Powerful Records launch headfirst into 2020 with a breathtaking follow up to the super limited ZOG 12' released at the tail end of last year. Label newcomer Kashpitzky makes his Powerful debut with two stunning exercises in taut programming and otherworldly ambience.
The EP kicks off with 'Undivided' - a broken beat behemoth that hangs above swells of ethereal pads. The smart percussion continuously evolves - skittish, fractured riddims greet gritty acid stabs, whilst deep plunges of bass and indecipherable voices add to the overall feeling that we're about to level up to the astral plane.
The inventive mindset continues on Your Secret Weakness, with microscopic fragments skipping around the edges like bursts of radio interference. The pulsing bass adds some subterranean heft, and the stretched out acid licks taint the waters with hallucinogenic properties. As the track corkscrews through moving walls of bass, gorgeous airy synths turn things cinematic before all the elements collide and send us through a rave wormhole.
The EP closes with a fierce, four-to-the-floor TRAXSHNN reinterpretation of Your Secret Weakness. Microcosms of distortion find themselves wrapped around a hollowed out kick before the savage beat unleashes some true moments of synth madness, with wild pitch slides that lurch forward and devour the track. The trip's turned - this is bat country now. The granular synths and spikes of bit crushed, who-knows-what, hurry around the track like cockroaches in the walls. The essence of the melody in the original finds its way through, before the held notes become stabs, and it all turns dark once again.
"The latest outing from Robert Woodward and Adam Bamber sees the TRAXSHNN duo continue to explore the extremities of live techno and modular synthesis, delivering a gloriously, irreverent take on club music that bangs in all the right places.
Opener ‘ZOG’ launches headfirst into junglist territory before a colossal bass drum comes in and pummels the track into submission. With nifty breaks and elegantly judged vocal edits, the tracks fizzes with energy throughout, utilising the iconic Amen Break with laser-guided precision.
Their predilection for freaky vocals surfaces once more on ‘WAT’, with ghetto house style samples finding themselves at the very heart of the track. The vocal is processed and modulated throughout to take the tight loop to its furthest possible conclusions, while a smart electro rhythm keeps the track marching forwards with a confident swagger. The live performance adds a feverish unpredictability that keeps things zesty throughout.
A sudden darkness descends when ‘TRAVELLER’ kicks in, as an armoured, techno behemoth lurches from the shadows to end the EP with a K.O. Whilst primed for the grimiest of warehouses, TRAXSHNN throw stuff into the mix you’d never have predicted. An aquatic, Drexciyan style synth busts a hole in the mechanical darkness, while the throwback use of ‘future’ grinds through differing levels of modular alchemy, pushing your senses to the limit."
Drawing on influences that take in shoegaze, post punk, industrial and EBM, Powerful Recordings’ latest release sees Barium Network mark his return to the label with one of its most adventurous outings yet - a 3 track, atmospheric dive into the darker side of electronic music that brings the producer’s tastes together in unexpected and unique ways.
Having been in the works for well over a year, we're delighted to finally release into the wild the NMMPH EP from label boss Demetae. Taking cues from the Bristol interpretation of techno, Woodward offers up a unique broken beat outing that draws on the indigenous sounds of UK club culture, with a razor sharp production style priming the piece for maximum club abuse.
We're delighted to welcome back rising stars - Eldon Audio, with their latest 'Launch Control EP' Fresh off the back of chart success with their last release, their newest offering provides even more of their signature (inter)stellar underground grooves that are sure to set dancefloor's off...