Review: Following on from the recent re-release of Dusty Kid's 2009 classic, A Raver's Diary, Isolade now drop some of his B-sides. Nestled alongside well-known tracks from the album, this edition includes lesser known but equally worthy tunes like the chugging techno of "Train No. 2" and "Train No. 3", as well as the widescreen, tranced out "Amazon". This version also provides fans with two new interpretations of "America" - there's the remastered version which gives full vent to the track's cinematic, groove, and a shimmering 'Director's Cut' take, replete with hypnotic steel guitar licks. For Dusty Kid fans, it's an essential collection.
Review: Following on from the re-release of the classic Dusty Kid album, Isolade has commissioned a set of superb remixes. Robert Babicz turns "Lynchesque" into a booming bass-led big room monster, while across two interpretations, Nicolas Bougaieff remodels "Pluk" into a tribal techno roller. It's not all about dance floor tracks; Winter In June aka Nicola Tinti delivers a moody, low-slung take on "Cowboys", while the Andrea Ferlin's version of "Cowboys" is a teased out, menacing affair, full of smoky atmospherics. Maintaining the diverse approach, the Odyze remix of "Nemur (Walls Of Guitars)" is a lush, windswept soundtrack.
Here Comes The Techno (extended version) - (8:53) 128 BPM
The Underground Persistence (extended version) - (5:16) 128 BPM
Lynchesque (extended version) - (6:39) 128 BPM
Klin (extended version) - (7:26) 126 BPM
Cowboys (extended version) - (10:34) 126 BPM
Moto Perpetuo (extended version) - (6:24) 125 BPM
The Fugue (extended version) - (10:04) 125 BPM
Pluk (extended version) - (8:13) 128 BPM
America (extended version) - (17:37) 128 BPM
Agaphes (extended version) - (4:37) 138 BPM
Nemur (extended version) - (4:51) 126 BPM
A Raver's Diary (continuous DJ mix) - (1:19:30) 127 BPM
Review: Dusty Kid's debut album was released back in 2009, but this reissue 11 years later shows that it hasn't aged. It's big on rolling techno tracks like "The Underground Persistence" and "Here Comes The Techno", but also was a product of its time as the cascading piano lines and wobbly-bass led minimal house of "Lychesque" demonstrate. There's also a more playful edge to Dusty Kid's sound, as the dreamy melodies and purring bass of "Klin" demonstrate, while "Moto Perpetuo" is a shimmering slice of neo-trance. Despite the passage of over a decade, A Raver's Diary still sounds as fresh as the day it was produced.
Review: Dusty Kid aka Paolo Lodde returns to his own Isolade label for this pumping release. "The Fugue"
was originally released on his 2009 debut album, A Raver's Diary, and it has aged well. This has a lot to do with the fact that it sees him draw on a myriad of sources: the synth riffs channel dreamy Euro trance, while the pounding techno rhythm and brutal bass are inspired by tough Frankfurt Trax techno from the early 90s. Also included on this release is "Lynchesque", which also appeared on Diary, turned into a brooding, dense rhythm track by veteran producer Robert Babicz.
Review: Dusty Kid makes his debut on Filth On Acid, in the process joining other 303-loving producers as Emmanuel Top and Bart Skils. Opening track "The Woodpecker" is a wild ride through hardcore riffs, rolling break beats and some of the most visceral acid sounds this side of Woody McBride.
By contrast, on "Crunch" the Italian producer opts for a straighter approach - on this occasion, the acid lines spew and splatter their way over a purring bass and firing snares. The end result is like a modern take on Richie Hawtin's take on System 7's "Alphawave". "Flight of the Bumble Bee" is just as intense, but the only difference is that the maverick Italian producer pushes the frequencies higher and higher, recreating a cacophony of insect noises as a rhythm track and murky bass hammer away.
Review: Systematic marks the ten-year anniversary of the release of "Milk" with a series of new remixes. Label owner Marc Romboy kick-starts the package with a dreamy, searing version of the Dusky Kid original thanks to the use of icy synths, heads-down bass pulses and blasts of white noise. On Nicolas Masseyeff's take, the drums are denser and tougher, forming a robust framework against which an unusual amalgamation of rough rave stabs and eerie synths are brought together. Things take a turn for the murky with Roy Rosenfeld's version of "Milk", as a rough bass underscores out-there bleeps, tones and sound effects, while Jacky O's take is cut from a similar cloth, albeit with a more cinematic feeling. It makes for a fitting testament to a timeless Systematic anthem.