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.
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: Whether offering up club-focused Motor City techno, futuristic tech-jazz, bubbly electronica or sofa-bound ambient compositions, John Beltran always wrings the maximum amount of beauty and soul from the machines he uses to make music. He's at it again on "The Season Series", an inspired album of picturesque electronic compositions on Delsin. Variously fusing swelling, almost classical chord sequences, stirring melodic refrains, effects-laden shoegaze guitars, effected vocal snippets and beats (when used) that touch on many of Beltran's main influences (think IDM and Detroit techno), Beltran has produced a simply stunning album that amply rewards those who give themselves in to its positive, emotion-rich charms.