Not that the constancy of Mainhatten Sound (a reference to the nickname for Frankfurt, Germany's business district, the Gotham of Europe) is unexpected or unpleasant. Acquaviva mixes a collection of tracks released on Frankfurt's Force Inc. label, so the overall feel is complementary, even if not every artist on the label is German. This showcase of characteristically hard tech-house and minimalist techno starts with a rigid Giorgio Moroder-like pulse and continues with thumping, bass-defaced 4/4 tracks by producers such as Porter Ricks, Hakan Libdo, DJ Rush, Thomas Heckmann and Sutekh.
While Mainhatten Sound's consistency may not appeal to ravers weaned on breakbeat breakdowns and synth-pad swells, the album perfectly reflects what the Frankfurt district, Force Inc. and Acquaviva are about: getting down to business for a job well done.
John Acquaviva spins at eleven50 Fri., Oct. 5.
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