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Detroit electro-techno physicist, Eric Dulan a.k.a. DJ Bone weighs in an overproof debut album of ballistic, mutant grooves as Differ-Ent for his ardent supporters at Bristol’s Don’t Be Afraid.
As the first Detroit DJ that these ears ever caught in action, Dulan’s style and sound are daed close to our heart, and thankfully they’re in full effect on his new mission statement, It’s Good To Be Differ-Ent. Scaling between futurist jit, pumping techno and whip-ready electro hydraulics, it’s arguably one of the smartest, sharpest and deadly artist portraits we’ve heard from the 313 in this decade.
It’s a supremely energetic testament to his skills and instinct as one of the world’s most electrifying DJs, and thusly primed for any ‘floor worth its sweat. But likewise, the sense of soul and passion that Dulan juices from every minute of the record translates just as easily to crosstown-weaving headphone mooches as it does to home listening and stamping your ground at the rave.
Most intriguing to us are the clutch of coiled, off-centre electro cuts strewn across the three plates: namely the lushly tempestuous opener Inhabit Tense and sleek mechanics of Compute Her on the 1st; the seismic shimmy of Motive Hate Shun on the 2nd; and especially the majestic, romantic pressure of I’m Differ-Ent or the lost Urban Tribe vibe in A Calm Bliss on the last plate.
But that’s only half the story. The other half packs a type of direct, to-the-Bone techno and house that seldom heard nowadays, and definitely not with this kind of style and force. We’re talking proper killer, synthy drama in Marvel Less, and fanged, serpentine tribal techno on Met Allergic Flew Antsy or Drum Addict, thru to the physics defying balance of below-kelvin techno and heart-warming strings on Gem In Eyes, with a ripe stripe of funked-up Detroit trance in Fasten & Shun, before it all comes together in the most thrilling way on his mutant banger Laser Eyes.
In case you’re under any illusion: this is a massive album!