Various Dekmantel 10 Years 3
Published May 10, 2017For the third instalment of the Dekmantel 10 Years EP series, the Amsterdam label calls on Levon Vincent, Legowelt, Joey Anderson and Central. These four tracks lean toward the celestial underpinnings of house and techno, taking an experimental turn on functional dance floor aesthetics and tropes.
Levon Vincent's "UK Spring Vibes" is marked by the delicate shuffle of its understated percussion. The producer's trademark analogue bass tone — the same one that makes tracks like "Woman Is The Devil" so memorable — drives its inherent sense of progression. It eventually evolves into lounge keys that starkly emerge, but manage not to disrupt absorption in the minimalist atmospherics. The track serves as a satisfying low-key opener to the rest of the EP. The remainder does not boast as gripping of an impression.
Although Legowelt's "Blue Austral Techno" is the peak-time standout of the four tracks, Levon Vincent's contribution is the reason to pick up this instalment in the series. Its natural groove overshadows the peak-time ambitions of the other artists who don't offer as much of a lasting impression. (Dekmantel)