Boomkat Product Review:
Peak Detroit x Berlin techno fist-bumps on first reissue, proper, of Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald’s 1995 evergreen, replete with Moritz’s sumptuous dub techno remix.
Basically canonical gear for Detroit and dub techno disciples, ‘Starlight’ was originally issued on Juan Atkins’ Motor City bastion Metroplex in 1995, and has notably resurfaced in remixed forms by Mike Huckaby, Echospace and Convextion over the decades. This is the first reissue of the original 12” on the OG format, hailing the foundation of a formative creative relationship that has since spawned numerous LPs and sessions over the interim, and highlights a high water mark of the deep links between Detroit and Berlin.
Their original is a supremely elegant iteration of the more effortlessly aerodynamic Detroit techno that Juan Atkins pursued in the early ‘90s after sowing the sound’s ruder electro-techno templates in the mid ‘80s. Purling bass and glancing, spherical chords dance on tongue tip hi-hat thizz for the original’s duration, before Basic Channel and Maurizio co-founder Von Oswald tweaks the filter envelopes to allow for intoxicating analogue noise in-the-mix, most subtly opening out into psychoacoustic warehouse space for the dream dance at a time when he was also busy ushering the future in the studio alongside Mark Ernestus. God tier business.