Oliver Ho ‎– The Gathering

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Blueprint ‎– BP002
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Vinyl, 12"
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A1 The Gathering
A2 Midnight
B1 Shine
B2 Indicator

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maroko

maroko

September 22, 2010
One of the mighty early Blueprint releases, with a harder and charging edge, before Oliver Ho persuaded a more tribal and funky route. Minimal, repetitive loops get layed over crunchy drum kicks and effective, demented synth work.
Midnight is particularly well done, with its sinister, disaccorded synth stab and multiple sequence programming.
The layering is very well thought out throughout, dense sounds and percussion, which somehow at times reminds me of the more daring approach Cari Lekebusch had on techno music with his early vinyl releases on Drumcode.
Shine has a more minimal, nervous and piercing feel to it, to a certain extent reminiscent of tunes like Jeff Mills' Workers or Portion Reform's Reduction.
Indicator and the title track are straight up thumping dance floor bombs, with deep crooked bass lines and pounding drum kicks.
Overall I find this to be a very worthwhile EP, with four great club orientated and DJ friendly tracks all of which contain that something mind bending in the 'extra' department to get stuck in your head, and leap above the sea of forgettable techno music floating around...
Aggressive and vigorous techno from one of british fiercest labels while it was in full effect and on fire. It may be one of the oldest releases, and it may not be a great indication of where Ho is today, but this is still one of the most regularly spun Blueprint 12" at my place. Class material!