Boomkat Product Review:
Dusseldorf's Oliver Bondzio is a real techno veteran plying his trade since 1983 in various cities across Germany. Perhaps as a result of this he's comfortable navigating the genre in a variety of disciplines. The title track propels itself with a beat informed strongly by the rhythms of electro while melodic riffs sail underneath. 'Slow Down', meanwhile opens with a clear Detroit influence, only for a harder edged, more conventionally European techno sound to take over a few bars later. Once again, synths and melodies (albeit quite dystopian in tone) are strongly represented, proving Bondzio is more than a sculptor of beats - and he's certainly not preoccupied with minimalism. His multilayered textures show a grounding in more classical dancefloor templates, although a production like 'D'Original' shows he's no one trick pony, appropriating the cues of two-step and throwing in a bit of Mr Oizo-style bassline erraticism in the process. Finally, the roving basslines of 'Portrait Of A Masterpiece', with its stripped, hard-edged beats brings the album to a close, finding Bondzio doing what he does best with a real sense of economy and toughness, cleverly using no-nonsense delays to thicken the sound without piling too much on.