Michael Forshaw

Chan & Mike's Records: Seriel Scratch, Vol. 5

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Generally speaking, mixes intended to showcase record labels tend to be lackluster. The obvious restriction on track selection, combined with the need to showcase each individual song, leaves the DJ with little ability to manipulate the records into one coherent whole. The fact that this mix draws only from the five records previously released on Chan and Mike's testifies not only to the label's quality, but to Forshaw's mastery of producing rough and tumble techno music that's not afraid to get dirty. Starting with a heavy techno foundation, Forshaw crams acid noise, booty bounce, and electro wiggle into each and every record. Rarely repetitive, tracks flip around like the most rancorous work of Aphex Twin yet maintain a dancefloor-friendly tempo throughout. The production is gritty as hell, with every sound overdriven to the edge of distortion. It's almost noise, but Forshaw draws in the reins before anything risk becoming artsy. The mixing is playful, smacking the tracks around like a cat with a mouse. By refusing to play by any rules, Forshaw has made an ultimate example of why parents hate techno, and its damn fun.

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