Blawan – What You Do With What You Have (R & S Records RS 1108)

Rating: 9/10

Blawan got the message: If the label’s slogan says In order to dance, one has to come with a dance record. Having sprayed Si Begg’s and Cristian Vogel’s historical techno funk with large blobs of acid, out comes a distinctive release to be sent through big systems during Notting Hill carnival.
Timidity is not something for Blawan as he enters the saloon with doors banging. “What You Do With What You Have” uses a vocal sample by Moodymann for a non-deep-house, but acidified analog monster. On the flip, in “Vibe Decorium” abrasive beats get some extra weight, feeling well in a bubblebath.
With “What Do You …” Blawan challenges current techno scene that has sunken too deep into stripped down and droning sounds. This very extrovert record might open a new, a bit retro-sounding direction in contemporary electronic music.
R&S’s back catalogue is largely who is who and what is what of the 90’s techno. Now with Blawan’s newest single the legendary Belgian imprint confirms it has a serious comeback going on.


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