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Vent (inc. Truss and Shifted Remixes) by Witch (techno)
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8/10 Ant 17 October 2014

PT5 is a new label curated by Samir Alikhanizadeh aka Leeds techno prodigy Happa and Al Gill. The inaugural release comes from Witch whose origins at this point remain unknown. There’s a bit of an updated 90’s techno feel similar to MPIA3 with a thunderous rumbler of kick that's got that slowed down Gabba sorta feel and will certainly stand out in a set. As you’d imagine it’s dark vibes with claustrophobic atmospherics with some piercing, caustic acid elevating the track from total gloom territory. A useful/ functional club tool.

The Truss remix begins sounding remarkably like a track from Adam X’s 2003 ‘The Conflict’ 12” on Sonic Groove but then switches gear into a dirty jackin’ groove with mechanical Beltram ‘Gameform’ flavoured percussion. The shuddering kicks towards the last quarter of the tune make me want to move my body into shapes it’s not supposed to make. Add to that a wonderful throbbing bassline and we have a fine remix indeed.

Over on the flipside is ‘S2007 S2’ which has crackling static way down in the filter and from the distance emerges muffled industrial percussion, threatening to erupt, increasing in tension and then... BOOM!!! A brutally heavy angry drum machine that went to school with Ancient Methods spews a slammer of a rhythm that’ll take the roof off a club, the leaves off the trees if you happen to be partying outdoors. Pure dancefloor carnage, with noisy malfunctioning sounding synth bursts.

Shifted takes the track down the reduction root, distilling the elements into his own vision. An eerie, spooked ghostly synth hovers around bubbling, rippling and crackling textures that you almost feel you could reach out into the air and touch.


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