Our Saturday selection:
Olan! – Uplink [0x01 Records, 0X01D009]
Olan! drops blistering techno EP ‘Uplink’ on his burgeoning 0x01 Records imprint this March.
An artist continually exploring the boundaries of techno, Olivier Zurkirchen, aka Olan!, has emerged in recent years via his ever-evolving modular synth performances and growing catalogue of work. Picking up support from I Hate Models, Marcel Dettmann, VTSS and Dax J while featuring in Mixmag’s ‘10 best live modular sets you can watch online’, he returns to his 0x01 brainchild to drop four diverse cuts across ‘Uplink’.
Gritty, frazzled synths take the reins in ‘Life Bubbles’ as pounding basslines, startling snares, and subtle bleeps work together in this warehouse-ready track. Next, thrashing percussion powers ravey stabs across title track ‘Uplink’, before ‘The Big Snap’ throws together snarling low-ends, vivacious claps and dub elements over a relentless beat. To close, modular synth-driven ‘Hidden Markov Models’ utilises an onslaught of punchy kicks and subtle twists and turns, providing a mind-bending finale to the EP.
Tracklist: Olan! – Uplink [0x01 Records, 0X01D009]
01. Life Bubbles
03. The Big Snap
04. Hidden Markov Models