Noah Pred Pacific Technics

It’s been a long time since I’ve come across a techno compilation that didn’t make me want to turn it off halfway into the first track, and I’ve already listened to this one several times from start to finish! Originally from Vancouver and now a resident of Montreal, Noah Pred comes with a mix of classy, persistent techno that employs both melody and varying degrees of thump to create a couth collection. As each track morphs into and emerges from one another the differences stand out without being jarring, demonstrating Pred’s skill in spotting the elements that, when juxtaposed, have the right balance of tension and fluidity to keep the ball rolling. With a pinch of dub ("I Love Your Money”), and a touch of house ("Half Past Midnight”) accenting the tech, Pred’s done a good thing — and not only in audio, as all the proceeds from the comp will go to Amnesty International. (Independent)