎– OLYMPIAN05
Vinyl, 12", EP, Transparent


A1 Aspect
A2 The Orbiter
B1 Devils Knock
B2 Time Stop

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OLYMPIAN05 Developer Olympian 5(12", EP, Pin) Olympian (3) OLYMPIAN05 Netherlands 2017 Sell This Version


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August 8, 2017

One may argue that Developer suffers from production shortsightedness. But then again, he is a self confessed, obssesive loop maker, is out there on a mission to provide others with quality ammo, and is fully committed to it. Now that you have to respect.
Two obvious burdens that tagged along with this decision are: predictability of his output (highly reliable yet formulaic) and the other being - the more serious one - hyper production. When you put out as many records as he has, in such a short time span, all of them revolving around an identical formula, you risk that some of your potential customers stop following your output as attentively. Simple: if you buy 3 four trackers with a total of twelve variations of the same theme, you won't be compelled to buy the fourth or the fifth. His flat out modest and sincere approach to studio work are to be respected, but at the same time, the predictability of his own music might extinguish what I praised earlier on. The bullet proof functionality of his material cannot be touched though.

Missing out, in this particular case, would be a disaster, as Olympian 5 is a stone cold retrostylistic sounding bomb. The end. Many want to recreate the vibe of the old days, and fail beyond misery. Developer does not attempt, he just plain does it by doing what he does on every other release of his. This is possibly the best loopy-tooly, DJ utensil - or you name it - piece of wax I've heard this decade. Let me break it down for you:

"Aspect", "The Orbiter", "Devils Knock": these three tunes boast their own respective rhythm and percussion sections by fusing together Penetration era Regis pagan drum programming, Module Overload era Phase rhythmic voodoo sorcery, and Corb (the label) era Thomas Krome bass line filth injected into the bass line department.
The loops, or the synth stabs if you will, are a picture perfect combo of Downwards era Surgeon, early ZET and E-Com era Umek, Tomito Satori era Inigo Kennedy, with a pinch of Ground (the label) era Jamie Bissmire.
"Time Stop", on the other hand, pulls off a Humana era Jeff Mills loop, due to its well executed orchestral and sci-fi influences.
This release epitomizes and recapitulates all the core elements that made many of us techno converts back in the day. Everything on here has been done before, let's not fool ourselves. Yet it has been since far too long that anyone's really recaptured it so well, across the board, on a single vinyl. If you can relate to anything I wrote, you wil probably buy this ballsy, puristic celebration of robust techno in no time. Just to have it sitting on the shelf next to the childhood heroes.
For the record, this is the finest Adrian Sandoval production I've heard to date, but I am openly biased here. He is not imitating, he is not emulating, he is not remaking, he is doing what he has openly been doing since day one: creating tools to be skillfully used by others. It's not always peaches and cream, but when it does click, like it does here, I would not be moving this from the top of my record bag for the next twelve months. Regardless of the track you chose to drop.