Finally, dub techno is becoming cool again. The much maligned genre has already seen a few rejuvenating releases this year such as Deadbeat’s Drawn & Quartered, but chomping at the bit right behind that titan you will find fabulously named Dutchman Boris Bunnik, aka Conforce. Dystopian Elements is his second EP of 2011, and his second on deep techno giant label Delsin, and the quality of tracks such as Luminous, Lonely Run and Vacuum should go a long way to restoring fan faith in a genre almost killed by creative stagnation.
Things start out slow even for dub techno. Luminous and Lonely Run are both sub-115 bpm, but what they lack in energy they more than make up for in atmosphere. Lonely Run is draped in halloween-like synths, while Luminous swims in enveloping bass, letting delicate rhythms skitter overhead. Vacuum, however, absolutely steals the show, raising the tempo and letting splayed and drawn out house chords shimmer and melt away, all the while built on a framework of omnipresent deep subs. It is certainly one of the best dub techno tracks of the year.