Track of the Moment: Jeff Derringer’s “Beat To Quarters”

Jeff Derringer - Beat To Quarters Electric Deluxe

A resident at Smart Bar and the founder of the five-year-old Oktave series, Chicago DJ/producer Jeff Derringer continues to push boundaries as a producer within the realm of techno. After collaborating with Raíz’s Vangelis and Vida two years ago on Electric Deluxe, Derringer makes a triumphant return to the label with this gallant four-tracker comprised of two original cuts and two remixes. The title track oozes with the sort of hypnotic digital funk and tribal rhythms tailor made for a dark, sweaty dance floor. On his interpretation, Rome’s Giorgio Gigli takes kicks things up a few notches, transforming the track into a relentless beast. On “The Stranger” Derringer comes out swinging with a monster track built on chugging beats and dramatic cymbal crashes. Voices From The Lake completely flip the script on their re-rub, reworking the track into a breezy, spacious offering. Techno doesn’t get any better than this.

Darren Ressler

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