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I remember the days when techno and house producers used to strive for a pristine production sound, but things were kept raw through necessity and lack of budget. It almost seems the opposite way around these days with all and sundry intentionally coating their productions in additional layers of dirt. As a longtime fan of the Bunker label I’m not complaining as this mucky aesthetic has alwa ...

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Slain EP by Vereker
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 23 January 2014

I remember the days when techno and house producers used to strive for a pristine production sound, but things were kept raw through necessity and lack of budget. It almost seems the opposite way around these days with all and sundry intentionally coating their productions in additional layers of dirt. As a longtime fan of the Bunker label I’m not complaining as this mucky aesthetic has always appealed to me and the raw sound of early Chicago House I can listen to endlessly with immeasurable pleasure. Vereker is one of many artists who’ve released productions on L.I.E.S. (a pair of 12”s to be precise) whom create trax with this same primitive raw energy and sound. You could well imagine his stuff coming out on the Hauge’s aforementioned Bunker imprint some years ago but then hey I know label head Ron Morelli was influenced by the label when he kicked off L.I.E.S.

So anyway Oliver Vereker follows his contribution to the Russian Torrent Versions label with a 4 track EP for The Trilogy Tapes and it’s a beauty. ‘Slain’ sets the mood with its gloopy low-ish tempo, a brooding, growling bassline, crisp claps, 808 cowbells and a muffled robotic vocal. Then onto ‘Untitled’, again here the bass is the prominent element propelling the tune along with metallic percussion, occasional twisted vocoder vocal and a sparse smattering of acid. All in all a tasty darkside slice of downer sci-fi dystopian acid house gloom.
Over on the underside ‘Marked’ is a tidy bleak jacker which gets to work with tougher kicks, filtered hi-hats and proper gnarly lopsided bass. Finally ‘Untamed’ is all throbbing bass and fizzy crackling, slowly building a groove which really gets going when the swishy hi-hats kick in and the bass begins mutating into even darker shapes. To these ears this EP is easily his finest to date.


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