The Black Light is German techno veteran Johannes Heil's first artist album in five years and follows on from a series of untitled collaborative releases with Markus Suckut on the pair's new Exile label. While Light does not reinvent the wheel, it does prove yet again that when it comes to no-nonsense club techno, few producers can match Heil. "Scene Four" is a typical Heil affair, with a filtered chord sequence unravelling over storming beats, while "Scene Five" sees him revisit the early days of German techno with a stomping analogue workout. Despite this no-holds barred approach, the album also contains subtlety on and off the dance floor, audible on the siren blasts and dense claps of "Scene Three" and the serene but slightly menacing ambience of "Scene One".
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