Seth Troxler joins the “Shaking Heads” cover star elite of the BPitch Control Boogybytes series with this sumptuous mix from the Berliner. Following albums from Elen Allien, Kiki, Modeselektor and Sashcha Funke, Troxler is the first non-BPitch Control label artist to be given a release. The vocal “it’s about score, about clubs and pubs, about personality and the things that define us” opens a collection which takes in Mike Shannon, Alexi Delano, Fever Ray, Heartthrob, Dinky, Spektrum and Roman Flugel. Troxler pays homage both to his Detroit roots and to the minimal house style of his new home, Berlin, and makes listeners feel very welcome with a finely-tuned techno trip.
Troxler starts with a curious vocal track, The Royal We’s “Party Guilt”, where a girl casually chats away to a muffled guy with a pinky plonky backing providing a very casual introduction as though we are being invited into a private space to hear his mix. A gradual introduction of Luciano’s “Fran Left Home” with Mike Shannon’s “Sweet A Pella” takes us into more familiar territory as the minimal stylings appear, particularly with the uplifting synths of “The Soul Part II” by Craig Smith & The Revenge followed by the effortlessly soothing “Right At It” from Baeka which will have your ears perfectly in tune with the fifth Boogybytes.
Troxler pays homage both to his Detroit roots and the minimal house style of his new home, Berlin.
Troxler retains the relaxed vibe through “Westoid” and Deniz Kurtel’s remix of “Fables and Fairytales” before giving the minimal maestro Richie Hawtin, an airing via his edit of Spektrum’s “Freakbox” which ups the pace at the moment you least expect. Already locked in to Troxler’s rhythm, he hangs back from hitting his full stride, helped by his own remix of Heartthrob’s “Signs” under the Thrill Cosby pseudonim, ahead of the first of two tunes Troxler considers future classics — “Birds and Angels”. The bubbling synths and male vocals make for a dream-like six minutes, preceding Roman Flugel’s space-age “Stricher”. Troxler’s remix of Fever Ray’s “Seven” will be accepted dependent on how whether you like her quirky vocal style, but Kiki’s “Cinema Obscura” and Nicolas Jaar’s “Time For Us” (the second classic in Troxler’s view) provide a soothing warm down.
Troxler was recently voted into Resident Advisor’s top 10 of the DJs of 2009, this mix is evidence of why. The carefully-considered tune selection dabbles in a variety of minimal house and techno stylings for full flavour of Berlin’s sound infused with Detriot’s history. Highly recommended.