'Total Strife Forever' was the debut record from indietronica artist East India Youth, who's been cooking up a storm over the past couple of years releasing an EP on the Quietus' new record label, as well as performing with every prominent artist who wants him. His first full-length record collects together synth pop tunes and melds them with ambient disciplines, and "Hinterland", one of its techno-orientated cuts, is now being released as a 12" single. There's also a remix from Katya Waske.
12" £7.99 SR076
12" on Stolen Recordings inc. Katja Waske Remix.
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'Hinterland' is a fitting selection from debut LP 'Total Strife Forever' to plonk on a 12", with its inyerface 4x4 beat and raw electronic bass leaving little room for ambient subtlety. I can see this being played by indie-curious technoheads as part of a primetime set, but whoa -- what's this? After finishing a nice refresher listen of the original the remix hits in, rendering all of my previous words void. This will be played by hard techno nerds as part of many sets.
The kick pattern has been morphed into a jarring knock from the first second. My techno housemate says it's all about a strong kick, so I guess this is a success. Even the synth on the original has been embarrassingly belittled by the completely unknown Katja Waske. I think this remix is all that they've done, and they should be well proud. As with all good dance tracks, the intensity builds with Waske utilising the distant fuzzes of the original to make a wall of noise. Very nice, raw stuff. 7/10, since it's only two tracks!
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