Don't expect to find a better collection of the Detroit-based label Direct Beat's style of electro-influenced techno. DJ Di'jital goes through a total of 44 tracks for his mix, dropping them at a ridiculous pace. Almost on par with Jeff Mills' legendary Live at the Liquid Room album in terms of sheer technical proficiency and acceleration, Di'jital accomplishes what very few DJs are capable of. In an age where DJs are better known for their track selection than their skills, he proves that superb mixing skills can elevate a quality set to unparalleled heights. While most DJs let their tracks play out for several minutes, good techno DJs such as Di'jital and Mills mix their records at such a ferocious pace that they take the records to another level, shaping their sound in new ways. Throughout Techno Bass, Vol. 2, Di'jital often uses a particular track simply as a transition piece or lets a track play for under a minute to establish a specific mood before quickly changing to another sound. One may assume that such mixing would give the album a very disjointed feel, but he overcomes this problem by dropping primarily the work of Direct Beat artists so that each of the tracks retain a certain sound and feel that prevents juxtaposition. Furthermore, Techno Bass, Vol. 2 functions as an amazing testament to the production talents of Tom Hamilton. Best known for his work as AUX 88, Hamilton writes over half of the 44 tracks Di'jital uses for his mix. Hamilton's tracks look back to the pioneering electro of producers such as Afrika Bambatta and Juan Atkins for influence. Using booming bass beats and an up-tempo hip-hop aesthetic, Hamilton and the other producers on the album create a funkier, more dance-friendly version of techno that should appeal to hip-hop listeners as well as those with a taste for techno. In the end, the album's relentless propulsion makes it a bit too intense for average listening, meaning, of course, that Techno Bass, Vol. 2 effectively attains its goal of making your adrenaline flow.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
feat: DJ K1
feat: DJ K1