Boomkat Product Review:
Mike Oliver's Remote project has kept us enthralled since his fabulous releases for the Meanwhile imprint, two twelves that deployed flawless dubby techno with an airiness and attention to detail that have gained him a sizeable following. Here we have nine tracks (only two of which have been previously released) and every one is so delicately woven you begin to forget that it's 4/4 at all as it shares just as much in common with the glacial world of 12k as it does with the Detroit pioneers of yore. Maybe it's also Oliver's keen ear for dancefloor subtleties; these tracks have soul but are so propelling in their urgency that you feel almost compelled to move - not something you could say for far too much of what is passed off as techno these days. You can hear so much in 'Changes in Style', from Carl Craig's early masterpieces all the way through to Basic Channel's berlin and more recent Minimal emissions - yet never does it sound derivative or over-informed. Rather what we have here is the rarest of beasts, a techno album that can be just as enjoyable when listened to at home as when pounding at floor-wobbling volumes in the club. Just listen to the acidic pulse of 'Delay' or the deep Basic Channel-influenced dub of 'A-Tonal' and that should be all you need to convince you of Oliver's skill. A good companion piece to last week's similarly home-to-club listening experience 'Airships Fill the Sky' by Morgan Packard, this should appeal to anyone looking for Techno that lives at the deepest end of the spectrum. If you're a follower of any of the aforementioned artists or more recent material from the likes of Quantec, Sven Weissemann, or indeed anything on the Meanwhile label - check this out without delay. Highly Recommended.