Is the new EP on Amelie Lens's label really so different from supposedly more tasteful techno?
Iver's "Cry For Redemption," his debut track, which appeared on Lens's recent fabric presents mix, showed a taste for trance-influenced drama that also surfaces on Haunted Patterns. It's there in the arpeggiated lead line of "7AM," and the choral keys of the title track. Indeed, in the same way it'd be tough to pick out some of LENSKE's other tracks in a techno identity parade, "7AM" and "Haunted Patterns" would blend seamlessly into a trance or hard dance set.
Milo Spykers' remix of "7AM" is also high impact but pulls that inverse drop move—build, kick drum enters, arrangement strips back—that Lens is such a fan of. "Rave Simulator" is big, dumb and pretty fun. It's the type of rave-techno hybrid that's been done plenty of times before, but that won't stop it moving a dance floor. The same is basically true of the EP. Everything here is completely serviceable, but the aim seems to be to fall in line with prevailing sounds rather than challenge them.