Label: Transmit – Release Date: 22-01-2018 – Cat: TRSMT116
Originally from Venice, Italy, Mauel Pepe aka: Veerus, pulls out the stops yet again with another 3 track, hypnotic Techno E.P ‘Highlands’. This release, out on the New York based legendary DJ / producer BORIS’s, Transmit label, follows up to the banging STOP E.P.
Starting off this E.P is a track called WAW. A deep, heavy track; moody and mesmeric build up to the breakdown and then at just over 2 minutes in, it comes together in a driving, bass-heavy drop. The high hats in this section really lift the track giving it amazing big room presence. The main break at the 4 minute mark treats us to a dramatic delayed snare roll build up before taking the roof off at around 4:30. An absolute beast of a track and the star of the show for me personally.
Next up is the more percussive, ride cymbal driven riot of a track, ‘Feel’. Whilst just as driving as the opening track ‘WAW’, the extra percussive sounds, arpegiated lead and ‘Feel Good’ vocal gives this track a more house-like feeling while still keeping it very much in the techno genre. The main break of this track keeps the tension building in to a spine-tingling, percussive, ascendancy before smashing us back into the main groove of the track at around 4:50. Certainly a track for the early morning hours, there is a familiar and happy feel to this track, making the corners of the mouth move firmly upwards.
The title track ‘Highlands’ is a stormer of a techno track. Veerus starts us off with a warm heavy kick that leads to a heart pounding offbeat bassline and teases the listener wth a sidechained lead, a taste of things to come! White noise and sfx give way to an epic rising pad which drops in, allowing us to carry on fist pumping and bouncing around the dancefloor. Another euphoric, mesmerising break gets us at around the 3 minute mark, guaranteed to get the goosebumps going before we are off again. A thunderous techno track.
An exciting, uplifting techno E.P that I would expect to be hearing in many sets in the near future.
Damian Spencer Rating: 7.5/10