OCH - "Scammell" (Jay Bliss remix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
OCH - "Scamell" (original mix) - (6:35) 120 BPM
Jay Bliss - "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" (OCH remix) - (6:46) 124 BPM
Jay Bliss - "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" (original mix) - (7:18) 123 BPM
Review: OCH has a strong pedigree of collaborations with fellow underground stalwart Jay Bliss the latest to share space on a Autoreply record with the label boss. Bliss should be known to many as the co-owner of Electrique Boutique alongside Markus Homm, for a long time the only vinyl outlet in Romania, and his discography makes for impressive reading these days. Recent times have seen Mr Bliss share record space with the likes of Skudge and Petre Inspirescu on respected imprints like 20:20 Vision, All Inn, Hudd Traxx and Fear Of Flying. AUTO 015 kicks off with a bouncy rework of OCH's "Scammell" from Bliss featuring sub-aqua sound-scapes and sonar blips on an instantly playable US inspired groove. OCH's original has a distinctly liquid approach possibly referencing the work of LTJ Bukem and Good Looking over techno framework. Jay's main offering "Men Are From Mars" is controlled acid which OCH shifts up a gear for peak time floor play layering the original TB303 patterns to a thundering climax.
Review: Rising star on the European tech house circuit Jay Bliss makes the leap to 20:20 Vision for this sturdy workout that keeps the beat pared down to a crisp strut, letting a warm bassline take the lead for the track's hook. The real treat is in the remix, as Sweden's finest Skudge dissemble the original and re-emerge with a thoroughly immersive slice of industrial tinted deep techno. The wriggling beat doesn't let up throughout, while the degraded pad morphs and mutates over the duration to an utterly devastating end. There's an organic beating heart at work in this version, and it lets a whole lot of light into the murky basement of the Skudge sound.