The album treads a fine line between ambient and more floor-friendly textures
German techno aficionado Sven Sossong delivers his third album, which comes on Drumcomplex's Complexed Records label.
Broadly speaking, the album walks the line between ambient and deep techno with ease. It opens with Intro 8693, which begins with ominous yet ebullient synths, joined by a sparse, almost metallic breakbeat drum pattern which gives it forward motion and leads nicely to the next track, Sandmann - a slow-paced roller with big drums, a simple bouncing synth bassline and minimal muted vocals.
Then there's an upward shift in tempo, starting with Mandela, an instrumental that shuffles along with high-pitched top notes and an acidic feel. Next comes the title cut, which is deep, percussive and dark, with vocals, organ chords and tight crisp percussion. Kidzz Of The 90s follows, with sinister vocals and a trance-inducing top line bringing us to the midsection of this aural journey where you'll find Heartfloor, Sensor and Entry, all of which all have a sombre edge and a broad, expansive, expressive sound.
The next two tracks, Lighting Mirrors and Xilent, are mininal, heads-down dancefloor stompers. Lighting Mirrors is built around a two-word vocal chant and a crunchy synth lead, while Xilent has a well tuned kick, tight fingerclicks and a simple but effective synth riff. The penultimate track Ghost Ship is slower in tempo, with a shuffling groove and amped-up percussion, and then finally Chop starts with a female vocal and builds with a meaty breakbeat and rising expansive synth riffs.
Taken as a whole, We Are All One strikes a delicate balance, alternating chilled ambient sections with hefty banging techno passages as it walks you through various soundscapes. As such, it's hard to pick out favourite tracks - this album is a journey and best heard in one sitting.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 4 May
Review Score: 8