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Boomkat Product Review:
On the 6th anniversary of his passing, Marcus Intalex’s Birdie label dispenses his unreleased Trevino album of big-boned Berlin-meets-Detroit techno.
The spiritual successor to 2016’s ‘Front’ album, ‘Back’ was produced during the same era, when Marcus Kaye, aka Trevino, returned from Berlin with an acute urge to recreate the styles he heard in the party city. It was a route he’d been ploughing since turn of the decade for everyone from Martyn’s 3024 to Klockworks and Aus, subtly adapting the linearity of Berlin techno with a bass-wise bias and sleek, rolling form carried over from his beloved liquid D&B work as Intalex on the Soul:r and Revolve:r labels that ran concurrent to Birdie, and looping back to his formative days playing Chicago house and Detroit techno in Burnley warehouse raves in the early ‘90s.
The results are simply timeless. ‘Anxious Dub’ emerges from the darkside into the light with D&B MC hollers stitched into cavernous techno dubbing, and ‘gateway’ lays the Reese bass down in a clear homage to Kevin Saunderson, next to more impressionistic ambient techno in ‘Dance Decay’ and offbeat swag of ‘Moodswing’ or the Carl Craig-like strings on ‘Arctic’. ’No Response’ hews closest to the signature, effortless sound of early Ostgut Ton, and ‘Eve’ hail the hard-ass 313 inspirations of Vice and Shake, before leaving with the icy shiver of melody to ‘The End’.