Extended Play Fridays #21
Release: Hall 9000
Label: Decay Records
Italian duo Neverdogs is out to take this summer by the storm, and recently being named residents of Marco Carola’s Music On party at Amnesia Ibiza isn’t all they have up their sleeves to do so. Their forthcoming EP Hall 9000 is a record ideal for the transition into summer, evoking feelings of nostalgia, excitement, and adventure with sounds seemingly made for dreamy sunsets. The title track kicks off the EP, cleverly sampling audio from the cult classic 2001: A Space Odyssey with a background of a bumpy bassline, arpeggiated synth lines, and finely-timed percussion. Its a track to warm robot hearts. On remix duties is fellow Italian Leon who amplifies the spacey-yet-warm factor to wind up with a track ideal for opening sets. On the flip side is the playful original “I Took A Lot” which has enough sub bass to make a Funktion One purr with delight. Rounding things out is X-Press 2‘s version of “I Took A Lot.” Staying true to form, the duo transforms it into a crunchy, imaginative house tune. This tech house release is headed straight for the floor, and its taking you with it.
Release: Absolution EP
Label: Thoughtless Music
Got a hankering for intelligent, minimalistic sounds? This 6-track release from newcomers Auk is just the solution. Its melodies will stick in your head for days and its rhythms are inescapable. Absolution‘s 4 original tracks hit the sweet spot between electronic music made for listening and dancing. “Absolution” is fueled by unique, warm synths, “Afraid To Fly” uses piano chords to create an emotional atmosphere, “Amelia’s Dream” is a jazzy, exploratory composition, and “Tomorrow Morning” is a haunting and powerful cut. The package also includes a pair of remixes of the title cut. Patrick Bateman’s version is eerie, dub techno groove with several twists and turns, whereas Nicolas Duvoisin‘s plays on the glitchy qualities of the original to create a stripped-down version led by impactful chord stabs. This music is the antithesis of its label’s name, made with plenty of care and thought. Something tells us this duo won’t be under the radar for much longer.
Although it’s easy to write off any electronic music act that somehow involves a helmet, this duo will slay those preconceptions in 16 beats flat. This 3-tracker is a flat-out piece of techno armor, ready to destroy warehouses full of sweaty fans. The low slung sounds and kinetic energy of the opener, title track “Conspiracy,” could find a home next to global techno heroes such as Cari Lekebusch and Chris Liebing. It’s full of suspense and takes you on a wild ride through its 6:40 duration. Up next, Slovenian producer Tomy DeClerque injects his flavor into the track, leaving us with an absolutely brutal, dark cut with a character all its own. The snares explode, the bass loops into a sinister industrial tone, and the kick drum pounds away into alternate dimensions. Closing the EP is another original, “Black Code,” which transports us back into the middle of the smoky Underground stage at Movement Festival. Or into a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland. Or into a secret mission to destroy aliens living under the surface of the earth. Maybe we’ve been watching too much science fiction, but regardless, this is one solid hunk of techno any fan will be glad to own.