Boomkat Product Review:
'Entropic City' is the debut album from Belgian techno producer Peter van Hoesen. Since his 'Casual care' 12" in 2008 he's attracted a dedicated following for his brand of EBM-flavoured pure techno tracks, a steady succession of singles including remixes from like-minded producers MLZ, Norman Nodge and Samuli Kempii. His debut set collects ten new productions, four of which can be caught on the preceding 'Entropic Minus Six' 12". It's a stoically dark and salty assortment of grooves, grumbling like an old EBM dancer whose leather chaps have started to chafe, but still kicking with a resolute faith in the power of solidly dark techno. He opens with a clutch of purposefully slow and spacious grooves, squashing the groove under wide-open synthlines and spacious dub-chord strikes. This leads us up a gear into the dry industrial kicks and heaving acid bass of 'Dystopian Romance' and 'Terminal' before the slow IDM styles of 'Testing A Simulacrum' and a final thrust of of toughened malevolence with the BMB-styled 'Colony/Return Of The Object' and the blank-eyed bosch of 'Defense Against The Self'. Fans of Sandwell District, Modern Love and Ostgut Ton should invest time in this - very good indeed.