Pick of the week:
DEAS with Mentality EP on OFF Recordings, OFF155.
Berlin/Barcelona based OFF Recordings is run by Andre Crom, focusing its sound to varying degrees of Techno.
Following releases that have featured the links of Charlotte de Witte, Basic Soul Unit and Cari Lekebusch, the labels new release from Polish artist DEAS is another Techno stomper, with dark atmosphere and a dancefloor focus.
This is the second release by DEAS on OFF Recordings, and he has released on a number of other labels ranging from Pan-Pot’s Second State to Kevin Sanderson’s KMS Records. Also playing regular gigs in Poland and across Europe, the talented DEAS is fast becoming one of Techno’s most exciting breakthrough artists.
DEAS lists influences such as Dubfire, Plastikman and Robert Hood but in his own words “is never a subject to stereotypes and clichés”, which allows him to think freely and create music without boundaries.
First on the release is “Mentality” which centres round a rolling groove with forward momentum, and a sonar effect that creates a vast and spacious sound. The lead synth has a hint of euphoria which contrasts nicely with the juddering bass stabs that shake the track’s foundation.
The second track “Monotheism” has a pulsating bassline and distorted kick drum that pounds relentlessly underneath the delicate dreamscape of the lead synths melody. The hard undertones and sort layers combine with finesse, and make this a distinctly mesmerising slice of dancefloor focused Techno.
Third is “Paranoia” and its synthesised tom drums rich with white noise and intense drama which merge with the cosmic pads of epic proportion. With a grinding bass sound and stabbing synth rhythm, the tracks eerie atmosphere paints pictures of alien worlds and dystopian landscapes.
Last on the EP is “Kamikaze” which has a paranoid vocal sample and unnerving melody that blended with the uptempo groove, give the track a ferocious energy. With an abrupt start and ending, this is take no prisoners Techno that gets straight down to business, and will not disappoint when played in a club setting.
Tracklist: DEAS – Mentality EP (OFF Recordings, OFF155)