Boomkat Product Review:
There are no shortage of producers attempting to emulate that classic Detroit sound, but few do it as effortlessly as Glasgow’s Vince Watson, a producer who over the last ten years has become one of the most sought after purveyors of the sound. Don’t take my word for it, techno pioneers Laurent Garnier and Carl Craig have both signed the man up for material on their own respective imprints– so if that isn’t an indication of quality I don’t know what is. This album certainly lives up to expectations anyway, with each track seemingly out-doing the last with washes of melody and clipped 808 rhythms bringing to mind the finest moments of a warmly remembered sound. Head straight for the album’s title track and you’ll have all the proof you need that Watson has what it takes with infectious lead melodies and cyclic drum patterns for that all important dancefloor kick. Techno albums are a tough beast to nail down, but Watson manages admirably as he flits between more dancefloor oriented numbers (‘Ioa’, ‘Midisensual’) and pensive pieces (‘Long Way From Home’, ‘Way It’s Meant To Be’) keeping the record flowing without it sounding like a haphazard compilation of odd tracks and offcuts. One for fans of Andy Stott’s recent ‘Merciless’ album, this record might be kicked into the techno genre, but listen and you’ll realise it’s much much more. Recommended.