• Hoovers, rumbling kick.. all Techno!
• Minimal and gritty
• Shorter duration than expected
If you happened to be following the Dutch imprint of Musical Freedom for a while now, it has become certain that they are steering towards underground talents and sounds to strike out as distinct. Ranging their record deals with likes of BYOR, Vintage Culture and GODAMN to top dogs such as David Guetta and Morten, their enthusiasm for lesser known styles is certainly appreciable. For today, the comeback of French DJ/Producer Antoine Delvig has warranted our attention. His latest revelation “Techno 99”, as the title suggests clearly, presents itself as a modern (and shorter at that) rave instrumental, equipped with the properties that has become synonymous to warehouse productions.
There has been a recent explosion of interest towards Mainstream Techno, thanks to quality inputs from notable icons like Joyhauser, Space 92, UMEK and so on. Delvig, who has become reputed for his exclusive signature geared for the club speakers, showed inclination to the genre with an unofficial take on “Let’s Love” by David Guetta last December. In fact, there is much common grounds shared between today’s subject and this remix. While listening, it reminded me somewhat of HI-LO’s variant of this style (take a listen of “Kronos”), but I will admit there are unique attributes which paints both pros and flaws in this said attempt.
The mentioned alias has stuck to simplicity when it comes to arrangements; “Techno 99” abides by this policy, no questions asked. Elements which drive this enactment are prominently the rumbling kick (obviously) and the ear-piercing and vicious hoover synth. This lead wavers around teasingly as it heats up for the drop, which then introduces to the dominant kick and rest of the percussion. On a quick note, this aggressive sound comes out as this dry and on-your-face part of the track and perhaps could have used more space and delay in my opinion, but that’s just me. Following breakdown announces the arrival for a generic breakbeat, with a missed potential of introducing anything melodic or say, slight more experimentation with the atmosphere. However, to give credit where credit’s due, the gritty and octane-filled schematics are enjoyable without over staying its welcome.
“Techno 99” may have run into some clichés such as its shorter duration, yet Antoine Delvig has shown a promising turn. If developed further, we can expect to see more such uncommon and energetic instrumentals unveiled from him in coming time.