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Salon Des Amateurs Remix EP-2

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Both Steve Bicknell and Vainqueur are very old friends of FatCat and little short of legendary names in the techno genre. London-based Bicknell is co-curator of the seminal, scene-defining Lost nights, which date back to the early ‘90s, where luminaries such as Jeff Mills, Basic Channel, Richie Hawtin, Suburban Knight, and Robert Hood gained their first ever UK bookings (and where FatCat founder Alex Knight frequently appeared as DJ). A close ally of Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Laurent Garnier, Bicknell also runs a number of labels, including Lost Recordings and Cosmic. His brilliant reinterpretation of ‘Tanzbein’ is a dark, pounding, floor-friendly track that drives on a rotor-flicker and a deep kick-pulse and coats everything in a pumping, viscous, bass-ooze.

Berlin-based René Löwe, under his moniker/alias Vainqueur, was a key player in the Hardwax shop/scene of the early ‘90s (back in the days when FatCat itself was a pioneering electronic record store, with the two shops closely linked, regularly trading records and ideas) and cemented his place in the pantheon of classic techno with several releases on the Chain Reaction imprint, as well as being one of the very few artists to appear on Basic Channel. René’s fizzing, shimmering, amorphous dub take on ‘Ping’ is classic Vainqueur – chasing clouds of radiance through the deployment of rippling delay and continual filtering. There are a host of Basic Channel / Chain Reaction imitators out there, but the sheer quality stamped across this heavyweight12” punches holes in the opposition and marks it out as the real deal.


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Salon Des Amateurs Remix EP-2