Onur Özer - Red Cabaret EP
Istanbul homeboy Onur Ozer's paranoid, itchy and sexy sound is right at home on Vakant, the German minimal techno label that runs at peak time at most clubs. The title track on his 'Red Cabaret EP' is typical Ozer: shuffling samples and intricate layers that will keep you up all night and then some. Tight, delicate, fierce and forever changing, this sits right up there with Troy Pierce's 'Horse Nation' as a destroyer, while on the B 'Orion' chugs deep with a nagging metallic melody and lead ping - less obvious stuff that’s growing on me with each listen. B2 'Allegro Energico' might share its name with a classical outing, but this one was not produced for a formal occasion: sex drenched percussion and horns create a groove that is impossible not to dance to – if anything it reminds me of Bruno Pronsato's 'Wade In The Water, Children' or Tigerskin and Andre Crom's 'Notaufnahme'. Elsewhere a 'Twilight' re-edit comes as a digital exclusive: It’s a rolling and evolving siren and sordid percussion that is my least favorite of the edits. In the end this is a mixing tool - too loose, fragmented and rushed to satisfy on its own terms.
Overall this is a strong 12" that builds on Ozer’s earlier Vakant productions, even giving tracks like 'Bay of Figs' and 'Doppelwhipper' a run for its money. Now there’s a recommendation.
Fri / 9
A Red Cabaret (Overture)
B2 Allegro Energico