Review: Truesoul rounds off 2021 with a fresh collaboration between label regular Oscar L and Weska. The title track is based on a stripped back rhythm, one that is powered by a menacing bass, ticking percussion and a cacophony of tones and textures. Once combined, these elements make for a fresh new variation on minimal techno. "Theory" is an uptempo track full of drama; at the outset, euphoric strings build and drop, before giving way to acid-laced chords that swell and soar. Realised against the backdrop of a pulsating groove, the fusion of these elements makes for a truly impactful track.
Review: Surfacing on Maceo Plex's Ellum Audio back in 2019, Fred Lenix makes his way over to Amam Beyer's Truesoul imprint with Somewhere - a score-focused EP of progressive, warehouse techno. With the breathy vocals of "Clara" and its melancholic atmospheres somewhat mimicking Trentemoller's legendary "Moan", harder acid-like techno with a slight horror motif hits the ground running in "M81". The title-track throws down a trance-tipped big-room-banger, full of edgy yet warm power synths, alongside a bouncier, industrial electro-tip in "Void".
Review: The enigmatic Close Relative is a new project from an established techno artist, which continues an exciting summer for Adam Beyer's Truesoul imprint with the debut Salt EP. Features the euphoric progressive house elevation of the title track, followed by the minimal tech house rush of "Swell" which will hypnotise you into submission with its swirling 303 acid throughout. Proving there's a diverse mix in their repertoire, we also have the peak time energy of "Tide" which features complex layers of melody intertwined with clipped yet complex rhythm patterns, and closing it out with the deep and emotional journey "Eel".
Review: A most trusted producer over the years with a sound that's evolving into something more progressive and synthy for this particular release while maintaining that classic Reset Robot reboot - this EP's lead track is its most intriguing. With a touch of techno-pop be-it electroclash weaving its way through "I Wish You'd Never" there's no denying its trancey and rave roots. Dipping deeper into straight up big room acid techno for "Time Loop", the whiplash of rip curling synths in "Fluid" peel over ephemeral atmospheres and the dusty thud of drums. And for the that serene bonus, Truesoul caps off this release with a "I Wish You'd Never (dub)", steering the original toward something arpeggio-driven over vocal-led.
Review: Two of Truesoul's most high-profile production acts hook up for their inaugural studio collaboration - and the result is the remarkable Challenger. Conceived during lockdown, this two-track release has an atmospheric undercurrent but is also sure to strike the right tone once dance floors finally re-open. "Granular" is powered by a throbbing bass, and features evocative synth scapes: it's like a cinema soundtrack pushed onto the dance floor. The title track also shines a light on an atypical approach to techno, with hypnotic tones laid over a lithe rhythm - and this combination builds gradually to a blissed out finale.
Review: A mighty collaboration here by Belgian Siege (Saved/Circus/We Are The Brave) and Spain's Fer BR (Mindshake/Minus), who have long admired one another's work and have realized that ambition here for Adam Beyer's Truesoul. Packed with surefire main room tackle, such as the chunky mentasm fuelled banger "Say My Name" and its infectious rap vocal, while the steely greyscale austerity of "Something" or the dubby "Or What" are loaded directly off the factory floor - proper tension and suspense for the warm up. Finally, it's back to bang the party at peak time on the relentless stomper "Put It Down".