Metrolux Music boss Kosta Athanassiadis, aka XDB, joins perennially underrated Danish imprint Echocord for the first time with the deep and dub tinged Apari EP. Collecting new elements as its title track speeds along, "Azari" sheds its seemingly simple beginning as it gathers reverbed synths and filtered bleeps for a trippy and captivating techno journey. Sven Weisemann takes up remix duty with his "Systolic" mix that has simply stolen our hearts here at Juno. Tense and mysterious, Sven's mix strips and re-builds with slow hazy drums, dripping samples and a gorgeously dark atmosphere. Lastly, "Black Pin" follows a heavy electronic path with swelling synths and an evolving percussion section. Essential.
Owen Jay, Michael Zucker - Finale / Balance, Steven Tang (Emphasis Recordings), Satore (Hizou Deep Rooted Music), Juno Recommends Techno, Dj Rame Pastaboys, Johannes Volk, Vadim Griboedov, Agnostic Rhythm, Manos Mara (Bliq), Nick Lawson
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