PacouCortex Delay

Label:Tresor – Tresor.68
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


A3Cortex Delay
A4Code C
B3T.4 (Final Mix)
B4Decay (Surgeon Remix)

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  • Lacquer Cut By [Runout Etching ര]Robert Henke
  • Written-By, Producer, Edited By [Re-Looped]Pacou


Tracks A1, A2, B1, B2 are uncredited locked grooves.

The regular tracks are credited
1.01 Cortext Delax
1.02 Code C
2.03 T.4 (Final Mix)
2.04 Decay (Surgen Remix)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 18752 29268 7
  • Barcode (String): 718752926867
  • Label Code: LC 7572
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched side A): 29268-6 A CUT BY ര / D+M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched side B): CUT BY ര / D+M 29268-6 B

Other Versions (3)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Cortex Delay (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo, White Label, Limited Edition, Numbered)TresorTresor 68Germany1997
New Submission
Cortex Delay (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, White Label, Promo, Stickered)TresorTresor 68Germany1997
New Submission
Cortex Delay (7×File, MP3, 320kbps)Not On LabelnoneGermany2016



  • Tombou's avatar
    digi is up on bandcamp btw . .
    • maroko's avatar
      Pacou has always had a solid reputation as a decent techno producer, who cuts to the chase, and releases basic techno pieces, composed of a few key elements, and completely devoid of current traits or traits. What he lacks in challenge and, well, master craftsmanship, he more than makes up in a fine understanding of what the club needs. With that approach in mind, his records (just like those of for example Steve Bicknell or Steve Stoll) have always been a mainstay in cases of all the top DJs. He's never really tried to push the envelope, his name barely ever comes up when we mention the genre's heroes, and he'll probably never reach Jochem Paap or Oscar Mulero sky high levels of production, but for what it's worth, if you're looking for some tough minimal techno, not too complex and then not too harsh on the ears, your money is safe here.

      One of those very safe releases is Cortex Delay. Complete with 2 highly functional locked grooves per side, it features some of his greatest minimal techno excursions of the nineties. Code C is quite impressive, with a sinister march, and a crooked bass, giving it an all around harsh, factory like feel. Really gives a proper Tresor vibe, and I would dare assume that was the maker's intention.

      Flip it over, and after two more loops, you have T.4 (Final Mix), a superb slab of minimal funk, with a quirky, semi-acidic bass line, faint cymbal crashes in the background, and goosebumps inducing looped vocal bits acting as the music's focal point. Try to imagine something along the lines of Oliver Ho's material on Meta, but this is more on the restrained, "berlinesque" side of things. Great stuff, and mighty excursion into minimalism, especially when one considers it's all done with a lively bass section and sampled human voices.

      It is what happens next that makes the remainder of this 12" take a back seat. Anthony Child, aka Surgeon, steps up to bat, and like so many times before and after, when he's on for remixing duties, the others don't really stand a chance. His take on Decay will make your body do just that. Starting out on a rather modest, bleaker note, this guy gradually pulls out some of the meanest, sickest, most demented sound passages I've ever heard on a techno track. I mean, the theme to Dr. Frankenstein's funeral parlor, if he was to ever advertise it on TV. Don't let the seemingly lighter, fractured percussion turn you off, as about three minutes into the track you begin to understand the evil genius behind these arrangements. You have to appreciate the menace it took to compose such a filthy piece. Like a bunch of rebelled factory machine were conjuring a conspiracy to assassinate the management during their lunch break. It is just wrong. So wrong. You want it to be wrong as well. This brings me to my concern. As good as Pacou's tracks are, regardless of how fine they hold their own, once this drops you know the score. One of the producers involved in this EP is a good, if predicable techno producer, the other is a stalwart heavy weight who's snatched more crowns than the Buckingham palace holds.
      Regardless, this 12" is a pure winner, for both fans of the nineties Tresor style, corrupt minimal techno, Surgeon and Pacou. As such, I cannot recommend it enough.


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