Uncertain Landscape (Part 03)
Uncertain Landscape series continues with the third part
of this weighty 17-track release serving up another quartet of rugged grooves.
Representing Portugal, Temudo brings fierce tribal energy on ‘L9’. Channeling the driving sounds of
early 2000s techno, he brings it up to date with pummeling bass and kicks and taut percussive loops
that flex and fire with a mighty intent.
It’s over to France next and a big tempo change from Ersatz Olfolks with the meditative ‘Reflecting
Surface’ chugging along at an unhurried pace. Resonant metallic sounds chime over the stuttering
kicks, with wet acidic gurgles rising and combining with a complementary hi-hat shuffle. Distorted,
overdriven edges emerge, gentle screeches and hisses forced into existence.
Techno royalty Oliver Deutschmann pitches in next with the pacey contrast of ‘Hunting’. Its manic tempo
is contrasted by its comparative lightness of touch, with the acidic theme continuing. The 303s are
teasingly muted, meandering relentlessly under rapid-fire clap patterns and urgent hi-hats.
Parallax Records boss and Berghain and Concrete guests Pharaoh and Yogg provide the closing salvo,
an experimental cut by the name of ‘Betelgeuse’. Broken beats underpin glitchy textures and gnarled
surfaces, providing a challenging workout for discerning dancefloors.
released November 2, 2020
Pharoah and Yogg
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