Review: Following sterling entries from Derek Carr, John Shima and Mihail P, Distant Worlds reaches out to Perseus Traxx for a demonstration of the emotional heft and utopian optimism that classic techno promises in its most compelling moments. This is relatable, familiar territory, but executed with finesse beyond the reach of the average producer. "A New Mystery" is bathed in swirling synth tones as elegant as they are moving, while "Simulacra" places a bold square wave riff front and centre for an impactful deep techno meditation. "Circumstantial" reframes the same rich melodic approach in a frantic chassis of snapping beats darting around the grid with playful glee, and then "The Map Is Not The Territory" applies the same logic to a mystical but rhythmically charged trip into the netherworld of machine soul.
Review: Prolific analogue explorer Perseus Traxx is on top form on this fifth and final 12" of 2017. It marks his first appearance on Holland's Pareidolia Recordings and contains a quartet of cuts that brilliantly blur the boundaries between electro, techno and early Chicago house. We've particularly been enjoying the foreboding, minor key melodies, ragged machine percussion, fizzing acid flashes and mud-caked lo-fi production of opener "Atlantis", though mazy acid-electro jam "Electric Duo" and meandering jack-track "When I Think Of You" - all Adonis beats, tumbling synthesizer melodies and acid bass - are equally as impressive. If you get time, check "Offerings To Herne", too - while the melodies are poignant and alluring, the track's other elements are tough and foreboding.