Artist: Adam Beyer, Layton Giordani & Green Velvet
Title: Space Date
Cat No: DC193
Release Date: Out Now!
Genre: House / Techno
These days Drumcode seems to fire out techno bangers with the consistency of a Chinese super factory on steroids. The label is now without a doubt, a globally recognised techno super-brand and is led by a man in head honcho Adam Beyer, whose stratospheric rise sees no signs of abating. Here the Swedish techno guru pulls in help from his New York based protégé Layton Giordani and none other than Chicago’s mo-hawked madcap genius Green Velvet. Will the ever efficient label deliver the goods or has techno really lost its soul?
The title track ‘Space Date’ hits hard, featuring the trademark thumping kick and muscular low-end throb that has become the staple of Drumcode productions. Hats and white noise splash in and out, as this techno growler pulls and pushes in all the right places. As ever with Drumcode, this is functional, stripped back and supremely produced dance-floor material. However, the vocal from the legendary Mr Velvet adds welcome and refreshing new ideas to Drumcode’s palette of sounds. Sultry, sleazy and spaced out, Velvet’s almost disembodied vocal directs the listener to ‘treat me like your fantasy’ as we take a trip into the weird and whacked out world of Chicago’s techno Prince. This is a fine portion of intergalactic techno funk that will be no doubt be on heavy rotation this summer. When the preacher man delivers a message, the techno populace better listen.
Next up is Giordani and Beyer combining for ‘Rome Future’ a relentless roller that slams along with all the swagger of Jay-Z driving a Sherman tank. Massive reverbed stabs, snappy military percussion and firing sirens add to the bombastic big-room groove. Halfway through, the track drops down to a monstrous hoover synth before the irrepressible beat explodes back to life. No doubt this will be one that rings out across bigger warehouse spaces and festivals alike over the next few months.
All in all, this is an accomplished doubleheader with ‘Space Date’ taking the plaudits this time around. Drumcode has a winning formula and you can’t deny Beyer’s continued drive to bring techno to the masses. Some techno purists may disagree with his mission, however, you can’t really argue with the fact that he has brought Chicago’s legendary preacher man to a whole new audience of listeners.