Review: Consistent in his output since 2006, London-based Alex Celler has carved a reputation recording on highly esteemed imprints such as Tuning Spork, Contexterrior, Broquade and All Inn to name a few. Now he turns up the heat for an impressive two-track debut on Trelik. "Haz" kicks off with tight, dry drums moving emotively with warm bubbling bass, subtle house stabs and soothing, mysterious vocals. Drops and licks of percussion build and fall over the 9:19 duration with the aid of cleverly scattered piano keys this forward thinking arrangement stands-out perfectly. "Pacificon" strips things back to the bare-essentials, a highly playable cut that takes on a more techno-orientated approach featuring persistent bass and metallic vocals creating a deadly effective backdrop of space and tension.
Bellawatt (Kabale Und Liebe remix) - (8:02) 123 BPM
Supranaturale (Soy Mustafa remix) - (7:40) 126 BPM
Route 277 (Martinez remix) - (10:45) 126 BPM
Review: Originally released in 2009 and supported at the time by big names like Josh Wink and Marco Carola, it's no understatement to say that the remixers here face a daunting task. Thankfully, they rise to the occasion and the new versions are sure to win the same kind of big name support. Kabale Und Liebe's take on "Bellawatt" is a jerky, acid-fuelled groove, made all the more spacey thanks to a stoned vocal sample. By contrast, Martinez' take on "Route 277" is more robust and drum-heavy, its dubby bassline making it the perfect DJ tool. But the remix highlight is Soy Mustafa's take on "Supranaturale"; deep and chugging, it strikes the perfect balance between depth and dance floor functionality.