Glittering Night / Sally 2000 (Jori Hulkkonen version)

Hannulelauri - Glittering Night / Sally 2000 (Jori Hulkkonen version)

The debut 12'' from Finnish duo Hannulelauri! First up is ''Glittering Night'', conjuring visions of 8-bit videogame soundtracks applied to the dancefloor, or an alternative theme to the movie Robocop (which Lauri seems to have a strong affinity for), with shimmering electric synth chords washing over a Commodore 64 groove before a Peter Hook soundalike drops a lovely bassline, making New Order comparisons inevitable (a good thing!). Perfect late-night machine funk. Next is ''Sally 2000'', a more introspective piece with insistent digital strings providing the foundation for a childlike toy chime melody, pulsating bass and more as layer upon layer builds to a fuzzed-out, pixelated yet beatless climax. Finally, the late-night vibe continues as ''Sally 2000'' gets a version from Finland's techno/house master Jori Hulkkonen (needing no introduction nor explanation) who works the track's pleading strings into a more dancefloor-friendly mix, adding perfectly tuned drums and a nice, fat kick but keeping the synth melodies intact and the tempo slower than your normal electrohouse jam. Adventurous DJ's looking for alternative moods need look no further! Another strong Flexx release.

12inch Flexx Records: Flexx014 € 7,99