Drumcode reserve their ‘Limited’ branch of releases for the special and outstanding productions. Pressing them onto vinyl only, providing the perfect collectors item and sound that techno lovers worldwide constantly pursue. The current catalogue of ‘Drumcode Limited’ releases include Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Tom Demac & Glimpse, Ben Sims, Steve Rachmad, 2000 and One and Marco Faraone. dubspeeka proudly joins the list of acclaimed artists to present the forthcoming vinyl only DCLTD20 – ‘sk30’.
Continuing his surge through the world of techno, the Bristol-based producer has never strayed from the sound that has proven to be so popular amongst colleagues and fans alike. The dark, haunting and powerful tones that resonate from the opening track ‘sk30’ showcase why dubspeeka has made his mark on the underground scene for a number of years.
Once again the chilling synth arrangements that have become synonymous with dubspeeka’s style echo throughout the track clashing against the distorted vocal sample. Yet another example of dubspeeka’s unparalleled studio work, the production is intricately woven together with a tight thunderous kick drum demonstrating his prominence as an underground artist of the highest caliber.
Markus Suckut provides excellent support on remix duties for ‘sk30’. Another purveyor of a unique sound, the German-based producer doesn’t hold back when tackling this mammoth remix. The hard and relentless bassline conjures the perfect background for the bubbling synth tones and echoing percussion. Markus Suckut demonstrates his skill and experimentation that he pours into his own production with the powerful and enthralling remix of ‘sk30’.
Ahead of the release on September 5th, UK Editor Simon Huxtable spoke with the ex-Kosheen artist and fellow West Country man about the track, his new studio purchases, and plans for the rest of the year.
Hi Darren, glad to have you back on the Mag, it’s been a year I think since that amazing Decoded Sundays mix. How have you been keeping? We understand you’ve been pretty busy in the studio since last we spoke…
Hi, I’m good thanks. Yes, I’ve been very busy in the studio writing original material, I’ve tried to put the remixes on the side for now as I need to focus. My touring schedule has increased, so catching time in between gigs in the studio is becoming precious.
So tell us about this new track on Drumcode’s super exclusive vinyl imprint. How old is the track and can you talk about some of the production techniques you’ve employed?
The track is raw and stripped back, it mainly focuses on a lead and a dubbed out vox snippet. I’d just purchased a Beatstep Pro from Aturia and plugged it into my Moog Voyager, the lead from sk30 is the first line I programmed, so I was really happy with that.
The remix comes from German producer Markus Suckut. It’s a powerful re-imagination. How you feel about people remixing your tracks?
I’m a huge fan of Markus’ work, so to have him remix was a real treat for me. I mentioned him to Adam for a potential remix and he agreed straight away and of course, he really came through.
As we draw into the latter quarter of the year, and begin to think about ADE, the new football season and inevitably Christmas, what does dubspeeka have planned?
I have a small tour of Brazil soon, I’ve never been there before so I’m really excited. Other than that, it’s more touring, but I’m being careful about the balance of studio time. I have a big releasing in September on my label Skeleton, it’s a collection of tracks I’ve been working on, not all for the club and a different direction for the label and myself as a producer. I’m also working on a remix for Ejeca and Alex Niggemann is remixing K22, both will come out on Sasha’s Last Night On Earth label nearer the end of the year.