Artist : Mick Finucan
Title : Exit Strategy
Label : Dynamo Records
Cat Number : DR027
Genre : Techno
Business Development Director and self confessed techno geek Mick Finucan returns to the production front with a double header of heads down driving techno on Irish label Dynamo Recordings. The label, launched in 2012, aims to showcase ‘groove based techno’ and has seen a lot of interest, not least from the quality of the artists joining the label, but also DJs playing their tracks. Indeed, Richie Hawtin opened his 2014 Essential mix from Enter, Ibiza with a track from the label.
Mick’s journey has equally been colourful, with releases on Ovum – he remix was selected to be released as part of the Josh Wink Beatport comp. Further releases on Italo Business, Ultrachic, BSR and Yin Yang shows he is starting to make inroads into the scene. His releases have garnered interest from luminaries such as Joseph Capriati, Richie Hawtin, Stacey Pullen, Steve Mulder and Sam Paganini to name a few.
So on to the tracks. Strategy bristles with energy from the out. Careful attention is shown to the placement and frequency of each element creating a monster of a groove which never gets boring. Nuances touches such as a whurring string line reminiscent of the opening bars of the mission:impossible theme sit neatly alongside white noise risers and cymbal crashes. The baseline and syncopated rim shots add a tribal stomp to the groove making it nearly impossible to ignore. This is perfect late night big room tech. Drop this and stand well back!
Exit continues very much in the same vain. Its heavy drum led techno again and its vibrant and thoroughly danceable. Not one for fanciful studio tricks, Mick again demonstrates his love of simple, but not simplistic use of all the percussion elements on the 909. Rides, rims and hats sit comfortably together to give a sense of space and energy throughout. Syncopation plays an important part in Micks track’s too and the main hook elements gleefully nestle with the baseline in a satisfying question and answer way. Another powerful mid setter that is finding favour among the techno elite.