Boomkat Product Review:
Trust Juan Atkins’ pioneering ‘80s electro vessel to keep properly on brand with two classic-sounding but fresh new probes - their first in 30 years!
Written and produced by Detroit deity Juan Atkins (Model 500, Infiniti, etc.) and Laurens von Oswald - nephew of Juan’s sparring partner Moritz, and co-producer of Berlin Atonal - the two-track session was sealed in the mix by TJ Hertz (Objekt) for optimal clarity and club pressure. It is said to halt the new era of “Meta” with some extensive supply notes on electro-techno’s relation to sci-fi and the same story and rhetoric that has been covered and recovered for decades now, and while the music also retreads old ground, we’re here for it.
The mind-wipe pads, dancing bleeps and machine funk trills of ‘Maintain’ is pure deep mind and body music for the discerning Detroit-Berlin fiend, supplying a sleek retro-futurist chassis for Juan’s vocodered lyrical reflections of techgnosticism and Alvin Toffler’s prophetic writings on technocracy. Its flipside ‘The Golden Ratio’ is dreamier and sensuous in classic electro context, flush with nightglyde pads and snappy groovers moxie to oil the hips and shoulders of veterans and wide-eyed noobs alike.