Review: Despite having a hand in numerous full-length excursions over the years, Matt Edwards has not previously released a solo album under his most famous alias, Radio Slave. It's for this reason that Feel The Same, a debut LP two decades in the making, feels like a significant release. Certainly, it sounds like a set created by a producer comfortable in his own skin, capable of so much more than the club-ready workouts he's renowned for. While it contains a number of bona fide dancefloor slammers - see the Twilo-era Tenaglia-influenced title track, bustling Drexciyan electro of "Geisterstadt", new wave throb of "Trans" and Motor City/Berlin fusion of "Axis" - there are also impeccable trips into ambient, IDM, and dreamy, proto-rave.
Trans (Underground Resistance Hamtramck remix) (8:14)
Review: In its original form, "Trans" was one of the dancefloor highlights of Matt Edwards' second album as Radio Slave, 2017's Feel The Same. Here, the dark and stylish original - think alien new wave synth-pop from 1983 re-imagined as a Panoramabar-friendly workout - is given a makeover by two titans of the electronic music scene: Innervisions overlord Dixon and Detroit techno stalwarts Underground Resistance. Naturally, Dixon's rub is weightier and more obviously big room-friendly than Edwards album cut, with the foreboding original synth bassline and bubbly electronic flourishes being joined by weightier drum hits and bold new melodic motifs which fire "Trans" towards the stratosphere. In contrast, Underground Resistance's revision is fuzzier, wonkier and more hypnotic, albeit with a little disco surprise here and there.