Described by Kompakt as "a somnambulistic two-tracker that delivers more bang for the buck", John Tejada returns to the Cologne label with a new single primed for the dancefloor. We Can Pretend shows the LA-based Tejada might be looking to apply the new found interest in modular synthesis shown on his 2012 LP The Predicting Machine to the muscular techno he's founded his reputation on. Taking the form of two vocal tracks, one featuring former collaborator Kimi Recor and the other Morgan Alexander, the abiding feeling you get from the title track is 'perhaps this is what James Holden and John Talabot collaborating would sound like?'. There's a subtle poppishness to "We Can Pretend" that doesn't detract from the masterful sequencing, whilst "Now We're Here" is Tejada in classicist pumping US house mode.
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