Eye Teeth. Imagine that. This label are keen for you to know that what they peddle is techno from Detroit/the U.S.A. at large rather than Detroit techno per se. While there are certainly elements of the Motor City sound across Altstadt Echo’s Reposed In Nihilism EP there is also enough Berlin, London and Amsterdam in there to keep things interesting. Regis is keen on Altstadt Echo, a fact that’s unsurprising given that his own work has clearly influenced this artist.

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Reposed In Nihilism by Altstadt Echo
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8/10 Ant 28 June 2017

Detroit’s Interdimensional Transmissions sublabel Eye Teeth is pretty great. If you’ve not checked it out, then I can highly recommend a sniff at the handful of releases on the label so far - it’s a techno label but not ‘Detroit Techno’ as it were. The fifth release comes from Detroit artist Altstadt Echo (who runs the Modern Cathedrals label) with three cuts of Birmingham inspired techno -- specifically Regis and Surgeon’s influences can be heard. However, his sound is more than a mere clone - he even received the Regis seal of approval, with several of his tunes included on the Regis ‘The Boys are Here’ mixtape on Blackest Ever Black.

‘Reposed In Nihilism’ is definitely Karl O'Connor flavoured, with its rolling, broken beat drums and foreboding, droning backdrop. It clanks along superbly with static hiss and clipped, pitched down vocal fragment adding a kinda occult/ritual edge. ‘Ersatz’ is propelled by super funky, galloping percussion in Surgeon ‘Balance’ mode - the drums are energetic while sparks of electricity crackle, and a silky loop give it an ethereal, dreamy quality. A quality, deep, lost in the night tune. ‘The Necessary Facade’ is also rhythmically from the Surgeon school - driven by serpentine drums that bump and crack in all the right places along with a sparse, melancholy melody and what I think is a synth that almost sounds like a pitched down monastic chant. Proper decent tackle across all three tracks.



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