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Going Thru Life

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Since 1996, Marsel Van Der Wielen's Amsterdam-based Delsin label has served as an outpost for consistently good to great techno that has combined complexity with emotion and spirit. The most obvious jump-off points with the majority of the label's roster are Detroit phenoms like Carl Craig, the type of Detroit-influenced material kicked out by Kirk Degiorgio under various pseudonyms throughout the first half of the '90s, IDM pathfinders like the Black Dog, and West London's broken beat scene. Despite the touchstones, most anyone who has heard a handful of Delsin's 12" releases can tell you that the label has established a warm sound of their own that almost always carries a melodic and slightly hallucinatory feel. They build on the past and have instant appeal to the now, finding plenty of territory to roam around that avoids both aggression and ambient anemia. Going Thru Life surveys material released since the label really began rolling in 1998, based on 12" highlights as well as a handful of previously released tracks for those who have been smitten with the label since Van Der Wielen's first release as Peel Seamus. Some of the best tracks here come from Aardvarck, Norken, Future Beat Alliance, and CiM. Not only is this a great introduction to the label, but you can't help but feel as you're listening that Delsin's best days are still ahead of them.

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