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Michael Boenig: Toris Moon (Trapez)

Trapez delivers yet another no nonsense 12" of techy dancefloor tracks. They manage to elevate beyond the usual DJ tool category into what I think are really fantastic headphones listening as well as very mix-friendly. Techno heavyweight Pascal FEOS appears doing a remix of the title cut, but I have to say that I prefer Boenig’s original. His aesthetic is right up my alley — tracks that are crisp, punchy, clear, not without a hook, but not gimmicky. It comes through as strongly on the title cut as it does on “Tanzviertel,” a really great B-side that competes with the main cut for the standout. That’s all the 12" has to offer, but digital versions of the EP include a few bonus remixes of the A-side from Spartaque, Roland M. Dill and Boenig himself. The main event, though, are Boenig’s original tracks… the remixes all work well as variations on the theme, but none of them really measure up the punchy original except possibly his own remix (which as far as I can tell is an exercise in making the track friendlier for mixing). Highly recommended, though — Boenig might not be breaking a lot of new ground with these tracks, but his take on crisp, precise minimal techno is energizing and top-notch.

Watch/listen: Toris Moon

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