Released: Dec 2011
Label: Delsin Records
The Dutch techno artist Conforce isn't trying to reinvent the wheel on his debut album; he's just trying to make it roll more smoothly. And he succeeds: His tracks glide as though slicked with grease and graphite, with just enough grit to kick up a delectable sense of friction. What seems grayscale at first opens up with rich, dusky colors, like roadside blackberries rinsed to a dull gleam. Escapism's muscle is informed by basement clubs, but its fluid dynamics and tempos are well suited to home listening.