The Blunted Boy Wonder ‎– Crossroads

NovaMute ‎– 12NoMu58
Vinyl, 12"


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  • Written-By, Mixed By, ProducerSteve S.*


All tracks sequenced @ Flex Sound N.Y.C.
Special thanks to Doug Beck at Korg USA.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CDNoMu58 The Blunted Boy Wonder Crossroads(CD, EP) NovaMute CDNoMu58 UK 1997 Sell This Version
NovaMute 3038-0 The Blunted Boy Wonder Crossroads(12") NovaMute NovaMute 3038-0 US 1997 Sell This Version
NovaMute 3038-2, 3038-2 The Blunted Boy Wonder Crossroads(CD, Album) NovaMute, NovaMute NovaMute 3038-2, 3038-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
3038-1 The Blunted Boy Wonder Crossroads(12") NovaMute 3038-1 US 1997 Sell This Version



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January 12, 2010
edited over 8 years ago

Great release in typical Steve Stoll style. Nothing challenging and ground breaking, but just raw and proper techno music done in way it should be. Linear, structure wise simple, with no proper building of tension or nervousness, but just a few layers and loops carefully layed out and manipulated. The tracks never really come to life, but despite the somewhat dry and monotonous sound, there is something about Stoll's vision of techno that really makes his music three dimensional. Something will just drag you in and keep you listening to the same sound pattern for anywhere between five and six minutes without a problem.
Stand outs for me are the short yet melodic interlude Release, then On Point, with its ongoing acid bleep and acidic bass line, which just pounds on and rolls over everything without asking. Great techno for the head strong. Metropolis, the most famous track off this release, cathches me every time with a really playful hook, which, once it gets fully developped some ninety seconds into the track, just repeats itself until the end.
Well, bottom line is that if you are a fan of Steve Stoll, you need this, if only for Metropolis and On Point. Some of this stuff will be too repetitive on the ears for those looking for mind challenging music, but fans of Proper NY and Synewave Records will come to theirs. Another big plus from me is that, with the exception of On Point, the other tunes here don't really put your speaker system to the test, as they are pretty laid back, the intensity and the high BPM rates have been replaced with subtler hooks and sound effects. Personally, I really enjoy this one during those days when I ask myself where did that good old techno run and hide?