The third instalment of Delsin’s 100DSR/VAR anniversary celebration sees the revered label return to its roots – but in so doing, is it refusing to move on? It’s a valid question. The retro-mania culture that has been a prominent feature of electronic music over the past half-decade has yielded some fascinating results, with artists like Kyle Hall and MGUN, as well as labels like L.I.E.S providing unique interpretations of what had come before them. But it has also led to a glut of mediocre, backward-looking releases and the sneaking suspicion that for some artists and labels, middle-age is defined in the truest sense of the term, an excuse to put out the musical equivalent of a glass of dry sherry and a comfortable jumper.
The Giegling associate will resurface with an EP for the Delsin label next month.
For our latest Dusted Down feature, Richard Brophy traces the genesis of “Trespassers” from Dutch producer Newworldaquarium, a track which remains one of house music’s most distinctive productions some thirteen years after its original release.
A collective round of applause came with the re-issue of Son.sine’s Upekah EP by Delsin some 13 years after its original release on New Zealand label Nurture. But let’s not forget the muffled groans likely to have come from the lucky (and slightly miffed) few who own the original copy; forever theirs, a cherished classic for 13 long years. Now the secret’s out, and to be honest, the world is better for it. It arrives in a year that’s been invigorating for those interested in the dubbier spectrum of house and techno music, especially for those not there the first time around (let’s say the period between the ‘90s and early 2000s).
Sawlin, Convextion and Ross 154 feature on Delsin’s centenary series as it reaches its mid point – preview here.
The tireless Dutch producer known as Boris Bunnik offers up third album under the Conforce moniker.
The hirsute duo of Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer will be the next additions to the Dutch label’s house-focused imprint.
Mike Dehnert, Conforce and a recalled CiM supply Delsin the music for 100DSR/VAR2 – stream it here.
A shift in focus for the latest Separate Mind column as Richard Brophy discusses the possibility that techno has grown up.
Alongside fellow Dutch operations Clone, Créme and Rush Hour, the presence of Delsin looms large over the European house and techno scene. All these operations have an imperial, multi-faceted air to them where strong back catalogues, high-grade affiliated producers and unflinching commitment to quality have resulted in some of the most sturdy and reliable imprints of recent electronic music history. Each has their own particular unifying vibe, and in Delsin it is surely a roaming, star-gazing quality bolstered by the love of strung out reverb decays and ethereal textures that characterises a large portion of the label’s output.
Redshape returns with a second helping of the Red Pack series for Delsin and in some places treads familiar ground. To borrow a track title from his own 2009 debut album The Dance Paradox, is he a ‘man out of time’, or does the masked producer’s classic techno-informed sound still wash? The short answer is yes, but to arrive at that conclusion, his audience have to first contend with two instalments of the impenetrable “Path”.
Tim Keiling has blossomed as a producer since he first emerged with his particularly quirky brand of sonics in the late 00s. Emerging from the net label scene it wasn’t long before he was snapped up by the likes of 4 Lux and 3rd Strike for his unique and idiosyncratic approach to making house under the colorfully titled Erdbeerschnitzel moniker. If there is an obvious reference point in terms of Keiling’s school of thought in making music, it would most likely be the mixture of tongue-in-cheek nonsense and intricate production skills that typifies Akufen and his like-minded Canadians.
Familiar artists and newcomers feature on the forthcoming 5 part vinyl compilation to celebrate the seminal Dutch imprint’s centenary of releases.
Is Niels Luinenberg the consummate multi-tasker? It’s a valid question because the young Dutch producer, much like his peer Conforce, appears to be adept at making a wide variety of styles without ever letting the quality slip. From the dubby grooves of his debut 12″ Electromagnetic Radiation to the harder, jacking Set Up series and the deep elements of his Traces album – which also contains tough acid-laced tracks – Luinenberg’s production, like his DJing, conveys an impressive level of depth.
Perma masked German producer Redshape will issue a second installment of his Red Pack series jointly through Delsin and his own Present imprint – get a sample here.
Erdbeerschnitzel returns to the EP format with a new release on Delsin’s house focused series entitled Cushion.
If ever there was an aptly-named album it’s Amazing Things, John Beltran’s ninth album. The Michigan producer has been synonymous with introspective ambient music since the 90s, but Amazing Things sees him embrace a wider palette to create arguably his strongest work to date.
Delta Funktionen will soon return with an EP featuring Works The Long Nights duo Karenn on remix duties – preview the release here.
The most obvious question that comes to mind as one listens to the new Conforce EP Time Dilation, is “does Boris Bunnik ever sleep?”