Collaborations between Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald have always been harmonious. A visceral partnership between the two artists began with 1992's LP with Thomas Fehlmann - 3MB featuring Magic Juan Atkins - and is incarnate once again in their sophomore project as Borderland - Transport. It is, like much of their joint output, a tale of two cities, one which fizzes along the longitudinal and latitudinal lines that separate Detroit and Berlin and manifests the industrial confines of Tresor. Released for the institution's 25th birthday, this triad of techno heavyweights are celebrated in an LP which feels both timeless and quintessentially modern.
It is the most elegant blending of two great minds; Moritz’s smooth dub sounds give the album a profound weight, complimented by Juan’s nonchalant jazz inflections. Rhythms are tight and deceptively uncomplicated, beyond which are a miscellany of textures which are at times transcendental. It is rich in kaleidoscopic and shimmering synths and low pulsating drones, sounds that echo and whirl and crawl down your neck. Each of the seven tracks really hold their own, too; where Odyssey feels like a zero-gravity journey into the abyss, Merkur is a more compact, grooving, staccato affair. Transport thus finds itself as an unlikely tonic for a tumultuous year. Though club-dwelling to its core, Juan and Moritz have a particular ability to focus you, drawing tiny fragments of your consciousness into other realms. Gripping and transformative, introspective and dance-floor ready, Transport is an album to both lose and find yourself to.
Words: Josie Roberts