Review: Astonishingly, 12 years have passed since Jochem Peteri cemented his status as one of techno's rising stars via his so far only album as Newworldaquarium, "The Dead Bears". Here he offers up a new, highly limited re-issue, which stretches the set over three slabs of wax (the initial pressing was a double album) and includes three tracks previously only available on the digital edition. It's a largely warm and opaque affair full of hazy melodies, tactile autumnal grooves, Motor City style sci-fi sounds, ambient textures and languid, meandering beats. There are occasional pleasant diversions - see the disco-tinged cut-up loop jam "The Tide You Can't Feel" and tipsy slow jam "The Dead Bears" - but for the most part it's an electronic muscle soak; Radox for the ears, if you will.
Review: Newworldaquarium has long been a real darling of the techno world with an impeccable back catalogue filled with treasures, and now the Dutchman is treating us to two new tracks that were recorded during the same sessions as his seminal "The Dead Bears" in the early 00s. The 10-minute epic "Mercury" has a majestic synth phrase looped over rubbery kicks that will lead to real transcendental moments, while "Levels Halo" is a zoned out ambient piece with kick drums buried miles below, gently moving you along.