Paul Mac ‎– Breakthrough

Stimulus Recordings ‎– Stim 015
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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A1 Breakthrough (Ben Long Mix)
Remix – Ben Long
A2 Breakthrough (65d Mavericks Mix)
Remix – 65D Mavericks*
B1 Breakthrough (Oscar Mulero Mix)
Remix – Oscar Mulero
B2 Breakthrough (Paul Mac's Stadium Version)

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country  Year
Stim 014 Paul Mac Breakthrough(12") Stimulus Recordings Stim 014 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Stim 014 Paul Mac Breakthrough(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Stimulus Recordings Stim 014 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Stim 015 Paul Mac Breakthrough Remixes(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Stimulus Recordings Stim 015 UK 2002 Sell This Version



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August 17, 2018
Breakthrough (Paul Mac's Stadium Version) was a tune I first heard during Dave Clarke's bestial performance in Zagreb's club "The Best", some time around April 2003. There was a video of the set floating around the web, and perhaps there still is, but this stood out so much. It has all the crowd teasers done just right: perpetual bass drops, punctually deployed claps and hopelessly uplifting siren stabs to boost things up a notch. Doesn't sound like a guide book to neurological stardom, but that's not the point. If this doesn't get the crowd moving, you're playing in a gospel convention. Best of all is the cyclical, steam engine like loop pulsating in the background. This is ammo for the ages commanded by the finest ones to have ever done it. Just listen to the drop at around the one minute mark and you'll see what I mean.

Second place goes to the immaculate 65D Mavericks remix. One of their - at the time - highly abstract, off kilter workouts is on display, and it does not fall one inch behind anything they've released on Blueprint or Surface during that era. Very experimental, with puzzle like rhythmic constructions and sonic excursions that were simultaneously far out there, yet deeply rooted into the UK techno aesthetic. Highly, highly recommended.

The remainder, whilst a fine testament of its era, isn't much to write home about. Oscar Mulero delivers the fractured "Marid" percussion mayhem, but he would soon be moving on to greater things, ending where he is today: at the helm of Europe's techno movement. Ben Long's track borders oblivion, especially when one remembers the kind of tracks he used to churn out at the time with his partner Jamie Bissmire.
The real pearl here is the Paul Mac rework. Timeless artillery.