Artists: Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann
Title: Retrospectivo (2008 – 2016)
Label: Senso Sounds
Release Date: Out Now!
What an absolute pleasure this was, to be asked to review a retrospective album from two of techno’s biggest names. Dubfire and Oliver Huntemann consistently maintain hectic tour schedules, packing out clubs, arenas, stadiums and festivals the world over, whilst still finding the time to deliver the perfect techno bomb, as and when the time is right. Usually when we least expect it!
This album is a look back at some of their collabs from right back in 2008 up to the present day, sort of Greatest Hits album if you like. On this Retrospectivo compilation, we are offered up two parts: The Spirits and The Elements, both of which contain the guy’s own original works along with remixes from leading players such as Carlo Lio, Victor Ruiz, Julian Jeweil and Irish Sensation, Matador. Also included is a 1 hour Retrospectivo DJ mix from Dubfire and Oliver as a special bonus. Aren’t you a lucky lot!
Taking us back to 2008 with the opening track Diablo, Dubfire and Huntemann’s original starts out on a bit of a subtle note, combining a funky head nodding beat and a raw sounding bassline, the track pauses with the sound of an out of control heart monitor, and ascends with an acceleration greater than that of an F1 driver. Carlo Lio is up on remix duties for this track, with more finely tuned, slightly deeper edged version. Hauntingly grave male voices grace the track and he’s added a few extra effects to keep your foot tapping just that little bit longer. Certainly a standout remix for me here.
Dios isn’t too dissimilar to Diablo in a sense that the rising acceleration is still existent, taking things up a notch, with more of a bass heavy sound. Jon Gaiser remixed this track back in 2008 and he keeps in line with the original, that melodic bass riff is still fresh and you’ll probably find that stuck in your head for a while after listening. Following on from the opening tracks, CD1 (The Spirits) closes out with a relatively new track, Humano. Gaining support from both Sasha and John Digweed. All the tracks from that release are available including the hugely popular Victor Ruiz Remix. For me though, look no further than the remix by Hatzler, who is creating some havoc across dancefloors around the world with his deep authentic sound. Here he delivers an unrelenting piece of techno with industrial machine sounds, mechanical bass stabs, a serious body shaking beat and breathtaking effects and textures. Simply stunning!
The start of CD 2 opens with Fuego which is a great track from back in 2010. Anyone familiar with Dubfire’s track ‘Ribcage’ will instantly strike a chord with this one. This year we were treated to a new remix of the track by Frenchman Julian Jeweil (remember Air Conditionne?) He makes this track his own by adding sprinkles of a referee’s whistle towards the end of the track. Is this a new direction for Jeweil, adding the whistles? It should be because it sounds amazing! One of my favourites from these two is Terra, and they’ve also included that track on this retrospective album. The original itself was always going to be a tough one to beat in my honest opinion, but Italian stallion Joseph Capriati has seemingly done that with his remix of the track. Pretty much all the elements of the original are present and correct in the remix, but it’s the middle part, the break that really does this one justice. Dreamy, airy, light and fresh, you can really feel the summer shining through here. The track then breaks down in true Capriati style!
Just a couple more tracks to draw your attention to Aire and Agua, from 2013 and 2014 respectively. I don’t want to dwell too much on the originals here because I feel it’s more the remixes that I kinda need to shed some light on. Matador up with his remix for Aire has delivered quite a spectacular bass driven techno stomper with quite a dark, atmospheric feel to it. Also featured is the Dub Mix from Matador. Finally, the original mix of Agua is a thrill ride in itself, with its screechy up-and-down main lead, bringing to mind a patrol car on speed, banging bassline and a sexy female letting us in on the big secret that “the element of water is vital for all forms of life.” Techno God, Carl Craig delivers a drum-heavy remix of this one, but last up is a firm favourite amongst the progressive and techno elite, Petar Dundov. Leading in with a dark, squelchy bassline, the previously mentioned sexy female has now become a demonic male. And boy does it sound good! Loops and bleeps and high pitched tensions run riot throughout this track, but Dundov keeps them firmly under control, resulting in a culmination of peak time, soaring purity that is sure to shift emotions on any dance floor from ecstatic to sheer euphoria.
CD1 – The Spirits
01. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Diablo (Carlo Lio Remix)
02. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Dios
03. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Dios (Jon Gaiser’s Atheists Anonymous Remix)
04. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Humano
05. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Humano (Victor Ruiz Remix)
06. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Humano (SHADED’s Summer Skin Remix)
07. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Humano (Hatzler Remix)
CD2 – The Elements
01. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Fuego
02. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Fuego (Julian Jeweil Remix)
03. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Terra
04. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Terra (Joseph Capriati Remix)
05. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Aire
06. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Aire (Matador Main Mix)
07. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Aire (Matador Dub Mix)
08. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Agua
09. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Agua (Carl Craig Remix)
10. Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann – Agua (Petar Dundov Remix)