John Acquaviva

Mainhatten Sound

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No, it's not a misspelling -- miles away from New York lies Mainhatten, the sparkling financial center of Frankfurt, Germany, and home to more skyscrapers than any other city in Europe. Close by are the offices of Force Inc., not exactly a capital of German industry, but still one of techno's brightest and best labels of the late '90s. Ontario-based DJ John Acquaviva salutes the sound of one of his favorite mixing locales with this Shadow collection -- a mix of hard, minimal tracks by several excellent producers (not all of them German). Though Acquaviva begins his set with an uncharacteristically funky Porter Ricks track ("Spoil"), he quickly eases into the trademarked Force Inc. sound, with great tracks by Hakan Lidbo ("Proton/Elektron"), Stewart Walker ("Songs Without Climax"), and Thomas P. Heckmann (both as Heckmann and Welt in Sherben).

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