***** Sansibar – Game Over (Avoidance AVD-002 – 2020)

It’s about the year 1993 and a journey between Zeebrugge and Dover, for discovering repetitive beats both in the CO2-rich industrial areas of Albion and the Continent. Recently, the call of desolate warehouses and vast outdoor venues of bygone times has become very common in electronic music and Sansibar takes his turn with “Game Over”. The title cut comes from techno’s moody side with relaxing grooves and delicate breakbeats. The next, “S1 Type Beat” orders gas masks as dress code, with vocals in the mist of metallic dubs and Sensurreal-style thundering tripping.

In usual circumstances, ‘trance’ might trigger outcries from the many, but the way how Sansibar is flirting with influences from the genre’s heyday, much is forgiven. A kindred spirit of Psy-Harmonics and Limbo output, “Sissi” generates cure for 1990s homesickness with tunneling techno beat and flowery synth stabs. Similar theme “Sunshine In Gomorrah” concludes the strong B-side, driven by a bold bass line.

During about a year Sunny Seppä aka Sansibar has become a household name in electronic music. The artist from Helsinki has manoeuvred between electro and techno, and even EBM if to recall “Wallah (Sans DJ mix)”, a clear winner in the category of dark hypnosis in 2019. In addition to the electro album “Targeted Individuals”, Sansibar has released several EPs this year, of which “Game Over”, the second release on the Finnish label Avoidance, belongs to the very best of 2020.

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