This German label originally made its mark as a house imprint, but increasingly, it has moved into techno circles - and Chosen 2 continues down that path. Egor Boss's "Inversion 2.1" is an impressive stab at Berlin techno, its dense rhythm housing insistent bleeps, eerie synths and a screeching vocal sample. Jeroen Search's take on Ad.lib & Silvision's "Collide" ventures into industrial territories, with its razor-sharp percussion and stepping rhythm, as does Roberto's "Going Nowhere Fast", where reverberating drums unfold over heavy broken beats. Affin have also catered for the peak time audience, with Reggie van Oers's "Untitled x 2" led by a pumping groove and insistent chord stabs.
This Russian producer has been bubbling under for a few years, but hopefully Inversion 2 will help him to gain recognition in what is an intensely competitive scene. "2.1" is a breaking number housing eerie synths, heavy claps and bleak acidic undercurrents. By contrast, "2.2" is far more straightforward - this time the bleeps are underpinned by a tunnelling, pulsing rhythm, the mood of austerity offset somewhat by dreamy chords as the track reaches its denouement. There is no such concession on the Jeroen Search remix, with spiky, metallic claps providing the basis for a tight club groove, but Boss allows some light to shine once again on "2.3", which is anchored by a droning, Sandwell-style bass.
This German label has won its reputation by straddling the house/techno divide, but there is no such ambiguity on Chosen 3. Focusing heavily on harder sounds, it opens with Rebekah's remix of Chris Page's "Derailleur", a steamrolling, fist-pumping affair, littered with belligerent chord stabs. Advanced Human's "Satellite Club" is in a similar vein, its dark drums and soldered iron riffs sounding similar to Jeff Mills. The Jeroen Search take on Egor Boss' "Inversion 2.2" isn't short of high-paced thrills either, and its doubled up claps and tracky rhythm provide a hard-edged basis for Boss' ghostly synths; the release highlight however is Dax J's "New Beginnings", a chord-heavy groove that throbs and filters to infinity.
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