After getting underway with "Music In My Head," a 20-year-old cut courtesy of Arthur Forest, Eddie Fowlkes and Santonio Echols, Kern Vol. 1 spends 25 minutes skirting various forms of old school house, from the garage-tinged "Submission Underground" edit of Visions' "Is This Real" through to Kerri Chandler's cosmic "Cobal" and the rolling acid of "Vaporizor" from UK producer Phil Asher under his Plash moniker. The pace quickens with Zadig's percussive "Manic Mansion," the first in a string of big room techno records. A series of long transitions accompany them, each helping build a sense of urgency and tension that peaks with Shed's "A100" (produced as The Traveller).
Free from the throwback swing and accessibility of the mix's first half, DJ Deep delves into nothing but no-nonsense techno for the final 30 minutes. Deeply Rooted House affiliates Jonas Kopp, Bleak and Marcelus all appear, each comfortably within the DJ tool realm but with enough flair to keep things interesting.
You could split Kern Vol 1 into three distinct parts, all of which are deftly woven together. Placed side by side, the mix's sunny opening would be at odds with its techno-charged finale, but des Rosaies's seemingly calculated approach bundles it all together splendidly. His style is unique but not unconventional, and allows the listener to slide from one section to the next without ever disrupting his overall narrative.