Paul Hazel (pictured above) was dubbed the ‘Future of British Techno’ by Melody Maker. Producers from around the world would be working day and night to produce remixes of the Post-Detroit phenomenon that was Test Pattern.
What has inspired his return?
Whilst Paul was on his sabbatical, he took a turn at a job in education, where he taught Music at a University. During his tenure as a lecturer, his students would urge him onto start producing again. Without the encouragement from his students, Paul wouldn’t have had the confidence to revisit his solo project, as he realised it had never lived up to it’s billing.
What does is sound like?
Whether you’re a fan of Techno or not, you have to appreciate the amount of quality that this track emits. The leads created by the software instruments are as authentic as a 1970’s Moog synthesiser, and only enhance the track’s ability to make you want to get up and dance.
The overall mix of this track gives a classic feel with a modern twist. The twist being that the majority of 90’s techno music had a very ‘analog’ sound, which was warm and lacked clarity. Although this to some may contradict my previous comment regarding the ‘authentic’ sound, this does not hinder the track one bit. In-fact, the clarity within the mix gives a fresh take on techno, one that only reinforces Melody Maker’s comments about Paul Hazel.
Along with the single, Paul has released a remix of Test Pattern Redux but with a 2018 renovation, created by talented Croatian producer Kornelije Duras aka Ray Saul. The remix is one that could easily make the UK Top Charts, which slows the tempo down around 30 bpm to ultimately transform the techno classic into modern deep house vibe.
Both the remix and the redux of the original (let’s not try and confuse things here) are fantastic, and to have Paul back in the music industry is a breath of fresh air.
Author – @DJJAMESCANE
Paul Hazel will launch ‘Test Pattern Redux’ at Swansea International Festival Fringe on October 5.