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Delta Funktionen: “Challenger” (Traces, Delsin 2012)

Until recently, I had completely missed that Dutch producer Delta Funktionen released a full-length album last year. His singles on Delsin were really great minimal techno excursions, but the album is full of surprises. “Challenger” is one of the stand-outs to me, with its gloomy Gas-esque pads over a mid-tempo electro rhythm kit. In a similar spirit to Scuba’s Triangulation album a few years ago, Traces seems less concerned with perpetuating assumptions based on DF’s previous Ĺ“uvre and more with exploring the fringes thereof, with tracks that range from full on techno to electro and tinges of italo-disco. Not at all what I expected, but I’m pleasantly surprised.