Review: Not all types of techno suits the album format, though that's not an accusation you could level at Derek Carr's particular brand of melodic, sci-fi-fired retro-futurism. "Pursuit" proves this point, delivering a suite of mostly club-ready cuts that can easily be listened to from start to finish in the comfort of your own home. It's full to bursting with warm, melodious, bass-heavy tackle, much of which combines his usual starry synths and deep space electronics with grooves which are far more influenced by dub techno than much of Carr's output. Highlights include the two-part "Not Tonight", the TB-303 powered "Acid Bath", and the glistening ambient/IDM lusciousness of "Nightfall".
Erell Ranson - "Here Comes The Rain Again" - (6:36) 133 BPM
Mick Chillage - "Sub Harmony" - (5:50) 100 BPM
Review: Mourad started DJing in the mid '80s. His mixing style and musical knowledge have taken him all over europe and all the way to Asia. Born and raised in Tunisia where he sharpened his skills he now resides in Sweden. He has appeared on Soul People Music, Quadrant Music and the late Aaron Carl's Wallshaker. That being said, the underrated figure's love for all things funky, emotive and, well, Motor City are on fine display on 'DJ Mourad Tunis Diaspora 5 For 25'. Features sublime hi-tech soul from current scene favourite Derek Carr on "Hotel Phoney", Belgian legend Fabrice Lig (aka Soul Mekanik) channels those Purposemaker vibes on "Sonar" (Dark Bubble Mix) and John Shima is in impressive form as ever (following up some great releases on FireScope) on the mesmerising "Sunday Coffee".
Review: With a new artist album that embodies his sensuous deep techno sound due for release, Derek Carr's star is firmly in the ascent. However, on Pioneers, he shifts his focus somewhat. As its title suggests, "Acid Bath' is a jittery 303 workout, albeit one that is led by a bouncy bass. Similarly, on "Hanging on a String", the Irish producer drops tough drums and a linear rhythm, all the time tempering this harder sound with one of his trademark sweeping string sequences. He also reverts to full-blown deep techno on "Athenia" and "The Pioneers", where breezy synths and symphonic melodies unravel over wide-eyed, electronic grooves.