Artist: Reset Robot
Label: Whistleblower Records
Cat No: WBR017
Released: 15th December 2017
Genre: Techno / Tech-house
While Portsmouth based DJ/producer, Dave Robertson, aka Reset Robot might not necessarily be a ubiquitous name in the modern techno household, chances are you’ve shaken your butt to his groove on a number of occasions. Already this year Reset Robot has pumped out releases on Ovum Recordings, Last Night On Earth, Mobilee, Truesoul, and it’s only just November!
For his next release of 2017, Reset Robot drops the ‘Thorn EP’, his first release for this year on Whistleblowers, the label Reset Robot started with Alan Fitzpatrick in 2013. A1 is the title track, ‘Thorne’ and it finds Reset Robot (I really want to start calling him Re-Ro, but no) sounding more “techno” than I think he ever has before. A lovely flat, yet bouncing kick, invites classic, snapping hats as the structure begins to builds around clever, subtle percussion and some whiney, yet perfect, pseudo acid groove. And then that pad. Classic. Timeless. Drifts in perfectly as a single tribal drum loop fades in and becomes one of the focal hooks of the piece. The breakdown is simple. A synth reminiscent of some sound effect from a 70’s sci-fi TV show descends upon you. You’ll either love it or hate it, but either way, it doesn’t hang around too long, and we’re back on our way, jackin’ with that beat and floating with that pad again.
Up next is Andre Kronert on remix duties for said title track, ‘Thorn’. All business here, tougher and faster right from the outset, already there’s a sense of panic, as a hint of that magic pad seems to lurk in the distant periphery, but as it rolls into focus it begins pulsing with the kick. Twisting and turning, and creating an irresistible groove. This is a weapon!
I’m a little disappointed to discover that the 3rd track, ‘Umwelt’ isn’t an electro track but being the professional I am I press on. It is, however, the next best thing. A minimal grooving little acid tune that in bits makes me think of something Robert Hood would’ve been in to circa Internal Empire. Just a single, cheeky acid line that wiggles and squeaks and bubbles away but never quite peaking or screeching. With classy, subtle percussion used to funky effect, it’s a well-rounded, minimal acid techno number.
To tie us off Reset Robot ‘Arrows of Hope’ feels like it’s by far the most housey feeling track on the from the, but only really because of the housey swing that’s created by the main synth hook, and shuffly, snappy percussion. As the track evolves a panicked air siren begins going off in the distance as that synth hook begins to morph and open acidly all creating an uneasy, yet irresistible groove.
This is a seriously solid EP, Here’s only hoping that Re-Ro pushes deeper down the techno rabbit hole.