Tech-house and techno wizard Dan Jeffries: the story so far
Bristol's Dan Jeffries, better known to the world as tech-house, techno and minimal producer [sic], presents a 'best of' compilation on his own mu-sic label.
Why [sic] isn't more widely known is a mystery… tutoring at a Bristol music college by day and a regular fixture on the city's club circuit by night, Jeffries has over 20 years' production experience, and it shows in the quality and variety of the tracks presented here. Opener Hello?, with its posh, spoken male vocal sample and bouncy, almost hard house-like bassline, gets the album off to a rollicking start, before we head into twitchier, sparser territory on Vermin and the aptly siren-laced Protect And Serve. Accesso Rapido is all piercing, angular synths, before dark roller Loki ushers in a midsection where big, stomping tech-house rules the roost – and if the fat-assed Chomp and darker, rave-tinged Jowump don't get your rear-end shaking, then check for a pulse! Popcorn and Sirens then push further into out-and-out techno territory, before Substance Abuse plays us out on an energetic note with big, growling bass that speaks to Jeffries' D&B roots, way back when…
Available now via Jeffries' Bandcamp page, this is an album that lovers of driving, floor-centric tech grooves are highy recommended to check for themselves.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 8