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D-Mand – Weltesser (Blendwerk)

Many new electronic music labels get started every year and very few of them look all that promising. That however is not the case with ‘Blendwerk’ which is a new melodic techno imprint from two of the most exciting up and coming artists E-Spectro and Hells Kitchen. Their first release is out this week and it features a new single from D-Mand which includes remixes from: Aparde and Verve.

D-Mand hails from Portugal and has steadily been making a name for himself with solid releases on Agara, Stereo Paradise and Manual Music. His first offering for Blendwerk is entitled ‘Weltesser’ and we think it’s his strongest production yet. A lot of melodic techno can lack drive and energy to an extent as it gets too caught up in the intricacies but that is not the case with ‘Weltesser’. This particular piece has immense drive along with a wealth of glitchy electronics and melancholic themes. The beat patterns are super fresh as well which is going to make it even more devastating on the dance floor. What we absolutely love about it though is how the moody backdrop works in perfect contrast to the glassy sounding hypnotic swells which weave their way in and out of the record. A fabulous production from D-Mand.

The first remix comes from Aparde who is a Berlin based producer that we have been following for about a year now. Paul Irgendwer aka Aparde first came to our attention with his productions for ADRO and Kelle rin mid-2012. Aparde’s grainy, character-laden approach to techno is very refreshing and he’s one of the genres true undiscovered talents at the moment. For his ‘Weltesser’ interpretation Aparde has taken all the wonderfully trippy elements from the original and reinvented them in a dirtier more stripped down affair that still maintains the great energy from the original. The eleven minute journey is truly exceptional as it flows through a variety of cool themes and futuristic designs not to mention it’s our favourite track on the package as well.

The final remix on the package is provided by Verve. The Australian born and based producer not only runs the excellent FutureForm imprint but has also been a nice production roll this year. A very strong collaboration with Lowbit’s Sonic Union on Mesmeric along with solo productions for Stereo Paradise, Particles and Intricate have forged a very strong first half of 2013. Verve’s ‘Weltesser’ interpretation gets the second half of the year off to a great start as he’s delivered a remix that complements the other 2 versions very well. Perhaps the techiest and most atmospheric rework on the release Verve has re-created the surreal vibe from the original incredibly well here. Ominous, metallic coated sheets of temperamental atmospheres combined with gyrating hypno-synths for an otherworldly listening experience that put a cap on a stellar first release from Blendwerk. Keep a close eye on this new label as 2013 moves forward, we’re very excited about it and can tell you that some exceptional music is on the way. Highly Recommended. Release Promo Hype Chart Top 10

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