Umek's a fellow whose success is built on the need to do well in a harsh environment. His beginnings as a DJ and promoter in Slovenia required he play music that attracted as many people as possible: There weren't that many people both able and willing to attend techno gigs. This has resulted in a kind of antithesis to the usual "genre-defying" type; instead, Umek makes tracks that sit well with Carl Cox and John Digweed, releasing on labels such as Renaissance, but can also chime with the more underground likes of Billy Nasty, having released on Datapunk.
On this release he's brought in newcomer Sinisa Lukic, and you can almost hear in these tracks the lessons that the heavyweight has passed on. That's to say that, yes, they're very club-friendly, with crossover appeal that would see them at home on terraces, in dark clubs or for the more upbeat party mood. However, they've done well again to create tracks that deserve respect for their neatly crafted flow and drive, with some cool little leftfield touches, like tribal whoops that sit amongst the congas.
Both tracks are rather similar, aimed as they towards the utilitarian jock, but the title track is the stormer here and takes most of the attention, whereas the B side clatters a bit more, with an Amazonian vibe. Usually I'd avoid anything this mainstream, but there's a quality here that would be boorish to ignore.
Tracklist: Umek vs. Lukic - Blinking Indicator EPA Blinking Indicator
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