This is the labels first release and the original material is provided by Italian producer Kryss Hypnowave, which is the production alias of Christian Scalas. With a passion for sound manipulation and Techno he has a back catalogue of releases on labels including Android Muziq, Planet Rhythm, Subsist and PAR Recordings amongst others.
Fresh from his most recent release on Chris Liebing’s label CLR, the main remix on this release comes from Edit Select, who is a Glasgow, UK producer named Tony Scott. Previous releases have landed on Soma, Stroboscopic Artefacts, Ostgut Ton, Figure to Electric Deluxe. He has a big reputation and doesn’t disappoint with his remix here.
Also featuring as a remix artist is DJ Datch who often collaborates with Kryss Hypnowave on original material. Also based in Italy DJ Datch is a secretive producer who runs Aremun.com and has previously released on Naked Lunch, NuLabel and Attic Music, which is run by Fabrizio Lapiana. Bringing a darker, industrial and hypnotic sound, he fits right in with the concept of this EP.
The EP’s opening track is “Endosphora” starting with the pulse of a tense TB303 line, brought to life with the atmospherics of dark and distant pads washed in reverb. You are instantly sucked in to the hypnotic groove of the 303 and the spacious mix that’s lined with crisp hi-hats. FX sounds that crash like waves breaking on futuristic shores, like a whirlpool, the track builds in tenacity as it reaches its centre point. The underlying acid bassline morphs, twists and bubbles, whilst clap hits crack like lightning to complete the perfect storm.
Titled “Eksosporium” the second track opens with smooth ambient pads that set the scene, whilst the kick drum slowly fades in like a creeping assailant ready to attack. Slow building, yet not drawn out, things gradually develop and a pulsing lead synth slowly becomes the main focus. The modulating on the synth parts make the track feel like it’s a living organism, which moves majestic and slow like a hunter stalking prey. At its central point the drums strip away and the pulse of the lead synth builds in intensity. When the drums swoop back in with a burst of dancefloor friendly energy, the track reaches its crescendo, but things are not over as this chic monster continues to morph.
The Edit Select Remix of Endosphora is the third track and the last to feature on the vinyl version of the release, as tracks four and five are for digital download only. Keeping many of the original’s main features, his remix is focused on structure. Introducing the kick drum from the start, the remix follows a conventional structure filled with DJ appeal and a on the dancefloor. Still dark and moody the atmospheric pads from the original are brought forward in the mix, and the building 303 bass line is pushed back behind the crashing FX sound. Streamlined and controlled this is intelligent deep techno at its finest and most breath taking.
“Anaerobi” is the first of the digital only tracks and it starts with a gut rumbling bass line with a mechanical groove. Thick and compact hi-hats are quickly introduced to provide forward momentum and help keep the cogs turning. Like a well-oiled machine this industrial slice of dark techno moves with a hydraulic jerk and robotic shuffle. The track is intense but spacious as the swelling lead sound thickens as the track progresses and effect that sound similar to that of metal being dragged on a concrete floor add tension and drama.
Also available on the digital only release is the DJ Datch remix of Anaerobi which finishes off the EP. Harder and perhaps more industrial than the original mix, DJ Datch adds a hypnotic element to his remix with the addition of his own looping bass line. He also creates a lead sound from the originals metallic effect, which rolls around and modulates with an intense forward momentum. This dancefloor focused take on the original has an overall thickness and grit to it, similar to that of producers like Truss or AnD.