Review: Over the past few years, Boxia has built up his profile thanks to releases on We Are the Brave and Drumcode. These Eps have acted as tasters for his debut album, which lands on Adam Beyer's label. A Night... starts impressively with the title track, a streamlined, linear affair; the epic, fist-pumping builds of "Under The Bridge" and wild acid pirouettes on "Complex Club". The UK producer displays a more measured version of his dance floor productions on the vocal sample-heavy "Unofficial Everything" and "Out of Focus", where he combines tripped out acid lines with spliced up vocals. There is also a more reflective side to Boxia's approach, audible on the dub-infused "Sunshine State" - but in the main A Night... is a reminder of his peak-time prowess.
Review: Boxia has already released on Shadow Child's Food Music and Alan Fitzpatrick's label, but his debut EP for Drumcode is sure to introduce him to an even bigger audience. "No World Order" resounds to a rolling groove, crashing snares and frazzled acid lines, but it isn't a typical big room track, and right at its heart is a looped vocal sample. Vocals also play a role on "Only Human"; fused with trance stabs and a massive snare build is a mysterious female voice. The UK producer dispenses with such subtleties for the heavy acid of "Unreal", while the title track is sure to appeal to those who prefer a more nuanced take on techno, thanks to its soulful vocal sample and frosty hooks.
Review: Shadow Child & Kry Wolf bring you Boxia, the next recruit presenting on Food Music. According to Boxia's bio, he has been around for about a year, "dealing in under the counter tracks to some of the DJ elite". Enough said! First up "Biology" is banging acid house with the most exquisite 303 squelch you'll hear ever, complete with chipmunk vocals and white noise build ups; all the good stuff! Next up, the dark tech house of "Crunch" is a more serious affair featuring a pitch shifted monologue and a sample of Inner City's "Pennies From Heaven" riding on top of a rolling, early morning groove for hedonists. Finally "Progress" pays homage to the original deep house sound of early nineties Chicago featuring warm swirling chords, a swing fuelled beat and cut up female vocals.
Review: Adam Beyer's label notches up the seventh A-Sides compilation in as many years. In keeping with its approach of featuring well-known Drumcode artists alongside newer artists, Volume 7 shines a light ion emerging techno talent. This includes the deep and dubbed out "Portable Paradise" by Anna, alongside upcoming Canadian artist Weska with the searing acid of "Other Places" and recent Drumcode debutant Boxia with the dreamy but rolling "Final Call". These emerging artists sit alongside techno veteran Thomas Schumacher, who drops the eerie but jacking "The Unseen", Alan Fitzpatrick collaborating with Scuba's SCB offshoot to deliver the tough tribal techno of "Untitled" and Dutch producer Bart Skills weighing in with the ominous big-room monster that is "West Of The Moon".
Review: A big congratulations to Adam Beyer and his esteemed Drumcode imprint celebrating 20 years in the business. His techno powerhouse has continuously and effortlessly remained relevant, championing the work of fellow Swedish legends Cari Lekebusch, Joel Mull and Christian Smith, to late noughties heroes like Paul Ritch, Kyle Geiger and Pig & Dan to present day stars like Nicole Moudaber, Joseph Capriati and Luigi Madonna. There's a lot of serious peak time artillery on here, rest assured. But for us, the highlights weren't limited to Alan Fitzpatrick's uplifting and downright epic "Terra Firma" with its massive drop, head honcho Beyer and Mark Reeve's "Nine Of You" with its darkly fierce and tunnelling groove plus Truncate's killer remix of Dustin Zahn's "Miss You". Honourable mention to newcomer Boxia; he's surely one to watch if the banging "Revolution" is anything to go by!