The first time I put this on I kind of lost track of what I was doing and before I knew it 3 minutes had elapsed and I wasn’t too sure if the track I just heard was any good. I decided to concentrate this time and hit play again. The beginning of the track slowly fades in to a mixture of baseline, deep riffs and vocal samples. Then the beat stops and there’s a wicked build up to a frenzy of melodic techno that takes you somewhere else. John Digweed and his team have picked out a gem here, definitely one for a large club night.
Dave Angel – regarded by many as the Godfather of the UK’s Techno scene – returns to Bedrock with a stunning new single. “Harlequin” displays his supremely groovy and downright funky side, having evolved and matured stylistically over the years, since his early heart-stopping techno outings more than 3 decades ago now. This is Dave Angel’s first outing on Bedrock since 2011, when his remix of Marco Bailey’s “Rubber Band” (BEDMBDIGI01) was hailed as a pure master-class in techno genius.
The son of a jazz musician, Dave Angel’s first musical instrument (appropriately) was a drum at age of eight, so it’s no surprise that he developed an ear for a good groove. Since entering the consciousness of the techno community in 1990, he has pretty much remained there ever since. Although he’s London born and bred, he has been making records like he’s from Detroit with a distinctive twist of funk and jazz for years. Dave Angel is one of the scene’s true characters, giving off an aura of positivity like no other, a kind of warmth that you cannot fail to feel through his exceptional, uplifting music.
Released by: Bedrock Records
Release/catalogue number: BEDDIGI34
Release date: May 6, 2013