Hug Heroes

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Having played a major role in defining the character of Kompakt sublabel K2, John Dahlbäck does the debut LP honors for the label and pounds some serious dancefloor in the process. While Heroes revisits some of Hug's earlier K2 tracks ("The Platform," "Fluteorgie"), his new work is equally killer. "Tactic Without Practice" and "My Dinosaur" are guaranteed fist-raisers, replete with gnarly seismic bass and gritty mechanical backslaps, while "Tiny Stars" and the title cut augment the punchy, minimal flow with a melodic, late-morning caress that will really hit home with fans of old-school X-Trax.