Review: Deep Dimension follow last year's So 1992 debut release on Rekids with this similarly-influenced release that draws on sources from the early 90s. The title track revolves around hammering kicks and a wild rave sequence that references Riot-period UR. Similarly, "Audio Space" sees the pair chop up a vocal sample and loop it over a brutal, industrial rhythm. Meanwhile, "Stronger Than Steel" comes across as a modern take on Frankfurt Trax, replete with the seemingly solemn rapping that was the signature accompaniment for many of those iconic releases. Last but by no means least is "Planet E", where Deep Dimension deliver a discordant stomper.
Review: It sounds like Jeffrey Hek and Jimmy van de Geijn aka Deep Dimension spent the second year of the 90s dancing till the early hours at outdoor raves. The title track here resounds to pounding drums that support wild rave riffs and even a high-paced hardcore MC rap. It's rough, raw and successfully captures the wide-eyed sound of that era. Rekids boss Radioslave teams up with P.Leone to deliver a remix of the Dutch duo. Laying down chugging, tribal beats and turning the rave riff into a spooky synth riff, it's a tough house track that has more in common with the clubs of New York than the fields outside Amsterdam.
Review: Having DJed for two decades, Jeffrey Hek and Jimmy van de Geijn decided to bring their vast experience behind the decks to the studio with the establishment of Deep Dimension. On "So 1992", the pair's rave background shines through as an MC raps over a pounding techno rhythm that's powered by a huge hardcore bass. "Cold Rush" is also steeped in rave culture, from its Frankfurt Trax referencing title to its bone-crushing drums and bleak waves of acid. "Generation X" is just as intense, with the pair opting to unleash layer upon layer of rave hooks and breathy female vocals over a tough rhythm. Rounding off the release is the wonderfully catchy break beat of "SpaceSjaal" ('92 UK Rave edit)" - no wonder everyone from Joseph Capriati to Dax J supports their music.
Review: Planet Rhythm can always be relied on to deliver high-quality dance floor techno, and this split EP is a case in point. Kmyle's "Misanthrop" kick starts the release, with resonating drums and tight percussion making for an accessible, house-focused take on loopy techno. On "Jtpc 003", Joton & Positive Centre opt for a harder approach, with a pile-driving rhythm and lead-weight kicks combined for a heady combination. On "Lack of Control", Deep Dimension combine discordant tonal riffs with firing, sheet metal percussion to create an effective peak time track, while Yan Cook shows why he is one of Europe's most highly ratted producers with the swirling filters and pumping groove of "Displaced".
Review: The label arm of Dutch techno distributor Triple Vision delivers a fine compilation. It starts off in understated, sombre mode, with the rolling drums and woozy synths of tracks from Amotik and Refracted, before Codex Empire delves deeper with an atmospheric, break beat-led take on KAS:ST's "Raving Alone". That's not to say that Volume 8 is shy of dance floor tracks; from the rolling tribal groove of Setaoc Mass' "Light Falls" and the rave-infused "Generation X" from Deep Dimension to Remco Beekwilder's banging, chord-heavy "90's Mayhem", this is an expertly weighted and executed collection of modern techno.