Boomkat Product Review:
Who'd want to live in Sweden? Other than a fantastic public transport system, natural beauty and vodka by the bucket there can't be much to get out of your Ikea bed in the morning for... OK, we admit it - we're jealous, and as if things weren't already bad enough the whole green-eyed situation is merely compounded by the latest release from John Dahlback under his Hug guise. Clocking in at just twenty-one years of age and with a massive seventy-odd releases under the belt, Dahlback certainly doesn't shirk from a little hard work - channeling his creative juices down a gushing torrent of minimal styles. Managing to combine a sense of playful frippery with steely minimalism isn't an easy task, but is one that Hug seems to relish - taking his outings on K2 as a starting point and developing them on some with a throng of new tracks. Opening with previous 12" 'Raido', Dahlback serves up a dirty great slice of pared down goodness - as a shell of bleeps and beeps crack open to reveal a chattering techno heart. Grand without becoming histrionic, 'Raido' provides the perfect introduction to Hug's embrace - as 'Tiny Stars' patters into life with a rotund belly of spacious beats, whilst 'Fluteorgie' does just what it says on the tin but with far more grace than it has any right to. Elsewhere, 'The Platform' recalls Robag in its torrid techno flurries, 'Room Of Rum' heads into Tejada territory for some water-logged dub, whilst 'Ask For It' closes the show with a frayed disco edge. Pickled herring!