The single is his first on Joris Voorn and Edwin Oosterwal's Rejected label
Timo Maas has been at the top of his game for many years now, and with this release on Joris Voorn and Edwin Oosterwal’s excellent Rejected label he shows us why, with two tracks of pure techno bliss.
First up is Silver Lines itself, which opens up with a kickdrum and barely audible vocals that give it an unnerving feel, then grows with rhythmic odd sounds and muted percussion into a sinister yet driving cut that throbs with warm bass tones and is led by a tight shaken tambourine pattern. "Less is more" is the rule of thumb here, and the result is a track that will definitely go the distance.
Over on the flipside, meanwhile, Creation is a funkier cut with a bassline-led intro that offers a further dimension to the release, ghoulish, alien-sounding vocals that have been highly processed and a wobbly synth line that drives the track along nicely. There are tight percussive sounds throughout, and the main hooks are its funky rhythmic feel and the vocals that are brought in and out of focus when required.
Both tracks are expertly produced, which is to be expected from this veteran of the groove, but for me Silver Lines is the winner here – it's just so dark, yet playable at peak time. It has such a solid feel that I suspect it will find favour with DJs and dancefloor junkies alike.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 5 May
Review Score: 9