While more melodic than their previous releases, Dense & Pika still turn in crisp, sharp track that’s as equal parts glitch as it is accessible. No white noise risers building up to a monotone kick drum either, so something a bit different from Drumcode too. Apparently the clear timbres on Suki revolve around the exemplary Prophet 8 synth from Dave Smith, a legend in his own right. It’s not the kit that makes good music though, it’s talent. And with Suki, Dense & Pika continue to demonstrate they’re in no shortage of that.
Festival headliner and Berghain resident, Ben Klock, releases a new compilation on his own Klockworks imprint featuring the Berlin take on minimal techno he’s renowned for. Marking the 20th release for the label that’s been running for 10 years, it features techno heavyweights such as Sterac, DVS1, Etapp Kyle and Klock himself, alongside less known producers such as Adam Craft, Reus, Ritzi Lee, and Yoikoi.
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Spinal Tap references aside, this is an extremely accomplished and well produced techno stomper from Ghost In The Machine (aka Frank Nitzinsky and Nils van Lingen) out now on Perc Trax.
Perc Trax returns to the dance floor after the political firestorm that was Perc’s ‘Bitter Music’ with the debut release on the label from the Netherlands’ Ghost In The Machine. The Perc and therefore Perc Trax name stems from the word ‘percussion’ and these three drum-focused tracks sum up the label’s mission perfectly.
Rarely appearing away from their own Genosha Basic imprint this EP hits as hard as anything on Perc Trax in recent years and along with recent releases from Ansome and Scalameriya ushers in a new wave of artists and a distinct new chapter in the Perc Trax story.
‘The Holy Grill’ commands the whole of the A-side and charges forward until a Reese led breakdown gives you a moment to pause for breath.
The B-side contains two percussive workouts that have enough movement and development to them to elevate them above simple drum tools.
As B2 track ‘PSKDT’s locked groove loops endlessly (a first for Perc Trax) it is clear this EP is a hard-hitting statement of intent from a duo you should be hearing a lot more from in the near future.
Donato Dozzy’s interpretation of “Kinder Der Ringwelt” is the stand out track here, though the Silent Servant remix of “Lookitthat” is close behind in what it an extremely solid release for Dystopian overall.
Alistair Wells aka Perc has delivered a harsh yet atmospheric mix of techno for the Dekmantel Podcast series. Downloads via SoundCloud are essential as this is one to listen to recurrently.
It may be February but good music is timeless and the Dub Techno Blog’s “Best Of 2016” is an exceptional summary of the years dub and ambient infused electronic music.
There’s a lot of live jams on YouTube nowadays but few do it better than Martin Stürtzer. This recently uploaded set moves away from dub into more straight up techno.
However there’s still no shortage of delay or his expert command of spacial elements. Essential viewing, with the added bonus of it being on Soundcloud too.
A techno jam recorded live one afternoon in June 2016. The Roland TR-8 is obviously providing the drums, while the Elektron Analog Four supplies the bass, lead, drone and the rasping stab that comes in for the final third part.
The Korg Volca Sample provides the one shots and vocal samples that are triggered manually. There’s an excellent trick to get more sample time, for less memory, out of the Volca Sample. Pitch the original samples up 12, 24 or 36 semitones in an audio editor before exporting and then restore back to the original pitch in the Volca by using the Speed knob.
The RE-20 Space Echo is used extensively and there’s a touch of TC Electronic’s Hall Of Fame Reverb over most channels.
Over 2 hours of Andrew Weatherall recorded last March at the DGTL Festival, a three day event held at the NDSM Docklands in Amsterdam.