2019 May 01     
2 Bit Thugs

The first installment in a new series from Senso Sounds sees label boss Huntemann teaming up with fellow Hamburg producer Winter

A release for the connoisseurs and collectors of quality techno vinyl here: it's the label’s 50th release, it marks their fifth anniversary, and it comes as a single-sided picture disc (or you can download a digital copy if you are just interested in owning a good track).

And a good track Reeperbahn definitely is. It begins with a rolling drum pattern and adds synth stabs over metallic percussion, building in this way with more and more synth stabs and oscillations until you have a tasty little tune playing. There's an unusual breakdown where everything slows to a stop then starts up again, which is a great effect and will work a treat on a dancefloor. And then on it charges forward, with no real melody or tune to it: it's just synth sounds all the way, over a relentless backbeat. The track isn't purist techno – the label themselves describe it as 'technoid' – so will fit into quite a few different sets.

The 'Kontakt 01' part of the title indicates that this is just the first in a series of releases from Senso Sounds, and after hearing this, I for one am eager for more! There's also a fifth anniversary tour coming up, which kicks off at SONAR in Barcelona before heading off around Europe and further afield.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 3 May



Review Score: 8




Tags: Oliver Huntemann, André Winter, Senso Sounds, Hamburg, techno