Italian duo Boston 168 have returned to BPitch with a three-pack package of industrial-tinged 303-led techno that doesn’t push any boundaries, but which revels in the sheer joy of a 303 sound that never seems to get old.
There’s a decided retro flavour here that feels like a throwback to the 1990’s. For “Kiss My Accent” the squeezed 303 sounds draw comparisons with Hardfloor at their angriest, while the slightly more measured and introspective “Mononucleacid” feels Josh Wink-ish, but with an absolutely lovely and strangely train-like whistling pad melody that’s really enchanting on top. The title track is a bit rave-ier, with a hint of breaks in the rhythm patterns, a slightly more aggressive groove and some breathy and indistinct female spoken word elements on top. With minimalism still seemingly the order of the day in techno, it’s nice to hear an unashamedly dramatic building church organ-style pad sound for once!
The production quality is top notch throughout and makes it a pleasure to wallow in a good old-fashioned acid bath.