Following a surprise outing on Transmat this time last year, Deep'a and Biri return to the Black Crow label they established back in 2013. This time round, the Tel Aviv duo has delivered two distinctly different cuts. "Basic Cycle" sees them fuse classic, Motor City techno percussion and chords with the kind of looped riffs that were once a feature of late '80s house cuts from Detroit. As a result, the rack has a real warehouse-friendly feel, suggesting that it will suit clubs with big sound systems and even bigger rooms. "Overdrum" is a no-nonsense techno workout built around their impeccable percussion programming, and very little else. It works largely due to the dense layers of drums they employ, including some particularly carnival-friendly hits.
Deep'a & Biri follow up their 2013 debut album on Gigolos with their first long player for their own label. Reflecting their interest in varying forms of techno, Dominance is a mixed affair. It includes ambient and low-tempo techno pieces like "Theories of Loneliness" and "Alpha Cephei" alongside harder, linear workouts like "Avicenna" and the broken beats and industrial undercurrents on "Alaklinity". While this could easily result in a jarring affair in less adept studio hands, the pair manage to articulate all of these elements in a fluid, cohesive manner, with the hypnotic, cavernous grooves of "Voltage" and "Ecole de Nancy" impressing most.
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