Robert Babicz’s ‘One Day We’ll All be Happy’ EP dropped last year on Selador, the German acid king making his mark as one of the standout cuts on the imprints solid efforts in 2014. It’s returned this year with Affkt, dubspeeka, Melokolektiv and early noughties favourites King Unqiue all rummaging over the grooves for a re-jig. Affkt goes in a bass led direction on the title track, losing some of the trippy melody of the original for a more groove led cut that is much housier in its scope – big thumbs up from me. Dubspeeka is let loose on ‘Tonefabrik’, the subtle intricacies of his production delivering a cut that has faint undercurrents of UR on the melody. Detroit is also an influence for the direction on Melokolektiv’s take on ‘Massive’, with a stirring atmospheric background creating the kind of deep techno Laurent Garnier is so into, meaning the first three re rubs are generally speaking quite easy going efforts. That approach is shunned completely though by King Unique. He’s gone for some Murk esque drums that give it a feel of vintage Steve Lawler or Danny Tenaglia, a sound that demands nothing but a pitch black dancefloor punctuated by a single strobe. Things take a darker direction later on with menacing synths growling in and out of the mix, making it one of those records that send you mental – in every meaning of the word. Use with caution.
4 out of 5
Reviewed by Selador