Despite being only in his early 20s, Charles Fenckler has produced one of the finest techno albums of the year. Void follows on from a brace of Eps for Slam's label, and serves as the strongest showcase yet for his talents. What sets Fenckler apart from his peers is his ability to veer from classic to modern styles without compromising his sound. "Immersion" is a breathy, melodic workout with echoes of early 90s UK techno, while "Frozen Room" is a Dave Clarke Red-style banger, replete with sirens and dramatic stabs and the full on acid of "Stellar Acid" completes Fenckler's interest in that era. Similarly, this young talent also has a modern outlook; there's the tumbling tribal drums of "District 2" and the atmospheric, broken beats of "Subject X103", which has echoes of Perc and Randomer. It's an assured, confident release that belies his youth.
Fenckler burst onto the scene two years ago following a random encounter with Soma's owners on Soundcloud. However, as this single from his debut album proves, the initial hype was not a one-off. "Stellar Acid" has all the lost-it qualities of the peak-time acid of Luke Slater's X-tront series, but Fenckler has tempered the madness somewhat by using some breathy, atmospheric synths. The label has also chosen its remixer wisely and has drafted in Francois X. Slowing down his fellow Frenchman's original groove, the Deeply Rooted House producer drops dense break beats and turns the 303s into a noisy sequence that oozes grittiness.