Pick of the weekend: Regal – Ego Wars EP (BPitch, BPX006)
Exactly one year after his debut ‘The Eyes’ for BPitch Berlin, ‘Ego Wars’ is the follow-up EP of the exceptional Spanish artist Regal. With the three tracks (as well as a remix by the Frenchman Hadone) Gabriel Cassina shows again why he is one of the most prominent techno acts of our time. After releasing acid-infused rave tracks like ‘Overground’, which last year became an outstanding signature track not only in Ellen Allien’s DJ sets, he now combines radically fast beats with trance-influenced melodies on the ‘Ego Wars’ EP. The tracks convey the same passion that you could hear on his previous releases on his own label Involve, but they are also partially entering a new stylistic territory, triggered by his move from Madrid to Barcelona last year.
According to Cassina, the name of the EP and the title track ‘Ego Wars’ is not only closely linked to strong feelings of frustration, redemption and love, he clearly also knows how to express these intensities musically. ‘Ego Wars’ is a high-performance rave track with an uncompromisingly twisting, distorted bassline and a theme that sounds like an echo from a Detroit techno-dystopia. Cassina shows a seriousness and strength here that has never been heard of him in this way before. A2 number ‘Anhedonia’ begins with Regal’s typically hard-hitting groove until a super euphoric trance melody floods the brain with serotonin – a musical dichotomy that Cassina repeatedly transforms into pure rave ecstasy here.
‘Fuck Making Love’ on the B-side then absorbs the energy of ‘Anhedonia’ and transfers it into something a little brighter – until an almost oriental-sounding melody pushes the track in a completely unexpected direction – a real exceptional track in Regal’s extensive discography! The French DJ and producer Hadone, who recently released an EP on Shlømo’s label Taapion, finally turns ‘Fuck Making Love’ into a summerly raving uptempo neo trance hymn, rounding off this EP in the best possible way.
Tracklist: Regal – Ego Wars EP (BPitch, BPX006)
0A1. Ego Wars (Original Mix)
A2. Anhedonia (Original Mix)
B1. Fuck Making Love (Original Mix)
B2. Fuck Making Love (Hadone Remix)