Dijon, France is the home of A-TRACTION records, a label with an eclectic back catalogue that covers everyone from DJ Hell, Traumer aka Roman Poncet, Madben and Dima aka Vitalic.
The latest EP is from Benjamin Geelen aka P-Ben who is known for making contributions to labels such as Josh Wink’s Ovum, Kevin Saunderson’s KMS, Pig&Dan’s ELEVATE, and Florian Meindl’s FLASH, amongst many others of a high calibre. The French based artist appears here for his debut with four stylish cuts of rolling techno with a Detroit influence.
Also included in the package is a remix that sees label head Marc Ayats & Owlk join forces and collaborate for only the second time ever.
The first track “File Station” has a raw and old school sound that lights up with the introduction of the classic key stabs and deep vibe it produces.
“Dense Avec Les Loups” has more of a progressive groove, but it soon takes a turn into a moody, high octane, dancefloor destroyer with plenty of edge.
The third original “End Of The Chapter One” is an injection of pure energy with a driving sound and unrelenting groove, that will be a great tool for raising the bar and moving to the next gear in a DJ set.
Finishing off the original tracks, “Exam” is the deepest of all works here. Using morphing synth notes to tell a story and build pressure, this is a real gem that will be loved by many.
Track five is the remix by Marc Ayats and Owlk of “File Station” that strips things back, adds plenty of eerie atmosphere, and turns up the heat with the addition of a bouncing bass line and awesome acid lead.