|Sep 17, 2010
The once so mighty label Digital Structures returns as a psychedelic trance/techno crossover label, run by Perfect Stranger and A. Balter. This is the first release.
|A. Balter vs. Eitan Reiter
|Digital download MP3/Wav
|27th of September, 2010
Roughly 10 years ago a couple of Swedish friends founded what was to become one of the most influential labels on the progressive psychedelic trance scene. The label was named Digital Structures, and the friends were Sebastian, Marcus and Peter – Sebastian and Marcus were also behind the project Son Kite (and later also Minilogue) and Peter was later to become known worldwide as DJ Peter Didjital/Digital. Through the years the label – on a musical level - went from success to success with their releases. From the first vinyls and CD compilations to the long list of albums from artists like Vibrasphere, Vibrasphere, Ticon, Tegma and Jaïa, which practically all became classics in many people’s eyes.
To explore progressive house, tech house and downbeat the sidelabels Vsual, Baluns and Chillosophy were even also established. The financial but was a bit trickier though. Rapidly declining music-sales led to the downfall of several distributors, the Son Kite duo found other genres to explore with their Minilogue-project and eventually the label closed down... ... Until now. Two of Israels busiest techno and progressive DJ’s/producers today, Avishay Balter (A.Balter) and Yuli Fershtat (Perfect Stranger/BLT), have taken up the difficult task of continuing with the once so mighty label. Both are rooted in the psychedelic trance scene, but are today making a blend of melodic, progressive and sometimes minimal techno which will also be the focus on the new Digital Structures. The first release is out in a few weeks, and here’s my impression of it.
When re-launching a label like Digital Structures (which has a special position for many people) I also think it’s fair to take other things into account and ask some questions though: Is it true to the Digital Structures sound? Why is this released on Digital Structures? Is there a concept behind this? Could this just as well have been released on another label? For starters - yes, this could just as well have been released on another label, and no it doesn’t sound like the old Digital Structures – but actually nothing does anymore.
I do believe that A. Balter and Perfect Stranger have a plan with this label – to really try to stay true to the original label, but give it a new twist, and I guess there is a starting point for anything. With time, I hope that Digital Structures will develop into a playground for the Israeli duo to really explore and develop their own sound with no restrictions, except respect for the vision of the original label. To finish this review (which more or less transformed into a more historical article and a series of ramblings ) let’s finish with my short conclusion on the two tracks on the EP; The original mix is really strong, and the Andreas Henneberg is also a quite good track on its own – especially for the clubbier sets. Worth checking out.
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