For anyone who thinks that Dutch label Delsin has seen better days, there's this release. Recalling the label's most introspective techno soul - Dimension 5 and Future Beat Alliance - as well as the cavernous, hollowed-out house of Newworldaquarium, Passions for the most part eschews the dance floor. The title track is characterised by waves of trancey synths and plink-plonk beats, while the author goes deeper still on "Reminiscence" and "Nocturnal Passions 1'" both of which unfold with the melnacholic techno ambience that recalls Aril Brikha's landmark Deeparture In Time album. Like the best of Delsin's catalogue, this is timeless deep techno for the head and soul.
After his successful turn on Maceo Plex's Ellum Audio Danny Daze scores further points with this signing to Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic imprint, turning out a monstrous peak time club rocker that's equal parts heavy hitting and malicious restraint. The bassline stays firmly in place to keep the brain pinned down while all around it narcotic blasts of synth weirdness whirl in ever increasing displays of ostentatious production, and that's just the title track. "When The Freaks Come Out" is a more measured electro-tinged stalker, while "Beatdown" gets into a more techy 4/4 stomp sure to get fists shaking across the globe.