ad.lib & silvision _ Collide [Affin 117]


ad.lib & silvision’s debut on Affin is pure class. Slightly dubby, distorted and raw.. the kick and bass push the sparse, yet intricate rhythms continually forward. The 3 original tracks are backed up with quality remixes from Jeroen Search & Advanced Human. Search’s remix is particularly fine.

These tracks have gathered an incredible amount of support from the likes of T47, Mattias Fridell, Speedy J, Pfirter, Nihad Tule & Thomas Hessler to name but a few.

After a slight bit of atmosphere, the pounding kick of Collision arrives to lay the main rhythmical foundation of this sparse and grainy techno track. It’s definitely influenced by the dub sound, but its jackin’.. not spacy. Theres a wicked filtered synth that punctuates the groove ever 4 bars, which injects a great bounce to the track. Later another distorted and reversed sounding synth comes in. Really cool.

The Jeroen Search remix of Collision is excellent. He focuses on the reversed aspects of the original and uses them to build a mind melting groove. I love how all the different reversed sections  sound like they’re going against each other at times.. the track sounds so alive. Great to hear splashes of space echo type feedback (maybe it is haha) in there too. A relentless & classy remix.

Advanced Human also provides a remix of Collision. It remains fairly true to the original – but is less dub influenced and moves the release into slightly harder territory. I always enjoy anything I hear by AH.

Lots of music on this release – 5 tracks in all, including 2 more originals by ad.lib & slivision.

Path 1 is all about the driving bass that sits down low. I can imagine what this would sound like up full blast. The arrangement  / rhythmical elements are sparse again..  and it’s delicate and moody atmosphere is really beautiful. Love the way the groove is almost half time with that clap.. and how the reverbed stabs pop in and out.

Path 2 is probably my favourite of the originals. I find it really impressive from a production point of view. The way the different sounds interact with each other to build the percussive groove is amazing. It’s banging as well – love that sound at the start of each bar, that sounds like railings being hit with a stick. Cool stuff!!



Music production and history are my biggest passions in life. Though people often say that Techno is faceless and should be about the music blah, blah, blah.. I believe in the need to document the people and stories behind it. Techno is a very small world in reality and I think it needs a proper resource. I hope that everyone who is interested in Techno finds this blog accessible in terms of the way that it is written. I personally prefer to hear the artists voice as loud as the music and never enjoy synopsised and pasteurised versions of old conversation; the sort that's peppered with the occasional quote here and there.

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