Subversive delivers a follow-up to last season’s VRV release Chainbreaker, this time with two measured explorations of atmosphere and movement. The title track, Domestique, builds its drama around delayed synthesis, crafting a wash delayed environment that keeps a strong pace. Corosync emerges from a similar approach but intensifies the drum programming and strips away melodic layers. VRV label bosses Raíz rework Corosync with emphasis on thicker beat construction and synthesized psychedelia. All the tracks play on the best of the Detroit-Berlin connection and are primed for in-the-mix hypnosis.
Kyle Geiger returns to Droid Recordings for a three-track suite of techno and rhythmic experiments, Jupiter Storm. A1 (Jupiter, Hydrogen Edit) builds from a rumbling kick, slowly constructing a space of delayed tones and filtered noisse pressure aimed at the dancefloor. B1 (Mars) takes things for a truly unexpected turn, borrowing some of Jupiter’s sonic language and reformulating a triple-metered groove with waves of noise and distortion. The title track, Jupiter Storm (B2) brings the full kick back into the picture riding the Mars rhythms against the standard kick for a track that’s driving and infectious.
Droid Behavior’s Luis Flores comes through with a 2-track ace for the label’s 20th vinyl release, Static Forces. Negative Pressure (A1) starts off with a brewing undercurrent of bass and hypnotically builds into a dizzied cavern of competing sonic forces and reverberant whispered utterances. Surface Tension (B1) takes an alluring shaken groove and reveals its drive as its elements make their way to the front, slowly pushing the track’s rhythmic intensity. Two tracks for long play and lost minds.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress” A lesson over four movements.
Droid Recordings presents a new 12″ from DJ Hyperactive, whose jacking Chicago sound has evolved over the years into a deeper sound that maintains his signature infectious drive. On “25 Hours,” an undulating, bassy synth line builds into the machine-voiced partier’s dream of “25 hours in a day,” before the track takes off with neck-breaking snare and clap combos and proceeds to rebuild.
Raíz pulls the track from the depths to deliver something more brash and energetic. There’s more at play here, with the 3-note riff tweaked throug the track’s duration, and the words “25” looped through a series of insistent, smashing snares.
In the final mix, newcomer Markus Sucket follows his recent remixes of Xhin and Pfirter with an unexpected and idiosyncratic interpretation. Tonal elements are drawn into the lower registers, while the vocal sample slithers around the mix. The syncopated elements of the original surface with in an alternative mode, dark and driving.
David Flores surfaces as Audio Injection with No Key EP, two slabs of pristine techno for the new year. After owning 2011 & 2012 with over a dozen releases as Truncate, Audio Injection flexes some production muscle to put out a sound that’s as huge as it is hypnotic.
The A side features Deep Thought, a seven-minute obsession around a short melodic fragment that speeds at 130 BPM through a paranoid passage of beguiling rhythm.
The B side features title track No Key, a demolishing groove that builds and breaks but never lets go. Machined percussion and tonal beats carve their way through an arena-sized rabbit hole with detail and dimension
Material Object and Dustin Zahn team up for Droid!
w/ Function + Jerome Sydenham, & James Ruskin remixes
ripper LA techno!
w/ drumcell + audio injection & material object remixes
Audio Injection aka Truncate with ripper LA techno!
Ripper LA techno from Luis Flores, with remixes from Drumcell, Brian Sanhaji, and Excision.
Drumcell and friends on the first Droid release!
Vintage Droid Behavior! 2004!
LA Techno! 2005
“Hypoxia is a new project i created to pay homage to the science fiction, late night cult film soundtracks that inspired me so much growing up. The sounds of artists like John Carpenter, Wendy Carlos, Goblin, and Vangelis played a big role to a kid who spent most of the 80’s watching movies on VHS over and over again. I wanted this release to step away from the dance floor and into a broader space of contemplative drama. The Hypoxia tracks were single takes I performed live on my Buchla Music Easel, (a portable semi modular synthesizer that was originally created in the early 1970’s). The signal was then fed through Eventide Space Reverb and recorded to an old Akai reel-to-reel tape with no post-production or overdubs.
I really wanted this project to be crafted 100% in Los Angeles, California, including me having a personal hand in every step. For me it was the first time in over a decade to take this task on my own. From writing and performing, final mastering and plating, pressing the records, creating the artwork and designing the packaging, and finally silk-screening the jackets. I purposely cut out any distributors and wanted to sell on Bandcamp, individually shipping these records to supporters directly.
Limited to 200 pressings, Hypoxia comes in an assortment of five colors, each carefully crafted by hand-mixing the vinyl materials at Capsule Labs Record pressing plant in L.A. The clear plastic case was individually hand silk-screened at Gliese media studios with the Drumcell sigil in red ink. All shipments include a 12×12 lithograph of artwork I created on a circuit-bent video processor made by Tachyons+. ” – Moe Espinosa