2562 – Fever album review

With techno and its many subgenres moving into more explosive, dynamic samples and sound manipulations, it is always great to hear an artist that combines the minimalist, percussive-heavy style of techno, with the more modern, dubstep sounds of today. 2562’s Fever does just that.

David Huisman’s production is enticing. “Winamp Melodrama,” and its spastic, staccato percussive hits are the first thing to hit you, followed by warped synths and spacey loops. “Juxtapose” is a combination of short snare hits, bubbly synths and reverberated background sounds.

“Aquatic Family Affair” will take you on an underwater dance adventure as crescendoing chord progressions grow out of shaking maracas and pumping bass hits. “Intermission” is a nice, downtempo track that uses raindrop synths, syncopated claves and immediate bongo hits.

“Flavour Park Jam,” and its dubstep, half-time feel are infectious; the slushy synth sounds, along with the off-time sounding drum pattern, will mess with your head, showing that 2562 also has a knack for creating musically complex pieces.

“This Is Hardcore” is actually very hardcore; bumping bass, explosive hand claps and a swiveling loop that sounds like a disturbed beehive, “This Is Hardcore” is eerie with its metallic bells and underlying synths. “Brasil Deadwalker” is a move-to-the-floor track with its spontaneous synth hits and thumping bass. The more heavier part sounds like something from The Immortals with its frenetic synths.

“Wasteland” moves all over the place with loopy bass hits and spacey samples. This track gradually intensifies, as more sounds are incorporated, and the song begins to create a base for itself. “Fever” is the epitome of the album. Growing into a fusion of breakbeat drum patterns and shaky synths, “Fever” continues to grow all the way until it is finished.

You would never guess that this whole album is built on Disco samples; it sounds completely like the work of its maker. Start-stop percussion, sensual chord progressions and breakbeat patterns that are absolutely danceable, Fever delves into an experimental realm that shows Huisman’s ability to carefully craft together songs that take sounds from multiple genres in the world of electronic music. Bold and creative, Fever may put you in a dancing coma. But, trust me, it will definitely be worth it.

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