Monday, 7 October 2013

Wraetlic - Rats

Wraetlic [aka Alex Smoke] with an atmospheric effort on Convex Industires, theres a banging SCB edit for later in the night but this is superb.
Accompanying video is excellent as well.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

DJ Skirt - Tumulto (Shifted Remix)

Another huge Shifted remix, this time he’s remixing DJ Skirt’s track Tumulto on Semantica.  Semantic is one of my favourite labels and one that any techno DJ/fan should accustom themselves with.  Known for releasing high quality contemporary techno from new and established artists.

It’s all about the sub bass and the rhythmic highs on this remix – I really love the atmosphere that this track creates.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Wax Works at CryptiQ (Prisoner of War camp)

This weekend signals the end of the summer months and for the very last party we’re travelling to Perth, to play at one of the most interesting venues in the country for one of the most original promoters, CryptiQ.

Located about an hour’s drive from Glasgow, Scotland’s own Prisoner of War camp will be hosting a selection of Glasgow’s house and techno DJs this Saturday.  The venue will be set up with 2 stages and a fully licensed bar with your ticket covering the bus to the venue and back again.

Tickets are £25.

You only need to check the photos of the venue to see that this is not one to be missed and it will certainly live long in the memory of everyone who’s there.  We play for 2 hours on Saturday night, so if you’re reading this, I hope to see you there for it.

Just in case you still need some convincing, here’s a video from our last gig at Chambre69 earlier this year.

Full line up

Hut 1

Junior (Sensu)
Ivan Kutz (Platform 18)
Missing Persons Club
Jonathan Carroll (No sleep)

Hut 2

Quail (Animal Farm)
Wax Works
Andy Barton (Headway)
Stu Johnston & Mark Dickov
John Gallagher (Tantric)

6pm – late

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Klockworks 10 - Etapp Kyle

The latest and 10th record from Ben Klock’s Klockworks imprint comes from the up and coming Ukranian producer Etapp Kyle, who delivers 4 tracks of really high quality.

The 4 tracks all share a similar aesthetic and are a perfect example for high quality, contemporary minimal techno.

‘Astra’ kicks off the EP with a track which immediately made me think of Jeff Mills’ Something In The Sky series, a cool melody carries the track, whilst the drum patterns subtlety change and drift in and out keeping you locked to its groove.  ‘Drama’ has a darker vibe and picks up the pace a bit; the main hook is another simple loop that alters slightly after 16 bars, before the drums change.  It’s not complex stuff, but it makes for a very effective track and my 2nd favourite from the record.

B1 ‘Aurora’ is my favourite from the EP and the real standout track. I think that it sounds like something in between artists like Recondite and DVS1.  Breaths of white noise that make way for shuffling hi-hats set the tone early, but as the track develops everything but the melody makes way for almost trance like elements that change the tone (I think it’s cool, but I’d love to have a version that’s just the main loop).  When the beat drops back in it brings the energy.  For me, this is one to be playing near the end of a pretty magical set.

‘Prizma’, the last track, is a pretty cool track, but it’s probably the weakest of the EP for me.  However, that being said, I really love Etapp Kyle’s style on this record and the m_nus track ‘Yuma’.  They are far more distinct than his earlier, more atmospheric productions, but whether that is a change of direction or simply the influence of the labels remains to be seen.