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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Everything in Between
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Lisbon
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Dave Clarke
I Love Techno
Music Man

Rating: 9/10 ?


February 6, 2008
When Belgian techno outfit T99 tabled their 12-inch single of rave anthem "Anasthasia" in the early 1990s, the opening vocals pleading "Music maestro, please!" must've been directed at Dave Clarke, truly one of the very best, and a maestro if there ever was one. I Love Techno, the most recent mix from the legendary DJ/producer, is filled to the brim with some of the best techno and house from 2007, a year noted for its plethora of excellent electronic cuts. With acts like Peter Horrevorts, Public Energy, and Velvet Underwear, Techno is a heart-stopping collection, and it's energy is owed as much to Clarke's excellent taste and superb mixing skills as to the vision of the original artists.

Having been around for what seems like ages, Clarke has slowly evolved - from his origins as a hip-hop DJ, through the trance and house scenes - to become one of the most respected figures in the techno scene. His live sets are legendary; razor sharp cuts and seamless splices have kept dance floor patrons the world over bouncing like crazy, with hardly a beat missed. For those techno aficionados not fortunate enough to haunt the chic metropolises where the Clarke live experience can be readily had, I Love Techno is a pretty decent substitute.

More often than not mix records - which don't have the benefit of the natural physical energy that exists on a dance floor where a hundred or a thousand people experience something together and share a sort of joy of unison - fall flat. To Clarke's credit, such is not the case with I Love Techno, far from it. From the initial beats of opener "Coming Storm" on through to closer "The Same," Clarke owns the listener; he guides his audience through the techno and house of his choice, cranks it up a notch when necessary, and changes beat patterns often enough to assure boredom never sets in. Dave Clarke is simply a wizard of music's electronic realm, and he proves this once again with I Love Techno.

Lest punk and indie heads turn away with a cringe at the mention of the t-word, I can assure you that, in Clarke's hands, one need not be a techno geek to enjoy techno music. For anyone curious as to what the genre has to offer, Clarke's mix is a perfect primer. For anyone who simply appreciates clever rhythms and driving grooves, it is also on target. Even if you're one of those crazies who thinks dance music is not "real" music, I Love Techno is worth a taste test.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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