Hungary's prolific Jay Lumen returns to Great Stuff Recordings with another typically large slice of face-smacking big room techno, following on from this year's hugely successful Here Comes That Sound EP.
Faceball is on a mission to bore deep into the central sweet spot of the dancefloor, and it's not letting anything get in its way. Stomping boldly out the speakers with a tough and tight aesthetic, it gallops and tumbles its way along with a droning bassline at its heart, and carefully balanced, deceptive percussion. Break the the drums down to their composite parts and they all sound relatively restrained and gentle; percolated through Lumen's groove machine, however, they push and pull and spar against each other in a way that creates a synergistic, rolling intensity. A trick of the sonic light, if you will. Warped breakdowns, meaty snare rolls and incessant cymbal rides top the vaguely manic concoction off, with a vintage Picotto feel to the proceedings.
A two-part journey comprises the remainder of this sizable new release. Quite literally. The Journey Part 1 is a bouncy little number, picking the pace of the EP up with trademark Lumen skippiness, taut reverbs and incessant groove, and just a touch of eeriness permeating the nether recesses of the track. Techno with an elasticatedd backbone. The Journey Part 2 takes a muted disco bassline as its departure point, ripping through an epic build-up and ounces of punchy, shoulder-popping beats along the way. Cool, summery and energetic. Another three slices of gold from Hungary's finest.