Review: Things To Think About is the first album from Dutch electronic music legend Steve Rachmad's lesser known Sterac Electronics project. It's been quite some time since we've been treated to some of Rachmad's electro-funk experiments under this alias but when inspiration struck, it is said that he returned to the project and jammed out tracks using an impressive collection of vintage synthesizers and drum machines. In addition to this material, he revisited the archives with Voyage Direct label boss Tom Trago and discovered some forgotten gems: that have been unearthed here for the first time in many years. This album sampler features two cuts from the collection presented on vinyl. A side cut "Archetype" is classic Motor City style electro of the sub-aquatic kind. On the flip "Metatron" is a deep and sublime serving of funky techno-soul in the tradition of Mind & Body era Model 500.
Review: With releases on Deepermotions, Rush Hour and Hometaping is Killing Music, Dutch producer Simon Weiss has established a reputation for combining a deep understanding of dancefloor dynamics with a sci-fi inspired futurist aesthetic. Back in 2015, he delivered his first EP for Tom Trago's Voyage Direct. It was 'an impressively intergalactic affair, full of supersonic synthesizer arpeggio lines, Motor City influences and robotic drum machine hits.' Two years since, he is back with the fabulous You Want A Cigarette EP. The dirty retro acid of "Brain Fever" has that distinct glide of the little silver Roland box, accompanied by classic vocoder and neon lit synths. Not forgetting the title track, which nails that good 'ol fashion Underground Resistance styled hi-tech soul to convincing effect.