Review: Dylan Hermelijn aka 2000 & One kick starts 100% Pure's account for 2019 with two slamming dance floor cuts. Evolving from his deep techno background, the Dutch producer is now one of the most articulate purveyors of tracky techno and house. Fittingly then, the title track resounds to a pounding drum pattern, wild, looped chants and a bass stab so gritty it sounds like it emerged from a sewer somewhere in central Amsterdam. "Moogie" is also designed for the dance floor but on this occasion, the 100% Pure boss plays it deeper, with surging chords looped over a relentless, rolling tribal rhythm.
Seek And You Will Find (original mix) - (7:35) 130 BPM
Different Faces (original) - (6:12) 130 BPM
Dillema (original) - (6:59) 134 BPM
Review: Dutch techno powerhouse Chinedum Nwosu aka Shinedoe presents a reissue of her debut album on 2000 & One's 100% Pure imprint in 2006. It's a pretty straight ahead affair on here from the Intacto Records boss, with some powerful dancefloor oriented techno cuts and a few pleasant surprises, actually. After the deep acid opener "Afrotronic" we are treated to the emotive hi-tech soul on "Enjoy The Moments" (and later the kind of Sueno Latino sounding "Seek And You Will Find", there are the functional stripped back DJ tools like "The Peacemaker" and "Face Your Fear", too. The powerful Detroit influenced closer "Dilemma" ends this impressive album in style, awash in shimmering arpeggios and an adrenalised yet funky groove. Elsewhere, the track "Feel Your Space" is so obviously a zeitgeist of the mid noughties bleepy minimal boom, but the rest of the tracks can still hold their weight and sound contemporary enough for playing on modern dancefloors. Stood the test of time indeed!
Review: Hungarian artist Jay Lumen has been rolling out his muscular brand of tech house for nearly ten years now, forging close relationships with the likes of Baroque Records and Great Stuff in that time. It is however Dutch institution 100% Pure that commands most of his attention, and so it is on this sure shot missive of big room workouts. "LondOFF" brims with peak-of-the-night urgency, from the heavy grooving rhythm section to the head-spinning effects that come zipping through the mix. "LondON" is no slouch either, teasing in more minimal elements without losing that weighty presence that lends itself to larger party spaces.