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Heimfidelity, Vol. 3

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The third in this German series of hard techno mixes pulls from the same well as the previous two, including tracks by Green Velvet, Richie Hawtin, and three from DJ Rush (topping the two found on Heimfidelity, Vol. 1). But where the previous edition suffered from an overload of hook-laden hard techno, Heimfidelity, Vol. 3, which was mixed by DJ Marky, takes a less-obvious approach while still maintaining the mandatory 4/4 punch. DJ Marky carefully balances stunner tracks like Hawtin's "Orange" and Zombie Nation's "Kernkraft" with simpler drum loops courtesy of Richard Bartz and Ben Sims. He even grants melody a moment in the spotlight, dropping Stephen Brown's "How It Should Be," with its sparkling chorus of Detroit-inspired bells. But beyond that one moment, Heimfidelity, Vol. 3 is still your standard European hard techno session. And it would be a mistake to assume it to be any more. But unlike the last Heimfidelity, which sought to pack in as many popular tracks as possible, at least this time the DJ was given the space needed to do his job.

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