Remco Beekwilder - LSD
An absolutely thumping EP this.
Tenth release on Dax J's Monnom Black label and the first from Dutch upcomer Remco Beekwilder, sits comfortably among the other label artists. Beekwilder may be a new name to some but he's been doggedly producing uncompromising Techno since 2013's The Archive on Anecdote Records, racking up a good handful of releases since. His break came on the release of his 10th Planet EP (in June 2016 on Stranger's Self Reflektion label) which garnered support from the likes of Dettmann, Luke Slater, Rebekah and Dave Clarke.
Hinting at new directions earlier this year with the Acid-tinged, minimal vibe of State Of Return, the crowd-pleasing Techno of new EP LSD will please many but may also seem like a reverse manoeuvre to others. We know the title track has been a staple of Dax J sets since the beginning of the year, so let's not read too much into that side of things just yet.
75% of the EP is very good... only Rave Mood sounds like a standard DJ tool. Opener LSD is the highlight though, with its catchy vocal snippet and accompanying melody. Concrete Jungle and Human Mind follow suit, combining great vocal samples with effective bass and melody, each underpinned with a thumping 4x4 beat.
8/10 after 15 listens