Review: While there is an excessive number of reissue labels, it's also true that few if any do it as well as De:tuned. For its latest missive, the Belgian imprint ventures back to the dawn of acid house to release a remastered version of the 1988 classic, "Stakker Humanoid". The work of Brian Dougans, it's a mesmerising trip through acid gurgles and rave whistles, the scent of dry ice mixed with condensed sweat palpable. What may prove as compelling for collectors are the remixes of "ST8818r". Luke Vibert's remix stays relatively close to the original, albeit with some grimy acid added, but the Autechre version is a murky knot of tonal blips and bass stabs and Mike Dred's take leads the listener back to the point where the release started - acid oblivion.
Review: When it comes to unearthing timeless nuggets from techno's past, De:tuned has few peers, and this proves to be the case on 7 Songs. The work of Brian Dougans aka Humanoid, this collection draws on the same acid house spirit that fueled his classic late 80s work such as Stakker Humanoid. Powered by gurgling acid and robust break beats, it's an exciting journey. At times hypnotic and exhilarating - thanks to the warbling 303s of "Truc" - and other times eerie and haunting (the ghostly synth wails of "Pyramid 17" and the hardcore-referencing "Swerver"), this collection is never short of captivating.
Review: Rounding off its series of tenth-anniversary celebrations, the De:tuned label serves up a mixture of the classic and the modern. This split release starts in firing mode, with Plaid departing from their usual script to deliver a wild 303 reshape of Humanoid's "St18818R", which had appeared on a previous tenth anniversary release. Erik Van Den Broek aka Shiver follows with the reflective deep techno of "Primerose" - a new version of a track also previously issued on De:tuned. Remaining in this mood is Steven Rutter's "Formulate", where the former B12er wraps airy melodies around a steely rhythm, before Lone brings down the curtain with the mellow break beats of "Dream Ache".
Review: The mood on the eighth volume of Eps dedicated to celebrating De:tuned's 10th birthday is darker than previous editions. It begins with a new, full-on version of Humanoid's "Stakker" - renamed here as "ST8818r" - replete with coruscating acid lines and stomping break beats. Mike Dred aka Kosmik Kommando's timeless rave track "Biosurvival" also gets an airing, before Luke Vibert slows the pace down with the grinding "The Banter Notes". DE:10.08 also gets extra kudos for including a track from the brilliant - and underrated act - Air Liquide. In keeping with the overall acid-fried theme, they contribute the mind-bending "Strunkelpotz".