Geared towards the dance floor, this four-tracker from Backdrop recalls the days of late '90s loop techno. However, instead of veering down a monochrome route, Backdrop embellishes them with sensuous chords ("Meamb") and atmospheric drops ("Snit"). That said, he never loses sight of the dance floor. "CH-X" is a rolling, chugging groove built on robust drums, while "DP-3" focuses on system-leveling basslines that have more in common with Bandulu's plaintive approach than Ben Sims ferocity. It'll be interesting to hear what the coming months bring from this new talent.
The German label welcomes new producer Alan Backdrop to the fold - judging by the approach of VR Plan, he fits right in. The title track sets the tone, a creeping mantle of droning textures that expands gradually, while "Honok" is even spookier, its atmospherics winding their way to an inevitable climax. Backdrop does make use of beats - check the pummelling drums of "Medel" and the dubbed out "Siere" - but on this release, he impresses most when conjuring up chilling soundscapes. Just check the sensuous pads of "Ere" or "Cherber", whose warbling pulses sound like a more relaxed Pom Pom, if you are in any doubt.