Seeing as we’re playing catch-up tonight anyway, and by way of balancing the more commercial sounds of the Illyus & Barrientos release below, here just quickly are some very deep slabs that I didn’t quite get round to last week…
N2Brothers – Sphere
We start in minimal/dub techno pastures in the company of Germany’s Dub.sphere Records.Two original cuts, Sphere and The Way, plus remixes from Wally Stryk (Sphere) and Aura Dub (The Way), with the originals firmly in headnoddin’ dubby mode while Stryk dancefloors things up a bit and Aura Dub go through the door marked ‘dark and pounding, but not stupidly so’. The original of the title track stands out for me.
Kazak – Keep Deep Down
A simple two-tracker here from Russia’s Gert Records. On the A, Keep Deep Down itself is a slow-moving deep houser with prog-leaning analogue synths, a rave-y throbbing b-line and a man’s voice intoning the title. Flip it, and Echo Chord – my pick of the two – is an even deeper, dreamier cut, veering towards minimal with a ton of space in the production.
Background – Lyric Poem EP
Romania’s ever-checkable Waldliebe Familien come with the deep techno/minimal goodness on this three-tracker from Background. Lyric Poem itself features downpitched, almost SAW-ish vox, muted kicks and industrial FX, Hidden In Pressure is just a tiny bit livelier/housier and finally Controlling Things is a twitchier affair that’ll satisfy the minimal purists, with near-bruk beats and snatches of foreign language spoken vocal. All good, but Hidden In Pressure takes the gold for me.
Simone M – Euthanasia EP
More East European deep techno/minimal vibes to end on, in this case coming from Slovenia’s Innocent Music. Euthanasia itself operates in similar territory to Background’s Lyric Poem (above), Walk Around ups the tempo slightly and finally Riots plays us out on a similar note.