Developer – Trade Beliefs (SEMANTICA 39)
Developer is not holding back his horses in his first release for Spanish label Semantica, expected in the first half of March. Seasoned scene insider Adrian Sandoval lets the engines roar and embarks on the trip with awesome title track “Trade Beliefs” which illustrates the yin and yang of techno. Starting with gigawatt-bass assault, it hosts a metallic dub sequence from the mid-track, before morphing morose hiss and boom into atmospheric layers and strings. The same track can be played twice during a night, either during peak hour or closer to chill out phase.
Slightly more relaxed mood in “Brujas”, a properly rolling techno cut that might be easily from Tresor’s 1990’s catalog. On the flip, “The Uncertain” kicks off like a darker stripped-down monster before displaying the jazzier side of techno with piano grooves. “Sin Luz”, as the title suggests, tests the ability to cope in conditions without light: The track pushes you into a huge and dark storage hall, filled with industrial noises. All techno purists will be delighted about the showcase of retro influences and today’s dark drones in the four-tracker, placed at the harder end of Semantica’s catalog.