Van Bonn returns after his release "Maserung" on Telrae in April 2011. Van Bonn has been in the studio a lot since then and has worked on a number of tracks that are highlighted here.
"Onwards I" is an excursion into sound. It starts with sounds that interact in a subtle way but then as if by magic, suddenly it rises to a much higher energy level, almost pulling you by the hair.
Chords now kick in with the full force of brutality, like the strikes of London’s Big Ben and then you’d think the track will just burst. Van Bonn makes another turn before he lets the drums break loose. It seems as if Van Bonn is taming the brutality and direction of his electronic machines. Abstract now meets the concrete and whoever wins the fight is up to the listener to decide.
The first remix comes by Raffaele Attanasio who has had considerable success with "Der Pianist" and "I'm A Jazzman" and has collaborated with Trapez ltd artist Mihalis Safras, A. Trebor (Trapez), as well as Claude Young, Nic Fanciulli and has shown his versatility throughout the last 3 years. Juan Atkins recently featured Raffaele Attanasio remix of" No Mans Land" by A. Trebor in his charts.
His remix for Van Bonn keeps up a strong beat programming right from the beginning. A beat monster so to speak is alive from the beginning and kicking. The track is written in a style that shows expansion and contraction and through that shows an organic "breathing" quality.
"Onwards II" by Van Bonn keeps things a bit more down to earth and conveys a more traditional image of Techno Dub in its first 40 seconds but adopts a rather abstract side and experiments with sounds... which results is a deep, sweet and warm piece of Techno Dub music.
We have involved Craig McWhinney here with a remix of "Onwards II". Craig McWhinney is a Melbourne based DJ, producer and live artist. He has his own label Haul Music. His releases are backed up with remixes and EPs for Speedy J's Electric Deluxe, Brendon Moeller's Steadfast records, and Ben Sim’s Theory Records. His remix for Telrae is based on a free- form beat structure, a tough Techno characteristic as well as keeping an experimental side of things, shaping sounds. This remix is definitely for the DJ who likes things to be tight.
Track number 5 is a freeform beat versions by Raffaele Attanasio of "Onwards I" which is much more on the experimental side of things, shaping soundscapes and spaces. It is very relaxed and playful.
Release date vinyl: 14th November 2012
Release date digital: 28th November 2012