Balans head honcho Darko Esser is on duty for his very first EP on Balans Records. To celibrate this joyous occasion he unleashes what might be his strangest track up till date. And who is more qualified for a reinterpretation of some weirdness then underground techno-punk duo Sandwell District and Belgians finest techno producer Peter van Hoesen to remix? Exactly. Its an honor to see such fine artists on the Balans board and boy, did they deliver!
The title of the original pretty much is spot on. Allthough we can imagine some might wonder if totally & utterly disturbed would have been a better one. Its without a doubt Darkos most twisted and unpredictable techno tune up till date. The sequences and basslines seem out of sync, breaks appear out of nowhere and we guess every sound altering source on the synths have been utilized to make them dizzy untill they throw up. Its like being in modulation hell.
The Dutchman asked a couple of friends for a good old fashioned total re-work. These friends happen to be some of the underground technos finest: Peter van Hoesen and Regis & Function a.k.a. Sandwell District. Peters Stretched and Pitched reinterpration does exactly as the title promises: total sound re-design. The orginal sounds are being twist and turned into psychedelic mayhem at an unsettling low tempo. Combined with his trademark bass heavy rhythmics, its pure and unadultared psychofunk.
The Sandwell duo are also generous when it comes to bass antics. The slow tempo gives the low frequencies all the breathing space they need, whilst gradually and subtely unleashing dark and haunting soundscapes as the track progresses. Just when you think your are passed the abstract point of no return, theres a nice little twist at the end. How we love these left turns & surprises. The new year couldnt have started better. Or is it worse? You decide!
Francois K "I like the Sandwell District mix the best from the bunch, however I havent had a chance to try it out on a big room system. When I do Ill let you know how it goes."
Kevin Gorman "Apols for slow response, writing lots of music at the moment, not really listening to promos much.. but had a listen and they are nicely produced tracks, will do very well no doubt Darko is a super cool guy, always makes interesting records."
Christian Smith "Im not a big fan of the retro 1990's techno sound. I was the first time around, so now Im looking more forward. Having said that the Sandwell District remix is pretty evil and nice. Will play it!"
Paul Woolford "Darko Esser is one of the good guys and I'm always keen to hear his material. Will be playing Peter Van Hoesen's mix out of these, that foreboding atmosphere he's conjured here is perfect scene-setting material for my techno-led sets. Many thanks. "
Ben Sims Both remixes are cool, i think i'm swaying towards the PVH tho, quality deepness, thx!
Marc Romboy - "Amazing how Darko interpretates real Techno nowadays, strong package! Sandwell my pick here, will support in my radio show!!!"
Chris - (mnml ssgs) - "The remixes sound good. Gonna listen further.
Youri - (Beatsandbeyond.com) - "Amazing stuff here!"
Angel - (DJ Magazine es) - "Review in February Issue. Thanks."
TeaAndTechno Not mind blowing mixes, but still very cool.
Andrew (Pulse Radio) Love love love the PvH and Sandwell District remixes! Original is really interesting too. Will review for Pulse.
Mark Broom Hey guys I LOVE this release. Definitely what Im playing at the moment thanx for sending!
The Hacker - "Like the original, but prefer the Sandwell District remix, very good as always with them."
Nuno dos Santos - "Balans on a roll! Will try all 3 versions here!"
Max Cooper - "Excellent Peter van Hoesen remix once again!! Thanks for sending guys.
Brendon Moeller - "Sandwell District all day long for me guys, good release! Thanks!"
Perc - "Solid stuff all round Darko, with Sandwell District just edging it for me. Support!"
Pär Grindvik - "Love them! All versions have got their thing but on first listen Im picking Peter van Hoesens Stretched And Pitched mix as my fave. Thanks."
Orde - (Slam) - "A superb release from Balans. 3 TOP trax!! Thanx."
Vince Watson - "Peters mix is doing it most for me on the release.... Sandwell District not far behind though."
Norman Nodge - "Strange original track (in a positive way) and two great remixes!! Hard choice of what to play."
Armin van Buuren - "I will be testing the original of Slightly Disturbed!"
Andrew Grant - "Sandwell District & Peters mix tears the roof off. BOMBS!"
Danny Howells - "Sandwell mix is a real KILLER! Sure player!!"
Craig - (Silicone Soul) - "Love the madness of Darkos original.. great mixes too - the Soma boys are gonna love this!"
Alan Fitzpatrick - "All about the Sandwell boys for me. LOVE it! Full support!!"
Ewan Pearson - "Peter van Hoesen mix is REALLY good!!"
Shadow Dancer - "Fantastically deep (sorry) stuff from Peter van Hoesen! Boss record!!"
Richie Hawtin - Downloaded.
Samuel L Session - "Good techno here, very "out there"!! Me diggin the Sandwell mix very much!"
DVS1 - "The Peter van Hoesen mix is definitely the best for my sets. Gonna give it some spins."
Agoria - "DARKO IS MAD and I LIKE it!! Slightly Disturbed indeed."
Quince - "L.O.V.E. the Sandwell District Remix! Peter van Hoesen + Original are also nice."
Paul Brtschitsch - (Puresque) - "I really like the uniqueness in Darkos productions. It probably needs a special moment to play that tune, but if it fits its gonna be awesome Im sure! The remixes are great too, even if i cant here that they followed the idea of the original.. overall a great release!"
Radio Slave - "WOW....Love the Peter van Hoesen mix...deep and trippy. Will be playing this for sure!!!"
Sian - "Sandwell District Remix is hugely perfect!! "
Konrad Black - "Feeling the remixes most on here Darko.. especially the PVH.. CRAZINESS!!"
Diesel - (X-Press 2/MoS Radio) - "SICK!!! Peter really is a God!!"
Rocky (X-Press 2/MoS Radio) - "Late night sessions. Very dark and druggy. Sandwell mix for me."
Diversions - (CHRY 105.5FM Toronto, Canada) - "Diggin the floaty grooves of the Sandwell District Remix."
Raphael - (Partysan / Stuttgart) - "Yeah, Sandwell District mix is dope!!"
Thilo - (Groove Magazine Germany) - "Review in our March issue."
Sergio B - (deejay.es) - "Peter Van Hoesen remix AMAZING trip! Sandwell District is the dark! Original is future."
Scan Mode - (DJ Magazine Spain) - "Sandwell District remix for meee!!!"
Inverted Audio - "PVH & Sandwell are the tracks for me - the original is very hypnotic, whilst the latter (Sandwell) is dark, moody and full of atmosphere, guaranteed floor shaker!"
Soundwall.it - "Good ep guys! Peter van Hoesen Stretched And Pitched Remix for me."
Clément - (TRAX Magazine France) - "Big Big Big Techno Records. Deeply love the original and Sandwell District remix but The Peter Von Hoesen remix wins the ame."
Philip Sherburne - (Resident advisor & Beatportal) - "Good stuff all around, esp Peter's mix..."
Tsugi Magazine France - "Goood mixes."
De:Bug Magazine Germnay - "Considering for review."