Review: Following from his recent Rave Memories release on Lobster Theremin, Rove Ranger returns to deliver a more visceral follow-up. "1998" starts off with a galloping groove, vivid chords and subtle vocal snippets. On the title track, he strips back any semblance of melody to lay down a pounding, jackhammer rhythm that is redolent of one the Advent's classic techno work. "In My Mind" ushers in a deeper sound, with sun kissed chords applied to a jacking groove, while he revisits the mid-90s for "Schaltkreis". It's a menacing, prowling banger that recalls the trance-techno intensity of vintage Thomas P Heckmann.
Review: Rove Ranger follows up his recent EP for Vision Ekstase with this fine release. A more accurate title might have been "Techno Memories", with this fast-rising new producer drawing on classic styles within the canon for a memorable EP. First up is the high-paced rhythm and cold electronic tones of "If You Say So", where he comes close to emulating Sleeparchive and the Sahko catalogue. By contrast, the title track is an emotive Detroit affair, shrouded in lush synths and robust kicks. "Introspective" is anything but, with Rove Ranger dropping a densely tangled layer of sound effects over a kicking backdrop, while he maintains the eclectic touch right till the end as "You Wanted Both So I Gave You Both" mines a dreamy, emotive sound, replete with vocal samples.