Review: Like Delsin label mates Conforce and Claro Intelecto, veteran producer John Beltran seems incapable of producing duff albums. "Hallo Androiden", his first full length outing for two years, is another wonderfully atmospheric, melodic and emotive set that recalls the producer's impeccable 1990s output. The nine tracks are as lushly produced as you'd expect, with Beltran effortlessly drifting between eyes-closed ambient techno, lilting electronica, slowly shifting sunset soundscapes and the kind of grandiose, life affirming ambient compositions that have long been a feature of the veteran producer's work. As with much of his output, there are enough intricate details and emotion-stirring motifs to suggest that the album will sound just as good on the 50th listen as it does the first.
Review: Second time around for one of Simon Whalley's most magical releases as CIM, the "Series Two" EP, which first landed on Headspace Recordings way back in 1999. Here it gets reissued by Delsin, with each of the five insanely good tracks being presented in freshly remastered form. There's plenty of variety within those five tracks, with Whalley confidently strutting between punchy, full-throttle electro ("Factory Preset One"), warming ambient techno/IDM fusion (the colourful "View 91 Fill"), weighty, percussion-focussed heaviness ("Edit Micro Tune"), and the kind of melodious deep techno/deep house fusion that will forever sound far-sighted and futuristic (EP standouts "Bias" and "Soft Rain"). Recommended.
Review: During the early-to-mid 1990s, Stefan Robbers released some of the most inspired techno to come out of the Netherlands during the period, mostly under the Florence pseudonym on the Eevo Lute Muzique label he co-founded in 1991. This fine triple-vinyl compilation from Delsin tells the tale of both artist and label, drawing together the best of Robbers' work for the label. You'll find extensive liner notes from fine techno scribe Oli Warwick on the accompanying insert, but it's the music - a mixture of sci-fi flavoured club cuts, dreamy and melodious electronica, heady ambient techno, and tactile, loved-up rhythmic soundscapes - that makes "Analogue Expressions" such an essential listen.