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Slant's fourth 12" yields two mighty pieces of techno. One side is Let's Go Outside's epic "Valentino", the other is the absolutely wicked "The Retainer" from Edit Select and Alex Smoke. All the criteria for a classic split are met and well exceeded here.
The pairing of Edit Select and Alex Smoke is simply brilliant. The A side's "The Retainer" is crowd control. Alex's signature vocal cut ups and chugging percussion layered atop Edit Select's hypnotic, repetitive style make for a true techno masterpiece. On the AA side,
Let's Go Outside throws down a deep, seductive, tough cut with "Valentino". Airy pads float atop pulsing bass and a subtle, driving orchestra of percussion and static. The entire piece slowly ebbs before crashing down, repeating; the pace deliberate and guided by soft words about first loves.
Laurent Garnier - "very deep organic techno tracks. will play"
Speedy J - "retainer for me! awesome"
Dustin Zahn - (9/10) - "Wow. Valentino is fucking amazing. This is gonna be my opening track for a while! The pairing of Tony and Alex is pretty good too. I am gonna bang both!"
Ivan Smagghe - "love the alex smoke/edit select one. support."
Orde Meikle (Slam) - "supa trax - like both - will play"
Tim Xavier - (10/10) - "10/10 Maaan, you guys are on fire!!! I'm still jacking tunes from the last release. Will chart!! Viva PDX!"
Perc - (9/10) - "Both tracks are killers, full support. Great release."
Kevin Gorman - "nice release, edit select & alex smoke is the one for me!"
Kyle Geiger - "The Valentino track is really cool! Will play the edit select one as well!"
Drumcell - (10/10) - "lets go outside mix is brilliant...total 100% props from me on this ep;; alex smoke mix is good as well"
Three - "'valentino' is in the box... powerful."
Bryan Zentz - "heavy stuff. nice split, fits the sound of the label well."
Secret Cinema - "Valentino's mix 4 moi"
Marco Bernardi - "really loving this release both as good as each other...go on smoke and x"
Derek Plaslaiko - (10/10) - "Man, BOTH of these are friggin hot!!!!"
Tommy Four Seven - (9/10) - "super!"
Audio Injection - (9/10) - "The Retainer is great, will play for sure, thanks!"
Clint Stewart - "Great package. Alex Smoke Remix on heavy late night rotation!"
Jason Short - (9/10) - "Will def rock The Retainer when i play a harder set. Lovely texture and beat."
Oliver Deutschmann - "very good ep. i will play the lets go outside track for sure. thanks"
DJ Sodeyama - (9/10)
Ascion - "i like both"
E. Spleece - "More heat from Slant!!!! I can't decide which one I like better, but I'm definitely rocking them both!"
Joe Stawarz - "Both strong tracks but the AA suits me best. Great builder and some really nice textures as can be expected from LGO."
Ritzi Lee - "Valentino reminds me of the 90s deep techno stuff on labels like Peacefrog and Releaf Records. Really nice to hear this again."
Dubfire, Len Faki, Claude Von Stroke, Lars Klein, Edit Select, Arthur Oskan, Pedro Delgardo, Jerry Abstract