Review: Detroit techno hero DJ Bone is ever prolific these days, with his Differ-Ent alias releasing an epic triple LP release on Don't Be Afraid last year. A Piece Of Beyond marks the second DJ Bone studio album, and it finds him in an exploratory mood. "It Begins" is a unique exercise in synth wobbles and military drum programming, while "The Stalker" heads into the deepest and farthest corners of the quintessential Motor City techno sound. "The Chase" takes on a cosmic, break-infected stance that calls to mind spiritual jazz as much as techno, while there's more classic styles to be enjoyed on "Dreamers 9" and the absolutely stomping "Sweat".
Review: After their first seismic collaboration back in 2016, DJ Bone and Deetron are back in action as The Storytellers and they've got six new mixes of impeccable techno for you to sink your teeth into. "That D Beat" comes first - a brittle, rasping monster of a track with frantic urgency and experimentation in equal measure, which then gets softened out a touch with the human elements that feed into the "Camouflaged" version. Deetron's standalone mix of "That D Beat" is a wholly different proposition made of deep, dubby synth expressions without losing the rhythmic energy of the original. "Blue Bird" is a gorgeous slice of machine soul that reaches for the stratosphere, only to take on a kind of bombastic heft when tweaked for the "Filtered" version. Then Bone does a powerful finishing move on "Blue Bird" that matches the strong melodic strokes of the track with his own uncompromising artistic signature - a match made in techno heaven.