Our Thursday selection:
Mohawk Valley – Formula Aquatic Layer [Blumoog Codec, BLUGCOD0016] Mohawk Valley Formula moves away from their usual analogue sounds to serve up three-floor facing techno gems on Blumoog Codec.
This pair hails from Southeast London and makes thrilling live techno with real warmth and depth. In the past, they have dealt in organic soundscapes and raw analogue textures. This EP finds them evolving their sound and heading directly to the heat of a peak-time dance floor. It has fantastic pulsing rhythms that aim to evoke the feeling of being lost in a rave in the early hours of the morning.
Visceral opener ‘Aquatic Layer’ is powered by a rugged acid line that underpins the smooth but cantering drums. There is an absorbing sense of darkness and tension throughout and it is added to by flashes of silvery percussion which whip about the mix. Add in rumbling bass and you have some high-grade dance floor pressure. ‘Inside Apollo’ is an excellently streamlined cut that burrows late into the night. The fizzing synth lines make for a paranoid mood as they roam about the mix and the chunky drums race on at high speed. It’s both heady yet physical as the synths grow ever more intense. Lastly, ‘Urban Silence’ is another deep warehouse techno track that is stripped back but impactful. The drums are relentless, the hits coarse, and the powerful bass fills the track with a shadowy intrigue.
These are three stylish techno tracks that work the head as much as the heel.
Tracklist: Mohawk Valley – Formula Aquatic Layer [Blumoog Codec, BLUGCOD0016]
01. Aquatic Layer
02. Inside Apollo
03. Urban Silence
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