2017 Jun 17     
2 Bit Thugs

The EP is only the third release from the fledgling Absence Of Facts label

Only the third release here from Helsinki label Absence Of Facts. Given that all three to date have come from Finnish veteran (DJ) Orion, AKA Juska Wendland, I'm guessing it's his own label, though that's not explicitly stated anywhere.

Orion's releases over the past two decades have spanned progressive house, ambient and techno, but we're very firmly in the latter camp here. On the A, HBT more than lives up to the label's own description of its music policy having "roots firmly in the relentless techno of the 90s". It's a track that'll go down a storm in German clubs where men wear leather and the lights seem to be permanent malfunctioning, but the real reason this is here is the title track, which oddly has been relegated to the B-side. Forces Of Nature has the same driving, pounding energy as the A, but tempers it with a bleepy, throbbing topline that's pure Detroit, making for a cut that could cross over to a wider range of DJ sets.

A little out of this reviewer's comfort zone for sure, this one. But sometimes you can't help but admire a track for its sheer dancefloor energy, and that's something both cuts here have to spare.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 16 June



Review Score: 8




Tags: Orion, Absence Of Facts, techno