Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Slow Techno : Fabrice Lig - Digital Forest

fabrice lig artist photo - slow techno
R&S are back! That is enough of a reason to post.

Techno don Fabrice Lig releases 'Digital Forest' and it is a quality cut from this masterful producer. You may know him as Soul Designer on F-Communications. This Belgian artist now has this worthy track released on that country's legendary label.

This man has given us so many excellent cuts over the years. He is a highly productive individual who never disappoints with his records. We suggest investigating his back catalogue if you are not aware of it.

Detroit is a clear influence in Fabrice's work. 'Digital Forest' is a fine melodic future tech soul number that is getting strong reviews and plenty of plays right now. The drop around 5m30s is killer. Slow techno heads - this is a treat.

On a non-techno tip but on a music lover vibe, check out
Pariah and James Blake on R&S. Supreme new electronic music for fans of Dilla, Wonky, Hip Hop, R&B, Burial, Drum & Bass, Dubstep and Techno. Two gifted young producers to watch out for.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Slow Techno : Sueno Latino - Sueno Latino (Illusion First Mix)

Image of record centre for Sueno Latino by Sueno Latino, the Illusion First Mix by Derrick May - slow techno

We could just write that and be done.

There are so many versions of this all time dance classic but this is vastly superior to all the others.

Quite possibly one of Derrick May's finest moments, yet many heads out there may never have heard this underground killer. The original is based upon a section of the epic (nearly an hour long) 'E2-E4' by Manuel Gottsching. It could be easy to say that what Sueno Latino did with the track was simple but making things look / sound simple is a pure talent.

Derrick May
goes to his melodic techno latino best here - opening with pads before launching into sparkling melodies, keys and chords. The melodies layer upon each other before the drums arrive. As the track progresses the piano becomes more apparent as do other harmonic beauties. Half way through, a short break leaves just the rhythm before a change of direction comes into play. Some quirky jumpy synth lines enter that add brilliantly to the track as it builds to a heavenly climax.

This is a rare joint these days but essential for your slow techno box or any record lovers collection.

Really wish that the founding fathers of Detroit techno would deliver us more tracks and albums in these modern days.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Slow Techno : Scuba - On Deck

scuba artist photo - slow technoThe Hot Flush head honcho, Paul Rose, drops this little techno bullet on his second album 'Triangulation.' Most commonly known for his ambient styled dubstep music, it has become apparent that Mr Rose is a fan of techno. This was best demonstrated when he included Surgeon's 'Klonk 4' on his Sub:Stance mix CD (which is well worth checking out).

'On Deck' is a fresh release from 2010. Percussive slow techno groover that grows as the track gathers momentum. The stab lead starts off subtly as the pad floats around it. The track really gets going as the synth eventually occupies more space and takes over the record. Waves pour in towards the end as the joint finishes on a mellower tip. Good track for getting the rhythms riding and grooves locked. Easy to see how this one can work in a number of genres and environments due to the clever sounds used, the choice of tempo and the percussion.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Slow Techno : Maurizio - M-4.5

maurizio m-4.5 record center - slow techno
Maurizio artist photo - slow techno
Moritz von Oswald & Mark Ernestus make up Maurizio a.k.a Basic Channel. 'M4.5' is a slice of German genius from this legendary label.

True deep techno of the absolute finest nature. This is a real classic amongst the 'heads' in the scene. Originally released back in 1995 on the Maurizio / M label (part of the Basic Channel family), you can hear the attention to groove hypnotism as this one pulls you in and does not let go. Don your audio armbands as this one will not be found in the shallow end.

This record is now fifteen years old but has that timeless quality that only such a strong piece of music can achieve.

One thing that amazes is just how deceptive this cut is - it may appear to be simple on your ear but crafting such rhythm, texture and groove that retains your attention is the art demonstrated here by these fine producers. Slow techno that stirs your imagination whilst moving those 4am feet.