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The First Step
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27 May 16
Techno
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Without Fear - (6:59) 129 BPM
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The Chill - (6:52) 129 BPM
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Unrepentant - (6:26) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Privilege - (7:40) 129 BPM
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Played by: Doc Sleep
Review: Following on from last year's God Is Change cassette on Opal Tapes, Butler delivers a dance floor EP of sorts for the Black sub-label. "The Chill" is a droning techno track with a difference; underpinned by chattering percussion and mysterious chimes, it also features the sound of iron bars dropping on a concrete floor, looped to infinity. The melancholic synth riffs that soars through the arrangement has some resemblance of Detroit techno, but it is rooted in too much fuzzy abstraction to sound like a retro copy. The mood changes on "Unrepentant"; there, Butler seeks to relive Chicago's glory days, albeit channelled through a degraded Nation filter. Who knows what he'll get up to next?
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