Another ultra solid and reliable panel bashing party tool from Perc Trax.
The ground hugging fog of the filtered reese on “The Holy Grill” stirs up the stygian rave tension (like a good Reese always should) and unleashes the proverbial dogs of war on the dancefloor. Possibly this betters any of their previous releases on their three 2016 Genosha Basic EPs in sheer crushing precision build? (although “Reverse Cowbell” off GBASIC 001 is still up there I reckon; a really stripped acidic punisher). On this trip the ultra heavy bass pumps the floor with seismic waves while the rhythmic metallic lashing and piston grinding mercilessly flail the top end to brute effect.
Intense, deeply narcotic, doom business.
The Don of dirty, broken beat, industrial techno in my opinion, might even put him over Perc…
“Dreamtime” is so phat you can’t even turn up the bass on the mixer! And it gives me straight flashbacks to mid ’90s Magnetic North/Drop Bass Network et al carnage; all those driven red hot, thrashing machine boxes, barely contained by the producers – any little nudge of a knob just letting loose another flailing, feedbacking, analogue stomper. That’s what it often felt like (for a while anyway heh); a wicked trip to follow down the rabbit hole out on the dancefloor.
From the evidence here, the machines still rule if you know how to harness the energy and Hare truly rinses the fuck out of his! expertly reining it in on a shoegazey, beatless breakdown and then unleashing sprays of sparking, arterial voltage all over the slamming, merciless funk to finish it. Total Destruction! Respect due.
Matthew Watt, another producer I haven’t really paid enough attention to. But again, I’ve been having a good old dig after hearing “Mate Choice”. Tune! This “stepping” techno strain really seems to be hitting the nail on the head; just seems to pep up the old 4/4 breeze blocks something schweet and gives it that bit of funk or swing oomph! The slower laval crawl of “Base Analogs” is equally on point.
I’d pretty much forgotten all about the original Zhark Recordings (and overlooked many a tune having now gone back and checked the back-catalogue). Still heads down, ploughing their furrow. Quality murky broken beat techno-step with aircraft hangar sized spatial dynamics and vocal incantation drift and acidic squelch. It expertly builds up the arms-outstretched, backwards free-fall into the k-hole. Proper dark.
I picked up on a lot of solid gems from one of Manni Dee’s shows on Rinse back in June (recommended by our always-on-the-case ZFE of course!) most in a deep “industrial” techno vein, but it’s not so much the category that matters, more the avalanche boom and thud of the huge warehouse reverbs applied to the low end and kicks that releases the oppressive tonnage onto the dancefloor (real or imagined). The syncopated broken beats, fuzz ‘n’ grind and paranoid trill of “Scent of Decline” is my personal fave here, but also feeling the breakbeat combo on “Rumination”.
Props to Energy Flash and cohort for digging out a fine long read on the early ’90s Roman techno scene, (I would never have found that myself). All the heads quoted seem to keep it humble and being a fan of that sound/era it’s refreshing to read a historic appraisal that doesn’t ultimately veer into hyperbole and making the balanced conclusion that there was no legacy (and why should there always be one after all?) – it was just the time and place, “a style generated by a specific period, by a limited number of people.”
Inspired by the above, I pulled out a 1997 (maybe ’98?) issue of the French techno ‘zine L’ultime Atome from my archives and scanned up two long(ish) interviews here with lynchpins Marco Passarani and the brothers Fabrizio & Marco D’Arcangelo. For French speakers only (and Discogs nerds), sorry people.
(Note aside: Lory D’s new album….don’t even go there).
Passarani P1 / Passarani P2 / Passarani P3
D’Arcangelo P1 / D’Arcangelo P2
A sweet find. Didn’t even know I had this in one of my archive boxes! An old December ’96 copy of DJ Magazine and a two page article on No U Turn and “tech-step”, describing the genesis of the defining Mutant Jazz Remix. I’d completely forgotten the Jimi Hendrix tidbit and Bless! Look at the fresh-faced Dom boy hehe…
Don’t be afraid of the dark P1
Don’t be afraid of the dark P2