CLR boss and German techno pioneer Liebing has been a regular at KNTXT parties over the years, not least at the sold-out stadium event at Antwerp’s Sportpaleis last year where he will be returning to once again this November, alongside de Witte, just after the release of this new EP.
The influential pair spent time hanging out together at Awakenings Festival last year when they had the idea to collaborate. “I field-recorded the sound of a crane that was already taking stuff down next to us and thought it would be a good starting point,” says Chris. Whilst he admits the sample didn’t make it on to this release, he teased a future collaboration saying “who knows, maybe there is more in the pipeline, I still have the recording”.
Current BBC Radio 1 resident Charlotte de Witte is once again in the midst of a non-stop summer that finds her taking her dark, stripped and powerful sounds to the biggest clubs and festivals in the world. She adds, “we have shared a lot of laughs, a couple of beers and a million different mixdown versions of both tracks. I consider Chris to be my friend and I’m very proud and honoured to have worked with him on this EP”.
Opener ‘Liquid Slow’ is seven minutes of heavy and hypnotic techno. It is stripped back to an acid bassline and earth rumbling kicks, with a meandering lead synth line and a darkly absorbing spoken word vocal over the top sure to lock in the dance floor for the duration. ‘In Memory’ ups, the pressure with rumbling drums and bass sweeping you up as more acid twitches and tough hits nail down the groove. It is another powerful and compelling piece of techno from this vital pair.
This is the latest fascinating development in the story of Charlotte de Witte and KNTXT. Now a label as well as a radio show and event series, KNTXT strives to be a progressive player within the vibrant techno scene.
Chris Liebing & Charlotte de Witte – Liquid Slow EP – Released 27th September on KNTXT
1 – Liquid Slow
2 – In Memory