Cirkle has been making waves in the deep techno world lately.
Greetings music lovers, and thanks for joining us for our weekly round up of what’s hot and what’s not. Today we get both annoyed and overjoyed by edits, celebrate the continued electro resurgence and lose our minds to some seriously deep techno. Dig in!
Recondite - Rainmaker on Afterlife
Recondite has been responsible for some slick deep techno over the years, but here landing on Tale of Us label Afterlife, he very much settles into an inoffensive middle ground. There’s no bite, drama, urgency, nastiness or fuck all to these to make you want to hear them through. Sure, his synths are melancholic, but rather than share in the artist’s pain you just want him to pull himself together. It’s poser-techno for people who think they’re too cool for lifestyle tech, but really is just as insipid.
Joaquin Joe Claussell - The Unofficial Edits & Overdubs Special Advanced Edition Vol 2 Vinyl 1 on Sacred Rhythms
Where do you stand on edits? It seems that some people get away with it and everyone else gets flack. The difference between the two camps is how much and how well you edit the original. Beefing up the kick drum is not enough for it to be ok for you to make money off someone else’s work. But Joe Claussell is a master of the form. He tweaks, teases, draws out the good bits, layers in cosmic synths and makes the originals really pop in the club. Here are four more such soulful examples.
Brame & Hamo - Limewire EP on Brame & Hamo
Brame & Hamo are the latest duo to come from the Irish scene. After a few big tunes—most notably the summer-hit-since-February, ‘Roy Keane’, with its big disco loops—they’re now attempting to get more serious with less sample based material. Unfortunately the results are largely uninspiring. What you get is big room techno that’s designed to unite large crowds such as ‘Sports Complex’ and the Northern Exposure era, euphoria laced prog house stylings of ‘Parade Rain.’ The old school piano stabs and jungle breaks of ‘Limewire’ are more fun and are sure to prove the biggest hit here, but it’s a derivative number that looks back rather than forwards.
Cliff Tee - Misery on Feel Better
I have no idea who Cliff Tee is but he makes proper American house music. After a whole 2 x 12” of the stuff in February, he’s back with two more missives for Feel Better. Misery glows with late night colour thanks to the sci-fi lead synth line that's straight outta Detroit, and the warm pads which are smeared out in the background. Feel Better is then a darker joint, with tumbling hand drums and freaky vocal loops panning around in paranoid fashion. It’s a dark, psychedelic cut to get you trippin’ at 5am.
Cirkle - Noniya on DYAD
Techno and psychedelia go together like Trump and controversy. Here, Cirkle proves that across three tunnelling cuts that race down the rabbit hole on thudding kicks while manic synth blips and bleeps rain down from above. Drawn is more industrial and elongated, and sounds like an automated factory floor in meltdown, while a DYAD remix is perfectly hard and hypnotic.
Gay Marvine - Bath House Etiquette Vol 6
On the other side of the great edit divide, it’s much harder to get excited about these four freshly pressed tracks. Not only is the source material hugely un original, with cuts like Chic’s ‘I Want You Love’ included, but the EP also costs a few quid more than your average 12” of new music, probably isn’t licensed, does very little to add new perspective to the tunes… AND it’s a fucking repress, which means there must be demand for this, which is maddening.
Automat - The Invisible on Brokntoys
Electro is back and has been for a while. Automat is a French producer who has been toiling away quietly now for a while. This new one on essential electro label Brokntoys bends and warps machines in ways that melt your mind. All the tracks are slow and slippery, curious and cautious as they unfold, with icy hi hats and rasping baselines making for brilliantly eerie and intoxicating moods.
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