Various Artists – Future Retro Vol. 01 (Where We Met)

Reviewed By: Matt Sever
Forthcoming on new label Where We Met, The Future Retro EP Vol 1. WWM is an Italian based label run by Riccardo Piazza and re up (Italian House and techno DJ’s and production duo). The first release was an EP from Reedale Rise (AKA producer Simon Keat) titled Broken Land EP, an EP well worth checking out! The Future Retro EP Vol 1 marks the first in a series of various artist releases for the label, Vol 2 scheduled for release after the summer break. This series will help define the labels sound and direction. From what I’ve heard so far this will definitely be a label to keep an eye on.

The first track of the EP comes courtesy of Ireland based techno producer Derek Carr. Derek began making music in ’88, inspired by Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, subsequently being heavily influenced by Detroit Techno. Experience Experiments starts with a kick, bassline and pads, I love how the percussion comes in and can hear echoes of the Detroit influence. This is a beautiful track, driving enough for the dancefloor but with a real emotion behind it. The progressions and builds are perfect.

 

The second track on the A side is Reflecting Skies by Rob Belleville. Belleville (real name Rob van Beek) has had music in the blood from day one. Amsterdam based and growing up on a diet of Richie Hawtin, Speedy J, Orlando Voorn and Miss Djax courtesy of Dutch radio show ‘For those who like to groove’ he filled his record collection with F-Comm, Djax Up Beats, Kanzleramt etc. As is usually the way he then got the production bug. One of his first works was included in a Future Music magazine CD. In 2008 Paul Mac discovered him, resulting in a release on Paul’s own digital label Sula Muse Recordings. Since then he has released on aDepth and Matrix records. This track starts with a bouncing synth pattern, and bassline and a broken beat. I’m a real sucker for break beats and broken beats. This track is sort of dreamy and summery without being a dreamy and summery cheesy record. Perfectly executed percussion rides beautiful pads and builds and drops in all the right places. This is straight in my box.

 

On to the B side. Mihail P hails from Vinica, Macedonia. A DJ and producer with a passion for the deeper sides of House and Techno. A regular here on Timeline Music, great DJ and selector, you should check him out. He has already released an EP on Seventh Sign Recordings called the Sleeper EP, an excellent EP that hasn’t left my (virtual) box since I got it. Moon Chaser is an awesome electro cut. Starting with a big booming break beat, the almost bouncy, rolling analogue sounding bassline drives the track throughout. Precision percussion and distant pads add atmosphere, halfway through everything strips back apart from the beat for a few bars and then comes back in. I love how the track is programmed. I will be playing this on Saturday night for sure. Mihail P is one to watch going forward.

 

Finally, the second track on the B side is from Erell Ranson. Growing up in Northern France on a diet of the synthetic wave of synth pop of the seventies. This thirst for electronic music was later quenched via Laurent Garniers Ravemaxx radio show. The bug for DJ ing and buying records gave way to production in ’97. Inspired by the deeper side of Detroit’s UR, Jeff Mills, Carl Craig etc Ranson continues to make deep electronic music. This final track of the EP is called The Lost Paradise. It starts with a broken beat, lush strings, atmospheric pads, and Detroit percussion. A straight 4×4 kick ties it all together as the meandering bassline worms its way deep into your mind. Layers of intricate melody build and drop throughout, as does the percussion. There some great moments here as well as some more intense parts, whilst keeping the beauty and depth. The end result is a deep, hypnotic, intelligent piece of techno.

Where We Met have more than achieved what they set out to do with this release. The Future Retro EP is exactly that, futuristic, intelligent electro and techno, with a clear nod back to the retro sounds of Detroit and electronic music’s past. Each track brings a different flavour to the table, and the label are setting out their sonic vision. A fantastic, quality release – I’m looking forward to volume 2 already.