Review: Consistency is Kajioka's second artist album for Kanzleramt and consolidates a relationship that started over 12 years ago. As its title suggests, this long player does what Kajioka excels at, namely smartly executed club techno. There are occasional deviations from that script, like the ambient opener, "Patch" or "Minute 53", where beautiful electronic piano and atmospheric strings prevail, but in the main this is a no nonsense dance floor album. "Fast Forward" breathes new life into dub techno thanks to it forceful kicks; "The Ratchet" sees Kajioka toy with the wiry minimalism of Rob Hood and "Constant" teems with the kind of surging chords and dense kicks that acts like Technasia used to specialise in. If dance floor abandon is your main aim, then you need some consistency.
The Ratchet (The Persuader remix) - (6:11) 130 BPM
Review: Kajioka has enjoyed a long relationship with Kanzleramt, releasing the majority of his music, including an album, on the label over the past decade. Perhaps mindful of his long relationship with Kanzleramt, owner Heiko Laux has commissioned some high-profile remixes of Kajioka material. First up is former UR member Rolando, who turns "Retro" into an epic, widescreen workout, its chords billowing and surging dramatically over a pounding backing. Laux's own take on "Constant" is more stripped back, with a bleepy groove and firing percussion underpinning filtered chord sequences. The release also features Jesper Dahlback working as The Persuader and under this guise he turns "The Ratchet" into a sublime, graceful deep techno track.