Hector teams up with his buddy from Berlin, David Gtronic
The next release on Hector’s VL Recordings sees the label boss and long-time sparring partner David Gtronic joining forces in their debut collaboration on the label. Dreamy techno is the order of the day, with three deep cuts to choose from.
Holding On itself is up first. It starts as it means to go on, diving straight into a warm, enveloping rhythmic melody with dreamy synths, snappy percussion, female vocal calls and congas. The track's nearly 10 minutes long, with breakdowns around the three- and six-minute marks that lose the kick and offer some respite from the groove. Then we have Gabacho, which has a short intro then dives into a punchy rhythmic passage with choppy guitar samples. The track has a minimalist, skeletal framework on which are hung vocal snippets, synth stabs and futuristic burblings which make for a tight and enticing groove. Finally you get Villa Kubu, which is pacier and starts straight in as the first track did. Here, a framework of intriguing sounds make up a delectable cacophony that is the most dancefloor-friendly and features what sounds like a revving engine from a computer game, along with lots of ambient sounds.
All three are very well produced and dreamy, but at the same time groove away in their own inimitable fashion. On the right dancefloor they will have great results, with the last two being my favourites.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 22 February
Review Score: 7