Josh Wink, Profound Sounds Volume 2

Todd Burns

By Todd Burns

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Profound Sounds Volume 2

Josh Wink
An early stab at codifying the ever-popular minimal sound.

Given the benefit of hindsight, you'd have to credit Josh Wink for being one of America's most prescient DJ's. In 2003 it wasn't at all a sure thing that minimal techno was going to take over the dance music world, but there was the Philadelphian blending Villalobos, Johannes Heil and none other than Minimal Man on Profound Sounds Volume 2 to hypnotic effect. That Wink's mix is effortless isn't the story here, though — that's mostly due to FinalScratch, a software program first made famous by Richie Hawtin on his own mix Closer to the Edit. Instead, it's Wink's expert handling of a narrative that makes Profound Sounds so successful. Over 74 minutes we move from the uncertainty of Swayzak's "Form Is Emptiness" to a call to arms (Minimal Man's "Make a Move") to the closure of finding your way out with Wink's remix of Dave Clarke's "Compass."