Joris Voorn continues his quest to bring new generations some of his most-loved music from his youth with this hot new reworking of Point Blank’s Meng’s Theme, a 1994 classic by fellow Dutch techno stalwart Secret Cinema.
The original is a chugging slab of melodic, atmospheric techno, with hazy layers of pads drenched in reverbs floating above rattling percussion and subtle, sweet melodies. It could be said there’s a touch of the early, restrained trance sound in there too. First released on Brave New World Records and later in remixed forms via Belgian’s legendary R & S Records, and it was one of Verheij’s many pseudonym projects and was released some three years into his career as a producer. This new version and a remastered original are released on Joris’ own GREEN imprint.
Joris Voorn applies his typically considerate touch to the track, drawing out the mood and emotion at the heart of the track and applying it to his cutting-edge sound. The track builds slowly with a tribal groove and a simple two-note bassline as the pads from the original pulse and filter into life. He loops the melodic elements as we build towards the break, teasing us with a semblance of the original before the lush beatless interlude really brings it into play. Delayed stabs and other small touches provide more momentum for the groove, and overall the pared back yet pumping approach blends the old and the new in perfect harmony.
It’s another powerful and respectful reworking of a lesser-known gem that continues Joris’ excellent work of bringing the past into the present and helping to educate younger fans as well as giving some of the older ones a welcome dose of nostalgia.
Point Blank – ‘Meng’s Theme (Joris Voorn Remix)’ will be released via GREEN on March 17.