Giorgio Gigli - "Looking Through My Memory" - (9:57) 120 BPM
Joachim Spieth - "Vurt." - (5:53) 133 BPM
Deepbass - "Search Continues" - (7:13) 128 BPM
Periskop - "Relent" - (7:09) 120 BPM
Review: Here's a release for those who like deep, hypnotic techno. Decennium 1.3 is the last EP in a series that celebrates Affin's tenth anniversary, and it sees the label bring together some great talent. Giorgio Gigli's "Looking Through My Memory" is a multi-layered affair, underpinned by cavernous kicks and featuring half-heard, muffled vocals. On "Vurt", label owner Joachim Spieth opts for a relatively similar approach, conjuring up atmospheric layers against a back drop of stepping, menacing bass. Deepbass' "Search Continues" picks up the pace and offers a more club-friendly rhythm than the preceding tracks, while Periskop rounds off this fine anniversary series with a robust, dub techno groove in the shape of the nautical "Relent".
Reggy Van Oers - "Place Of Connect" - (7:11) 127 BPM
Deepbass - "Tempest" - (6:11) 129 BPM
Joachim Spieth - "Shadows" - (8:13) 124 BPM
Review: Joachim Spieth's Affin label's still going strong after almost ten years of dedicated, tech-minded work across Europe's best dancefloors, and all of it a product of the same familiar faces that have proudly done the label some due diligence. Label veteran Reggie Van Oers hits first with a tenebrous, grey-scaled bit of deep techno by the name of "Place Of Connect", which is followed by Deepbass' gorgeous "Tempest" track, a watery, dubbed-out techno chugger brimming with wild bleeps and mind-bending sonics. Label boss Joachim Spieth then brings a ridiculously skeletal 4/4 shot, driven into oblivion with the help of barren atmospherics and explorative soundscapes that stray way out into the ether.
Review: Joachim Spieth shows that dub techno is an integral part of the German psyche on Sensualized. "Sensual" contains all those elements that Chain Reaction and Basic Channel pioneered - dubby beats, cavernous chords and epic basslines, but it's testament to Spieth's skills that it doesn't sound staid. The remixers also do a fine job of reshaping "Sensual". Jamal Moulay's take features harder beats and a more upfront, rolling groove, while Reggy van Oers pushes in the opposite direction, with dreamy chords unravelling over a languid groove. Best of all though is Brendon Moeller's take, where an eerie organ riff and swelling chords combine for an arrangement that's very much in the spirit of Maurizio.