Dave '2562' Huismans returns to Clone Basement Series for the first time since 2012, with another installment of the ongoing Archive series. As usual, there's plenty to enjoy, with opener "Cheater VIP" - much sought-after since he dropped it in his Boiler Room set last year - providing the near perfect fusion of funk-fuelled techno rhythms, metallic percussion and industrial textures. "Funkstation" is an altogether creepier, deeper proposition, with sinewy strings and discordant horn samples complimenting a sludgy groove. The rolling intensity of "Us" ups the creepy stakes even further, helped, in no small part, by some particularly ghostly cymbals.
Shall I Do It (Mick Wills Reconstruction 1) - (7:37) 115 BPM
Shall I Do It (Mick Wills reconstruction 2) - (8:01) 116 BPM
To date Paul du Lac's Bio Rhythm has focussed solely on issuing current music, lacing it's discography with some fine records from Villa Abo, Hieroglyphic Being, Tevo Howard and more. This latest release offers a distinct deviation as '80s New Beat curio "Shall I Do It?" by Dirk De Saever's project The Thunder Orchestra is reissued alongside a pair of recuts from the modern day edit master Mick Wills. The story goes du Lac caught Wills playing "Shall I Do It?" during one of his specialist DJ sets and the wheels were set in motion to grant it a new edition on Bio Rhythm. The original, a strange and undeniably foreboding slab of new beat, is complemented well by the pair of Wills reconstructions that toughen up the bottom end in a manner that will delight the more adventurous DJs out there.
Dutch label Dynamic reflection continues to go from strength to strength with power duo Abstract Division comprised of label boss Paul Boex and Dave Miller. The original of Metropolis is a nice slice of soulful melodic techno that fans of Heiko laux or Vince Watson will be all over. The first thing you may think then listening to the Trolley Route mix is it sounds like Oscar Mulero; and it is! Things start getting hectic when they big guns Function and Marcel Fengler are called in for remix duties. Dave Sumner's pounding yet atmospheric version is all you'd expect. But he keeps the lush melody of the original intact and it works well. Fengler's rendition delivers exactly what he's renowned for in the form of energised, peak time minimal; just the way it should be!