A little while back I was singing the praises of James Kumo’s recent release on Delsin sub-label, Ann Aimee. It was solid straight up techno perfect for rockin’ in the mix. Following quick on the heels, Kumo’s latest single, Space Dancer (on Dan Curtin’s revived Metamorphic label), only his 3rd to date, reveals more techno goodness but with a few surprises. The lead track, “Space Dancer” benefits from a blanket of warm chord modulations and digital sundries but really kicks off when Kumo introduces the bongo percussion and ups the thump with a thick 808 kick. Curtin himself dusts off his Planetary guise for a remix of this same track, slowing down the tempo a tad, adding more rhythmic layering, and building on the original’s chords by adding a new melody line (is that flute I hear?), which pushes it towards house territory. The release is rounded out with “The Deep,” a building hypnotic techno mover: rising howls of synthesis overlayed hypnotic analog bass pulses and spontaneous claps bursts in the vein of Redshape or Raudive. If this is the shape of things to come for both Kumo and Metamorphic, excitement is justified.