Few labels can claim to have had a better calender year than Delsin’s 2011. From Mike Dehnert to Conforce to their fantastic Inertia series, even for an imprint as venerated and revered as Delsin this sure has been a big one. While it may be impossible to identify the best techno album in what has been an exceptionally strong year for the genre, Morphosis’ (pictured) What Have We Learned simply has to be near the top of the pile. As Delsin’s newest signing, it is only fitting that he should get the remix treatment from a fellow techno heavyweight, and Marcel Dettmann fits the bill perfectly. The original Too Far is featured on the CD and digital versions of What Have We Learned, and is accompanied here by a pair of remixes that subtly transform the track from deep, disconcerting house to something truly subterranean.
Too Far doesn’t beat around the bush, opening with tortured organs before a crunching beat provides the backdrop for KAE’s “we’ve really gone too far” vocals to shimmer and unnerve. The first of Dettmann’s two remixes piles on the reverb and strips back the rhythms while keeping the vocals just about intact. The second immediately announces itself with bruising industrial kicks before strange chords flicker into being and decay in seconds. KAE’s vocals are still there–a testament to how perfectly they suit this darkly seductive music. This is absolutely one of the best 12″s of the year for the afterhours crowd, and a worthy way for Delsin to close out what has been a remarkable twelve months.