Orlando Voorn – Black Diamond (Outelectronic Recordings OUTA 002 – 2014)

Orlando Voorn has been credited for being the first Dutch producer who created the link between techno communities in Detroit and Amsterdam about 20 years ago. Ever since Voorn has been tagged as Detroit producer putting out tunes in the spirit of Motor City. A prolific sound writer under numerous aliases, Voorn was very active in the 1990s with proto-rave tracks as The Nighttripper, with electro anthem “Flash” (as Fix) and several records on his own Detroit-based label Ignitor.

Although never been actually away, Voorn finds himself in full blossom in 2014, having released three EPs before the album. “Black Diamond” ranges from dreamy, pad-based structures (“Rewind”) to lush techno soul (“Black Diamond”) and promising dance cuts (“Relaxation”, “Gain Upwards”). It has plenty of chords and stimulating synth layers with bits of acid (“Acid Trip”), all that making the album a telling document of Voorn’s sound processing. A lovely techno full-length for the summer.

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