Sleeparchive is the project of East Berlin resident Roger Semsroth who has also recorded as Skanfrom and Television Set. His latest album explores his techno credentials on a series of tightly wound techno loops with cascading synths and deep dark atmospheres. Certainly the spectre of Terrence Dixon is alive in some of these pieces. Further groundbreaking work from an under the radar master.
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On ‘Trust’ Sleeparchive doesn’t waste a millisecond before he goes straight into full-on ripping Birmingham style techno with opening cut ‘Needle’. Recalling the relentless monotone minimal techno of Regis in the 90s, or something on the Sheep or ZET labels by Mick Harris as Monrella or Eddie Masvoodler. Then we get bleepy, trippy hypnotizer ‘Glass’, the punishing juggernaut through the dancefloor that is the Richter Scale imploding hard stomp and rattle of ‘Concrete’. ‘Trust’ is pure accelerating intensity recalling classic 90s Jeff Mills, while the Mika Vainio/Plastikman bleep style that Sleeparchive revised and may have rubbed on Jeff Mills comes full circle on ‘Leave’, which wouldn’t be out of place on an Axis 12” or his ‘Something In The Sky’ series. There’s a raging, springing loop and also a more tunnelling, celestial loop to have fun with before the searing, thrilling ‘Fence’ goes hard in purest ‘Waveform Transmission Vol. 3’ mode. ‘Peccant’ is a breathless blast through hyperspace with Karl O'Connor and Robert Görl at the controls, before final cut ‘Trust v.1’ loops dramatic strings over a driving 909 rhythm.
A super lean album of pure, functional banging techno - utilitarian DJ tools that have clear inspiration from Jeff Mills and Terrance Dixon, yet show producer Roger Semsroths masterful grasp of minimalism, nuance and the greater ripple effects of subtle change in controlling a hedonistic dancefloor full of sweaty techno fiends.
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