REVIEW: Paul Hazel- ‘Test Pattern Redux’

Marking a triumphant return to the music industry, Paul Hazel’s re-release of his visionary 1994 techno track ‘Test Pattern’ is one of the best electronica offerings this year.

That the single manages to sound fresh, despite being over twenty years old, is testament to its quality. The track maintains its experimental quality, highlighting Hazel’s inimitable talent for innovation within the scene. One can’t help but ponder what techno music might look like today had Hazel not decided to walk away from the industry at the turn of the millennium.

Discounting such pointless thought-experiments,  we are pleased that he has decided to return to the scene, particularly as he comes armed with a previously un-released remix of ‘Test Pattern’ by accomplished Croation producer, Ray Saul. The remix recasts the 1994 track as a techno-house offering, and it is every bit as good as the original. This is a Berghain-ready track, and we fully expect to see it on the European club circuit soon.

And while you’re here, be sure to check out Paul Hazel’s art. A man of many talents and interests, Hazel has fused together sound and vision to create unique installation pieces that have been showcased around the world. Much of his work explores the juxtaposition of the old and the new, and can be viewed on his website on the links below.

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