Techno freaks rejoice, for the highly-anticipated and long-awaited Mistress Recordings 3 LP package has finally arrived and it dropped one year to the day after Doubt's 10" release which we covered at the time. Label owner Zak Khutoretsky a.k.a. DVS1 has really outdone himself this time by getting together an impressive number of 12 artists from all over the underground techno scene. Each of the 12 producers contributed one carefully selected representative masterpiece track for a unique release that spans not one, not two, but tree 12" records all sold separately, but released at the same time. In true artistic fashion, Zak conceptually designed each release following nature's most beautiful and complete creation: the human female. The Blonde, The Brunette and The Redhead make up the wax trio, whose ethos centres around the synchronisation of both aural and visual spectrum via linked sounds and graphics.
'The Blonde' introduces newcomer and one third of the live acoustic-electronic experimental Carl Gari trio, Jonas Friedlich for his second ever appearance on wax. The Munich-based producer's 'Thuesdub' is a deep atmospheric dub techno piece that dwells closer to the realm of designer music than of the conventional club one. Next up Stu Robinson a.k.a. ASOK takes the wheel with another one of this trademark blend of industrial and ambiental driving us towards a cosmic 'Purple Saturn Day'. Flip the side and the scenery changes into more deeper, faster-paced raw house arrangements with 'Freek', a club warmer forged in the first ever collaboration between An Gelo (ANMA Records) and Nicson (Flumo Records). The first 12" ends with another new name to the game delivering one hell of a conclusion. Kiril Mamin's 'Cutting' is a drop dead gorgeous dark warehouse techno stunner, that entices you to get lost into its mesmerising veil.
'The Brunette' comes next and brings a darker, more mysterious tone with Montreal-based Ombossa's vinyl debut track. 'Bonish Thuggish' is a dark and rough around the edges construction that shows great production skills and a fine attention to details with its chilling layers and haunting details. Next up, Chicago-based techno purist Jerome Baker changes the pace with his simply titled 'Track 20', a deconstructed classic 4/4 techno construction with a minimalist approach and straightforward raw analog delivery. Flip this side over and find Juxta Position, the alter ego of Marquis Hawkes getting crazily creative with rich acid basslines and a rhythmic assortment of drum machine percussions and fills in his prophetic 'World Domination' piece. Berlin aspiring duo Discreet Circuit concludes the second 12" with an unrelentless big-room warehouse techno piece called 'Incursion' that employs the use of heavy electro and rigorous Detroit elements.
'The Redhead' invites hardcore producer Nutype to kick things off, and he does it very well, but in an entirely different way that anyone would have imagined. 'Noisy Ride' comes as a big surprise from the SoCal gabber enthusiast who presents us a darker and heavier side with his ominous big-room mind-melter. Minneapolis techno revelation Mike Gervais follows next with 'Grind', a serious club stomper with solid Detroit roots, superb synth programming and filtering and enough energy to keep you going for hours. Jumping to the other side we discover the mysterious Freiburg-based producer Opinion. Coming seemly out of nowhere, his dubbed-out daydreamer 'Autobahnkirche' exhibits a fine sense of sound design and great production skills. Putting an end to the third 12" and to the entire package is A&S, the collaboration project composed of Adekk & Scavenger, two obscure producers from Holland. 'Xenix' is a no-nonsense, straight to the point marching techno anthem that takes us back in time to the dawn of the Detroit techno scene.
Mistress Recording's latest offering is a colourful assortment of potent techno flavours designed to satisfy all your techno desires, no matter what your taste may be, be it Blonde, Brunette or Redhead.