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Boomkat Product Review:
Shine-eyed early ‘90s trance optimism, gritty acid electro and night-hunting downbeats by USA’s James Bernard aka Influx, compiled and reissued for the first time since the golden era
Reaping cuts from Bernard’s debut LP as Influx, ‘Unique’ (1993) plus one from his first single ‘Od’ of the same year, the four tracks offer a diverse overview of Bernard’s action during the early ‘90s, back when he was hanging with the holy trinity of NYC techno; Frankie Bones, Adam X and Lenny Dee. The original cuts found their way onto Sapho, sublabel of the legendary Rising High, and now have their second wind with the cherry-picking label, Hybride Sentimento.
Between them, he four tracks survey a spectrum of moods and grooves that were in their at the time, oscillating between eye-fluttering string arps and high heart rate techno trance in ‘2001’ to a killer slice of acid electro breaks recalling earlier Joey Beltram workouts in ‘VS128’, while also taking in cinematic acid breaks on ‘Love Song’ and the Carpenter-esque tone of ‘The Future’ for excellent measure.