Our Thursday selection:
Linear B – Enter the Arena EP (Rainbow Tipi, Tipi005)
Linear B builds on the success of his June release, Charon’s Crossing, with another superb techno offering on his own well regarded Rainbow Tipi, this time with a remix from Banshee.
After support has come in from tastemakers like DVS1, Noncompliant and Truncate, British artist Linear B is now right at the vanguard of the scene himself. He makes music that blurs the line between house and techno – it is always powerful and all consuming, but also comes with a wealth of subtle detail that makes a lasting impact.
Enter the Arena’ came about after Linear B went to see Sasha & Digweed play a warehouse event in Amsterdam and the excitable crowd were high and happy on nitrous balloons (which are legal to sell in clubs in Amsterdam). “I settled into the night making little mental notes,” he explains, “hence the words in the track, ‘I remember now, this is how it is, this is how it’s always been, which way will you run, which way will you fly, when you enter the arena.’” The result is a paranoid track with a menacing lead and the dark vocals, all on top of a rubbery, kinked techno groove that loops to perfection. The Banshee remix is a twisted techno stomper with a wild lead that will freak out the floor late into the night.
The excellent ‘Can’t Get Right’ is the sound of Linear B dealing with everyday pressures and channeling that through music, which he uses as a way of escaping the mundane nature of daily life. What he comes up with is an atmospheric groove with slick hits and toms and slithering bass that draws you deep inside.
Last of all, ‘Superhugs’ is a techno love song, which was a secret project to send to his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day while she was away in Seville. “I sang it in a 1920s crooner style with a radio mic, it kinda sounds sinister and scary.” It is a twitchy, unsettling track with a spooky atmosphere and yet more superb sound design.
Linear B’s fine run of form continues apace on this standout new EP.
Tracklist: Linear B – Enter the Arena EP (Rainbow Tipi, Tipi005)
01. Enter the Arena
02. Enter the Arena (Banshee mix)
03. Can’t Get Right
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