DJ Rolando

Vibrations

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DJ Rolando's Vibrations mix is in many ways a welcome follow-up to his debut, The Aztec Mystic Mix. Like that debut, Vibrations showcases his precise, quick-mix technique in fine form as he glides from one track to the next every couple minutes, never disrupting the steady flow and never getting too showy. Further like The Aztec Mystic Mix, Vibrations showcases the seemingly bottomless, definitely timeless Underground Resistance catalog well, offering 23 tracks in total, including some rare ones completists may want to take note of (some SID tracks as well as a pair of unreleased ones). There is one main difference between The Aztec Mystic Mix and Vibrations, however, and that's the heavy emphasis on electro-techno rather than good old-fashioned UR-style Detroit techno. The mix is called Vibrations for a reason, after all, and there are stuttering rhythms here aplenty. The almighty climax comes during the closing minutes, when Rolando drops the excellent "Afrogermanic" followed shortly afterward by one of UR's classics among classics -- one of the tracks that made UR a force to be reckoned with in the first place -- the acid-storm electro workout "Final Frontier," which is the only track here Rolando plays out in full (all eight-plus astonishing minutes of it). Vibrations doesn't boast as many classics as The Aztec Mystic Mix does overall; that's not necessarily a bad thing though, as many of the tracks here will probably be unfamiliar to anyone except UR completists and most are certainly unavailable anywhere except on vinyl, which makes this an economical one-disc collection of otherwise rarely heard yet mostly first-rate tracks by one of the most reliable and reputable techno labels out there.

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