Walt J – Reborn (DJ Qu’s Journey Towards Birth Remix) [DEEP HO– USE]

Walt J – Reborn (DJ Qu’s Journey Towards Birth Remix)

XLR8R ran an editorial on DJ Qu back in 2011. The New Jersey native was quoted claiming ‘House and Techno used to be one thing. Now Derrick May is techno and Kerri Chandler is house, but I never saw a difference’. Such way of thinking is one that plays out in his productions. The Strength Music Recordings boss is perfectly adept at making Techno as he is Deep House. ‘Slinkily motorik driveBoomkat calls ‘Get Sum‘, which is his powerful delineation of a Oval Space peaktime heater. ‘Eden’ is a Deep House cut with tenebrous atmospherics, and a shamanic bounce that would be a Oxford Dictionary description for a forest rave like Gottwood Festival. ‘Party People Clap’ was probably his breakthrough track. With 2562 to Ellen AllIen bring it out of their crate, it blew up globally alongside the accompanying remixes found in the EP. And on this remix of Walt J’s ‘Reborn‘, he straddles the two tags with superiority. Released in 2010 on Curle Recordings, it’s a lean but heavy-duty version of the original.


Sampling Mr Fingers’ iconic ‘Can You Feel It’ hit, ‘Reborn’ is a carnivorous track. It’s enjoyed to this day, with Version 2 making this years Electronic Groove’s ‘Top 15 Tracks Played at Movement Torino‘. While the original bolsters the hats that are played with the vigour of Varg Vikernes taking the lead, DJ Qu’s subtle filtering of the hats let the rest of the track shine. The ticker tape sample with the echo synth give the track instant thrust, like a derailed train moving at a crushing pace. Adding layer upon layer of harmonisation makes it a symposium of staccato notes. All intricately laced together, the track is an amaroidal punch to the ear. Filtering the disparate notes, it really takes flight when the ticker notes are crammed in at double time. Once the listener is cruising at full pace like a Jet Stream, wooden kootz jink at will. Meanwhile, the phenomenal ‘Next To You’ vocal is suppressed to the max. The whispy nature helps carry the picture that one is flying to full effect. It is as though Nina Kraviz took some Nitros Oxide whilst doing Yoga. The go-to track to take the dancefloor sky high. Continue reading

Levon Vincent – Woman Is An Angel [ACIDIC TECHNO]

Levon Vincent - Woman Is An Angel Acidic Techno Original Mix

Levon Vincent – Woman Is An Angel

Texas born, Berlin-adopted Levon Vincent has been releasing an acidic form of techno for a while now. Woman Is An Angel is the peak of his creation, coming from Novel Sound record label boss’ self-titled 2015 LP.

Following the tradition of Levon’s ability to create mesmerising, The track carries a soundscape that sounds erosive. It almost dissolves the essence of your soul. Guided by a trenchant lead synth that allures the listener into a dance intoxicated by trance. Creating a Saharian atmosphere, the song will leave you thirsting for a glass of water by the end of it all.

A track that would best fit an Afterlife artist or a Marcel Dettmann’s set, its volcanic first four minutes leave you feeling vulnerable.

This means when the strings kick in towards the closure of the song you get overwhelmed with euphoria. In terms of what imagery it conjures, that is solely left to the listener. The consistent rhythm moves along like a sapped camel powering through a scorching desert towards the realm of oasis. One thing is for sure, this track does not lack passivity. Continue reading