DJ Bone's latest LP, A Piece Of Beyond, shows the difference between these two projects getting smaller. A few tracks, like "Dreamers 9" and "Sweat," stick rigidly to the DJ Bone template: linear, loop-based techno. For the most part, though, Dulan's blunt instruments seem to have gained unusual depth and polish. The kick drums still hit hard, even on the album's most poignant track, "R.I.P.," featuring the late Aaron Carl's tender vocals. If that one comes as a surprise, the same can't be said of some other tracks. A couple recall elements of Carl Craig ("Freestyle") and Drexciya ("Lectronimo"), but neither offers a fresh take on those sounds.
Compared to It's Good to Be Differ-Ent, most of A Piece Of Beyond sounds a bit safe. There's a four-track sequence, however, that contains the most daring and diverse music Dulan has produced in any guise. "The Stalker" oscillates between heads-down techno and rousing airborne synths. "Power Outage" mimics circuitry going into meltdown. "The Chase"'s breakbeat broadsides are followed by "All My Heart"'s soaring synths and "I love you" vocal sample, which all surge like a pure serotonin rush. It's during this section that Dulan keeps his light and dark sides in balance, and where he shows he can be as much of a force in the studio as he is in the DJ booth.