Various Artists

Day by Day

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Day by Day picks up where Going Thru Life left off, and continues to plot the course of the Netherlands-based Delsin label through a compilation of previously released material -- and almost exclusively 12-inch. Still a valuable resource for all things moody and warm, Delsin has proven to be one of the most consistent techno labels on the planet. This disc spans releases from late 2000 through mid-2002 and features several of the same producers who populated Going Thru Life. The earliest track here is Newworldaquarium's "Trespassers," a highlight of Carl Craig's 2002 Workout mix. A deliriously hypnotic 11-minute epic, the track is carried by a cottony thump with a weightless smear of a keyboard vamp and an odd and persistent two-note squawking noise that allows you to spot it a mile away. The downtempo "Todas Las Noches" from North Carolina-based producer $tinkworx is a slight change of pace for the label, with all sorts of oddball post-disco elements swarming throughout to make it closer to Metro Area than As One. Aardvarck is represented with a pair of tracks that display the label's connections to West London broken beat, including a set-closing Domu remix of "Re Spoken." Throw in a relatively stomping house-based track from Peel Seamus and a pair of productions from Detroit's Optic Nerve, and you've got all the proof you need that techno -- while somewhat mutated -- refuses to die.

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